I’ve been seeing a lot of questions/debate on a couple of the boards and Twitter about which compositing tools are best to use, most effective, help build strong bodies twelve ways, etc. There is always the question of what tools are the best for a particular type of work, and, for compositors looking to work in the industry, what film and video companies are using and what skillset they are likely to hire for.
The answers are many and diverse, and offer even more questions …
Are you looking to do real-time compositing, or will batch rendering do it for you?
Do you want to work in feature film or in video (this is becoming less relevant as the distinction between the two gets blurred.)
I thought I’d do a roundup of some of the choices available in the comp tools area, with some thoughts about features, price, and which I’d use for a particular set of circumstances. But here’s the deal: As I mention in the title, people get wildly fanatical about the compositing software of their choice. Nothing I’m saying here is being put forth as definitive, or authoritative, just my POV, ‘kay? I’d like it nothing more if other VFX peeps chimed in with their point/counterpoints to get a real dialog going.