Can you use composite nodes in blender video sequence editor?

As in, no 3d elements in your scene, working exclusively within the video editing screen layout?

I am currently using Blender 2.76 RC 3.


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While you can't use composite nodes directly in VSE strips, you can setup the compositor with an image sequence or video file input without adding any elements from the 3d scene.

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Then in the VSE you can add a scene strip which gets the composited render results, so you can mix in audio and use any VSE specific features. You can also setup multiple scenes with different composite nodes and join them all in the VSE.

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    $\begingroup$ When I add Scene strip to VSE, it shows the cube (the default 3D scene) only. $\endgroup$
    – itsfarseen
    Jan 16, 2018 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ When rendering or in the VSE preview? If the render isn't right check the sequencer is enabled here, if the preview is wrong then change the sequencer preview shading (press N) to rendered. $\endgroup$
    – sambler
    Jan 17, 2018 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ Sequencer is enabled here. Older link point to the dev branch of the docs, that's is 2.80 now. $\endgroup$
    – Flint
    Jul 24, 2019 at 6:36
  • $\begingroup$ Sequence preview shading there $\endgroup$
    – Flint
    Jul 24, 2019 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ When I add a scene strip, how do I find it in the input node? What is the node on the left in the first image? You have to add the scene strip above the film layer? $\endgroup$ Aug 28, 2019 at 21:32

No. However, there are modifiers and effects that can be added to the VSE such as glow and colour changes etc. that can be applied to strips in the sequencer.


Yes, and that is the way to go for unlimited video tweaking. Follow this tutorial to make Blender VSE with compositor and keyframe-based node editor, along with standards strip effects, realtime.

2.79 : https://youtu.be/chIdSAR_8NY

2.80 : https://youtu.be/g1ZkPSLqGnU



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