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I have switched companies for a while, while in my last company we where using Fusion for compositing, in the new one we are using Blender.

I find it a bit hard to transition because of 2 main reasons:

  1. The nodes look very messy because of all the squiggly lines and its sometimes hard to follow a path naturally.

The most important one:

  1. Once you start adding a couple of nodes it becomes really slow, it seems to always be compositing something, if I move a node, it composites, if I make changes to a node that doesn't affect the final image, it composites. I like using the software but it can become very annoying.
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    $\begingroup$ It shouldn't composite if a node was only moved. It will if value in node's field was changed (if you made a field active and don't want to apply changes press Esc). $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Oct 26 '16 at 13:24
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  1. You can change the lines to be straight by going to "File > User Preferences > Themes > Node Editor > Noodle Curving".

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  1. You can disable "Use Nodes" to keep it from updating until you are done moving.

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  • $\begingroup$ Had no idea you can remove the noodles, life saver! Thanks $\endgroup$ – Sergiu H Oct 28 '16 at 6:03
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To speed up things a bit you can tweak the performance options on the node editor (press N to make them visible on the right side of the screen).

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Bring down the quality for edit, use OpenCL and adjust the chunksize.

Additionally you can use border rendering, to render only a small portion of the image (like you'd use the "region of interest" in fusion). On the UV/Image editor press CtrlB and click and drag to draw a rectangle around the area you want to visualize. Blender will render only that area if the view border option is checked.

Use the node wrangler plugin, it has a lot of shortcuts to connect and replace nodes. Read this link for more info: http://gregzaal.github.io/node-wrangler/

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    $\begingroup$ I will add that node wrangler is included with Blender now :-) $\endgroup$ – JakeD Oct 26 '16 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ thanks! I will give these options a try! Already using the node wrangler, really nice $\endgroup$ – Sergiu H Oct 28 '16 at 6:01
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    $\begingroup$ The biggest drawback on using blender's compositor is that there is no way to preview the scene in real time. Blender does not have a playback buffer (like Fusion, Natron, nuke or even afterFX) So you only see what you are doing when you render.... $\endgroup$ – cegaton Oct 28 '16 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ @cegaton If Blender could get a playback buffer, it would be incredible. Would that be an appropriate feature request? $\endgroup$ – Anson Savage Apr 2 '18 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @AnsonSavage I would not hold my breath for that to be implemented any time soon. There are a number of specialized compositing apps available that do a much better job. Try using Fusion or Natron (both free) or even Nuke.. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Apr 2 '18 at 19:22

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