When I use "Movie Clip" node in Blender 2.7, it always starts at Scene Frame 1. How can I change it in order to make it start at Frame 6, for instance? The movie clip I am using is a Movie FX for another video, and I want to use it with the Mix node.



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Replace the "movie clip" node for an "Input Image" node and use Movie as source.

Frames will give you control on the source's duration (in frames): How many frames do you want to use?

Start Frame is the frame in the scene at which the video clip will start playing.

Offset allows you to select the first frame of the video source.

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Cyclic Will make the cycle of frames start over, if the number of frames is different that those on the scene or if you are using any offset. If you want to hold a frame, before or after the specified number of frames or freeze a frame you would need to disable this box.

Auto Refresh if disabled you will not see the sequence of images change.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for such a clear write up @cegaton. I am going to re-post a version of this on my blog. The more people who understand it the better. $\endgroup$
    – 3pointedit
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 6:31
  • $\begingroup$ So in case someone was wondering, you can't use this to change the frame start of a "Movie Clip". You will have to export the movie clip as an image sequence or movie file; then, use the Image input node instead. $\endgroup$
    – Azmisov
    Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Azmisov you can use the image sequence node and load a video file. No need to export as image sequence. As long as you set the image sequence node to movie mode. $\endgroup$
    – susu
    Commented Feb 9, 2021 at 3:37

If you have problems with the image node, you can change the offset of a Movie Clip in the MCE (Movie Clip Editor), also known as the Tracker. Go to the movie clip's properties and change the start frame and offset there. Remember though, you can only have one instance of that movie clip per scene, so you can only change the offset once.


If you would like to replicate a VSE edit in the node editor then you can adjust the :

length, frame start and offset

Here is a node mimicking a VSE edit:

  • VSE Length = Node Frames (duration in frames eg.73)

  • VSE Start Frame = Node Start Frame (Position on timeline + Offset eg. 73+(526), note that this could have a negative number for start value when the strip begins before zero on the timeline)

  • VSE Trim Duration "START" = Node Offset (Trimmed clip start eg. 526)

Match an Image node to VSE strip

  • Don't forget to add a Distort > Scale or Transform node after the image/movie node to match the VSE autoscale function.

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