Loading Images / Video

The preferred method to import footage into Natron is to import image sequences.


The video reader is only here for convenience, it may have difficulties decoding some videos. Avoid using videos with inter-frame compression, this includes H.264 (AVCHD) and H.265 (HEVC) video. ProRes and DNxHR is OK but slow. Individual frames are best (DPX, EXR, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, whatever suits your input video quality and bit depth).

See this chapter tutorial on how to convert videos to image sequences on how to create image sequences.

Loading footage

There are three ways to load footage into Natron:

  • Add a Read Node from the sidebar and select your media:

  • In the Node Graph hit ‘R’ on your keyboard and select your media:

  • Drag’n’drop your media to the Node Graph:



To see the imported footage in the viewer, select the Read Node in the Node Graph and hit 1 on your keyboard.

In the Properties Panel on the right side you can make several adjustments to your Read Node, its more or less self-explanatory:


See The Reader node section for more information.