CinePaint features conceptually fall into three main catagories: paint, compositing, and editing. CinePaint today is primarily a raster-based painting program used for image retouching. It can be used to paint textures and background mattes or to retouch motion picture images frame-by-frame. It has many image painting features, but is more tailored to motion picture tasks. A compositor is a program that combines visual elements, for example live footage with actors on green screen or animation. An editor is a program that combines movie snippets together into a cohesive movie. CinePaint has almost no compositing or editing capability now. That's changing.
To make CinePaint the "Swiss Army knife" of motion picture production and restoration.
CinePaint is a platform for adding innovative features that make it a useful alternative (but not the superset!) for popular tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Apple Shake, Discreet Combustion, Pinnacle Commotion, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Composer, Media 100, da Vinci and Spirit DataCine software.
Looking for an interesting project to work on? There is a list of some significant future features laid out here in the DR, David Green's CinePaint Wish List tailored to Commotion switchers, and the SourceForge CinePaint RFE and CinePaint Bug Tracker lists. Studio Workflow addresses typical usage in production. Please let us know if any of these appeal or you have other ideas.
You don't have to be a programmer to give worthwhile help. David Green's list is an example of how an expert user can contribute to CinePaint with good specific suggestions. We need feedback and testers. Request a feature. Report a bug.
Contact Robin Rowe or the CinePaint developers list to ask questions or volunteer for these or other tasks not listed.
- Mac Aqua
- GTK1 for Windows
- 2d vector paint engine (gfig)
- Systems Assurance Module (esp. for Windows and Mac) QA tools
- green screen
- traveling matte
- drag-n-drop (code from GIMP)
- huge images
- 1d brushes
- raw still camera images (dcraw)
- particle rendering
- image rotation (code from GIMP)
- thumbnail browser (guash)
- scanners (code from GIMP)
- unfade (adaptive contrast)
- GTK themes
- fourier (examples)
- OpenInventor (Windows)
- matchmove tracker
- flatbed editor
- audio editor
- v4l snapshot
- nav thumbnail (like ImageMagick)
- large visible brushes
- procedural brushes
- filter brushes
- filter factory
- display filters
- tabbed interface
- subpixel image registration
- monitor calibration
Questions to email@example.com
Created June 21, 2003; updated November 13, 2003