Top 5 Discontinued compositing software

5. Autodesk Toxik

Autodesk Toxik is an interactive node based, film compositing solution developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment, a subsidiary of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk Toxic is a film compositing software first released in 2007.

Autodesk Toxik includes several features such as collaboration-based workflows, dynamic page zooming (that allows faster processing when working with larger video formats), a paint module, a motion path animation, and a “Master Keyer” module. Toxik is based on modules: small extensions that allow Toxik to be adaptive.

All modules were installed in Toxik 2008 by default because the module selection system in Toxik 2007 was inefficient.

4.Avid Media Illusion

Illusion was originally developed by Parallax Software under the name “Advance”. Avid later bought Parallax, and renamed “Advance” to “Media Illusion”. The software was discontinued on December 6, 2001, officially due to lack of resources to support it any further.

Media Illusion was targeted at the high-end SGI post production market, which was at the time dominated by Discreet Flame.

In 2001, Softimage, a division of Avid, introduced a new image compositing module in its 3D animation product Softimage XSI 2.0 which is based on Media Illusion 6.0. The product offers and augments many of the essential image compositing features of Media Illusion on Windows and Linux, but does not offer the video digitizing and playback support, and the OMFI media integration and editing which helped Media Illusion make its place in high end broadcast.
The compositing module integrated in XSI 6.0 (2000 USD) targets RGBA file-based desktop compositing for the 3D artist.


Commotion is a visual effects application, originally released by Puffin Designs. Puffin Designs was founded by Scott Squires (Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic) and Forest Key to market Commotion.

Commotion set a high standard for a rotoscoping application, introducing rotosplines and offering features like motion tracking and motion blurring for masks. It was the first desktop application to allow real-time playback of full quality video clips from RAM.

Puffin Designs was later acquired by Pinnacle in 2000. After another release, Pinnacle let the program languish. Pinnacle has since been acquired by Avid, who shows no signs of reviving the product.

The last release was version 4.1.

Apple Computer briefly bundled a limited version of the program with Final Cut Pro.

2. Autodesk Combustion

Combustion was a computer program for motion graphics, compositing and visual effects. It is commonly likened to Adobe’s After Effects,[1] and shares a timeline based interface with Autodesk Media and Entertainment’s (formerly Discreet) higher-end compositing systems Inferno, Flame and Flint. This is in contrast to the node based interface used by some other compositing applications.

The last version of Combustion was Combustion 2008. The end of its development was never officially announced,



Shake is a discontinued image compositing package used in the post-production industry developed by Apple Inc. Shake was widely used in visual effects and digital compositing for film, video and commercials. Shake exposed its node graph architecture graphically. It enabled complex image processing sequences to be designed through the connection of effects “nodes” in a graphical workflow interface.

This type of compositing interface allowed great flexibility, including the ability to modify the parameters of an earlier image processing step “in context” (while viewing the final composite). Many other compositing packages, such as Blender, eyeon Fusion, Nuke and Cineon, also used a similar node-based approach.

Shake was available for Mac OS X and Linux. Support for Microsoft Windows and IRIX was discontinued in previous versions.

On July 30, 2009, Apple discontinued Shake. No direct product replacement was announced by Apple, but some features are now available in Final Cut Studio and Motion, such as the SmoothCam filter.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    You forgot mention Softimage Eddie. It was even older than Media Illusion. I wouldnt be wrong if I say it was first nodal based compositing software. I’ve used it around 1993 on SGI


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