The advantage of using MLT is that we would have the ability to import / export an MLT XML project file that would be directly editable in Kdenlive, Shotcut and others, which are amazing editing software based on MLT. Those software could also send their “timeline” to Pencil.
It would make a very good workflow between animators and editors without worrying about exchanging their work. In this workflow, we would never have to compile or render anything to a flat output. Both the editor and animator would always share and work on independent tracks and layers.
One workflow would be :
- The editor cuts a film and send it to the animator through an MLT XML file.
- The animator adds some 2D animation effects over the film and send it back to the editor for the final grading.
Another workflow would be :
- The animator animates and compose a series of shots that form an entire sequence, then, send this bunch of sequences to the editor.
- The editor has them straight away on the timeline still being able to access different layers independently on his timeline and be able to fine tune the edit, the compositing and do the final grading.
We can imagine other very good workflows. Especially if Pencil2D handles basic editing features as it is specified in the Vision of Pencil document.
MLT could make all this possible and make Pencil go a big step forward to becoming a professional animation software.