dvGarage has released Conduit, a plug-in for Apple's Motion real-time 2D compositing software that adds a nodal compositing interface similar to that found in higher-end suites such as Shake, Combustion and Eyeon Fusion.
Nodal compositing uses a flowchart view built from nodes that represent clips, effects and generators (such as shapes and particle systems). Output from one node can be sent to more than one input, and the results of multiple nodes can feed into a single effect. This way of working is generally faster for complext visual effects than the layered timeline that forms the basis of Motion.
dvGarage says that Conduit is aimed at editors who occasionally need to work on complex composition, but who don't need the power of Shake.
Conduit costs $199 (around £110).