NAB 2015: Blackmagic Design Announces Mac, Linux & Windows Versions of Fusion 8 for VFX, Motion

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Video hardware and software innovators Blackmagic Design has announced that version 8 of Fusion, the visual effects and motion graphics powerhouse application, will be released later this year in Mac OS X, Linux and Windows versions.

When Blackmagic purchased Fusion in 2014, it was only available in Windows. The current iteration, Fusion 7, is available in a free version – named, simply, Fusion 7 – and a paid-for version – Fusion 7 Studio, with Windows-only.

This unpaid/paid split follows Blackmagic’s now well-established practice with its high-end color grading done editing application, DaVinci Resolve, which comes in free and purchased versions.

Both versions of Fusion, as with Resolve, will doubtless be remarkably similar and have the vast majority of features in common, permitting learners to acquire a large skill set only at the cost of time. Moviemakers using the free version and who don’t need the extra functions included in the purchased version will be able to use it to fulfil much if not all of their requirements.

The combination of Blackmagic Design’s two core, industry-leading software products, Fusion and Resolve, now enable a great many of us to carry out post-production tasks once limited to high-end facilities. Moviemakers currently using Premiere Pro and After Effects may wish to check out Resolve plus Fusion, and the combination may prove attractive to users of other editing, color grading, visual effects and motion graphics packages.

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This is a great time to be making movies. I look forward to the release of Fusion 8 later this year and to learning more about its feature set when Blackmagic Design updates its Fusion pages.

Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8 will be available on Mac OS X and Linux

Via Blackmagic Design Press Release:

NAB 2015, Las Vegas, USA – April 13, 2015 – Blackmagic Design today announced Fusion 8, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, will be released on Mac OS X and Linux. Until now, Fusion has been a Windows only product, and with this new Fusion 8 release, it will now be available on all popular operating systems.

Fusion 8 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2015 booth at #SL219 on both Mac OS X and Windows.

In November 2014 Blackmagic revolutionized the visual effects industry by making Fusion on Windows available for free and introducing the all new Fusion Studio for $995. Previously, getting access to high end visual effects tools such as Fusion used to cost thousands of dollars, restricting it to Hollywood’s elite visual effects artists.

Now, by bringing Fusion to Mac and Linux, Fusion will be available to even more users than ever, opening the door to millions of motion graphic artists, broadcast designers, video editors, visual effects compositors, and 3D animators.

Fusion has been Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphics tool for over 25 years, and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black and many more.

Featuring a powerful node based interface, Fusion makes it extremely easy to build sophisticated visual effects compositions very quickly. Nodes are small icons that represent effects, filters and other image processing operations that can be connected together in any order to create unlimited visual effects. Nodes are laid out logically like a flow chart, so customers won’t waste time hunting through nested stacks of confusing layers with filters and effects. Unlike timeline based applications, it’s easy to see and adjust any part of a project in Fusion by simply clicking on a node.

Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8

Blackmagic Design Press, continued

With a massive toolset consisting of hundreds of built in tools, customers can pull keys, track objects, rotoscope, retouch images, animate titles, create amazing particle effects and much more, all in a true 3D workspace. Fusion can also import 3D models, point cloud data, cameras or even entire 3D scenes from Maya, 3ds Max or Lightwave and render them seamlessly with other elements. Deep pixel tools can be used to add volumetric fog, lighting and reflection mapping of rendered objects using world position passes so customers can create amazing atmospheric effects that render in seconds, instead of hours.

Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Studio are currently available for Windows, while the new Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio will be available in Q3 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

With this new update, customers will be able to install and use Fusion on the same computers they use for editing and color correction. Current Fusion 7 Studio customers will be able to use their dongles on the Mac and Linux versions, and projects created with Fusion 8 will be compatible across all three platforms.

“We’ve been working hard to bring Fusion to the Mac as quickly as possible and we’re very excited to be demonstrating Fusion running on the Mac at NAB this year,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’re thrilled that so many new artists will be able to use Fusion for the first time and we can’t wait to see what they’re going to create with it! Just like DaVinci Resolve, Fusion won’t have annual maintenance fees, require a monthly subscription, or a connection to the cloud!”

Availability and Price
Fusion 8 for Mac OS X and Windows will be available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website in Q3, and Fusion 8 Studio for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux will be available for US$995, as well for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current Fusion customers.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G- SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com

(cover photo credit: snap from Blackmagic Design)


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