The public beta of the free version of Blackmagic’s Fusion 8, the company’s visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website. This beta is for the free version of Fusion 8 and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.
A beta for the paid version, Fusion 8 Studio, which adds stereoscopic 3D tools and is designed for multi-user workgroups and larger studios, will be available shortly. However, current Fusion Studio customers can download the public beta for the free version of Fusion 8 and start using it today.
This public beta is also the first-ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows-only product. In addition, projects can be easily moved between Mac and Windows versions of Fusion so customers can work on the platform of their choice.
In the six months since Fusion 8 was launched at NAB there have been many improvements to the user interface — it features a more modern look. There will be many more improvements to the user interface as the Fusion engineering teams continue to work with the visual effects community.
Featuring a node-based interface, Fusion makes it easy to build high-end 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. With a node-based interface, it’s easy to see and adjust any part of a project in Fusion by clicking on a node.
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 has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including Thor, Edge of Tomorrow, The Hunger Games trilogy, White House Down, Battlestar Galactica and others.