Blackmagic Design's Fusion VFX software is available for Linux at last. The company said at SIGGRAPH that Fusion 8.2 is now available for download in a public beta version with feature parity across Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
Blackmagic says project files are common, meaning that artists collaborating on a job should be able to work in each other's project files without running into incompatibilies between platforms. All versions of Fusion can also be integrated into existing pipelines using Python and Lua scripting.
Fusion is the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers, and 3D animators. Over the last 30 years, Fusion has been used on thousands of Hollywood blockbuster movies. Sep 07, 2015 Fusion 8 will continue that trend and, for the first time will be available for Mac OS X, as well as Windows. Currently, only the standard (free) version has an available beta, although a public beta of the Fusion 8 Studio is expected soon. Fusion 8 uses a node-based interface, akin to DaVinci Resolve’s color tools.
Fusion 8 for Mac and Windows is free for customers and the public beta of Fusion 8 is now available to download. Fusion 8 is a full professional 3D visual effects and compositing system that is suitable for independent effects, motion graphics, and broadcast design artists.
'We've re-engineered and rearchitected Fusion in the last two years,' Steve Roberts, founder of Eyeon Software and creator of what was then known as Digital Fusion, told StudioDaily. The current version is the result, he said, of Blackmagic growing the size of Fusion's engineering team after it acquired the software in 2014 in an effort to make it easier for newcomers to use and grow the installed base.
'Look at the explosion of videos on YouTube about Fusion,' he said. 'It's nice to have more resources behind the software.'
Of course, another tactic that has increased usage of Fusion is Blackmagic's decision to give away a fully featured version of the software for free, making it undeniably the best value in visual effects. The $995 Fusion 8 Studio adds premium features — high-end optical-flow algorithms for image processing, third-party OpenFX plug-in support, unlimited distributed network rendering, and studio-wide multi-user collaboration tools. And larger facilites will be looking at 10-user ($8,955), 20-user ($17,895) and 50-user ($44,495) site licenses.
The Fusion 8.2 public beta is a free download from the Blackmagic website; the Fusion 8.2 Studio beta is only available to customers with a Fusion Studio 7.7 dongle or higher.
An overview of Fusion 8, recorded by Pariah Studios’ Rob Redman. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the first versions of the compositing software to support Mac OS X, have just been released officially.
Originally posted on 1 January 2016. Scroll down for news of the official release.
Blackmagic Design has released Fusion 8 Studio in beta, introducing a new Mac version of the formerly Windows-only compositing software. A Linux version will follow later this year.
The beta release – Blackmagic’s first major update since acquiring Fusion from original developer eyeon in 2014 – follows that of the free edition of Fusion 8 last August.
Mac support and a new UI, but no major new features this time round
As with the free edition, Fusion 8 Studio adds a new OS X edition to the formerly Mac-only application, and reworks the UI – you can see the new design in the image above – including a new darker background.
Free Vfx Software: Download Blackmagic Fusion 8 Beta For Mac
However, as far as we can see, that’s it for new features. Blackmagic’s press release does list the extra functionality not available in the free edition, but it seems to be identical to that for Fusion 7 Studio.
Existing functionality available only in the Studio edition of Fusion 8 includes the advanced optical flow and stereo tools, support for OpenFX plugins, and the option to render at resolutions higher than Ultra HD.
The new Linux edition of the software – another potential selling point for the Studio edition – hasn’t actually made it in the initial beta, although Blackmagic says that it will follow in “Q1 2016”.
Updated 1 April 2016: Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio are now officially shipping for Windows and Mac OS X. Fusion 8 is free, while new licences of Fusion 8 Studio cost $995.
Blackmagic has also introduced new multi-user licences for Fusion 8 Studio, starting from $8,955 for a 10-user license, $17,895 for a 20-user license and $44,495 for a 50-user license.
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