Blackmagic’s Fusion 8.2 has been available to OS X and Windows users for awhile now, and for Linux as an open Beta since the summer. Now it’s an official release, and Linux users get in on the action with the ability to do complete 3D compositing, visual effects, and motion graphics, joining DaVinci Resolve as a post-production suite on the open source operating system.
“Blackmagic Design today announced that the final release of Fusion 8.2, its visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website. Fusion 8.2 and Fusion 8.2 Studio are available on Mac, Windows and now, for the first time ever, on Linux.” – Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO
There’s really nothing new in version 8.2 save that it provides Linux installation support, but for the record of those working on Linux, it would be beneficial to review the features and specifications of this visual effects platform. One of the major benefits is that Fusion is cross-platform, meaning that the studios can run Fusion projects and workflows in a mixed operating system environments, allowing users to work on the operating system they are most comfortable in.
With a node-based interface, Fusion effects projects are quick and easy to build with hundreds of built in tools for compositing, pulling keys, tracking objects, rotoscoping, retouching, title animation, particle effects, and all in a true 3D workspace. Blackmagic has also added deep pixel support for creating volumetric fog, lightning and reflection mapping of rendered objects for realistic atmospheric effects.
“This release of Fusion on Linux is so exciting because it finally gives high end visual effects production companies a choice. Fusion is the only software that features a true 3D workspace for compositing, can also render 3D models from other software, add volumetric effects, particles and even motion graphics. Customers that need advanced multi user features and free unlimited network rendering can purchase Fusion 8.2 Studio which allows them to build huge multi-node render farms to speed up their work at no additional charge.” – Petty
With the new Linux port, users will also receive a free render node license that can be installed on an unlimited number of workstations and render nodes, so that productions can create render farms at no additional cost. Imagine if you could use your PCs in their downtime to render out thousands of visual effects-heavy shots, giving them the opportunity to participate in a production? How cool would that be?
Fusion 8.2 is available in two versions, the Free version and the Fusion 8 studio version. Fusion 8.2 free is a full professional system that is not hobbled in any way, and offers integrated 2D and 3D compositing and motion graphics software. It includes a massive toolset featuring paint, rotoscope, titling, animation, multiple keyers, an amazing 3D particle system, advanced key-framing, GPU acceleration, and support for importing and rendering 3D models and scenes from other applications.
Fusion 8.2 Studio, which sells for $995, has all the same features as the free version, plus adding advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, retiming and stabilization. Fusion 8.2 Studio also includes support for third-party OpenFX plugins, unlimited distributed network rendering, and Generation for studio wide multi user collaboration to track, manage, review and approve shots when working with large creative teams on complex projects. Customers with a Fusion Studio version 7.7 dongle or higher can download the update for free.
For more information, and to download Fusion 8.2, visit the Blackmagic Design website here.