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Blackmagic releases free Fusion 7 vfx software

Blackmagic releases free Fusion 7 vfx software
Jake Bickerton
10 November 2014

Just a few months after Blackmagic Design announced it had purchased vfx software Eyeon Fusion, it has ‘done a Blackmagic’ by overhauling the software and releasing a free version.

Fusion 7, Blackmagic’s new version of the software is, it says, “the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software”. The free version – for Windows only – is available to download now from here.

The free Fusion 7 isn’t limited in functionality and can be used for commercial work. It provides 3D compositing, paint, rotoscope, retiming, stabilisation, titling, a 3D particle generator and multiple keyers, including Primatte.

“Previously getting access to high-end visual effects tools such as Fusion cost thousands of dollars, so it was more restricted to elite Hollywood visual effects artists. Now with Fusion 7 being available free of charge there is no limit to block anyone from creating world leading visual effects,” says the Blackmagic press release.

As well as the free version, Blackmagic has launched Fusion 7 Studio, which adds collaborative tools, unlimited network rendering and a number of other additional features. This is the version pitched at post/vfx houses and costs US$995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

The extra features in Fusion 7 Studio include optical flow tools for advanced retiming, stabilisation and stereoscopic 3D production, support for third party OpenFX plug ins, and distributed network rendering so you can render jobs on an unlimited number of computers at no additional cost.

Fusion 7 Studio also includes Generation, a multi-user workflow and collaboration tool for managing, tracking and reviewing versions of every shot in a production.

It’s possible to move projects from the free Fusion 7 software to a workstation running Fusion 7 Studio and take advantage of workflow collaboration and unlimited distributed network rendering.

The vfx on recent features including Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spider-man 2 and The Hunger Games, and TV series including Battlestar Galactica and Orphan Black were created using Fusion.

“Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time this changed. Consumers are screaming for more exciting movies and television programs and so we need to do everything we can to help our customers create stunning visual effects,” says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

“Now, with the free version of Fusion, everyone from individual artists to the biggest studios can create Hollywood calibre visual effects and motion graphics. When combined with DaVinci Resolve Lite, customers can get the world’s most advanced tools for editing, grading, 3D compositing, visual effects and motion graphics, all absolutely free.”

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