Blackmagic announced Fusion 8 Studio is available for download for public beta. Fusion 8 Studio is the full version of Blackmagic’s advanced visual effects and motion graphics software. The download for Fusion 8 Studio works for both Mac OS X and Windows.
While Fusion 8, the non-studio version, was released earlier this year the new Fusion 8 Studio builds upon all the tools in the free version and adds advanced optical flow tools for retiming, image repair, color smoothing, and morphing between different images, along with the ability to render at resolutions larger than Ultra HD. The Fusion 8 Studio download also adds advanced stereoscopic tools for converting 2D into 3D, support for 3rd party plug-ins, remote scripting, and Avid Connect, a plug-in allowing customers to use Fusion directly from Media Composer timelines.
If you have a project in the free version of Fusion, don’t worry, Fusion 8 Studio will be able to open and finish those projects. Also, Fusion 8 Studio included render node software letting customers to install an unlimited number of Fusion render nodes on additional computers for free. This likely will save them thousands of dollars in licensing fees. Meaning customers working on film and television projects in large multi-user studios can now accelerate their workflow by distributing render jobs across an unlimited number of systems on their network.
“We have been Fusion users for years, and it’s great to see where the product is heading,” said Jeremy Nelson, Compositing Supervisor at Flash Film Works who’s credits include feature films such as Spy, Barely Lethal, Defiance and Clash of the Titans. “Now with Mac as well as Windows, it really opens up how we will use it across a networked facility or individually. I love the path Blackmagic is moving to here!”
Fusion has been one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphics tools for over 25 years, and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like The Martian, Thor, Live Die and Repeat, The Hunger Games trilogy, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica and more.
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