Fusion – Expanding Your Colorist Toolbox

Fusion – Expanding Your Colorist Toolbox

October 6, 2015

Blackmagic Design Fusion is now free for everyone so make sure to add it to your colorist toolbox. Dan runs down his favorite tools so far

How many of you have tried using Blackmagic Design’s latest acquisition Fusion?

I have only started using it myself recently and have been quite impressed.

It’s also free!!!

With Blackmagic acquiring Fusion I have a feeling that we will see more and more fusion tools being integrated into Resolve

That got me thinking about the future and also how everyone now has access to Fusion and how could be used to assist in the color grading world.

As colorists, we are expected to not only grade our projects but come up with creative solutions to production issues.

I’m kicking off two series’ based in Fusion the first is some essential fixes that you can do in Fusion to either get better results than in resolve or are just much faster to do in Fusion!

The second will be the highest level beauty work that I can achieve which is a combination of Resolve and Fusion.

Fusion just has so much more accurate compositing tools that are necessary for uber high-level beauty work.

Here are some of the most common fixes that get requested in my grades that fusion does a great job of.

I’ll be doing deep insights on each of the topics below soon!

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    • Jason Bowdach

      EDIT: Tried making the vids smaller just links, but alas….

      Coming from a background in VFX, this absolutely has my interest recently. I’m a huge AE fan, but recent developments plus new competition technology is always worth checking out. I was literally playing in Fusion as the note for this insight popped up. Quite a powerful little program with a LOT of support already around, although it may feel a bit small compared to the monster that is the Foundry’s Nuke, NukeX, and Nuke Studio.

      Here are a few great FREE learning resources to go along with your free software:

      https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlkesh007 – Great YT channel with some Fusion & workflow tutorials.

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL-EHsqaMSF28Fmo-m3Ja8Q – Recent Tutorials (more CGI based) in Fusion

      Also, the latest version of Mocha (v5) supports direct import of roto shapes directly into fusion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtT6I2jkGuU

      Lastly, a few neat demos as a friendly reminder that a good artist can make any tool do amazing things.

      Teen Wolf Examples: youtube.com/watch?v=QxrNzHs5H28

      Anonymous Feature Film Examples: youtube.com/watch?v=mOpN6C3ZrjY

      What does everyone else think? Anyone else working on learning it?

    • Dan Moran

      Very cool man!! I am still learning it myself but I have found it opened up a huge world for me.

    • Jason Bowdach

      Just trying to tread water in this awesome new “ocean”!

      Forgot to mention the most important part of my findings so far, at least to us:

      A Few Great Articles & Tools on Color Management in Fusion

      Linear Gamma Workflow in Fusion

      Rendering rec709 in Fusion

    • Dan Moran

      My first insight was going to be based on how to get your clips in and out of fusion in the best way color / workflow wise 🙂

    • Jason Bowdach

      I look forward 🙂

    • Remco Hekker

      Hi Dan, thanks for doing these insights. I am really looking forward to the insights on beauty work!

      If anyone is looking for another resource on Fusion, try CMIvfx (.com) I’ve done all their fusion trainings and especially like their more recent ones. Also, they offer huge discounts through their newsletter. They’ve just finished a 70% off everything I believe.

    • BenJoyner

      Looks pretty awesome, are there any good tutorials you’d recommend?

    • Jason Bowdach

      Curious on your thoughts & which lessons were most useful, as Im taking a few of those myself. They just released a brand new course on 3d and lighting 🙂

    • Jason Bowdach

      I posted some free resources below, and CMIVFX currently has the most offerings for Fusion (although Im sure others like Lynda and DT will have more soon). FXPHD has a great course as well (FUS203), but its part of the larger semester and not for individual purchase :/

    • pauljohndore

      Hi Dan, lots of interesting stuff here, particularly the Log Processing mode for grain. Would it be possible to try to replicate that function in Resolve using nodes, even if just for comparison’s sake?

    • Remco Hekker

      Yeah, I haven’t seen that one yet.
      I really like the new complete course (Basic Next) https://cmivfx.com/videos/643-Fusion-Basics-NEXT
      Also, I really like the 3D integration (https://cmivfx.com/videos/626-Fusion-3D-Integration)
      and the Fusion Earth (https://cmivfx.com/videos/622-Fusion-Earth)
      Alltough the last 2 are of limited if you are purely a colorist.

      I have tought myself the basics of Fusion 7 with the earlier tutorials and alltough they have lost some of their useabillity
      these 3 are still really good!

      #1 Sky replacements – https://cmivfx.com/videos/45-Fusion-Sky-Replacements
      #2 Roto & Keying – https://cmivfx.com/videos/149-Fusion-Roto-and-Keying

      #3 Object removal – https://cmivfx.com/videos/225-Fusion-Object-Removal-Techniques
      The last one is tough!

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