Black Magic Design have announced the public availability of their flagship VFX software, Fusion, which is now at version 8. Hailed as the world's most advanced visual effects and motion graphics solution, Fusion 8 has a comprehensive collection of tools and features, from compositing tools, colour correction, right through to full 3D environments and rendering and particle systems. There is no way I can list everything that Fusion offers the vfx or motion graphics artist, so if you want a look at the feature list head over to the official site to read. What I can tell you is that Fusion is a versatile, powerful and scaleable solution to pretty much any task you have to deal with. You can add endless rendernodes, or you can work solely on one machine. No matter the size of your task you will be happy and the nodal workflow just makes sense. Fusion is a nice place to work and everything is accessable via a number of methods, which makes it easy for you to fit it into your preferred workflow. To a newcomer what is great is that you can view the final output in one panel while viewing any given node in another. Sounds simple but it really does make you work smarter and more efficiently. The other notable feature is the power and ease of working with masks and keys. Fusion really has this nailed, so even if you render out buffers for your 3d renders Fusion still makes it easy to deal with them and if you are working with footage then they masking tools are fantastic.
As a fusion user I'm pretty excited about the release but even better still is that Fusion 8, including the public beta, is available for the mac as well as windows.
Head over to the fusion pages of the black magic site, to download your copy.
If you find the software new and strange don't worry. I'll be launching the Fusion and VFX training section of my youtube channel next week, which will help you along the way right from the start.