Blackmagic Design has announced that visual effects and motion graphics software, Fusion 7, is now available free of charge. Fusion 7 for Windows can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website. Also announced was Fusion 7 Studio, a complete bundle of VFX and motion graphics solutions with collaborative tools and network rendering for creative teams and larger facilities.
Previously, getting access to high-end VFX tools was often expensive, and so restricted to elite Hollywood VFX artists. Blackmagic Design believes that making Fusion 7 available for free will revolutionise the industry and consumers will be able to watch dramatically better feature films and television shows in the future.
Fusion 7 features an infinite 3D workspace and a node based workflow for quickly building effects. Customers get advanced 3D compositing, paint, rotoscope, retiming, stabilisation, titling, a 3D particle generator and multiple keyers, including Primatte. Fusion 7 also lets customers import and render 3D geometry and scenes from other applications as well as create their own elements from scratch.
The $995 Fusion 7 Studio includes everything found in the free Fusion 7 software, plus features such as optical flow tools for retiming, stabilisation and stereoscopic 3D production, support for third party OpenFX plug ins, and distributed network rendering. Fusion 7 Studio also includes Generation, a studio wide multi user workflow and collaboration tool that helps creative teams manage, track and review versions of every shot in a production.
“Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time that this changed. Consumers are screaming for more exciting movies and television programmes and so we need to do everything we can to help our customers create stunning visual effects,” said Grant Petty (pictured), Blackmagic Design CEO. “Now, with the free version of Fusion, everyone from individual artists to the biggest studios can create Hollywood caliber 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!”