Post-Production : Blackmagic's Free Fusion changes everything by Brian Flanagan

Brian Flanagan

Blackmagic's Free Fusion changes everything

Disclaimer: I really don't know much about this topic, but the following article intrigued me. "Blackmagic's acquisition of Eyon Fusion could be the biggest thing to happen in post production for a decade. It's a very clever business move that changes the map completely, and will disrupt the industry for years to come. For users, it's a dream: software that was previously a major budget item, or simply unaffordable, is now either free or within reach - especially because the paid-for version mostly differs by having features that will appeal to companies rather than freelancers. The revolutionary nature of the new cost structure can't be overemphasized. This type of software has never been cheap. That's not surprising: it's complicated, with a steep learning curve. You don't write a 3D compositing package overnight. You probably don't even write it in a decade. When Blackmagic started selling products, they were relatively simple. A capture card either works or it doesn't. A converter either converts or it doesn't. Of course there's more to it than that: construction quality, reliability and usability all matter. Subtleties that you wouldn't normally think about like jitter matter as well. So while the products might have been simple on the surface, they weren't easy to make without good engineers and good designers. But they were simple compared to the type of product that Blackmagic also sells now. There are, as I see it, two main reasons why Fusion matters so much. First, it's a very serious product. It's as deep as it is wide, and it's very wide indeed. What does this mean? It has a lot of very powerful, useful features. If it were merely a compositor, then it would be a fantastic tool, but it goes a very long way beyond that. If you want to know how deep Blackmagic Fusion is, just visit Blackmagic's website and read about it. When I did that, it took me twenty minutes. That's an extraordinary amount of space to devote to a single product that is one of so many, and surely an indication of how important Fusion is to the its new owner."

RedShark News - Blackmagic's Free Fusion changes everything
RedShark News - Blackmagic's Free Fusion changes everything
Blackmagic's acquisition of Fusion is big news. It's going to make waves in the post production industry. It's changing things forever. Blackmagic's acquisition of Eyon Fusion could be the biggest thi…
Andre Hunt

I remember seeing Doug Trumball being enthusiastic about this too. Perhaps a very specific example of the use of Fusion would bring more comments in. Make one up....or link a YouTube video that shows an example of it's use. By the way, I left a new subject comment in the lounge about the issue of getting one's film's gamma on their calibrated computers to be the same as in a theatrical presentation in a film festival. This is even more of an issue for short films, because short film festivals do not request DCP's yet. My short film just played at Eugene, and although it's Blu-Rayed 1080p content looked great on a 26 foot wide screen, (they used a Sony 4K projector) the gamma selection made my film look almost 30% too light. And that can bring up hidden layers of effects work, and scenes waiting to fade in appearing ghostly hovering in the blacks of the current scene. You'd think a lot of people here would be concerned about this and be looking for answers, besides getting the phone numbers of projectionists.....

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