Blackmagic Fusion


Fusion is a free compositing program specifically for film and video-related special effects. It has a powerful node system with a fully integrated scripting system and traditional timeline. It is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac.

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What It's For

Fusion is an excellent tool for motion graphics and compositing. It’s primarily a node-based compositor, but also includes a timeline view for simple cuts and time-based manipulations. It also has a straightforward and powerful scripting system to allow automated tasks, or integration into custom workflows. The free version includes most crucial features, but lacks a few higher end tools, such as planar tracking and DCI 4K renders.

Power users might still prefer Fusion standalone, but for many users, the version of Fusion that is built into Da Vinci Resolve will be more convenient for film projects.

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