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Advanced Visual Effects Compositing

Today’s Hollywood film effects are made up of hundreds, sometimes even thousands of different 2D and 3D elements that are composited together to create amazing, realistic looking scenes. Visual effects artists use Fusion to seamlessly blend elements together in a true 3D workspace for the ultimate in realism! Fusion features a node based workflow, can import 3D models and scenes from popular applications, and has hundreds of tools, effects and filters for creating the world’s most convincing and lifelike visual effects!

Advanced Visual Effects Compositing
After Effects

True 3D Workspace

Fusion is a true 3D visual effects compositing and animation application that lets you create entire scenes in an infinite 3D workspace. You can import and render 3D models and scenes from FBX or Alembic geometry files and seamlessly position them anywhere in 3D space along with live action footage, virtual cameras and light sources. Fusion also works with point cloud data and native cameras from Maya, 3ds Max or Lightwave for tracking and matching camera moves. Deep pixel tools let you add and change volumetric fog, lighting and reflection mapping of rendered objects using world position passes, normal maps or Z Depth passes, which means you can create amazing atmospheric effects that render in seconds, instead of hours!

Node Based Workflow

Hollywood’s top professional visual effects artists need precise control over every element, that’s why they work with nodes! Nodes are organized on screen in a tree that lets you break down and visualize complex scenes in an easy to understand flow chart style. Each node is an image processing operation that can be connected together in any order. With Fusion, you don’t have to worry about confusing stacks of nested layers or pre-composed tracks. You’ll always be able to see exactly how images are being processed! Using a node tree means all of your decision making is easy to see, so it’s simple to make adjustments or even hand off to another artist!

Node Tree
Comprehensive Keying and Mattes

Comprehensive Keying and Mattes

For seamless visual effects compositing, being able to remove blue or green screen backgrounds to isolate actors and objects is essential. To get the best results, sometimes you need to use a variety of different tools to remove or key out wide range of unwanted detail. Fusion includes the incredibly powerful ultra keyer, along with built in chroma, luma, and alpha keyers, as well as the popular Primatte keyer! The creation of mattes from these keyers as well as flexible drawing and painting tools, means you get precise matte controls when working with challenging, hard to key sources!

Particle Tools

Amazing 3D Particles!

Fusion opens up a creative world of swirling, sparkling, fantastic effects when you use 3D particles! Fusion’s particles can also be used to simulate realistic snow, rain and smoke. You can add physics simulations, like avoidance, gravity and bounce, that influence and alter your particles in natural ways. Or you can add behavioral forces to create animations of flocking birds or a colony of ants! Best of all particles are integrated within the 3D workspace, which means they can swirl and surround other elements in your scene!

Advanced Tracking and Stabilization

To create realistic composites you often have to match the motion of different elements so they are locked together and move in perfect synchronization. Fusion lets you automatically track, match move and stabilize objects in your shots. Once processed, the automatic tracking data can be converted into editable keyframes so that you have even more precise control! When creating 3D composites, you can import native cameras from Maya, or use 3D tracking data generated by third party applications like PFTrack, SynthEyes or Mocha. Any combination of 2D or 3D objects can be tracked together using Fusion’s advanced tracking tools!

Vector Tools

Vector Based Paint

Whether you are creating an image from scratch or retouching a shot, Fusion includes advanced, resolution independent paint tools. You get familiar paint tools with flexible brush styles, blend modes and stroke shapes that can be modified at any time! You can use the paint tool to remove wires, rigs or other unwanted elements in the frame by cloning one area to another, smear an image with a brush stroke or even for painting entirely new elements in your scene! Because Fusion paint is vector based, you can go back and adjust brush strokes, alter the motion path, or even change the project output size at any time! So whether your final output is HD or 4K, Fusion’s vector based paint will always look great!


Professional Rotoscoping Tools

Rotoscoping is used to isolate actors or objects by drawing and animating shapes on difficult shots or where keying can’t be used. The flexible Bezier and B-spline drawing tools found in Fusion can use edge detection for precisely outlining a subject! You can animate individual points on the spline shape or use the transform box to quickly scale, twist and taper groups of points. You also get the unique onion skin display to help you see how masks animate over time making it even easier to modify them!

Realistic Lighting and Shading

In order to create believable 3D scenes you need sophisticated lighting tools. Fusion lets you add unlimited, customizable light sources and control how elements within the shot react to lighting so you can set up incredibly detailed 3D sets! Control ambient, directional and point lights or cast shadows over 3D geometry using the spot light! You can define how a surface responds to lights. Create a rough organic appearance or a smooth reflective sheen by creating materials and GPU accelerated shaders! With Fusion you can even mimic reflection and refraction on objects using environment maps!

Lighting and Shading

Virtual Set Extensions

The detailed environments you see in movies today are a combination of small live action sets and computer generated virtual extensions that are painstakingly modeled inside a 3D application. Fusion gives you a new, faster way to do this type of work so you save countless hours of rendering! Fusion’s projection tools let you build seamless 3D virtual set extensions that render in a fraction of the time, without having to use complex 3D geometry! Use projections like light sources with intensity, color, decay and shadow properties. Or use Camera Projection to match textures to cameras with control over aperture, film stock and clip planes.

Virtual Environments


GPU Accelerated Volumetric Effects

Atmospheric effects, like dense creepy fog or misty sunlight, are called volumetric effects and can dramatically increase the realism of your shots. It’s one of the things that makes Hollywood visual effects look so amazing! With Fusion, you can dynamically control how volumetrics interact with the rest of the 3D scene and instantly see the results. Adjust the fog density, light scatter, and color transmission, all without having to wait for time consuming renders! Choose additive or subtractive blend modes for compositing the volumetrics over an image. You can even have volumetrics use world position data from deep pixel render passes so fog realistically moves through your composited 3D scene, automatically flowing both in front of and behind elements!



Comprehensive Stereoscopic Tools

When you’re shooting stereoscopic 3D it can be incredibly difficult to get perfectly aligned 3D images from the left and right eye cameras and lenses. Fusion uses an optical flow toolset that goes far beyond simple transforms and keystone adjustments to correct the intricate alignment and disparity issues that can occur during production. When creating stereoscopic composites, Fusion simplifies complicated stereoscopic workflows by using a single camera instead of complex stereo camera rigs. Fusion can even create 3D from 2D source material, and is used by more studios than any other solution to convert 2D movies into 3D!


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Fusion Generation

Workflow Management and Collaboration

When you’re working on larger projects, it can be challenging to assign work, track different versions of shots, and consolidate feedback from the team. Fusion Studio includes Generation, a workflow management application that ties your entire studio together! It lets producers and supervisors manage every shot and asset in a project, no matter if it was created in Fusion, After Effects, Maya or even Photoshop! You get 4K playback, review and approval tools, version tracking, and a time management solution to keep artists on track. Built-in drawing tools let you communicate changes and then review and compare each successive version!

Hollywood Quality Compositing!

High end feature film, commercial and television clients demand photorealistic finishing. Fusion features a fully resolution and color bit depth independent compositing engine that retains the highest possible quality through every operation! The Fusion engine can combine extremely high resolution images and 32-bit floating point processing within an open and consistent color space! In addition, region of interest and domain of definition settings optimize the processing so you only render what’s needed!

Compositing Engine

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Macros, Expressions and Scripting

Fusion’s built in macro tool allows studios or individual artists to create and share their own tools simply by combining nodes, choosing which controls to display, saving it and then sharing it with other artists! You can build in simple parameter linking, or add more advanced expressions that control relationships between multiple parameters with a single slider! For larger studio integration and workflow automation, both Fusion and Generation are scriptable using familiar Python and LUA scripting so you can automate tasks throughout your entire studio!

Macro Tools Open EXR Tools

Extended Range OpenEXR Workflow

Efficiently managing the multitude of 3D render passes from 3D applications is incredibly simple using OpenEXR files in Fusion’s node tree. A single EXR file can represent the diffuse pass, specular pass, normals, world position and many more! Since each pass can branch off in the node tree, artists have complete control over how each one is used without needless duplication!

Color Management

When working with multiple artists on different systems, consistent color is critical. Fusion's advanced color management tools make color matching, profiling and working with shots from different cameras simple! With support for Open Color I/O and the new industry standard color space, ACES, you can work in a linear color space pipeline that is consistent and compatible with any artist anywhere!

Color Management

Unlimited Network Rendering

With Fusion, you aren’t penalized for wanting to be as productive as possible! That’s why unlimited network rendering is included with Fusion Studio at no extra charge! You can place the Fusion render engine on as many workstations and servers as you want, then manage it with the built in render manager or use popular 3rd party render managers like Smedge, Spider and Rush! You can use network rendering to output the final job faster or to increase the speed of your previews while you work!

Network Rendering