April 1, 2015

Blackmagic's Powerful (& Free) Compositing Software Is Coming to Mac Very Soon

Blackmagic Fusion 7 Mac OSX
Not only is Blackmagic Design taking over the world of affordable cinema cameras, but high-end post production tools as well.

Blackmagic Fusion 7 Mac OSX
Late last year, Blackmagic released Fusion 7, an extremely powerful node-based compositing and 3D animation software with a history of high-end use in Hollywood. Like they had done with DaVinci Resolve, the Blackmagic folks opted to offer a paid full version of the software, which comes in at $995, as well as a free version that is slightly limited in functionality, yet still incredibly powerful. The only problem? It was originally only released for the Windows operating system.

However, Blackmagic has been hard at work porting the software over to OSX, and a nifty video (which unfortunately I can't embed here) shows that a fully-fledged Mac version of Fusion is closer than we might think.

Click here to see Fusion 7 in action on a Mac.

And here's a brief look back to IBC 2014, just after Blackmagic acquired Eyeon, the original creator of Fusion. This interview sums up very nicely where Fusion 7 is headed under the direction of Blackmagic.

This is significant for a few reasons. First and foremost, Blackmagic has already managed to democratize high-end color grading software by offering Resolve for free. It's safe to say that color correction capabilities that only ten years ago would have required tens of thousands of dollars in software and hardware can now be accomplished with a free piece of software on a laptop. That's an impressive precedent, so it's entirely possible that Fusion 7 will do the same for same for node-based compositing if the filmmaking community adopts it as they have Resolve.

Traditionally, these professional node-based softwares such as Nuke and Flame have been prohibitively expensive for all but those working in the upper echelons of the VFX industry, with a single seat often costing upwards of $5,000 (although there's now a free non-commercial version of Nuke). For independent and low-budget filmmakers, and for folks just wanting to learn these techniques, those prices are just too far out of reach. With Fusion 7, however, many of those same capabilities will be available to everyone, either for free or for a fraction of the cost of other high-end softwares. And now that a Mac version is imminent, the user base of Fusion 7 will only continue to grow larger and more diverse. 

There's no exact word yet on when Fusion for Mac will officially hit the market, but Blackmagic will be showing off a working version at NAB, so it's safe to assume that we may very well see it within the next six months.     

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Excellent, was looking forward to this announcement!

We'll see though in what capacity it'll make its way to most peoples workflow. I guess it all depends on the UX and capabilities.

April 2, 2015 at 5:40AM, Edited April 2, 5:40AM

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PJ Palomaki
Cinematographer | Motion Graphics
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I love Blackmagic's business model.

April 2, 2015 at 10:52AM

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Manny Villanueva
Cinematographer
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I'm thinking they will use this software as part of a bundle that comes with their cameras. A lite and a professional version maybe. Not a bad strategy.

April 2, 2015 at 5:19PM, Edited April 2, 5:19PM

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Dantly Wyatt
Musical Comedy & Content Creator.
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this looks like its going to take over AE and motion! Im super krunk to learn this software! Hell Yes!!!

April 2, 2015 at 9:51PM

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Kyle Lamar
Director Producer DP
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Think again=) Nothing is "taking over" AE unless Adobe closes shop.

April 4, 2015 at 12:38PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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I beg to dissagree, After Effect isn't safe especially given the reputation of Black Magic with software. What I will agree is BM has a fight on its hand but I for one will look into it as AE & photoshop are the only thing still keeping me linked to Adobe.

April 6, 2015 at 10:44AM

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Kayode
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After FX is not in the same market as Nuke and to a certain extent neither is Fusion.

AE is mostly used in motion graphics, broadcast work and in a technically limited role on shows like Gone Girl doing split screens etc. Yes, smaller shops use AE for FX, but the big VFX houses are not compositing shots for the lastest blockbuster in AE. That's all done in NUKE (Nuke was invented by Digital Domain in the early 90's). Fusion is also not used in any of the big FX houses and FLAME is primarily used in commercials. Fusion is in an odd spot in the market place. It is technically far more advanced than AE, but falls short of Nuke. It doesn't have a user base at the highend, but that could change given how fed up people are with Nuke's pricing structure. Personally I welcome the purchase of Fusion by BM and hope that they shake up a very stagnant market that is essentially a monopoly owned by the Foundry.

April 14, 2015 at 8:11PM

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True word, in fact Adobe has gone out of their way to license Nuke plug-ins for After Effects. For the most part now the only think After Effects has over the market is those plug-ins.

Agreed that BM is a great addition to competition and should make the market less volatile.

April 15, 2015 at 2:07AM

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Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor
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With Resolve now able to do full editing and Color Grading, this Fusion might be the final jigsaw in taking the fight to Adobe Premiere & Apple Final Cut for Professional post production work. I am seriously rethinking my creative cloud subscription.

April 6, 2015 at 10:42AM, Edited April 6, 10:42AM

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Kayode
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BM software requires much more rendering power.

April 6, 2015 at 8:23PM

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Raph Dae
Screenwriter & attempted director
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What about blender?. Powerfull, open and free.

April 8, 2015 at 7:58PM

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Uno Castillo
Director of Photography
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I'm glad to hear this. With NUKE the Foundry has a stranglehold on the professional compositing market and that is reflected in their pricing. They can basically charge as much as they want (and they do) since they basically have a monopoly. Hopefully BM will be able to break that stranglehold and turn the market upside down and introduce some competition, again.

April 14, 2015 at 8:02PM

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