Blackmagic Design has released its Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio visual effects and motion graphics software for Mac OS X and Windows.


The GUI for Fusion 8 Studio. (Source: Blackmagic Design.)  

The release of Fusion 8 is the first ever Mac-compatible release of what was previously a Windows-only product. Fusion 8 Studio is now also available in 10, 20 or 50 multi user licenses, making it easy to install in larger creative groups and studios. The multi user licenses feature a single USB dongle programmed with multiple licenses that plug into a machine running Fusion Server, which is installed by default with Fusion Studio and manages the licenses across the Ethernet network. That means licenses can be floating and are not tied to any single machine, making it easy to administer in large facilities with lots of users.

Fusion 8 features a more intuitive and modern looking interface that makes it easier for new users to learn how to use the software, while also maintaining the consistency that long time users need. Featuring a powerful node based interface, using small icons that represent effects, filters and other operations that can be connected to create visual effects, Fusion makes it easy to build sophisticated compositions very quickly. Nodes are laid out logically like a flow chart, making it easy to see and adjust any part of a project in Fusion by simply clicking on a node.

Fusion 8  for Mac and Windows is free for Blackmagic Design customers and is now available to download from the Blackmagic Design website.  Fusion 8 Studio for Mac and Windows is available now from US$995. It has the same features as the free version, but also adds advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, retiming and stabilization. Fusion Studio also includes support for third-party OpenFX plugins, unlimited distributed network rendering, and Generation for studio wide multi user collaboration.

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