[Tutorial] Fusion for Production – VFX Compositing with Fusion – 02a Fusion Studio vs DaVinci Resolve Workflow

In this tutorial series, we will talk about Blackmagic Fusion Studio and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve (Fusion page) as a professional VFX Compositing package. We will dive into basic workflows and techniques to make your daily compositing work more effective and fun.

We start this tutorial by discussing the differences between using Fusion inside of the free version of DaVinci Resolve to the paid version of Fusion Studio and DaVinci Resolve Studio. I give you a list of features, what you get in the paid versions and why they are so useful in production. Also we talk about the differences in working in Fusion Studio vs the Fusion Page in DaVinci Resolve and when which of these workflows are more useful.

After that we will dive into Fusion Studio to learn about basic Fusion concepts, beginning with the User Interface, Node Trees, Tools and a first composite from Loader to the Saver for the final output. This should help you to understand Fusion as a node-based compositor and helps you in understanding the more advanced workflows in the second part of this lesson, which will then dive into Fusion Compositing inside of the DaVinci Resolve Environment.

These topics are covered in this tutorial:

00:00 Overview of the series

00:28 Topics list for lesson 02, part 01 & part 02

03:45 DaVinci Resolve / Fusion Studio free vs. Paid

08:34 Fusion Studio UI Overview

10:36 Compositing Settings / Global Settings

11:36 Frame Format, Frame Rate fps and Color Depth

12:53 Adding Nodes & Tools

14:05 Loading footage

14:22 Preview options in the Loader tool

15:21 Working with the Fusion Viewer

16:23 Adjusting the compositing length

17:09 Preview area in the timeline

17:35 Caching the timeline

18:20 Loading additional logos

19:07 Adding a text tool

19:24 Adding a sequential node

20:04 Arrange tools in the node graph

20:23 Merge Node and Transformations

20:35 Auto Proxy option in the Viewer

21:00 Faster ways of merging Nodes

21:53 Outputting a compositing with a Saver

22:47 Output Settings

23:08 Color Depth Settings for Source Nodes

24:16 Loader Setting for the import

25:06 Starting a Render Job

25:49 Importing an EXR sequence

27:20 Viewer options for transparencies

28:22 Setting a Viewer Gamma 2.2

29:09 Changing the Gamma in the Fusion View LUT

29:54 Using the Stefan Ihringer Viewer LUTS from Reactor

30:31 Setting the Preview Range

30:39 Importance of right mouse button on ui elements

31:15 Working with Audio in Fusion Studio 

32:14 Overview over the next part of Lesson 02b

As a Senior 3D & VFX Trainer, Helge Maus teaches 3D- & VFX Applications for 20 years. His focus lies on VFX, but he also works with many studios and agencies from different visualization areas. He focuses on Houdini FX, Blender, and NUKE for his daily work and training.

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