FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design has released the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, its visual effects and motion graphics software. The software can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design Website (www.blackmagicdesign.com) and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.
A beta version for the paid version, Fusion 8 Studio, which adds stereoscopic 3D tools and is designed for multi user workgroups and larger studios, will be available shortly. Current Fusion Studio customers can download the public beta for the free version of Fusion 8 and start using it today.
This new public beta is the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion. By bringing the free version of Fusion 8 to the Mac, high end visual effects are available to even more users than before. In addition, projects can be easily moved between Mac and Windows versions of Fusion so customers can work on the platform of their choice.
Long time fans of Fusion will notice that in the six months since Fusion 8 was launched at NAB there has been many improvements to the user interface. Featuring a powerful node-based interface, Fusion makes it easy to build sophisticated visual effects compositions very quickly. Nodes are small icons that represent effects, filters and other image processing operations that can be connected together in any order to create unlimited visual effects. Nodes are laid out logically like a flow chart, so customers won’t waste time hunting through nested stacks of confusing layers with filters and effects. Unlike timeline based applications, it’s easy to see and adjust any part of a project in Fusion by simply clicking on a node.