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TRAINING COURSE – Blackmagic Design Fusion 9


Helge Maus about Fusion and his reasons for using this powerful VFX-compositing tool:


As an alternative to our trainings in NUKE / NUKEX we also offer trainings or online-coachings in Blackmagic Design Fusion 9 / Fusion 9 Studio for vfx-compositing and motion graphics.


"The world’s most advanced visual effects, 3D, VR and motion graphics solution!"


In my opinion, Blackmagic Design Fusion 9 represents the connection between Adobe After Effects and The Foundry NUKE / NUKEX. Whereas you have to buy different plugins in other software tools and have to invest a lot of money, Fusion 9 offers many of the tools already in the standard version. You can either get Fusion 9 for free or get a rather cheap version of Fusion 9 Studio. If you want to expand, you can buy OFX Plugins such as GenArts Sapphire for example.

What makes Fusion 9 so special?

>> It offers Out-of-the-Box the following outstanding features:

  • Particle System (2D and 3D)
  • 3D-System with advanced Shading
  • 3D-Integration for cameras and objects
  • Deep Integration
  • Professional Keyer (Primate, DeltaKeyer)
  • Planar Tracking
  • 3D-Camera Tracking
  • Stereoscopic Tools (Fusion Studio)
  • VR-Tools
  • Integration with DaVinci Resolve 14


In addition, it is node-based, like many other professional VFX tools (SideFX Houdini, The Foundry NUKE, or also Allegormic Substance Designer). Therefore, procedural thinking is very much in line with the work approach in production.



  • Basics User Interface
  • Use of Viewers
  • Subviews
  • Wipes and Comparisons 
  • Working with Timeline, Keyframes & Animations-Curves (Splines)
  • Slider & Defaults
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Loader & Saver
  • Preferences
  • Linear Workflow / Bit-Depth in Compositions
  • Working with Colors
  • ColorCorrector
  • Vectorscope, Waveform, 3D-Histogram
  • Unpremult / Premult
  • Color-Matching
  • Greenscreen & Keying    
  • Matte-Workflow
  • Spill-Suppression
  • Rotoscoping
  • 2D-Tracker
  • Corner Pins & Image Integration
  • Stabilizing of the Footage
  • Planar Tracking
  • Multichannel EXR Workflow 
  • Compositing 3D-Renders
  • Channel-Operations
  • Fusion Effects like Blurs, Glows, Defocus
  • Painting 
  • 3D-Space
  • Import OBJ, FBX & ALEMBIC
  • 3D-Objects, Lights & Materials / Shader
  • 3D-Particle Systems
  • Fog & Atmosphere
  • Lens Distortion Workflow
  • Camera Tracker
  • 3D-Image Planes
  • Deep Pixel / Deep Compositing


By request:


  • First Motion Graphics Scene with Text, Replicators
  • First Matte Painting Workflows
  • Roundtrip between DaVinci Resolve and Fusion
  • VR-Workflow (Fusion Studio)


The training can be done with the free version of Fusion. Owners of Fusion Studio can use additional features, which will then be discussed separately.  

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