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Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio v9

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The world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics solution!

Fusion is the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators.


Highlights

Over the last 30 years, Fusion has been used on thousands of Hollywood blockbuster movies and television shows. Fusion features a powerful node based interface that lets you quickly and easily create sophisticated effects by connecting different types of image processing tools together! You get a massive range of tools, incredible VR and 3D support, GPU accelerated performance, unlimited network rendering and more! Fusion gives you everything you need to create exciting broadcast graphics, dramatic titles, and even major feature film visual effects!

To learn what's new in Fusion 9, see the Details page.

By Purchasing Fusion, your dongle entitles you to Resolve Studio 15 (Beta) Free.

Forum/ FAQ can be found here: https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=71881

Hollywood’s Biggest Blockbusters

Thousands of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and hit television shows use Fusion to create their groundbreaking visual effects. Fusion has been used on feature films like The Hunger Games, Dr Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as hit television shows like Empire, NCIS and American Horror Story. Fusion also plays a major role in the development of cinematics for major video games such as Dawn of War III, Halo 5 and more!

Nodes are a Much Faster Way to Work!

Nodes are incredibly easy to use, especially as scenes become more complex. Fusion’s nodes are small icons that represent effects, filters and other image processing operations. Nodes can be easily connected together to build larger and more complex visual effects. Tools, images, and objects can be combined in any order to create unlimited visual effects. Simply click on a node to quickly adjust any single part of your project. That’s much faster than a timeline based tool because you don’t need to hunt through nested stacks of confusing layers and filters!

Get the most Powerful VFX Software Available!

Whether you need to pull a key, track objects, retouch images, animate titles, or create amazing particle effects, Fusion has a massive toolset that lets you tackle the most demanding jobs. You get a true 3D workspace along with tools for compositing, keying, painting, animation, virtual reality, stereoscopic 3D and more. Fusion combines effects and motion graphics, along with 3D modeling and rendering into a single toolset. That means you can import and render 3D models and scenes with the rest of your composite in Fusion. You don’t have to pre‑render assets or transfer between multiple applications!

Broadcast Graphics and Titles

Fusion is an extremely fast visual effects software tool that’s responsive enough to be used in high pressure, client driven sessions. With its GPU acceleration, you get instant feedback while you work so you can see exactly what you’re doing. Whether you’re working alone or with a client, Fusion gives you the real time control you need so you can spend more time being creative and less time waiting.

Animated Text

Powerful character generators let you create incredible animated 2D or 3D text and title sequences in any language!

3D Motion Graphics

Create advanced motion graphics with incredible depth using Fusion’s infinite 3D workspace to seamlessly combine vector graphics, live action and 3D objects!

3D Particle Systems

Create amazing 3D animated particle effects with real world physics like gravity, wind, and collision so particles can interact with objects in your scene.

Visual Effects and Compositing

True 3D Compositing

Combine live action with 3D models, cameras, lights and more in a true 3D workspace to create amazing, photorealistic effects and motion graphics.

Fast Motion Tracking

Match moves, stabilize cameras and track rotoscope points or paint strokes so objects and effects blend seamlessly and in perfect synchronization.

Powerful Keying

Key any element using the new Delta keyer, Primatte, Ultra, Chroma, Luma and Differential keyers to create the best possible composite.

Vector Paint and Rotoscoping

Advanced vector paint and rotoscoping tools let you create masks and mattes for applying effects and image corrections to specific parts of an image.

Optical Flow Image Analysis

Fusion Studio uses advanced optical flow algorithms to generate motion vectors so you can fix shots, retime, steady and morph images with astounding results!

Stereoscopic 3D Tools

Fusion Studio includes the world’s most advanced camera matching, stereo alignment, convergence and spatialization tools for creating realistic, eye popping stereo 3D!

Unlimited Filters and Effects

Fusion includes hundreds of built-in tools that can be combined together or, in Fusion Studio, with third party filters to create an unlimited number of effects!

Virtual Reality and 3D

Panoramic Viewer

Use the new Panoramic Viewer to work in 360º VR environments, or wear popular VR headsets and get incredible interactivity so you can see your work in realtime!

Import and Render 3D Models

Import full 3D models from applications like Maya, 3ds Max and Cinema 4D, then use Fusion to light, shade, composite and render with full GPU acceleration!

Deep Pixel Compositing

Take advantage of both RGB color and XYZ position information in each pixel when using OpenEXR files so you can blend 2D images with 3D elements like volumetric fog and lights with interactive control.

Scripting and Automation

Built on an extensible and customizable framework, Fusion allows game developers, 3D feature film animators and media artists to use its open architecture to extend their own internal systems! Fusion supports both Lua and Python, a popular and intuitive scripting solution used by animators worldwide. You can save time by writing scripts to create custom tools, pass data back and forth between Fusion and other applications, automate repetitive tasks, and even add entirely new features!

GPU Accelerated Creative Workflow

Fusion is extremely fast and responsive enough to be used in high pressure, client driven sessions. With its GPU acceleration, you get instant feedback while you work so you can see exactly what you’re doing. Fusion 9 features more GPU and OpenCL pipelining than ever so whether you’re working alone or with a client, you get the real time control you need. That means you’ll be able to spend more time being creative and less time waiting! Fusion is so fast that you can even work in VR while wearing a headset and still get over 90 frames per second of interactivity!

Unlimited Render Power

Fusion has the world’s fastest production quality render engine! With Fusion Studio, you can even distribute your render jobs across an unlimited number of networked computers for incredible performance, at no additional cost! There’s no “per node” render license fees. Simply install it on as many render nodes as you need! That means you can render complex scenes incredibly fast to meet the intense deadlines of production, without having to sacrifice creativity or quality.

Fusion Connect

Fusion Connect lets DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer editors take advantage of Fusion’s massive visual effects and motion graphics toolset, right from their timelines! Editors can select individual clips or layers of clips and send them to Fusion. A new Fusion composition is automatically created and linked dynamically back to the timeline. You can work on the VFX and motion graphics yourself or, if you’re on shared storage, let another artist work on them for you. Once the Fusion composition is rendered, the shots are automatically updated back in the DaVinci Resolve or Avid Media Composer timelines!

Collaborate with Large Teams

When you’re working with a large creative team, Fusion Studio also includes the new Studio Player application. Studio Player features a single layer timeline with basic shot trimming, storyboard tools, versioning and annotation notes. Fusion Studio also features a bin server to let everyone share and see common assets that are needed for the job. That means you don’t have to copy and track multiple elements on different computers.

Two Versions

Fusion 9 (Free)

Integrated 2D and 3D compositing and motion graphics software, VR tools with a massive toolset featuring paint, rotoscope, titling, animation, multiple keyers including Primatte, an amazing 3D particle system, advanced keyframing, GPU acceleration, and support for importing and rendering 3D models and scenes from other applications. Technical support available via the Blackmagic Design community forums.

Fusion 9 Studio
Add Pro Features for Only $299

You get everything in Fusion 9 plus advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, VR tools, retiming and stabilization. Fusion 9 Studio also includes support for third-party OpenFX plugins and Fusion’s native SDK, unlimited distributed network rendering, and Studio Player along with a bin server for studio wide multi user collaboration that lets you track, manage, review and approve shots on complex projects.

What’s new in Fusion 9!

Incredible new VR tools that bring Fusion to a new generation of artists!

Fusion 9 is a massive new release with features specifically designed for the latest virtual reality, visual effects, motion graphics, and 3D workflows! The entirely new VR toolset makes Fusion indispensable for virtual reality projects, while new camera and planar tracking features make it possible to precisely track and composite objects while maintaining perspective and camera motion.

Fusion 9 also includes delta keyer, with advanced image science that makes it the world’s most advanced keyer. In addition, you also get Studio Player which includes new multi user collaboration tools for tracking and managing shots, along with version history, annotation notes and more!

Over 40 Powerful New Features

Virtual Reality

Support for all major VR headsets, incredible realtime viewing for interactivity with VR scenes, support for stereoscopic VR and more.

Camera Tracking

Analyzes camera motion of live action shots and will reconstruct the 3D camera movement, focal length of the lens, and create a 3D point cloud of the scene. So adding CG and elements to a moving shot is easy.

Planar Tracking

Tracks areas of an image, automatically finding the tracking detail and then calculating planes of motion that can be used to corner pin, and stabilize images.

Delta Keyer and Clean Plate

Get incredibly clean keys from any background color by using delta keyer’s advanced matte controls which are designed to preserve fine details such as hair.

Planar Rotoscoping

Apply planar tracking data to rotoscoped elements so they move correctly and follow the motion and perspective of other objects in the shot.

Studio Player

New playback engine and multi shot timeline with support for custom playlists, storyboards, version tracking, annotation notes and more.

New Formats

DNxHR, MXF and FFMpeg support for seamlessly transferring shots between DaVinci Resolve, Fusion and other applications.

GPU Acceleration

In addition to standard GPU acceleration, many of Fusion’s tools now use OpenCL so they can compute on the GPU, making Fusion faster than ever!


Visual Effects Compositing

fusionAdvanced Visual Effects

Hollywood’s top visual effects are made up of hundreds, sometimes even thousands of different 2D and 3D elements, blended together to create amazing, realistic looking scenes. Fusion features a fully 3D node based interface, can import 3D models and scenes from popular applications, and has hundreds of tools, effects and filters for creating convincing and lifelike visual effects!

Compositing

The starting point for all visual effects is compositing, the layering of one image on top of another. Fusion makes it easy because there are only 2 basic tools you need to get started. The Merge tool lets you quickly composite two images together in 2D space, and the Merge 3D tool lets you quickly composite multiple images together in 3D space.

Node Based Workflow

Hollywood’s top artists prefer to work with nodes because they need precise control over every element. Each node is its own image processing operation. Nodes are connected together to create a node tree, which is like a flow chart. Unlike confusing stacks of layers, nodes make it faster and easier to create and edit complex scenes!

3D Workspace

Fusion is a true 3D visual effects compositing and animation application that lets you create entire scenes in an infinite 3D workspace. You can create and render complex scenes that combine 2D footage with 3D models, geometric shapes, animated cameras, lights and more. You can even add volumetric effects like fog and mist!

Keying and Mattes

For seamless compositing you need to be able to remove blue, green or any other color backgrounds. Fusion features several keyers, including the all new delta keyer which uses advanced image science, along with a complete set of matte finesse controls, to give you the cleanest possible keys while preserving fine image detail.

Rotoscoping

Rotoscoping uses shapes to isolate actors or objects from other elements in a shot. Fusion’s bezier and B-spline tools let you quickly draw, track and animate custom shapes. Planar tracking data can be used on shapes so you don’t have to manually animate motion, perspective, position, scale or rotation as the image changes!

Tracking and Stabilization

To look realistic, objects have to move in perfect synchronization. Fusion can automatically track, match move and stabilize objects in your shots. You can even use the new planar tracker to replace signs or other flat objects as they move. There’s also a new camera tracker that analyzes and matches the movement of the live action camera that was used to shoot the scene!

3D Particles

Fusion’s 3D particle generator opens up an entire world of swirling, sparkling, fantastic effects! Use them to simulate realistic snow or rain, complete with physics like gravity, avoidance and bounce. Add behavioral forces to create a flock of birds or colony of ants! Particle systems work in 3D, which means they can swirl and surround other elements in your scene!

Vector Paint

Fusion’s resolution independent paint tools feature flexible brush styles, blend modes and stroke shapes that can be modified at any time! Use the paint tool to quickly remove wires, rigs or other unwanted elements. Simply clone one area to another, smear an image with a brush stroke, or even paint entirely new elements!

Color

Fusion’s 32-bit floating point color pipeline, integrated Open Color I/O and extensive tool set for processing true linear, converting between color space and display monitoring, along with Analyzation scopes makes the precise work of VFX color processing easy!

Virtual Set Extensions

Today’s movies often contain small live action sets that look massive, thanks to computer generated extensions! Fusion can import and render 3D models and scenes from popular software like Maya, so you can composite, light and render in one step. In addition, projection tools can be used to quickly render scenes, without having to use complex 3D geometry!

Virtual Reality and 3D

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Designed for 3D and VR!

Whether you’re working on a major feature film, an epic game, a virtual reality project, or a combination of all three, Fusion has been designed as a true 3D application from the ground up. You get a full 360º 3D workspace, along with the ability to import models and scenes from software such as Maya, 3ds Max and Cinema 4D. That means you can composite, light, and render 3D objects and scenes from other software, all inside of Fusion! No other effects or motion graphics software can do that! With Fusion, you have full control over re-lighting, volumetric effects and image processing so you can save time and be more creative, all without having to render in multiple applications!

Infinite 3D Workspace

The powerful infinite 3D workspace in Fusion is OpenGL accelerated so you can interactively modify millions of polygons, deep volumetric atmospherics, and 3D particles systems without having to wait! You can view previews instantly, and final renders are done in seconds instead of hours!

Highly Interactive VR

Fusion 9 is a massive leap forward in VR! You get a full 360º panoramic workspace that is completely interactive. You can use the built in panoramic viewer or wear popular VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. GPU acceleration makes it extremely fast so you can wear a headset and interact with elements in your VR scene in realtime! Plus, the new 360º spherical camera renders out complete scenes, all in a single pass and without the need for complex camera rigs!

Import 3D Models and Scenes

Fusion lets you spend less time recreating the work you did in other apps like Maya and 3ds Max, and more time moving projects forward! You can import cameras, load FBX scenes or take advantage of the Alembic format for animated geometry. That means you can import a 3D virtual set extension, composite it, light it, and render it all in the same software!

Built in 3D Objects

Fusion lets you quickly create your own 3D objects using the built in drawing tools and primitives! There’s even a library of basic objects and shapes, so you can get started quickly. If you type text or import a vector illustration, you can instantly extrude it into 3D space, define the object’s edge bevel, material, texture, shading, reflection and more!

Realistic Lighting and Shading

In order to create believable 3D scenes you need sophisticated lighting tools. Fusion lets you add unlimited, customizable light sources and control how elements within the shot react to lighting so you can set up incredibly detailed 3D sets! Control ambient, directional and point lights, or cast shadows over 3D geometry using the spot light!

Comprehensive Stereoscopic Tools

Fusion uses advanced optical flow tools to correct the intricate alignment and disparity issues that can occur during 3D production. Fusion simplifies stereoscopic workflows by using a single camera and can even create 3D from 2D source material. That’s why Fusion is used by more studios than any other solution to convert 2D movies into 3D!

Deep Pixel Compositing

When you render a 2D EXR image out of a 3D application, you get RGBA data for every single pixel. You also get XYZ position information for each pixel’s location in 3D space. Fusion uses this deep pixel data to let you add volumetric effects to 2D rendered images. You can add things such as fog or custom lights and render it in seconds, not hours, like it would take in 3D software that uses full models with complex geometry!

Volumetric Effects

Atmospheric effects, like fog or mist, can dramatically increase realism in your scenes. Fusion uses GPU acceleration so you can instantly see how the effects interact with the rest of the scene, all without having to wait for renders! Volumetrics can also use world position data from deep pixel render passes so fog realistically moves both in front of and behind elements in your scene!

Multi Channel Render Pass Workflow

Instead of tweaking color, brightness and other image processing operations in a 3D application, you can use Fusion to accelerate your workflow! A single EXR file can contain the diffuse pass, specular pass, normals, world position and more. Each of these can branch off in Fusion’s node tree, allowing you to quickly apply filters and effects, without having to spend time on needless re‑renders!

Unlimited Network Rendering

When you buy Fusion Studio you get unlimited licenses to install its advanced 3D, 32-bit float render engine on as many nodes as you need! You can use the built in render manager or applications like Deadline, Qube and Rush to manage your rendering. Best of all, you don’t have to pay per-node render licensing like other software!

Broadcast Graphics and Titles

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Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics

Motion graphics artists and broadcast designers use Fusion to create everything from animated broadcast promotions and station idents, to incredible title sequences and animations for feature films, episodic television shows, and even commercials! With Fusion, you’re not limited to working with 2D elements, you can import 3D objects and scenes from other applications, or build your own from scratch! Fusion lets you composite elements in a true 3D workspace and then apply hundreds of built in effects, 3D particles and more!

2D and 3D Titles

Create amazing animated titles with 2D and 3D text tools! You get traditional text formatting controls along with 3D extrusion, the ability to add reflections, bump maps, shadows and more. Use the follower tool to animate individual characters so they fly on and off, ripple glow effects through each letter, or more. The possibilities are endless!

Add 3D Logos

Commercials and main title sequences often need animated logos. You can import render 3D logos from Cinema 4D, 3ds Max or Maya, or import 2D vector files from Illustrator and other applications. Fusion’s full animation toolset can be used, along with materials, shaders, depth of field, bends, warps, tapers, twists and more!

Spline Based Animation

Fusion’s curve editor uses splines for creating smooth motion between keyframes. They can be interpolated as linear, bezier or as b‑splines. This lets you apply custom curves to loop, reverse, or ping pong between keyframes to create sophisticated animations. You can also move, stretch and squish groups of keyframes to create incredible variations!

Replicate Objects

The replicate tool automatically creates rows of repeated objects that can fill any pattern. You can create complex and sophisticated looking animations by simply offsetting parameters on replicated objects! There are also randomize controls for adding subtle variations to create organic looking animations that would be impossible on another system!

3D Particles with Physics

Build fantastic particle effects that glow, swirl and sparkle using physics like avoidance, gravity and bounce! Each behavior influences and alters the particles in natural ways. Particles can use 3D geometry, change color over their duration or even emit other particles! Best of all they can swirl, surround and bounce off of other elements in your scene!

Vector Paint

Fusion’s vector paint tool can be used to create animated flourishes, glowing streaks that fly through a scene or entirely new images from scratch! There are thousands of combinations for color, texture, and style. Plus, strokes can be made into editable splines that can be animated over time! You can even use a pressure sensitive tablet to control opacity and size of a stroke as you paint!

Import Photoshop Files with Layers

Fusion can import and animate an entire photoshop image, a single layer, or all layers individually! Each layer automatically becomes a node, making it easy to get started. Blend modes are preserved and the individual layers can be manipulated with any of Fusion’s tools! Fusion finally gives Photoshop users a way to animate graphics in 3D!

Expressions and Macros

You can link parameters together and add advanced expressions that control the relationship between them with a single slider! These expressions give you an extremely powerful way to control multiple parameters at the same time. Plus, the built in macro feature lets you create and share tools that display only the controls you want!

Third Party OpenFX plug‑ins

Fusion Studio has OpenFX plugin support and its own native SDK for extended 2D and 3D plugins. Popular plugins from GenArts, RE:Vision Effects, Frischluft and BorisFX are all supported. Native plugins from Flow effects, Karta VR and Krokodove extend motion graphics and 3D beyond other applications.

Automate Broadcast Graphics

With Fusion, you can write scripts to automate repetitive graphics! You can even update them live and in realtime! For example, you can use a Python or Lua script, along with a simple text document, to automatically create and render updated broadcast graphics, titles and animations with things such as the weather, sport scores, program listings, news headlines and more! Now you can quickly render out up to the minute graphics and get them on air in seconds!

Compare the features of Fusion and Fusion Studio

Fusion is the world’s most advanced 2D and 3D compositing, VR and motion graphics software! Fusion 9 features a massive toolset with paint, rotoscope, titling, animation, keying, 3D particles, support for importing and rendering 3D models, and much more. Fusion 9 Studio adds optical flow tools, stereoscopic 3D, retiming and stabilization, third-party OpenFX plugin support, and unlimited distributed network rendering. In addition, Fusion 9 Studio includes Studio Player, along with a bin server for multi user collaboration that lets you track, manage, review and approve shots on large projects.

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Updates

About Blackmagic Fusion Studio 8.2.1

Fusion 8 is a VFX compositing and motion graphics application. This version is a major update of Fusion to operate on, and allow interoperability across, multiple operating systems and platforms.

What's new in Fusion Studio 8.2.1

  • UI and workflow improvements
  • General performance and stability improvements

Notes
Some features of Fusion Studio require network access, including network rendering, network licensing, shared bins, and some external scripts. To use these features, the following ports must be opened in your system’s firewall (if any):

  • TCP port 1144
  • UDP port 1144
  • TCP ports 49152-49159
  • UDP ports 49152-49159
  • Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed Render Node crash on exit
  • Edit box contents are reselected after pressing enter if Auto Control Advance is disabled
  • Operations in range control edit boxes weren't being evaluated after pressing enter
  • Fixed creation of undo events for multiline text edits
  • Ensure bin state is saved on exit
  • Stop an occasional inadvertent attempt to replace a tool with itself when pasting in the flow view
  • Macro tools weren't available for toolbar customization until after the Tools menu had been used
  • Comp file requester would always browse to Comps: rather than the path of the last loaded comp
  • Fixed flow group background in HiDPI/Retina
  • OFX plug requests for images outside of normal render processing will now get them at the current comp quality instead of always high-quality, non-proxy
  • Allow OFX plugins to force interactive rendering in some cases

What's new in Blackmagic Fusion Studio 8.2?

  • Fusion Studio for Linux
  • Fusion Render Node for Linux
  • UI and workflow improvements
  • General performance and stability improvements

8.2 release notes

What's new in Blackmagic Fusion Studio 8.1?

  • Fusion Connect for Avid on Mac OS X and Windows
  • Compatibility with the latest Avid Artist DNxIO video interface

What's new in Blackmagic Fusion Studio 8.0?

  • Mac OS X version
  • Tabbed comps
  • Network licensing system
  • General performance and stability improvements

What's new in Fusion 7.7?

This software update adds the render node installer plus general performance improvements and enhancements to Fusion Studio. Fusion Studio features enhanced tools such as Generation studio management, network rendering, optical flow tools, stereoscopic 3D and more, in addition to all the VFX compositing and motion graphics animation tools in Fusion.

Main Fusion 7 Enhancements

• Drag and Drop Layout
• User Interface Templates
• Learning Environment
• Multi Projects/Documents
• Connected Node Position and Prediction
• Native Camera Support
• Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
• 3D Custom Vertex
• Alembic Import and Latest FBX Library
• Replace Normals 3D
• 3D Interactive Splines
• UV Render and Super Sampling
• 3D Text Bevel Shaper
• Linear Light Color/Open Color IO
• Roto Onion Skinning
• Deep Volume Processing
• Script Development Interface
• Dimension Inbcluded - Optical Flow and Stereoscopic Tools

Processor

  • Fusion will take advantage of Intel and AMD processors equally well. It is recommended to have at least a Pentium 4 or Athlon 64 processor to operate Fusion. The 64 bit version of Fusion will require Fusion is able to take advantage of dual core and hyper-threaded processors, and thrives when multiple processors are available.

Graphics

  • Fusion requires OpenGL capable ATI or NVidia graphics cards. Available graphics memory should be 256 MB or greater, with 512MB or greater suggested for best performance. The Fusion interface requires a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels or greater at 32 bit per channel (true color). Higher resolutions are suggested.
  • Fusion’s graphics card requirements will be higher for 3D intensive composites. For example, 3D scenes employing large numbers of textures, or very large textures will require significantly more memory for the graphics card. Additionally Fusion 6 makes more extensive use of the GPU for many 3D operations. A modern graphics card will have a much bigger impact on interactivity and performance in Fusion 6 than was previously true in Fusion 5.
  • High end workstation class graphics cards should not be required, a decent mid-class gaming class card with large amounts of memory is generally sufficient.
  • Fusion Render Slaves will be unable to render OpenGL 3D scenes unless they have an OpenGL capable graphics card. Software rendering of 3D scenes will not require a graphics card.

Memory

  • Fusion is designed to make use of every kilobyte of memory available. A minimum of 1GB of memory is required, and 2GB or greater is strongly recommended. When using 2GB or more of memory in conjunction with 32 bit Microsoft operating systems it is strongly suggested that the /3GB switch is applied. See the Tech FAQ page.

DVD-ROM And CD

  • The Fusion installer and training materials are shipped on a DVD-ROM.

USB Port

  • eyeon Software uses a hardware lock as part of its licensing system. This is a small device that connects to the USB port. The hardware lock should be attached directly to the workstation when local licensing is used. In facilities where Fusion licensing is handled by a FlexLM license server, the hardware lock will be attached to the server running the eyeon licensing daemon.
  • New licenses of Fusion ship with a USB hardware lock unless a parallel port lock is specified when Fusion is ordered. Upgraded copies of Fusion will use whatever hardware lock that is available to the previous version of Fusion or Vision.

Hard Drives

  • Fusion requires a minimum of 150 Mb of hard disk space to install, and a typical installation with all help materials, courseware and examples may occupy as much as 4GB of drive space.
  • When working with images stored locally to the workstation, the speed of the drives can be a major factor in the performance of Fusion. If the majority of the images used in a composite come from a remote fileserver or SAN, the network will be a much bigger factor in rendering speed than the drive performance.
  • The Choosing Hardware page should have a detailed discussion of graphics card requirements and performance.

Software Requirements

Operating Systems

Minimum system requirements for Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • At least 1 GB disk space
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM, 16 GB recommended
  • USB 2.0 port for Fusion Studio Licensing Key

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • At least 1 GB disk space
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM, 16 GB recommended
  • GPU with at least 2GB memory
  • USB 2.0 port for Fusion Studio Licensing Key

Minimum system requirements for Linux

  • CentOS 6.6 or later
  • At least 1 GB disk space
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM, 16 GB recommended
  • USB 2.0 port for Fusion Studio Licensing Key
     

QuickTime

  • The 32 bit version of Fusion requires Apple Quicktime to be installed on the workstation and render nodes in order to read and write to the MOV and PNG file formats. At the time this manual was written Quicktime libraries were unavailable for 64 bit operating systems, and as a result these formats are unavailable in 64 bit native versions of Fusion.

Notes

  • Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included "Third Party Licenses.rtf" document.
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