Compare the Fusion Features in DaVinci Resolve Studio and Fusion Studio

General

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Integrated 2D and 3D compositing in an animation environment.YESYES
Mix and match footage of different resolutions, aspect ratios and formats within a single project.YESYES
Footage of different color depths can be processed in their native color depth within a single flow graph.YESYES
Responsive UI with interactive, real time rendering.YESYES
Render to multiple formats and resolutions in a single pass, with multiple saver nodes at any position in the flow process.YESYES
Resolution independent with support for images over 32K x 32K.Limited to
16K x 16K
YES
Support for floating point images.YESYES
Support for Metal, CUDA and OpenCL GPU acceleration.YESYES
Two-level proxy system for fast interactive response.YESYES
Open and work with multiple comps at once.YESYES
Save Custom interface Layouts.YESYES
Use Independent LUTs for each display view.YESYES
Support for dual displays.YESYES
A/B split view for comparing shots.YESYES
View and edit your project in frames, timecode or feet+frames modes.YESYES
Avid Connect Plug-in for using Fusion from the Media Composer timeline.NOYES

Node Based Interface

Fusion in DaVinci
Resolve 17

Fusion Studio 17
$295

Intuitive node-based flow graph interface for building composites.YESYES
Branch and connect tools to multiple nodes.YESYES
Mix and match footage of different resolutions, field orders, aspect ratios and formats within a single project.YESYES
Open and work with multiple comps at once.YESYES
Copy and paste tools into other comps.YESYES
Group and collapse tools into sub-flow for better organization.YESYES
Drag and drop footage into flow directly from file explorer.YESYES
Add notes to any node, or even the flow itself, as reminders or to assist with collaboration.YESYES
Render a comp while working on another.NOYES
Show thumbnails for images in flow graph.YESYES
Integrated Script Debug Console. Step through code, set breakpoints and have multiple scripts open at the same time.YESYES

VR

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Headset support for Occulus Rift, HTC Vive.Windows onlyWindows only
Pano viewer for no headsets.YESYES
Lag free 90fps viewing.YESYES
Real time viewing of 3D scenes.YESYES
Live action VR playback.YESYES
Stereo VR.YESYES
Conversion between VR image formats.YESYES
VR Paint and Fix workflow.YESYES
VR Motion Graphics and Tiling.YESYES
Stabilization of VR live action scenes.YESYES
VR Color correction.YESYES

Animation Tools

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Display and edit multiple animation splines.YESYES
Use Bezier or cubic splines for animation curves.YESYES
Scale, shape and stretch splines.YESYES
Set looping parameters for ping-pong, relative and number of loops.YESYES
Use keyframe markers as guides.YESYES
Step-in and step-out keyframe modes.YESYES
Set guides, markers and snap-to points.YESYES
Use time value offsets and scaling for multiple selected keyframes.YESYES
Global ease in and out controls.YESYES
Shape box to deform and taper splines.YESYES

Studio Player

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Playback of any format support in Fusion including EXR.NOYES
Playback via BMD Deck Link and UltraStudio.NOYES
Single layer timeline with ability to play a number of shots.NOYES
Set the In/Out trim for each shot.NOYES
Color format control allows for consistent display of shots from different formats.NOYES
Annotation notes can be typed on each clip, version, and project.NOYES
Audio, Scratch track and audio per clip.NOYES
Collaboration, Multiple Artists can access the same projects different machine.NOYES
Remote sync makes multiple Studio Players follow the master, for scrubbing, playing and collaboration around the studio and around the world.NOYES
Shot Versions are stored in the same project to allow for quick access to previous work and for comparison of progress.NOYES
Guide overlays, customisable to show monitor/title safety and crops.NOYES
Scriptable automation tasks using the Fusion scripting engine to control features.NOYES

Timeline

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Non-linear timeline display for adjusting element timing.YESYES
Trim and position multiple clips simultaneously.YESYES
Scrub audio and view waveform within timeline.YESYES
Sift the timeline display to show specific tools or groups of tools.YESYES
Set guides, markers and snap-to points.YESYES
Integrated spline viewer and editor.YESYES
Spreadsheet view for quick editing of animated parameters.YESYES
Drag and drop sorting of tools in the timeline to better focus on timing and keyframes.YESYES
Color coding of tools and splines.YESYES

Performance

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

2D image processing accelerated by GPU.YESYES
Completely multi-threaded rendering, uses every CPU available.YESYES
GPU Acceleration of 3D workspace and rendering.YESYES
GPU Acceleration of computationally intensive tools.YESYES
Render and interactive performance scalable with remote nodes.NOYES
Designed to work efficiently with extremely large files.YESYES
Enhanced file caching for local and networked drives.YESYES
Disk and Ram Caching stores processed images for immediate playback.YESYES
Cache manager works invisibly in background - no user intervention required.YESYES
Multiple tools can simultaneously maintain their own cache.YESYES
Improve local performance/interactivity with remote render nodes.NOYES
Automatic memory tuning.YESYES
Images already in cache do not re-render.YESYES
Cache output of any node to either RAM or disk.YESYES
Region Of Interest and User-definable Domain Of Definition speed up image processing.YESYES
Infinite Canvas eliminates clipping of image areas outside the project bounds.YESYES

3D Workspace

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

A fully integrated 3D compositing environment with lights, camera snap casted shadows.YESYES
3D scene importing via FBX and Alembic, includes models, cameras, lights, and rigs.YESYES
Render scenes with many millions of polygons and complex shading.YESYES
Lightning fast GPU based renderer.YESYES
Import 3D models from Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D and more.YESYES
3D importing of scenes with matched animation curves, stereo cameras, lighting and multi level materials.YESYES
Relighting using rich deep pixels and reshading tools to a full GPU renderer.YESYES
The GPU render outputs multiple layer types for later processing at extraordinary speed.YESYES
GPU accelerated Ambient Occlusion rendering.YESYES
Geometry creation, with primitives and 3D text.YESYES
Bending, tapering and warping of geometry or groups of objects.YESYES
Duplicate, Replicate objects to create armies or crowds.YESYES
Support for multiple renderers and many scenes in one composition.YESYES
Import tracked cameras that match live action and also match 3D animation applications, making a seamless workflow for studios.YESYES

Multi Channel Support

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Use the extra channels in Open EXR files produced by 3D applications to enhance the look of 3D rendered material.YESYES
Depth merging combines two images based on the relative position of their pixels, eliminating the concept of foreground and background.YESYES
3D Z-Depth Blur for true depth of field focusing.YESYES
3D Shader for relighting object based on the information contained in the normals channel.YESYES
3D Fog applies fog to an image based on depth of each pixel, or an external z-buffer map.YESYES
3D Texture to apply reflection maps and replacement textures to 3D rendered objects.YESYES
Use object and material IDs to mask the effect of any tool.YESYES
Use the above tools and techniques with particles and grid warping tools in Fusion, which also produce extra channel information.YESYES
Deep multi channel output for Z buffers, normals, UV texture and World Pass pass, velocity vectors.YESYES

Deep Pixel Compositing

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Generate deep pixel data like World Position, Normals, UV.YESYES
Volumetric Renderer, with full ray casted self shadowing volumes with variable density.YESYES
World Position Pass integration of images with occlusion.YESYES
Masking and Volumetric Atmospherics using World Position Pass.YESYES
GPU accelerated for real time interactivity and rendering.YESYES

Particles

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

3D flow-based particle suite.YESYES
Fully OpenGL accelerated for incredible speed.YESYES
Bitmap, geometric or pixel based particle styles for ultimate flexibility.YESYES
Variable control over spin, size, velocity, angle, spin, fade, blur and color over time.YESYES
Modify particle behavior with physics-based tools like gravitational, wind, friction, tangential, point and gradient forces.YESYES
Control modifier tools with effectors and force emitters, based on bitmaps, shapes or polylines.YESYES
Advanced behavioral controls like flocking, turbulence, spawning and n-body attraction.YESYES
N-GON particle style provides a variety of shaded geometric shapes for particles.YESYES
Image Emitter tool turns each pixel of an image into a particle.YESYES
Modify particle attributes with custom expressions.YESYES
Produce depth of field blurring on particles based on Z-position.YESYES
Animate any particle parameter over time.YESYES
Apply motion blur to all particle streams.YESYES
Choose from a variety of predefined particle styles and brushes.YESYES
Merge separate particle streams together with pMerge tool.YESYES
Output Z-buffer position for each particle, and depth blur particles together.YESYES
Change particle styles based on collision and other ‘events’.YESYES
Network renderable to slash render times.YESYES

Network Rendering

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Unlimited free Render Nodes.NOYES
Render Fusion comps on remote CPUs using unlimited number of render nodes.NOYES
Network rendered previews, tool caches speed the entire production process from start to finish.NOYES
Powerful render manager for maximum efficiency.NOYES
Assign remote nodes to render groups and submit flow to only specified groups.NOYES
Assign priorities to a submitted render to help resolve conflicts in busy environments.NOYES
Network render Flipbook previews Disk and Ram caches.NOYES
Select the range of frames to be rendered for each flow in the queue, without the need to modify or open the saved flow.NOYES
Nodes that become available after a render has begun automatically rejoin the queue.NOYES

Layer Blending Tools

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Use standard layer blend modes like screen, overlay, multiply, and soft light.YESYES
Choose between additive and subtractive merge modes.YESYES
Perform Z-depth compositing.YESYES
Apply ‘burn in’ overexposure to foreground layer.YESYES
Dissolve between layers with standard SMPTE wipes and gradients, or use custom bitmaps to control the dissolve.YESYES
Apply calculated motion blur to any tool with animation applied.YESYES

Paint

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Vector based paint system.YESYES
Paint with hard or soft edge brushes or bit map image brushes.YESYES
Choose paint styles including Clone, Emboss, Smear, Stamp and more.YESYES
Use strokes and shapes to paint non-destructively on images.YESYES
On-the-fly caching for amazing interactive performance.YESYES
Individual strokes can be moved, edited, animated and tracked.YESYES
Supports standard pressure-sensitive tablets; brushes can vary by stroke pressure or velocity.YESYES
Infinitely scalable brushes with extremely fine softness control.YESYES
Flood fill for magic wand-style operations that work over time.YESYES
Bezier and stroke wire removal tools for fast and flexible removal of rigging and other undesirable elements.YESYES

2D/3D Text Creation

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Complete control over every parameter of a font’s color, size, kerning and layout.YESYES
Use any TrueType, Open Type or PS1 type font.YESYES
Layout text along spline paths, to a frame, or circle.YESYES
Align text to frame, image or path, including horizontal and vertical justification.YESYES
Full Unicode support for international and extended character sets.YESYES
Manually adjust the kerning and position of every character.YESYES
Mix and match fonts, colors, size and texture in a single tool.YESYES
Extrude Text in 3D.YESYES
Custom 3D bevel creation.YESYES
Use multiple fill, outline and text borders.YESYES
Use modifiers like Scramble, Timecode, and Follower.YESYES
Animate built in ‘type on’ effects, rolls and crawls.YESYES
Transform layout, characters, words and shading elements separately.YESYES
Fills and outlines have individual shading, softness and glow.YESYES
Map images and sequences onto text with a variety of mapping styles.YESYES
Store commonly-used styles in library swatches for future use.YESYES
Transform text in 3D, with independent transforms for the layout, character, shading components.YESYES

Tracking

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Planar Tracker.YESYES
Planar Stabilization and steadying.YESYES
Planar Transforms of Roto.YESYES
Camera Tracker with full 3D output of camera motion and pointcloud.YESYES
Unlimited tracking points within a single tracker.YESYES
High sub pixel precision.YESYES
Integrated corner positioning, perspective correction, stabilization, and match moving, all within a single tool.YESYES
Adaptive pattern acquisition.YESYES
Track paths forward and backward.YESYES
Stabilization based on an unlimited number of track points.YESYES
Smooth and stabilize camera motion without eliminating existing pan or zoom.YESYES
Automatic selection of best tracking channel, red, green, blue, alpha or luminance.YESYES
Choose a manual rotation axis for stabilization.YESYES
Drive the animation of any parameter, path or tool with tracked data.YESYES
Publish and connect individual points on a spline.YESYES

Creator Tools and Grain

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Fast Noise tool for extremely quick, high quality noise patterns.YESYES
Mandelbrot generator produces extremely scalable fractal images.YESYES
Continuous and discontinuous noise options.YESYES
Noise detail and noise brightness maps for precision control over noise generation.YESYES
Background generator for solid and gradient type backgrounds.YESYES
Generate gradients calculated in RGB, HLS, HSV or LAB color space.YESYES
Unlimited gradient color points for fine control over gradient progression.YESYES
Animate gradient procession over time.YESYES
Select from one of six gradient types including linear, radial and square.YESYES
Static, repeat and ping pong modes for out of bounds gradients.YESYES
Day Sky simulates the Sky based on time of year and time.YESYES
Plasma generator for frequency interference based noise patterns.YESYES
Adjustable grain strength, size, softness and spacing.YESYES
Response curves control amount of grain across a gradient for each color channel to closely match film stock grain behavior.YESYES
Color differences between grain channels help match non monochromatic type grains.YESYES
Choose between random or seeded grain noise for repeatable and static noise types.YESYES

Keying/Matte Tools

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Delta keyer, high end keyer with fine tuning controls.YESYES
Clean plate pre keyer to smooth lighting differences in screen color.YESYES
Industry standard Primatte 5 Keyer.NOYES
Fusion's exclusive Ultra Keyer optimized for Blue and Green screen extraction.YESYES
Chroma and Luma Keyer for extracting mattes from color or luminance channels.YESYES
Five modes of spill suppression to eliminate even the most difficult reflection halos.YESYES
Animated garbage mattes for isolating rigging and set elements.YESYES
Adjustable edge gamma and fringe color correction.YESYES
Matte thresholding for semi-transparent region replacement.YESYES
Matte blur, gamma, and contrast control for post key processing of the matte.YESYES

Image Processing Filters

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Lens type defocusing with blooming and NGon elements.YESYES
Lens flare-style hotspots with occlusion and lens aberrations.YESYES
Glow, soft glow, glow under and glow thresholding modes.YESYES
Pre-masks for glow, highlight, dve and other tools.YESYES
Directional blurs for motion and zoom style blurring.YESYES
Erode and dilate filters for burn in and overexposure effects.YESYES
Sharpen and unsharpen masking.YESYES
Sobel and laplacian edge detection.YESYES
Custom convolution kernel filtering.YESYES

Transforms and Warping

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Transform image with high-quality area sampling for excellent anti-aliasing.YESYES
Concatenated transformations speed operations and improve quality.YESYES
Apply displacements, dents, and vortexes to any image.YESYES
Choose from one of eight drip deformations with control over amplitude, aspect, frequency and aspect.YESYES
True perspective positioning and correction.YESYES
Corner pinning for sign replacement and four point scaling.YESYES
Grid-based image warping over an entire image or a specified region.YESYES
Define separate source and destination grids for morphing effects.YESYES
Complete bezier and smoothing control over each grid point.YESYES
Magnet or static selection types for easy manipulation of multiple grid points.YESYES

Retiming

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Optical Flow based retiming.YESYES
Linear and Non-Linear retiming of clips.YESYES
Animatable frame interpolation and blending for smoother motion.YESYES

Rotoscoping Tools and Masking

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Planar tracked roto.YESYES
Create masks using bezier splines, B-splines, paint tool or bitmap images.YESYES
Magic wand-type mask performs color picking over time.YESYES
Non-uniform feathering of spline shapes.YESYES
Roto Assist, to find edges of the subject.YESYES
Roto Onion skinning, shows the roto shapes for multiple frames.YESYES
Controllable motion blur.YESYES
Use masks to limit the effect of any tool to a specified region.YESYES
Re-order, copy, paste and cut masks.YESYES

Color Tools

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Adjust hue, saturation, tinting, gamma, gain, contrast, brightness for any color channel or luminance range.YESYES
Manipulate levels and image histogram directly.YESYES
Spline-based Color Curves tool allows look up table color correction for infinite flexibility.YESYES
User definable ranges for shadows, midtones and highlights.YESYES
Separate color correction by channel or region.YESYES
Color match to a reference image.YESYES
Channel Booleans tool to copy and blend image channels based on add, subtract, multiply and other mathematical operations.YESYES

Colorspace Processing

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Supports integer and HDRI floating processing of color depth.YESYES
Out of range color values are preserved through color adjustments.YESYES
Industry standard color spaces including ACES, REC709, REC2020, and Wide Gamut.YESYES
Linear Light Color/Open Color IO.YESYES
Monitor calibration.YESYES
Waveform, Vectorscope and Histogram displays.YESYES
LUT creation, analyzing and designing tools.YESYES
3D LUTs.YESYES
Work in RGB, YUV, CMY and other color spaces.YESYES
Use logarithmic images like Cineon and DPT without first converting them to linear space.YESYES

Optical Flow Tools

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Optical Flow analysis for generating forward and back vectors.YESYES
Change the speed of a clip using optical flow analysis.YESYES
RepairFrame regenerates a frame using optical flow between its two neighbors.YESYES
SmoothMotion for smoothing of color or aux channels using optical flow.YESYES
Tween interpolates between two non-sequential imagesYESYES

Stereoscopic 3D Toolset

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Built in 3D cameras with support for eye separation, convergence and toe in, or Parallel mode.YESYES
Disparity stereo map generation, with mapping in both left and right eyes.YESYES
New Eye tool for generating new left and right images, with convergence and alignment.YESYES
Stereo Align tool for adjusting vertical alignment, convergence, and eye separation.YESYES
DisparityToZ and ZToDisparity converts Disparity to and from Z depth.YESYES
Global Alignment tool for adjusting a stereo pair without warping.YESYES
Stereo Stack and Unstack to combine Left and Right images into a single stereo pair.YESYES
Support for 3D stereo viewing systems including anaglyph, side-by-side, stacking and interlace viewing.YESYES
YESYES

3rd Party Plugin Support

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Support for Open FX Plugins, including Boris FX and RE:Vision Effects.YESYES
Native SDK for 3D and image processing tools.YESYES

Bins and Media Organisation

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Bins for easy access to commonly used Tools, Settings, Macros, Compositions and Footage.YESYES
Bin server for sharing Bin assets over network.NOYES
Carry Metadata through a project pipeline.YESYES
Read existing Metadata on clips.YESYES
Copy and insert custom metadata to any image.YESYES

File Format Compatibility

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

MXF, DNxHQ, DNxHR.YESYES
FFMpeg Bridge for further Codec Support, customer must download separately.NOYES
EXR 2.2.YESYES
Support for Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras and Cinema DNG format.YESYES
Supports over 30 image file formats including OpenEXR, DPX, TIFF, JPEG, PSD, and QuickTime.YESYES
Support for SVG scalable vector files.YESYES
Support for Arri raw format, R3D format, Canon rmf raw, Support for Vision Research Phantom Cameras and Cine format.YESYES
3:2 Pull Down and Pull Up with automatic sequence detection.YESYES
Process fields/frames in NTSC, PAL or HD field orders, control over dominance or field order.YESYES
Create clip lists containing multiple files within a single loader.YESYES
Load and process common IFL (image file list) formats.YESYES
Load full resolution and proxy clips together, toggling between modes on the fly.YESYES
Use WAV audio for timing and playback.NOYES
View audio waveform in timeline.YESYES

Extensibility

Fusion in Resolve
Studio 17

Fusion Studio
$295

Embedded Lua and Python scripting support.YESYES
Integrated development environment.YESYES
Pre-built scripts to automate common workflows.YESYES
Control Fusion scripts from local or remote machines.YESYES
Launch and control external tools from within Fusion.YESYES
Macro tool combines standard tools to create custom tools.YESYES
Fuses tool kit for development of custom tools with build in compiler.YESYES
Just-In-Time compiling of image processing tools.YESYES

Information source: Blackmagic Design product information for Fusion.