Originally posted on 22 April 2022, and updated with details of the stable release.
Blackmagic Design has released Fusion Studio 18.0, the latest version of the compositing software,
New features include a Custom Poly modifier for creating animatable strokes and masks, new blending modes, updates to the paint and duplicate tools, fractional UI scaling, and support for Python 3.
Released in parallel to the updated version of Fusion inside Da Vinci Resolve 18.0
A version of the Fusion toolset is included in DaVinci Resolve 18.0, the latest version of Blackmagic Design’s colour grading, editing and post-production tool, which has also just been released.
As a result, the feature descriptions on the What’s New page on Blackmagic’s website are written for the integrated version of the Fusion toolset within DaVinci Resolve, and include changes unique to it.
In addition, at the time of writing, the page has not been updated for the new release, and lists features that were actually added in DaVinci Resolve 17.0 and Fusion Studio 17.0.
New Custom Poly modifier and blend modes, updates to the paint and duplicate tools
The actual new features in Fusion Studio 18.0 itself include a Custom Poly modifier for creating masks and strokes, which can be animated via expressions.
The Merge node gets a number of new blending modes, shown in the video at the top of this story, and imported PSD files should also retain their blend modes.
The update also adds five new Merge operations, including Conjoint and Disjoint for combining alpha channels, and Mask and Stencil for combining mattes
The paint tool is now GPU-accelerated, and should generate smoother strokes; and the duplicate tool is also now faster, and gets “additional blur, glow and size controls”.
Workflow improvements include fractional UI scaling in Preferences; multi-button mode selection in the Inspector for “multiple tools”; and when working with text, the Text+ colour picker supports live previews.
Support for the current versions of OpenColorIO, OpenEXR and Python
Other updates include support for OpenColorIO 2.1.1 and OpenEXR 3.1.4, the versions of the colour management standard and EXR file format listed in the 2022 VFX Reference Platform specification.
Fusion Studio also now supports “all modern and future” versions of Python 3 for scripting.
Pricing and system requirements
Fusion Studio 18.0 is available for Windows 10+, macOS 11.0++ and CentOS 7.3+ Linux. New licences of Fusion Studio cost $295. The update is free to existing users.
The Fusion toolset in the free edition of DaVinci Resolve has a maximum image resolution of 16k x 16k and lacks network rendering and advanced playback capabilities. See a feature comparison table.
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