Blackmagic Design have announced the launch of the new version of Fusion, the first since it bought the software from original makers eyeon. Here’s the lowdown…
There’ll be two versions – Fusion and Fusion Studio
Fusion is essentially a free ‘lite’ version of the program, with no plug-ins, 3D tools or network capabilities. But also no price tag, which means we’re sure it’ll find its market. Fusion Studio will be a larger, fully featured version that requires a dongle (separate to your Resolve one) for access and costs £635.
Fusion Studio includes Generation
eyeon’s workflow/asset management tool, Generation, will be included in the Studio version of Blackmagic’s Fusion, but is no longer available separately.
Existing dongles won’t work for the Blackmagic version of Fusion
That means most current users on 6.4 or 7 or network licences will need a new dongle. However, if you pick up a Windows dongle now, Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty promises it will work with Mac OS X once Fusion is released for Mac. He told the company’s official forum:
“One thing I can say though, is that our plan is to allow anyone who purchases the Windows version of Fusion 7 Studio to use their dongle on the Mac and to be able to download that Mac OS X version of Fusion free of charge. That’s what we do with DaVinci Resolve and it’s very flexible and I think helps people a lot. So we want to do that with Fusion also, even though they are very different types of software.”
No site licences or network licences (as per Resolve)
Before you panic, active subscription users will all get the upgrade and the new dongle – Blackmagic are currently collecting user info and will contact you directly to help you transition. After that, though, your subs are EOL.