Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Blackmagic Design releases Fusion Studio 19.0 in beta

Fusion Studio 19.0 extends support for USD workflows in the compositing software. The video above was recorded in DaVinci Resolve 19.0, which includes a version of the Fusion toolset.

Blackmagic Design has released the first public beta of Fusion Studio 19.0, the latest version of its 3D compositing software.

The update adds IntelliTracker, a new AI-based point tracker, a new Multi Poly tool for rotoscoping work, and extends the software’s support for USD-based workflows.

Also available inside DaVinci Resolve 19.0
A version of the Fusion toolset is included in DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic Design’s colour grading, editing and visual effects software, version 19.0 of which has also just been released.

DaVinci Resolve gets more promotional support than Fusion Studio – at the time of writing, the Fusion Studio product webpage hasn’t even been updated to version 19 – so the video above is for DaVinci Resolve 19.0, but the features shown should be common to both apps.

Tracking: new AI-based IntelliTrack tracker, plus support for the Resolve FX Surface Tracker
New features in Fusion Studio 19.0 include IntelliTrack, a new point tracker powered by Neural Engine, Fusion Studio’s machine learning system, for tracking objects or stabilizing footage.

In addition, Fusion Studio now supports DaVinci Resolve’s Resolve FX Surface Tracker and Resolve FX Object Removal features.

Rotoscoping: new Multi Poly tool and updates to the Shape tools
For rotoscoping, a new Multi Poly tool (shown above) makes it possible to create multiple roto masks in a single node.

In addition, all of the Shape tools now support motion paths, and there are two new nodes: sText, for adding text to shape-based node trees, and sBSpline, for creating spline shapes.

Performance improvements include a speed boost of “up to 3x” in Magic Mask.

USD workflows: new nodes for editing textures and importing and rendering volumes
The update also extends the new USD-based workflows introduced in Fusion Studio 18.5.

Fusion Studio 19.0 adds four nodes for manipulating textures directly in a USD scene without having to edit the source file: uTexture, uTexture Transform, uShader, and uNormal Map.

There is also a new uVolume tool (shown above), for importing, shading and rendering volumetric effects like fire and smoke in OpenVDB format.

Pricing and system requirements
Fusion Studio 19.0 is available for Windows 10+, CentOS 7.3+/Rocky Linux 8.6 and macOS 13.0+. New licences cost $295.

The Fusion toolset in the free edition of DaVinci Resolve has a maximum image resolution of 16k x 16k and lacks network rendering capabilities. See a feature comparison table.

Read a full list of new features in Fusion Studio 19.0 in the online release notes

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