Fusion 9 Comparison


Fusion 9 Free Fusion 9 Studio
Avid Connect Plug-in for using Fusion from the Media Composer timeline. NEW NO YES
Integrated 2D and 3D compositing in an animation environment. YES YES
Resolution independent with support for images over 32K x 32K. YES. Limited to Ultra HD Output YES
Mix and match footage of different resolutions, field orders, aspect ratios and formats within a single project. YES YES
Footage of different color depths can be processed in their native color depth within a single flow graph. YES YES
Responsive UI with interactive, real time rendering. YES YES
Render to multiple formats and resolutions in a single pass, with multiple saver nodes at any position in the flow process. YES YES
Seamlessly blend floating point, 64 bit and 32 bit images without concern. YES YES
Two-level proxy system for fast interactive response. YES YES
Open and work with multiple comps at once. YES YES
Open unlimited floating display views. YES YES
Save Custom interface Layouts. YES YES
Use Independent LUT’s for each display view. YES YES
Support for dual displays. YES YES
A/B split view for comparing shots. YES YES
View and edit your project in frames, timecode or feet+frames modes. YES YES

Node Based Interface

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


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

Animation Tools

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

Studio Player

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Playback of any format support in Fusion including EXR. NEW NO YES
Playback via BMD Deck Link and UltraStudio. NEW NO YES
Single layer timeline with ability to play a number of shots. NEW NO YES
Set the In/Out trim for each shot. NEW NO YES
Color format control allows for consistent display of shots from different formats. NEW NO YES
Annotation notes can be typed on each clip, version, and project. NEW NO YES
Audio, Scratch track and audio per clip. NEW NO YES
Collaboration, Multiple Artists can access the same projects different machine. NEW NO YES
Remote sync makes multiple Studio Players follow the master, for scrubbing, playing and collaboration around the studio and around the world. NEW NO YES
Shot Versions are stored in the same project to allow for quick access to previous work and for comparison of progress. NEW NO YES
Guide overlays, customisable to show monitor/title safety and crops. NEW NO YES
Scriptable automation tasks using the Fusion scripting engine to control features. NEW NO YES


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


Fusion 9 Free Fusion 9 Studio
2D image processing accelerated by OpenCL. NEW YES YES
Completely multi-threaded rendering, uses every CPU available. YES YES
GPU Acceleration of 3D workspace and rendering. YES YES
OpenCL Acceleration of computationally intensive tools. YES YES
Render and interactive performance scalable with remote nodes. NO YES
Designed to work efficiently with extremely large files. YES YES
Enhanced file caching for local and networked drives. YES YES
Disk and Ram Caching stores processed images for immediate playback. YES YES
Cache manager works invisibly in background - no user intervention required. YES YES
Multiple tools can simultaneously maintain their own cache. YES YES
Improve local performance/interactivity with remote render nodes. NO YES
Automatic memory tuning. YES YES
Images already in cache do not re-render. YES YES
Cache output of any node to either RAM or disk. YES YES
Region Of Interest and User-definable Domain Of Definition speed up image processing. YES YES
Infinite Canvas eliminates clipping of image areas outside the project bounds. YES YES

3D Workspace

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

Multi Channel Support

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

Deep Pixel Compositing

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


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

Network Rendering

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Unlimited free Render Nodes. NEW NO YES
Linux headless Render Nodes. NEW NO YES
Render Fusion comps on remote CPUs using unlimited number of render nodes NO YES
Network rendered previews, tool caches speed the entire production process from start to finish. NO YES
Powerful render manager for maximum efficiency. NO YES
Assign remote nodes to render groups and submit flow to only specified groups. NO YES
Assign priorities to a submitted render to help resolve conflicts in busy environments. NO YES
Network render Flipbook previews Disk and Ram caches. NO YES
Power Cluster predictively renders the frames around current time during an interactive session using the remote nodes. NO YES
Select the range of frames to be rendered for each flow in the queue, without the need to modify or open the saved flow. NO YES
Nodes that become available after a render has begun automatically rejoin the queue. NO YES

Layer Blending Tools

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


Fusion 9 Free Fusion 9 Studio
Vector based paint system. YES YES
Paint with hard or soft edge brushes or bit map image brushes. YES YES
Choose paint styles including Clone, Emboss, Smear, Stamp and more. YES YES
Use strokes and shapes to paint non-destructively on images. YES YES
On-the-fly caching for amazing interactive performance. YES YES
Individual strokes can be moved, edited, animated and tracked. YES YES
Supports standard pressure-sensitive tablets; brushes can vary by stroke pressure or velocity. YES YES
Infinitely scalable brushes with extremely fine softness control. YES YES
Flood fill for magic wand-style operations that work over time. YES YES
Bezier and stroke wire removal tools for fast and flexible removal of rigging and other undesirable elements. YES YES

2D/3D Text Creation

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


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Planar Tracker. NEW NO YES
Planar Stabilization and steadying. NEW NO YES
Planar Transforms of Roto. NEW NO YES
Camera Tracker with full 3D output of camera motion and pointcloud. NEW NO YES
Unlimited tracking points within a single tracker. YES YES
High sub pixel precision. YES YES
Integrated corner positioning, perspective correction, stabilization, and match moving, all within a single tool. YES YES
Adaptive pattern acquisition. YES YES
Track paths forward and backward. YES YES
Stabilization based on an unlimited number of track points. YES YES
Smooth and stabilize camera motion without eliminating existing pan or zoom. YES YES
Automatic selection of best tracking channel, red, green, blue, alpha or luminance. YES YES
Choose a manual rotation axis for stabilization. YES YES
Drive the animation of any parameter, path or tool with tracked data. YES YES
Publish and connect individual points on a spline. YES YES

Creator Tools and Grain

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

Keying/Matte Tools

Fusion 9 Free Fusion 9 Studio
Delta keyer, high end keyer with fine tuning controls. NEW YES YES
Clean plate pre keyer to smooth lighting differences in screen color. NEW YES YES
Industry standard Primatte 5 Keyer. YES YES
Fusion's exclusive Ultra Keyer optimized for Blue and Green screen extraction. YES YES
Chroma and Luma Keyer for extracting mattes from color or luminance channels. YES YES
Five modes of spill suppression to eliminate even the most difficult reflection halos. YES YES
Animated garbage mattes for isolating rigging and set elements. YES YES
Adjustable edge gamma and fringe color correction. YES YES
Matte thresholding for semi-transparent region replacement. YES YES
Matte blur, gamma, and contrast control for post key processing of the matte. YES YES

Image Processing Filters

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

Transforms and Warping

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


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Optical Flow based retiming. NEW NO YES
Linear and Non-Linear retiming of clips. YES YES
Animatable frame interpolation and blending for smoother motion. YES YES

Rotoscoping Tools and Masking

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Planar tracked roto. NEW NO YES
Create masks using bezier splines, B-splines, paint tool or bitmap images. YES YES
Magic wand-type mask performs color picking over time. YES YES
Non-uniform feathering of spline shapes. YES YES
Roto Assist, to find edges of the subject. YES YES
Roto Onion skinning, shows the roto shapes for multiple frames. YES YES
Controllable motion blur. YES YES
Use masks to limit the effect of any tool to a specified region. YES YES
Re-order, copy, paste and cut masks. YES YES

Color Tools

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Adjust hue, saturation, tinting, gamma, gain, contrast, brightness for any color channel or luminance range. YES YES
Manipulate levels and image histogram directly. YES YES
Spline-based Color Curves tool allows look up table color correction for infinite flexibility. YES YES
User definable ranges for shadows, midtones and highlights. YES YES
Separate color correction by channel or region. YES YES
Color match to a reference image. YES YES

Colorspace Processing

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Supports integer and HDRI floating processing of color depth. YES YES
Out of range color values are preserved through color adjustments. YES YES
Industry standard color spaces including ACES, REC709, REC2020, and Wide Gamut. YES YES
Linear Light Color/Open Color IO. YES YES
Monitor calibration. YES YES
Waveform, Vectorscope and Histogram displays. YES YES
LUT creation, analyzing and designing tools. YES YES
Work in RGB, YUV, CMY and other color spaces. YES YES
Use logarithmic images like Cineon and DPT without first converting them to linear space. YES YES
Channel Booleans tool to copy and blend image channels based on add, subtract, multiply and other mathematical operations. YES YES

Optical Flow Tools

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Optical Flow analysis for generating forward and back vectors. NO YES
Change the speed of a clip using optical flow analysis. NO YES
RepairFrame regenerates a frame using optical flow between its two neighbors. NO YES
SmoothMotion for smoothing of color or aux channels using optical flow. NO YES
Tween interpolates between two non-sequential images NO YES

Stereoscopic 3D Toolset

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Built in 3D cameras with support for eye separation, convergence and toe in, or Parallel mode. NO YES
Disparity stereo map generation, with mapping in both left and right eyes. NO YES
New Eye tool for generating new left and right images, with convergence and alignment. NO YES
Stereo Align tool for adjusting vertical alignment, convergence, and eye separation. NO YES
DisparityToZ and ZToDisparity converts Disparity to and from Z depth. NO YES
Global Alignment tool for adjusting a stereo pair without warping. NO YES
Stereo Stack and Unstack to combine Left and Right images into a single stereo pair. NO YES
Support for 3D stereo viewing systems including OpenGL quad-buffering, anaglyph, side-by-side, stacking and interlace viewing. NO YES
Stereoscopic Hardware Support including NVIDIA 3DVision, Planar and JVC monitors, Christie Digital Cinema Projectors and Mirage Projectors. NO YES

3rd Party Plugin Support

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Support for OpenFX Plugins, including GenArts and RE:Vision Effects. NO YES
Native SDK for 3D and image processing tools. NO YES

Bins and Media Organisation

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Bins for easy access to commonly used Tools, Settings, Macros, Compositions and Footage. YES YES
Bin server for sharing Bin assets over network. NO YES
Carry Metadata through a project pipeline. YES YES
Read existing Metadata on clips. YES YES
Copy and insert custom metadata to any image. YES YES

File Format Compatibility

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


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Embedded Lua and Python scripting support. YES YES
Integrated development environment. YES YES
Pre-built scripts to automate common workflows. YES YES
Control Fusion scripts from local or remote machines. NO YES
Launch and control external tools from within Fusion. YES YES
Macro tool combines standard tools to create custom tools. YES YES
Fuses tool kit for development of OpenCL custom tools. YES YES
Just-In-Time compiling of image processing tools. YES YES

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