Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by Bodhi » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:34 am

Hi guys, I'm new here.
I've been using Resolve for a few months, and now I would like to get more into Fusion, but it is quite an intimidating program to learn.

I have been watching some youtube tutorials which have been good, but they are quite random, and I still don't feel like I have a proper understanding of how things come together, workflow, and general fundamentals.
Are there any really great courses you can recommend or other advice on how to get to a solid foundation ?
I'm mostly interested in VFX and compositing of 3D elements.

So far I've been messing around with the fusion tab in resolve, but I've gotten the impression I might be better off using the standalone? (I'm not really sure how much they differ).

Also, I'm wondering if my machine is powerful enough to realistically use fusion. It seems very demanding.
My system is: Ryzen 2700x, 16GB 3200mhz RAM, gtx1060 6GB. Win10.

Thanks for the advice guys!

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by SirEdric » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:23 am

Hi Bodhi.

Welcome to the fantastic world of Fusion and this incredible Forum!
Since I don't know *which* tutorials you've watched so far,
I'd like to suggest the ones from eyeon: https://www.youtube.com/user/eyeonsoftware
They are a few years old, but there are many tutorials that cover the Interface and Tool basics.
And all the concepts are still valid.

Have Phun.
Eric.

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by AndrewHazelden » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:54 am

Hi @Bodhi!

Are you by any chance Bodhi Donselaar? I'm Tobias Chen / Volumetric Camera Systems' pipeline TD and have only heard great things about the stuff you do in Unity.
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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by Bodhi » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:05 am

SirEdric wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:23 am
Hi Bodhi.

Welcome to the fantastic world of Fusion and this incredible Forum!
Since I don't know *which* tutorials you've watched so far,
I'd like to suggest the ones from eyeon: https://www.youtube.com/user/eyeonsoftware
They are a few years old, but there are many tutorials that cover the Interface and Tool basics.
And all the concepts are still valid.

Have Phun.
Eric.
Thank you! I think I came across those before but dismissed them because they were 5 years old.. but since you recommend them, I'll go through the introductory playlist to hopefully get me started.
Cheers

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Hi @Bodhi!

Are you by any chance Bodhi Donselaar? I'm Tobias Chen / Volumetric Camera Systems' pipeline TD and have only heard great things about the stuff you do in Unity. :)
No, I'm afraid that's not me. I have never used Unity.

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by AndrewHazelden » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:07 am

No, I'm afraid that's not me. I have never used Unity.

I guess Bodhi is a far more common name in CG and VFX then I ever expected. :lol:

Welcome to WSL Bodhi!

If you haven't installed the Reactor package manager yet, you should check it out. It has a lot of great content, tools, example comps, and some learning resources in it.

Generally speaking, any Fusion composite made in Fusion v7-v9 can be used without issue as a source of learning. And even Fusion tutorials from as far back as Eyeon Fusion 6.4 are still 95% accurate as far as the Fusion nodes and the ideas shown.

When you go to adapt learning concepts from Fusion Standalone to Resolve, the only main difference you need to remap in your brain is the MediaIn / Media Out difference in Resolve when you are pulling footage into a comp from the Edit page or your Resolve MediaPool.

Fusion Standalone uses simply Loader/Saver nodes to read and write media from disk. You can directly copy/paste nodes in your clipboard between Resolve's Fusion page and Fusion Standalone which is neat. :)

If you are looking for paid training materials on Fusion then Rony Soussan has several videos on FxPHD:

Fusion Fundamentals, Part 1
https://www.fxphd.com/details/564/

Fusion Fundamentals, Part 2
https://www.fxphd.com/details/569/

Fusion Training

For a more general mix of training materials on Fusion check out:

Vito from Confusion is doing amazing things at pushing forward Fusion training too.
https://vimeo.com/channels/confusion
https://www.con-fusion.net/
https://www.patreon.com/Vito

A Blackbird Called Sue Fusion Tutorials
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCysXfl ... n6Q/videos

Simon Ubsdell Fusion Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... M6_nf974rP

ShadowMakerSdR VFX in Fusion Tutorials
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... BL99KxLyX1

StatixVFX Fusion Tutorials - Intermediate/advanced skill level
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTCeDa ... cRujkQiwLg

BMD DaVinci Resolve 15 Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... RY4V6P2MOE

Igor Ridanovic / HD Head Resolve Tutorials
https://www.youtube.com/user/reglan232/videos

VFX Haiku / Ken Gartner Tutorials
https://vimeo.com/kgartner

Fusion Related Blogs

Bryan Ray - Visual Effects
http://www.bryanray.name/wordpress/

Chad Capeland - Indicated Fusion Plugins
https://indicated.com/blackmagic-fusion-plugins/

Duri Kral - Neverfall Visions
http://nvrfall.com/shipslog/

Eric Westphal - FusionTrainer.de
http://fusiontrainer.de

Gregory Chalenko - Gringo
http://www.compositing.ru/Research/

Krokodove
http://www.krokodove.com/wordpress/

Michael Vorberg
http://wordpress.empty98.de

Miltos Pilalitos
http://www.pilalitos.com

Stefan Ihringer - Comp-Fu
http://www.comp-fu.com/tag/Fusion/

Older... But Still Great Fusion Resources

And the source for all the classic info on Fusion from the pre-BMD era is VFXPedia which can be viewed in archived form here:
https://www.steakunderwater.com/VFXPedi ... =Main_Page

The older Eyeon Fusion era community forum "Pigsfly" can also be a source of answers if WSL's own search feature doesn't show what you are looking for:

http://pigsfly.com/index.php?/forum/12-fusion/
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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by Bodhi » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:39 am

Thank you for the great list of resources! That's great. Should keep me busy

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by AndrewHazelden » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:55 am

Bodhi wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:39 am
Thank you for the great list of resources! That's great. Should keep me busy

As you are learning Fusion, if you get stuck on anything, feel free to post a "lite" version of your work in progress .comp file on WSL that has a slimmed filesize. WSL members would be happy to help you out and it becomes a shared learning experience. :)

You can simply copy/paste part of your Fusion comp nodes from the Resolve Nodes view/Fusion Standalone Flow area between a pair of WSL "code" block tags in your WSL message like this:


[codebox=lua file=Macro.setting][/codebox]


There is a WSL based "Forum Utilities" tool in the Reactor package manager "Scripts/We Suck Less" category that makes this code copying and pasting process super easy:

2018-12-21 Forum Utilities.png
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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by Midgardsormr » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:00 am

Thanks for linking to me, Andrew! For something more specific to what you want, Bodhi, I've been writing a book that's an introductory course in compositing using Fusion. The direct link to the Table of Contents is here:
http://www.bryanray.name/wordpress/comp ... -contents/

It's just the first draft—I'm working up better quality examples for the actual release and updating everything to Fusion 9. I'll leave these articles on-line until the ebook is on sale. I don't have any idea at this point how long that will take; I'm tired of making promises on that score and then having to break them, so no more predictions.

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by SecondMan » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:32 pm

Welcome to the forum, Bodhi!

I can't possibly give you even more to start off with than the excellent lists above. I did want to touch on your question of whether to go with Fusion Standalone or the version of Fusion in Resolve.

If you have any intention at all to go beyond the very basics, I would recommend using the standalone version of Fusion for now. Even the free one will get you where you want to be much quicker.

The current version of Resolve is great for the odd blur and addition of some text or lower thirds, but in order to learn, the fact that so much is hidden in the UI alone is crippling for learning. It's hard to know what you're even looking at in the viewer because all the controls are hidden in context menus and it makes teaching and troubleshooting very frustrating.

Also since Resolve is more of a resource hog than standalone you will appreciate the speed and nimbleness of standalone with your 16 gigs of RAM :)

Or the fact that you can go from zero to comping in seconds...

Of course it depends on your personal needs. If you typically have projects that are mostly large edits with the odd effect in there, Resolve is a very exciting integrated environment. If you are looking into going the shot compositing route, Standalone is your friend.

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Oh and if you're looking into buying a license, Fusion Studio Standalone lets you run Resolve Studio (but not the other way around)!

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by ShadowMaker SdR » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:51 pm

I can't help but feeling a bit left out of your very thorough list, Andrew. I've got some tutorials on my YT channel as well. :-)

Here's a playlist of stuff that I did

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... BL99KxLyX1

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Re: Recommendations for Learning the fundamentals of Fusion?

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Post by AndrewHazelden » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:04 pm

ShadowMaker SdR wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:51 pm
I can't help but feeling a bit left out of your very thorough list, Andrew. I've got some tutorials on my YT channel as well. :-)

Sorry. I've updated the post. :)