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Simon Ubsdell
Re: Any Thoughts on Fusion Studio 16?
on Apr 10, 2019 at 7:37:53 am

Yes, you're absolutely right. There has been no move to enhance Fusion specifically for VFX users and all the work has gone into dumbing it down and making it a module within Resolve.

However, Fusion 16 - the new standalone version - really does mark the end of the road. Note that the latest standalone version was Fusion 9, so the jump to 16 is very telling- it's all about alignment with Resolve.

And the key thing to notice is that Fusion 16 now doesn't look like Fusion at all - instead it's simply the Resolve Fusion Page offered as a standalone application. That's a massive change and a very damaging one. The Resolve Fusion Page UI is very poorly suited to complex VFX projects and that is now clearly now the target - the aim has been to bring it as close as possible to the Resolve UI for better integration.

The whole point of the "old" Fusion UI model was to give you total flexibility:



The "Fusion Page" model replaces that with a locked down set of limited options:



But the real issue is that while Nuke continues to set new benchmarks, Fusion has long since given up on doing any of the catching up it needs to do, so it's really now a tool from another older era. Of course you can still do great work with it but who at the cutting edge is going to forego the advanced functionality of Nuke? Everyone hates the Foundry business model, but that doesn't stop it being the totally dominant player in this market sector.

Simon Ubsdell

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