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Going Fu-Fu-Fucking Fusion?

Best news of this year’s SIGGRAPH so far: Fusion is going 9 and they’ve lowered the price to a ridiculous level that even I might be able to afford the Studio version despite living off charity. With this there’s barely any excuse left to not take the plunge, considering that you get pretty much all the tools you need, including particles and support for 3D object rendering. They even added a planar tracker, a 3D tracker and VR tools. It really makes maintaining your After Effects and all the necessary plug-ins for even some simple tasks look expensive, assuming you a) have the right kind of work and b) can get behind the sometimes awkward logic of node-based compositing. I also have to disagree on their claim of Fu being good for motion graphics – it isn’t, at least not in its current state. A bunch of particle swirls don’t save your bacon from mediocre text tools, if you get my drift. Still, if you feel so inclined and are as frustrated with Adobe not pulling their fingers from their asses and fixing After Effects for good, it’s worth downloading and giving it a spin.

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