Fusion Visual Effects with DaVinci Resolve - Fusion 101

3 days

Course Description

These hands-on lessons will teach you how to create visual effects and motion graphics right inside of DaVinci Resolve. That means you don’t have to import or export footage between multiple software applications! You’ll learn how its node based interface makes it easy to quickly build sophisticated effects and make changes.

Who Should Attend

  • Producers
  • Editors
  • Assistant Editors
  • Multimedia Producers
  • VFX Professionals


Practical working knowledge of computers and basic Mac OS X or Windows skills and a working knowledge of DaVinci Resolve.

Course Outlines

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Quick Start: Learning the Fusion Page

  • Exploring the Interface
  • Adding an Effect
  • Adding Clips from the Media Pool
  • Understanding the Merge Node
  • Inserting and Adjusting Effects
  • Chaining Merge Nodes Together
  • Masking Effects Adding Effects from the Effects Library

Lesson 2: Titling and Motion Graphics

  • The Art of the Credit Roll Starting with a Fusion Generator Adding a Text+ Node
  • Aligning Text with Tabs Formatting a Single Line
  • Inserting Logos and Graphics Making Credits Roll
  • Creating Animated Titles
  • Setting up your Title Design Revealing Text with Mattes Animating with the Follower Spline Editor
  • Trying out Versions Timeline Versions Enabling Motion Blur
  • Animating with Keyframes and Modifiers
  • Identifying a Clip's Resolution
  • Keyframing a Motion Path Straightening out Alpha Channels
  • Painting a Motion Path
  • Linking ParametersMaking Acceleration Adjustments Applying Random Animation Modifiers
  • Customizing Motion Blur

Lesson 3: Visual Effects Creation

  • Match Moving Elements
  • Using Layers from the Edit Page Replacing a NodeMatch Moving in the Tracker Tool Setting up a Match
  • Move Creating a Matte with a Keyer
  • Working with Mixed Resolutions
  • Understanding the Resolution of a Fusion Clip Maintaining Resolution Independence Slipping Clips into
  • PlaceCutting a Hole with a Polygon Matte
  • Tracking a Matte Rotoscoping Mattes Finishing the ShotLesson Review
  • Replacing Signs and ScreensTracking Planar SurfacesPainting with the Clone ToolUsing Photoshop PSD
  • LayersCorner Pinning an Image
  • Combining Mattes and Images
  • Match Moving with the Planar Transform Finalizing the Composite
  • Compositing Green Screen Content
  • Managing Color For Visual EffectsPulling A Green Screen KeyRefining A Matte Connecting Auxiliary
  • Mattes Connecting Auxiliary Mattes
  • Lining Up The Background Color Correcting Elements Lesson Review

Lesson 4: 3D Compositing

  • Setting up a 3D Scene
  • Placing Elements on 3D Shapes Navigating in 3DUsing Shapes in 3DEntering Simple Expressions
  • Creating Multiple Axes of Rotation
  • Adding Lights and Cameras
  • Designing 3D Broadcast Graphics
  • Adding 3D Text to a Scene Animating 3D TextPlaying Around with 3D Shapes Applying and Customizing Materials Converting 3D into a 2D Image Adding 2D Look Design
  • Saving Templates Lesson Review
  • Exploring 3D Particle Systems
  • Setting up a Particle SystemAdding Motion to ParticlesDefining the Emitter ShapeUsing Images for Particle CellsOptimizing PerformanceControlling the Timing and Look of Particles - - --- -- Introducing Particle Forces
  • 3D Camera Tracking
  • Rotoscoping for 3D Tracking Combining Garbage Mattes Preparing the Camera Tracker Solving for the Camera Refining the Solve
  • Setting the Ground Plane and Exporting the Scene Positioning Objects in a 3D SetMatching Color and LightLesson Review