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Fusion: Creating Motion Graphics

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Learn how to create powerful motion graphics, including animated logos and identity bumpers, with Blackmagic Design Fusion, the free and full-featured VFX and animation software.

Producing great motion graphics requires a great toolset. Blackmagic Design Fusion provides a rich, full-featured compositing environment to bring together video footage, 3D animation, and graphics, text, and photos in a fully three-dimensional space. And best of all, the non-Studio version is completely free. In this course, Adam Crespi shows how to create an identity bumper in Studio 8 by compositing and animating a variety of assets. Starting with the raw elements, he assembles a composition and animates a camera in the scene. From there, he adds lights, particles, a painted logo, and post effects, and then renders the final bumper. Each step of the process is rich with object lessons that are applicable to the variations that a compositor will face in the real world.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • What you should know
1. Importing and Layering Footage
  • Nodes vs. layers
  • Importing project footage
  • Evaluating footage and setting the color space
  • Layering footage using Merge nodes
  • Creating an initial camera
  • Adjusting an animation in Fusion
2. Lighting the Scene
  • Creating and adjusting spotlights to showcase elements
  • Sequencing clips on the timeline
  • Adjusting footage on the timeline
  • Adding an underlay to organize the flow
3. Adding Particles
  • Creating an emitter and shaping the particles
  • Adjusting particle properties
  • Adjusting the particle system and adding forces
  • Creating a particle renderer
4. Animating Cameras in 3D Space
  • Animating a camera
  • Color Correction
  • Adding glow
  • Creating custom transitions
5. Adding Post Effects and Final Polish
  • Loading and merging EXR footage
  • Adding depth of field
  • Implementing motion blur
  • Creating a custom transition
6. Using Paint to Create a Logo
  • Painting a logo
  • Merging painted logo into the comp
  • Animating paint elements
  • Adding glow and post effects
7. Adding Text and Rendering
  • Creating text
  • Setting the text color and style
  • Animating the text
  • Rendering the final composite
  • Next steps

Taught by

Adam Crespi

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