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Fusion review by Jim T.
Jim T.
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"Almost great"

What do you like best?

Visually, Fusion 360 has a clean and easy to understand interface. It is generally intuitive and there are many tutorial videos that are available. The feature that sets Fusion apart from competitors like solidworks is its "Sculpt" modeling workbench. This freeform tool is great for roughing out what would normally be very complex surfaces and is handy for creating ergonomic models like handles. The ability to blend sculpted forms with a more parametric modeling system is similar to the capabilities one might have in Catia using Imagine and Shape. This is however a more simplified version.

The price is also a hard aspect not to like. Free for enthusiasts and $300/year for businesses is impossible to beat.

What do you dislike?

While Fusion has many positive features, It does have some quirks that make it feel like a work in progress relative to some of the more mature 3D modeling platforms. One area that could use improvement is the sketching function. There are a number of issues here. The most annoying is the inability to reference model geometry without projecting it into the sketch. In larger models, sketching also becomes tedious when sketching on a plane that is in the middle of other components in the model. It makes it nearly impossible to select and edit the sketch. A solution to this might be to be able to toggle the visible geometry in the model on and off while in the sketch so that it is unselectable when not needed.

A few other quirks:

There does not seem to be any function to make parts transparent (other than changing the material). This gets very irritating in more complex models.

Difficult to quickly change the color of parts (without changing the material)

True 3D sketching is lacking

In the Sculpt workbench, when creating bodies, if multiple are created in the same instance (sometimes I will create multiple iterations of a form and then only use one), if bodies are hidden, they dont always stay hidden which can often show way more surfaces than is necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for independent designers, startups and designers interested in low cost complex modeling. Still leaves a bit to be desired for more complex surfacing but is an excellent tool which will hopefully improve even further.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion has been an excellent tool for design concept models, specifically for ergonomically dependent products that have handles and more sculpted forms. In our business, SolidWorks is the dominant standard with clients but as a designer, this offers much of the capability that SolidWorks offers, plus some added benefits. That being said, solidworks in a few areas has the feel of a more mature program. I hope that given some more development and time to set in to the marketplace, Fusion will become a more standard software.

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Fusion review by Michael M.
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"Nodal Composting for All"

What do you like best?

No doubt one of the best features of Fusion is the business model. As a freelancer, having the opportunity to work on a high level compositing environment for free enables you to use the technology on low budget projects.

On a technical level, the short learning curve and 3D features, deep channels and scripts are clearly a big plus for Fusion, enabling really great results. It opens a new level of creative freedom to compositors searching for a cost effective solution.

What do you dislike?

I still miss more advance tracking features and a tighter connection with Resolve, perhaps even a blended version to take editing, color grading and compositing in one seat.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really encourage new user to explore the deep channels and 3D features. They are really powerful and versatile, giving the artist a new level of freedom to adjust things in post.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Finishing projects, composing takes, cleaning plates, stabilizing shots, retouching footages, finishing 3D multi channel sequences.

What Video Effects solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Fusion review by Mike G.
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"Fusion"

What do you like best?

What is not to like with Fusion as its entry cost is free, unlike a lot of free apps, Fusion's free version allows you to create commercial projects (with a maximum resolution of 1080p). Fusion comes with a full suite of compsoiting tools, and is much friendlier than the main competition, NUKE. 3D compositing is well supported with full alembic and FBX support. With a great particle system and now with Fusion 8, a mac version Fusion is well placed to become the nodal compositor of choice for many artists.

What do you dislike?

Like many nodal compositors there is a lot to get your head around, and training is lacking in some areas. Compared to After Effects some of the motion graphics toolsets are lacking. Fusion feels 'slower' than NUKE when working at full speed, and there is always the feeling that Blackmagic don't quite know what they have, and its the lesser brother compared to resolve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The great thing with Fusion is that you can dive straight in as there is no cost to entry unless your outputting 4k, even then Fusion is fraction of the cost compared to it's competitors on the market. It is excellent when used in conjuction with After Effects where it can solve some problems that After Effects simply isn't able to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion is able to tackle any compositing task with a good strong motion graphics toolset, it can be integrated well with any pipeline and is well suited to freelancers looking for a companion to After Effects

Fusion review by David S.
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"Still amazed that this is free."

What do you like best?

This isn't HitFilm. This isn't Premiere Elements. This is a full-featured VFX powerhouse program. I am so impressed with the capabilities of this program. Though its interface is unfamiliar, and its integration with Resolve doesn't (yet) exist, there's a lot here (and I think a bright future). For free, you cannot do better.

What do you dislike?

The interface needs updating—not just in design but in workflow and user experience. It's an isolated system that's unfamiliar for the crowd I'm certain Blackmagic wants to attract. For this program to really become a big deal, too, it needs to be accessible for the average editor and it needs to integrate nearly seamlessly with Resolve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get acquainted with the program, give it a shot for fun, and watch some tutorials—but I'd use other programs in the meantime. I believe this program will achieve greatness one day, but I'd invest time in better, fuller featured programs if you have the budget.

If you're looking for a mograph tool, this can certainly do it, but you're better off with After Effects/C4D.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a free program capable of anything I've asked of it. Additionally, a node-based compositor can save a lot of time in certain workflows.

Fusion review by Diogo V.
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"Use it for work with EXR (radiance) compositing workflows"

What do you like best?

It's free!! Basically we can access a high end tool at zero cost. Great rotoscoping and color correction tools.

Also the internal particle system is very powerful.

The 3D compositing environment allows for more complex animations for text and 3d objects. No need for third party software or plugins.

Support for EXR multipass compositing.

What do you dislike?

No 3d tracking system.

And it still seems a bit unstable sometimes.

I don't find it very useful for motion graphics despite the promotion about it.

Also the editing interface is not very good or user friendly..

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think it's the best entry point for node compositing. It's a very complex tool that allows for complex effects... all free!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

EXR multipass compositing, 3D object compositing and workflows, color correction.

Fusion review by jennie t.
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"fusion is a great company they provide a excellent service for business"

What do you like best?

virtual reality

visual effects

motion graphics

and workflow

What do you dislike?

me as a business owner i was very pleased with everything they had to offer me and my business.

Recommendations to others considering the product

use them they are the best of the best in what they offer and you will not find another business like fusion that will offer what they do for the price and quality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it helped my business create more visually pleasing designs for our clients. the benefits have help my business get more clients.

Fusion review by User in Design
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"Very easy to get started with Fusion."

What do you like best?

I like the best the fact that is a node based compositor which makes very easy to track and reuse nodes. also because of that it's allow you to have multiple compositions in one file which make again easy to be consistent when you work on a set of images.

It's the best part and deserve a 10star.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it's too expensive for individuals or small companies. Off course there is a free version but it's limmited and You can't call it production ready, because isn't allow you to use plugins.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you work with fullfloat exr format and you understand the advantages of a nodebase system, than Fusion is the right tool for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Post production and final touches of the images I produce

Fusion review by G2 Crowd User
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"Fusion amazing nodal software"

What do you like best?

The easy to use software, the UI is really friendly, the particles system, and every feature is greatly implemented. Great tool to learn VFX and motion graphics too.

What do you dislike?

nothing, is great, an amazing tool even for the beginners like me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3d composition for stills images and animation, motion graphics and particles rendering

Fusion review by User in Motion Pictures and Film
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"Good product "

What do you like best?

I like this product a lot it provides a lot of great features and is very reliable.

What do you dislike?

I wish it had more automated sequences features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion helps me brings together the compontes of my business all in one place.

Fusion review by Internal Consultant
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

I like that you can use it easily but the design is also very modern.

What do you dislike?

The bugs that can sometimes occur (or at least whenever I used it with my company).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

getting constituents to interact

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