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Blackmagic Fusion (& Davinci Resolve) – Block Dissolve and Grid Maker (free tools)

Blackmagic Fusion (& Davinci Resolve) – Block Dissolve and Grid Maker (free tools)

“SUITS INTRO”

THESE FREE TOOLS WILL HELP YOU CREATE IT!

The other day I watched the excellent series “Suits”. If you haven’t watched that yet….you’re missing out on something! Anyways, I was quite impressed with the intro to the series. At first sight it may seem deceptively simple, but when analyzing it, you will notice there’s a lot of clever stuff going on. I was inspired by it and tried to re-create some of it in Fusion. Unfortunately, as opposed to After Effects, a few basic tools are missing from the standard arsenal: a block resolve and a simple way to create a grid. Sure, there are ways to accomplish it (there always are!), but I thought it would be good to create something re-usable that works in a straightforward way.

So, here we are: I created 2 tools to help you with all types of cross dissolves and grid creations. Now, I’m not proficient in creating Fuses, so these are all created using standard nodes (but with a fairly heavy use of expressions), turned into easy-to-use macros. Downside is that the speed (especially the Block Dissolve) leaves a bit to be desired!

BLOCK RESOLVE TOOL

The block-y parts of the intro? That’d be a Block Dissolve type tool. I created something to make things easier.

The block resolve tool essentially creates a matte that you can pipe into a merge node (as the mask). Underneath the hood it actually uses a 2D Particle System (with some heavy use of the pCustom tool!). Whilst very flexible, the downside is that it can be slow at times. You can specify the number of rows and columns (i.e. “block size), duration, color and even direction. In the latter case, you can also specify a “spread”. Out of the box it works left-to-right, but by simply adding a transform you can of course mirror it. There are presets built-in (s1-s6, via the standard GUI).

GRID MAKER

Yeh, but, there’s this nice grid? So, there is: just pipe in an instance of the “Grid Maker” and you are on your way. 

The grid tool creates a…. grid. Funnily enough. You can specify image size, rows, columns, thickness, and various other things. Very straightforward to use. This macro actually makes use of a 3D Plane set to wireframe, an erode/dilate node and a camera. Note that this one requires OpenGL.

 

INSTALLING

Download the file from here (click the text below, not the download button)

 

Blackmagic Fusion/Davinci Resolve – Tools to re-create Suits intro (Block Resolve and Grid Maker)

 

Locate the ZIP File on our computer. It will contain 3 files:

  • Block_Dissolve_V10.setting (the Block Resolve Macro)
  • Grid_Maker_V4.setting (the Grid Maker Macro)
  • example comp.comp (a simple example comp for Fusion or Davinci Resolve 15)

First install the macros as per below, then open the example comp in either Fusion (my recommendation) or in Resolve. I will tell you more about how to use it in Resolve in the upcoming tutorial!

You will need to copy these “settings” files (macros) to your macros folder. On my Windows 10 installation this is at:

For Fusion 9:

<DRIVE>:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Blackmagic Design\Fusion\Macros

For Resolve 15:

<DRIVE:>\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Fusion\Macros

 

You may need to tick “Hidden Items” in the View tab of the Explorer to be able to access this folder.

Blackmagic Fusion and Davinci Resolve – advanced Text Scramble (free download!)

Blackmagic Fusion and Davinci Resolve – advanced Text Scramble (free download!)

Hey all – some new free goodies: a custom text scrambler (text+ node with a bunch of additional fields and expressions). This allows you to do a lot more than the build-in Textscramble modifier. Note that if you don’t have the required fonts installed, the comps will throw up an error. I’m making use of:
– Consolas
– Courier New
– LCD 14

LCD 14 can be downloaded here:
http://www.1001fonts.com/lcd-font.html

In general, one main tip is to use a Monospaced font!!

See Youtube tutorial here:

Download here:

Blackmagic Fusion and Davinci Resolve: Enhanced Text Scrambling (free download)

Davinci Resolve 15 (/Fusion) – Posterize Time Tutorial

Davinci Resolve 15 (/Fusion) – Posterize Time Tutorial

So…. Trying out something new. With the integration of Fusion into Resolve, I thought (as did many others so it seems…) it would be interesting to do some more basic effects, especially ones that could be of interest to video editors. In this tutorial, I’m basically walking you through a basic Posterize Time/Strobing type effect. Of course, this *was* possible in Resolve, but only in a roundabout way or with the help of 3rd party plugins. In this tutorial, we’ll make use of the Fusion Timestretcher node, which makes it very easy indeed.

I then proceed by adding some grungy text elements, doing some tracking, and presto…done.

Have a look at the tutorial below. However, if you’re in a hurry, the summary of the posterize time effect is:

Add a Timestretcher node inbetween media in and out. Right click the Source Time element, and click expression. Then type the following expression:

floor(time/7)*7

It’s as simple as that. Change the 7 to a number of your liking. the higher the number the choppier it will get. So, for instance, if you use 10, it will only update the frame once in 10 frames.

Easy Cube Animation!

Easy Cube Animation!

I put together a little demo on something I’ve been working on: an easy or at least easier) way to animate cubes. Animate, as in: rolling cubes over a surface. You may have noticed that standard rotation doesn’t quite work out, and also that the rotation order becomes hugely important. My method doesn’t alleviate all issues, but does certainly make it easier to put some cool rolling cube animations together. If there’s enough interest (leave a comment here or on Youtube), I’ll make a template available and will do a short tutorial.

Electrify Text Free Project File :-)

Electrify Text Free Project File :-)

I have been experimenting a bit with the Fastnoise tool lately to create some(what) believable electric-type effects. It started out as a 2D experiment, but then I thought it would be more interesting/challenging to create it in 3D. I think the end-result is pretty cool, but who am I?? If you have got any questions, let me know! And please, do let me know if you create something with this/with the techniques utilised.

Check out the video below for a quick explanation of the project file:

Project File (please click title, not the download button)

Blackmagic Fusion – Electrify Text! (free project file)

Disclaimer:

Note that this template/project file is provided “as is,” and you use it at your own risk.

No warranties are provided.

Under no circumstances shall the author be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use this template.

Blackmagic Fusion – quick tip: magnifying glass

Blackmagic Fusion – quick tip: magnifying glass

A quick one this time. One commenter on my Youtube channel asked me how to do a magnifying glass effect. In the below comp, I used the displace node to achieve this effect. Very simple in setup, in principle all in 2D, but I added a bunch of nodes to add a very rudimentary magnifier (replace by something more suitable as appropriate!). Just ensure that for animation etc, you use the Center Point of Ellipse 1. The magnifying glass will follow appropriately (just a simple expression to link the 2).

Oh, and right now the comp assumes a 1920*1080 input image. Of course you can have something different, but you may need to change the frame size of some of the nodes.

Download the comp here:

Blackmagic Fusion: quick tip, magnifying glass

3D Particle Text (3D Shapes made out of 3D Particles!) – Free download

3D Particle Text (3D Shapes made out of 3D Particles!) – Free download

Hey All – first post of 2018! Happy New Year to you all!

My first tutorial and free download is on 3D Text (or Shapes) that are created out of particles and then animated. It was quite a bit of work to put this together, so I would appreciate feedback! Especially if you end up using it in any of your projects. It would also be good if you could link back to this webpage. You can use the templates for your videos free of charge, but please do NOT distribute the files themselves.

Note: these templates (depending on how you use them, config of your computer etc) can get quite heavy on the CPU and GPU and sometimes may result in a crash of Fusion. Save often!

Please check out my tutorial to get the most out of the templates!

Download (please click title, not the download button)

3D Particle Text (3D Text made out of 3D particles)

Disclaimer:

Note that this template/project file is provided “as is,” and you use it at your own risk.

No warranties are provided.

Under no circumstances shall the author be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use this template.

New Free Project File – scrolling LED display (Billboard)

New Free Project File – scrolling LED display (Billboard)

EDIT: new download will be available soon based on a pImageEmitter instead of pCustom which is a more efficient solution in this particular case. Thanks to llir! (see comments section of the video). I’ll keep the original download available as well as I think it can still provide some insight into some aspects of the pCustom Tool.

Another free download! This time, more particle fun… we’re creating an LED scrolling style Billboard. Ensure to check out my video below to get a few hints and tips on how to use & customize it.

Quick introduction video:

 

Download here: (please click title, not the download button)

Scrolling LED (Billboard) – free project file

Note that this template/project file is provided “as is,” and you use it at your own risk.

No warranties are provided.

Under no circumstances shall the author be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use this template.

 

A Particle Ring experiment – Free project file

A Particle Ring experiment – Free project file

Hey all – it’s been a while as I’ve been quite busy. Just a small experiment that again shows the versatility of Fusion in general and the particle system (pcustom again!) in particular (no pun intended…). See video below.

 

 

Project file can be downloaded below.

 

Note that this template/project file is provided “as is,” and you use it at your own risk.

No warranties are provided.

Under no circumstances shall the author be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use this template.

(please click title, not the download button)

Particle Ring Experiment – free download of project file!