So you want to know how to master fusion, but you really don’t know where to get started. Well, you’ve come to the right place because in this post we’re going to go over 10 simple tricks to help you begin to master DaVinci resolve fusion. So let’s get into it.
Number 10: There is a secret menu in the fusion tab. If you right-click on the middle right here where the play section is, this actually gives you the ability to toggle on and off high-quality footage and motion blur so you can have smoother-looking video infusion when you’re doing your FX. So if you’ve done all of that and you’re still running into issues, try using optimized media alongside this right-click on your clip. Go to generate optimized media and wait for this thing to render out. So combined, all of those should give you smooth playback infusion
Number 9: Let’s be honest, we all hate those messy node trees and it really can be confusing as crap, especially if you’re trying to know what’s going on. Well if you right-click and go to options and go down to orthogonal pipes, this is going to give you 90 degree bends in all of your pipes here so now it looks a lot cooler but then it gets even better because if you right-click again and go to a range and then select to grid, your nodes will be locked into the grid. Making everything easier to keep things organized and just overall looking better and really like who doesn’t enjoy like a nice looking node tree
Number 8: You should actually don’t allow you to hear audio while adding effects. This can be a problem because having pop up effects that go along with your audio is just going to be harder to do in general, but it can be done and really until this is fixed, which I actually really do think will happen, you can actually switch between the edit tab and the fusion tab and where you want to add like a word or a pop-up effect.
You leave your play head-on in the edit tab and then just click over to the fusion tab and your play head.It’ll be the same place. At least you’ll have a starting place. It’s probably one of the only solutions just for now.
Number 7: You can bring multiple clips all at once into fusion. You can do this starting in the edit tab. If you select all of your clips that you want to be in the fusion composition, you right-click on one of the clips and you go to create new fusion comp and this is going to put all of them into one composition and then just jump over to fusion and you should have all of your media ends right there. You can do this manually one at a time by actually adding in a loader node and loading up the clip or the picture that you want to add to your fusion cop. It’s slower but you can do it.
Number 6: Any color grade you do will not show up infusion unless it’s done fusion, so I can add this really hard color grade to this clip in the color tab and go over to fusion and you can see it’s still the normal raw footage, but if you add your color correction infusion, you can actually see it in the color tab. I don’t suggest doing color grades infusion mainly because there’s a whole color tab that has so many more tools than the fusion tab has, but be aware not to add the same color grade infusion and the color tab at the same time because it’ll just double the colors and it’ll be like washed out or crazy colors and all that stuff. It’s going to look ugly.
Really, if you want the most accurate representation of what your composition is going to look like, just checking the edit tab number five. If you’re good at this program, but you actually just can keep anything organized, you’re going to fumble through the whole thing and it’s going to be super annoying.
Number 5: Use underlays. These things are super important. They’re really like almost the idea of like grouping nodes, but being able to see everything at once you can grab and drag new nodes into this group can also easily just take things out. It really helps to visualize different parts of your project.
Number 4: Curves in the spline tab. If you want to add a curve to any of your keyframes, open up the spline tab, hit this fit to zoom buttons so you can see everything. So now we have the line we want to add the curve too. What you’re going to do is you’re going to drag over this and then hit F and then you’ll be able to move your curves around and create a sharp curve or a really subtle curve. All of this is to make your animations in fusion smoother because no one likes boring, choppy, or even just ugly animation.
Number 3: Merge nodes. In this program. Merge nodes are literally a way of life like they’re everywhere. If you have any sort of composition, you need a merge node andI mean I’m a hot bar alone. There are three different kinds of merge nodes. You have like your normal merge node, you have your particle merge node and then you have our 3d merge node. Then the thing is each of these merge nodes is just different. You can only merge up to four things with a normal merge node. With a particle merge node, you can actually only add up to three nodes together and with the 3d merge node, as far as I can tell, you can add it like up to unlimited nodes like I just started adding in like so many nodes here. It’s crazy and that’s also really awesome because it has a lot of potentials for you to do stuff.
Number 2: Is that you can literally work in like full 3D space within the program with like no plugins at all. You don’t need the studio version for this. So to begin working in three-D space, all you really need is like a render 3d node. Then from there, you can start adding in other nodes. 3d text, 3d cameras. As long as it’s 3d note, you can add it in. And another small tip for three-D just learns how to use the three D camera. It’s so awesome and it’ll save you so much time with your animations in 3D space. It’s pretty cool.
Number 1: You can actually save all the things that you do, like all of your nodes, all of your effects, all of your transitions, and then just use them again. So let’s say you made a whip pan transition and you just use it all the time. Well, instead of having to actually just make the whole thing over again, you can highlight all of your nodes aside from your media and your media out, right-click on any node that’s highlighted. Go to settings and then save all as the name it, save it in your fusion templates. So then in your next video, when you want this same hip pan transition, you can just go into your effects tab, grab it, and drag all of your nodes out and it will just save you so much time.
My friends, did I miss something on this list? Let me know in the comments below because that’s where the real conversation happens.