Compositing with Blackmagic Fusion: Table of Contents and Glossary


  1. Getting Started
  2. The Basics
  3. The Interface and Tracking
  4. Rotoscoping and Keying
  5. Clean Plates
  6. Elements and Effects
  7. Expressions
  8. Macros
  9. Multipass CG Compositing
  10. The 3D Workspace
  11. Cameras, Lenses and Sensors
  12. Customization and Pipeline


  1. Anatomy of an Image
  2. Image Arithmetic
  3. Filtering
  4. Color Management


3D: 1) Referring to spaces or objects: Having width, height, and depth. Set up a 3D scene in Maya.
2) Referring to a kind of movie: A stereoscopic viewing medium that gives the illusion of images with depth. This book uses stereo to refer to these kinds of films in order to reduce confusion. Gravity was one of the only movies I thought was really worth seeing in 3D.

Clip: A specific, short piece of video or film. Sometimes a segment of a scene, sometimes only a single shot, but always contained in a single video file or image sequence.

Comp: Short for Composite.

Composite: 1) Noun. An image made from more than one source. These sources can be multiple photographic elements or videos or synthetic imagery. My composite is looking too dark, but when I brighten it the grain looks really bad.
2) Noun. The working document that produces the composite image. In Fusion, the file has a .comp extension. You need to organize your composite better; I can't tell which mask does what.
3) Verb. The act of creating a composite image. When will you be finished compositing that shot?

Compositor: 1) A skilled artist and technician who creates composite images. I am a digitial compositor for MuseVFX.
2) Software used to create a composite, such as Blackmagic Fusion. Sometimes it's quicker to relight in the compositor than to send a shot back to 3D.

Composition: 1) Noun. A working document used to create a composite.
2) Noun. The artistic arrangement of forms within the frame of view.
3) Verb. The act of arranging forms within the frame of view.

Footage: Literally, the length of a segment of film. Colloquially, any piece of video or film of any length. The videographer is shooting some footage today.

Image Sequence: A series of numbered still images that create a video clip when viewed rapidly in sequence. Most visual effects software works most efficiently with image sequences rather than encoded video files. Render that Quicktime out to an image sequence to get better performance in Fusion.


    1. Not yet. I hope to have the ebook version (PDF and Kindle compatible) ready by the time Resolve 15 comes out of beta testing. The printed version will take a little while longer. Not sure how much longer; I've never published a book before.

  1. Just letting you know, I would have immediately bought this book, were it for sale. But thanks for having it online in the meantime.

    1. Alas, it hasn't yet been written! Or at least, what I've written hasn't been collated and edited into a form that would be short enough for a single chapter.

    1. You can read what's here whenever you like! I don't currently have a publication schedule for the finished book because I'm waiting on Blackmagic to finish overhauling the user interface. I don't see any profit in making a lot of screenshots when 80% of the icons are identical and therefore worthless. Once the UI is fixed, then I'll start working on it again.

    1. I don't feel confident enough about ACES to be able to answer many questions about it. Are you using the correct ODT? A simple test in Fusion Studio 16 using color bars shows the output happening like I'd expect. I have my bars -> ChangeDepth to float16 -> Gamut from Rec2020 to ACEScg -> Gamut from ACEScg to Rec709 (scene) -> ChangeDepth to int8 -> Saver. My resulting Targa has whites at 1.0 and looks mostly identical to the original test image. (Some ringing artifacts were exaggerated due to the test image having been sharpened before I got it.)

      I don't have OCIO installed on my home workstation, so I used only native Fusion tools, which may not be a correct ACES workflow.

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