Who Should Take this Course?

This course starts from the beginning, though some prior experience with photo or video editing is recommended. If you have Blackmagic Fusion 9 (free version is sufficient) installed, you are good to go.

  • Beginning artists and hobbyists who want to create stunning effects & motion graphics.

  • Video editors and 3D artists who want a structured introduction to VFX & compositing.

  • Users of software like After Effects and Nuke who want to migrate to Blackmagic Fusion or add Fusion to their repertoire.

  • Create photo-realistic composites and convincing effects.

  • Use rotoscoping, keying, and tracking in diverse situations.

  • Create and animate 3D graphics and projections.

  • Build engaging motion graphics from scratch.

  • Create particle simulations for custom VFX.

This Course Offers

 8 hours of video lessons.

12 projects with all footage and Fusion files.

A checklist for integration and process flow for keying.

Exercise footage that you may use on YouTube or in your demo reel.

Discussion board to ask questions or message the instructor for direct support.

Lifetime access and a 30-day money back guarantee - no questions asked!

Downloadable lessons for offline viewing.

Accurate English subtitles.

Low Price

Full lifetime access for a low one-time price. No risk thanks to our 30-day money-back guarantee.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to the Course!
  • 2
    Quick Start - Your First Sky Replacement
  • 3
    Fusion Basics - Foundations for your Projects
    • Intro to the Basics Chapter
    • Download Package for Basics
    • Interface
    • Tools
    • Masks
    • Animation and Motion Blur
    • Loader and Saver
    • Rendering
    • Organizing the Flow Area
    • Spline Editor
    • Creating a Shadow
    • Section Review
  • 4
    Integration for VFX and Motion Graphics
    • Intro to Integration
    • Download Package for Integration
    • Timeline Editor
    • Color Tools
    • Displace and Shadow Tools
    • Noise and Grain
    • Checklist for Integration
    • Section Review
  • 5
    Tracking - Follow the Action
    • Intro to Tracking
    • Download Package for Tracking
    • Point tracking
    • Stabilization
    • Matchmoving
    • Corner Positioning
    • Tracking and Masking
    • Section Review
  • 6
    Keying - Not only for Blue & Green Screen
    • Intro to Keying FREE PREVIEW
    • Download Package for Keying
    • Luma Keyer FREE PREVIEW
    • Ultra Keyer
    • Garbage Matte and Solid Matte
    • Despill
    • Adding Spill and Advanced Despill
    • Combining Keys
    • Primatte Keyer
    • Primatte Keyer - Additional Features (Fusion Studio Only)
    • Delta Keyer
    • Clean Plate
    • Advanced Keying Process
    • Process Flow for Advanced Keying Process
    • Section Review
  • 7
    3D Environment - Motion Graphics and Camera Projection
    • Intro to 3D
    • Download Package for 3D Environment
    • 3D Shapes & Navigation
    • Text 3D
    • Lights
    • Camera and Renderer
    • Materials and Shaders
    • VR Output with 360 Camera
    • VR Render on YouTube
    • 3D Camera Projections
    • Multiple Projectors
    • Section Review
  • 8
    Particles - Custom Effects for VFX and Motion Graphics
    • Intro to Particles
    • Download Package for Particles
    • Particle Emitter and Renderer
    • Forces on Particles
    • 2D Particle Post-Processing
    • Bouncing Particles in 3D
    • Particle Fire
    • Fire Composite
    • Section Review
  • 9
    You Made it!
    • Course Conclusion
    • Where to go next?
    • Evaluation

Course Description

Fusion has a long history as a professional compositing application in Hollywood. Thanks to its powerful free version, it has become accessible to the masses. However, good VFX, compositing and motion graphics still take skill and experience. There is no magic shortcut. This course is about laying the foundations and setting you on the right path.

While Fusion’s capabilities are amazing, I have always been disappointed with the training and tutorial offerings. If you want a lightsaber effect, you can find great tutorials for After Effects. If you want to learn every detail on the keying process, you can find university-level courses on Nuke. 

Fusion can cover both ends of the spectrum, but for me, it is strongest in the middle. This is why I created this course. I’ll start from the beginning, but take you in-depth into each topic so you can learn the principles and workflows involved.

Instructional, Real-World Exercises

You’ll find a balanced mixture of theory, software tutorials — and most importantly, instructional and practical exercises. I have carefully chosen each exercise to help you progress quickly and replicate my results. At the same time, they offer you challenges and room to experiment. 

All exercise files are provided for download and all footage has either been released to the public domain or cleared for use in student work and demo reels.

Laying a Solid Groundwork

You will learn the Fusion interface step by step. This includes a simple approach to tools like the spline editor (for animations) and the timeline view. Both are powerful tools but often tricky to handle in the beginning. At the same time, you will learn how to work efficiently and keep your working area organized. 

Integration

Compositing is all about combining different footage and animations in a realistic (or artistic) way. This is why I dedicated a complete chapter to integration, as well as touching on the topic a few times throughout the other exercises. I am including a checklist here as well, and you can use it and expand on it during your own projects. This will help you achieve photo-realism on live footage and a coherent artistic result in your motion graphics.

Tracking 

Tracking is used whenever new elements need to move together with existing live footage (matchmoving) or when you want to stabilize footage. But before all of that, you need a solid Track. I introduce some strategies for how you can achieve that and deal with typical problems you’ll face along the way.

Keying

Keying isn’t just about blue screen and green screen (chroma keying), but sometimes you can use keying techniques for sky replacement, color gradings, and other manipulations. You will learn here all the main tools Fusion has to offer, as well as a thorough workflow and understanding of the complete keying process. This includes handling edge problems, transparencies, and spill.  

3D Environment

We go back to the basics, but now in 3D. Here you will learn how to create 3D scenes entirely in Fusion, use materials, light the scene and add animated cameras. Afterward, you will turn to projections and convert a 2D picture into a 3D environment. 

Particles

Whether to build an artistic background for a music video or to create custom VFX for an action movie, particle effects can be used for everything from smoke and fire to colorful graphics. You will switch between Fusion’s 2D and 3D particle systems, learn how particles can interact with 3D geometry and learn techniques for post-processing of particles in 2D. 

What this course does NOT cover…

This is one of the most comprehensive Fusion courses on the market, but still, choices needed to be made: 

  • The 3D section introduces the major aspects of 3D geometry, materials and lighting to get you started, but I am not covering multipass compositing, custom shaders or model import from other 3D software. While definitely interesting for 3D artists, I feel this is going too far in this course.
  • While I do touch base on the spherical camera for 360 videos, I am not going into further detail of 360 footage. Stereo compositing (available only in Fusion Studio) is also not covered.
  • There’s no introduction to scripting in Fusion. On a positive note: You can do the full course even if you have never done any programming and have forgotten all your high school mathematics :-) 

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Click “enroll” to get started, and I will see you in the first lesson!

Reviews

This is what participants said after taking the course.

  • Perfect for what I needed

    Mike Hughes

    I'm an aspiring, independent filmmaker, who wanted to get more knowledge with Fusion. I have a background in After Effects, but I definitely see the potential in the node-based approach of Fusion integrated with Davinci Resolve, as well as all th...

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    I'm an aspiring, independent filmmaker, who wanted to get more knowledge with Fusion. I have a background in After Effects, but I definitely see the potential in the node-based approach of Fusion integrated with Davinci Resolve, as well as all the tools provided with Fusion. However, there is a dearth of tutorials in the marketplace, especially compared to after effects. I was anxiously awaiting Bernd' course to be released when I first got wind of it and was one of the probably first enrollees. I had a very high expectation of the course, and I have to say my expectations were met and exceeded. I found the course to be very thorough, had a logical progression of tutorials laying a strong foundation, and very pragmatic and practical to extend the knowledge to my own work. I highly recommend this course. It is well worth the expense. The tutorials are very understandable and are extremely useful. Moreover, the videos show an underlying concept which I found I was able to extend therefrom for other problems to solve, and particularly with camera projection on objects or scene creation. At any rate, I highly recommend this course. Mike Hughes

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  • Excellent course

    john paterson

    This course takes a logical approach to using fusion while at the same time introducing many tools early on in the course so that we are not afraid to use them. Hopefully adding nodes will become second-nature.

    This course takes a logical approach to using fusion while at the same time introducing many tools early on in the course so that we are not afraid to use them. Hopefully adding nodes will become second-nature.

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  • very helpfull and detailed course.I learned a lot.can't wait for another course to come out.i feel a lot more confident in fusion

    uche obiwe

  • Excellent introductory course.

    Manuel López

    I have not finished the course yet but I can say that I'm really enjoying it. Although the exercises are simple and easy to follow, the teacher explains the concepts very well and I am understanding the workflow and the tools of this fantastic pro...

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    I have not finished the course yet but I can say that I'm really enjoying it. Although the exercises are simple and easy to follow, the teacher explains the concepts very well and I am understanding the workflow and the tools of this fantastic program. And I love the subtitles English option, because I have problems with spoken English. At the moment excellent.

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  • good, basic, affordable introduction to Fusion

    Clay Asbury

  • Definitely Recommended. Learn a lot of techniques. Thank You.

    Marlo Shemere

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Instructor

  • Bernd Klimm

    Bernd Klimm

    A few years ago, I was still honing my film editing skills when I naively entered a post-production competition with footage provided. Suddenly, I was presented with a sci-fi short film entirely shot on a green-screen stage and had no clue what to do. This experience sparked my interest in compositing and visual effects. From there on, I absorbed every tutorial, training course and book on the subject I could get my hands on. I rebuilt Nuke and After Effects compositions in Blackmagic Fusion, studied keying by building keyers and despill from scratch using only arithmetic tools, experimented with scripting and much more. Over time, I have worked on short films and begun teaching these skills to others through the VFXstudy YouTube channel and website with my own tutorials. Encouraged by an overwhelmingly positive response, I decided to build more thorough courses that go deeper than typical tutorials and provide the necessary follow-along exercises that are often missing in textbooks. Compositing is a passion and a hobby. I’m a technology consultant by profession, and in the course of that business I’ve designed and instructed corporate training courses, e-learning solutions and classroom trainings for hundreds of users. With this course, I am excited to combine my passion for film and VFX with my professional background to create engaging and educational instruction.