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Blackmagic Design Acquires Eyeon Software

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Blackmagic Design announced that it has acquired Toronto-based eyeon Software, developer of Fusion – a visual effects compositing and motion graphics tool that has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects.

“We’re really excited about the acquisition of eyeon,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Fusion compositing, 3D and motion graphics software has been used on some of Hollywood’s biggest visual effects blockbusters. When used together with DaVinci Resolve for editing and grading, Fusion also gives customers the world’s most advanced tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, motion graphics design and more.”

“Blackmagic Design is the most progressive company in professional post production today,” said Steve Roberts, CEO and founder of eyeon. “With their focus on developing the best solutions and a global network of offices, Blackmagic gives customers the products and services they deserve. The acquisition of eyeon will provide greater development and support of Fusion and Generation, where customers will now have more dynamic, comprehensive, and faster solutions for their creative needs.”

Eyeon’s Fusion 7 is being demonstrated at the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

Fusion 7 combines motion graphics and high end visual effects compositing into a single application. In addition to its advanced compositing tools, Fusion 7 also includes comprehensive paint, rotoscope, keying, layering and titling tools, along with a particle generator system. It can import geometry from other applications as well as create its own elements, like text and particles, from scratch. Elements can be composited together and quickly output using Fusion’s GPU-accelerated render engine. Multiple renders can be combined in one project to render different aspects of the same scene. Fusion 7 also offers a full set of creation tools for building objects and scene elements in a 3D system that can handle millions of polygons with complex shading.

“Fusion 7’s great 3D improvements have added to our toolkit, giving us options that greatly expand our ability to quickly put together shots and make final adjustments without the need to go back into a 3D app for changes,” said David Stinnett, VFX supervisor, Blur Studios. “Fusion 7 expands our ability to stay flexible for whatever the job demands.”

Fusion 7 has recently been used on feature films like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America and Gravity.

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