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davinci fusion tiff alpha linux
by Andi Winter 4 days ago
dear bm! i have used davinci-fusion to make decent credit rolls, and it works but: at least on my linux davinci15.2.2 i can't load in fusion page via loader a tiff file. png works, so i converted via
Re: davinci fusion tiff alpha linux
by Simon Ubsdell 4 days ago
Try standalone Fusion instead. The Fusion option inside Resolve is seriously defective and not fit for purpose. It has so many serious bugs it's a waste of time trying to use it. Simon Ubsdell tokyo p
The continuing power of the talking head
by greg janza 1 week ago
There's a fair amount of criticism about using talking heads in videos these days. There seems to be a feeling that the standard talking head is a stale stylistic choice or that it's inherently boring
Re: The continuing power of the talking head
by Simon Ubsdell 7 days ago
Mark Suszko "And an eternal truth is that humans are innately fascinated by other humans." This has to be the single most important thing a film-maker needs to know. There is literally nothing as eng
Please rate
by artjoms zikuns 1 week ago
Hello to all! I here recently edited a video about my trip, but there s really no one to ask who would point out the mistakes. Please look and evaluate, what do you think Would it be okay to show for
Re: Please rate
by Simon Ubsdell 7 days ago
You've probably done a great job, but I only watched ten seconds of a 20 minute piece and you were cutting as though it was only going to last 20 seconds. Pace yourself. If it's a 20 minute film, star
Extract background from hand
by Nitai Lev-Oren 1 month ago
I have this hand in video and I need to extract the background so I used extract effect but it worked partly because the hand moves on the background someone knows how to extract it without doing rot
Re: Extract background from hand
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
You could try a difference key assuming the shot is locked off and the hand clears the frame to give you a clean background. With care, difference keys can help with a lot of the work, reducing the ne
Combine 4 EXR files into a single Multichannel EXR
by Justin Imhoff 1 month ago
I'm trying to combine several Cryptomatte EXR files from V-Ray into a single, Multi-channel EXR file using Fusion9. I read somewhere you can do this the a channel boolean node but I have no idea how.
Re: Combine 4 EXR files into a single Multichannel EXR
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
You need to go to the Aux Channels tab of the Channel Booleans tool and use the dropdown menus to select which foreground input to add to which background channel: Note that this tool only takes two i
Why does the "Glow Intensity" do nothing?
by Robert Ditty 1 month ago
I have added the glow effect to these vector sun ray shapes from a logo in my video. Here it is with the Glow intensity set to 1.0: Here it is with the Glow intensity set to 255: No difference at all.
Re: Why does the "Glow Intensity" do nothing?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
Eric Santiago "That option has always been about luminance." If you use the Alpha Channel instead of the Color Channels and set the Glow Color to A&B Colors it doesn't matter what the "luminance" of
Tutorial: Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Adobe After Effects Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The trut
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Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
A fascinating piece looking at how far we have come from the early days of tape editing: https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2018 12 02 five-decades-of-edit-suite-evolution Simon Ubsdell tokyo productio
Re: Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Ah, memories... I can recall that the overall design of many of the early edit rooms evolved from live-TV Control Rooms, where the multiple workstations for audio, switcher, edit controller, and graph
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What is the single most important skill an editor needs to develop?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
I'd be fascinated to hear your thoughts, but first here's mine: You need to be able to watch and listen for the first time every single time you hit play. In other words you need to develop your own p
Re: What is the single most important skill an editor needs to develop?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Those are really interesting points. I hadn't thought about colours having relative energies in his context but of course they do (red has much more energy than blue, to cite the obvious example) and
Selection and move-clips questions
by Christophe Pettus 2 months ago
I'm an FCP editor coming to Premiere, and (of course) there's some functionality that I am used to in FCP 7 that I'm not sure how to do in Premiere. Apologies in advance if this is obvious and I just
Re: Selection and move-clips questions
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Christophe Pettus "Ah, I see! Keypad "+" and digits are distinct from main keyboard "+" and digits. Thank you!" Ah sorry, forgot to mention that. Yes, that's correct. I can't imagine using anything o
Combining 2 particle flows from different angle to look like liquids flowing into one another
by Michael West 2 months ago
Good morning: Is it possible to make 2 particle flows coming from different directions (say, left to right and right to left) mix and meld and integrate into one another like 2 streams of liquid runni
Re: Combining 2 particle flows from different angle to look like liquids flowing into one another
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Have a look at my tutorial here - not exactly what you are talking about but you only need to increase the particle count to create something more like liquid: https: youtu.be TcEVeSnofWY Simon Ubsdel
So how is 10.4.4 working for you?
by David Mathis 2 months ago
I decided to post and present that question in here instead of the other forum. How is everything working for you The extensions and batch export feature are of interest as well as the compare feature
Re: So how is 10.4.4 working for you?
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
I have not tested this feature out personally yet, but an interesting thing struck me in watching some of the videos. A frequent client request is to get full resolution frame grabs from a sequence (p
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DR 15.2 ACES and FUSION
by Andi Winter 2 months ago
dear all! on ACES color managed projects, the sdi output in the color tab or the edit tab is the same. in the fusion tab it seems that the odt to rec709 is not applied. i do realize there are viewer l
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Re: DR 15.2 ACES and FUSION
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Andi Winter "in the fusion tab it seems that the odt to rec709 is not applied. " That's exactly as it should be. It be hugely undesirable if that were not the case. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions ha
External audio mixer
by Dante Majorana 2 months ago
Could anyone suggest an external mixer I could use to control my sound clips in Premiere Just sliders for volume, sound balance and the usual MUTE, SOLO would do We have maximum 8 tracks and the Behri
Re: External audio mixer
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
The AVID Artist mix works very well with Premiere. The faders and pots are pretty nice to use. You can even control plug-in parameters. https: www.avid.com products artist-mix Simon Ubsdell tokyo prod
Is this the end of standalone Fusion?
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
There's a notice at the top of the release notes for the latest Resolve: "I'd also like to point out that Resolve now includes a Fusion Loader node, the ability to make compositions directly in the Fu
Length of timeline in Fusion project
by Anmol Mishra 3 months ago
Hi. I have 2 video files thats approx a 100m long in my fusion project. However, my timeline is at 1000 secs. How do I adjust my timeline to the time length of the longest asset in the project EDIT :-
Re: Length of timeline in Fusion project
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Why not simply drag their handles in the timeline to extend them as required Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Aindreas Gallagher 4 months ago
Hey there, mad forum, I missed the whole shennanigans around the forum name change, not madly up to speed, but Apple Talk feels like it's the end of an era I guess I just wanted to say that I had a ma
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Re: Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
How can we top your post, except to raise a glass! Aindreas, you are far better bard than any of us. - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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buzzing/flickering hair in key?
by Aaron Doenges 5 months ago
I'm having a lot of difficulty keying hair from a recent shoot. It was shot and lit professionally (Prores 4:2:2) and visually doesn't look like I should have any issues. I've tried Ultra Key in Premi
Re: buzzing/flickering hair in key?
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
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Start projects with default bins and sequences?
by Michael Tesh 5 months ago
Is there a way to start a new project with a default set of bins and sequences already setup For example I have a particular type of organization I use for every project. I create the following bins e
Re: Start projects with default bins and sequences?
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Post Haste *is* free: Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
stereo vs multichannel sequence settings?
by Liz Parham 5 months ago
I've taken over a project in which the main edited sequence is multichannel that I think was created from a synced multicam clip mapped to 3 mono tracks. I am constantly hearing audio from either L R
Re: stereo vs multichannel sequence settings?
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Yes, you could still copy and paste from stereo into a fresh multichannel sequence. If you wanted to route to outputs other than 1-2 you'd need to sort that all out manually via the Audio Track Mixer
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Is it possible to track paint/clone stamps in fusion?
by Elo Resso 6 months ago
New to fusion, just wondering if it s possible to do beauty retouching in fusion with the paint tools and than track that painting over someone s face in a video and how would I set that up
Re: Is it possible to track paint/clone stamps in fusion?
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Try this tutorial: https: youtu.be nh1wxzDvxic https: forums.creativecow.net readpost 391 130 Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
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Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts
by Craig Seeman 7 months ago
Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts http: www.philiphodgetts.com 2018 06 maybe-10-years-is-enough-for-final-cut-pro-x I had been thinking about the "next direction" given th
Re: Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts
by Aindreas Gallagher 7 months ago
That's nothing - this baby felt like the money moment in terms of what's coming down the pike. https: medium.com netflix-techblog ava-the-art-and-science-of-image-discovery-at-netflix-a442f163af6 Auto
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 7 months ago
Today we celebrate Drop Frame Timecode in the U.S.A.
by Craig Seeman 7 months ago
4th of July How video tech would have varied if https: www.provideocoalition.com 4th-of-julyhow-video-tech-would-have-varied-if There would have never been any NTSC video system. There would have neve
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Re: Today we celebrate Drop Frame Timecode in the U.S.A.
by Michael Gissing 6 months ago
Michael Phillips "Also, the .1% slow down was not so much a shortcut than a solution...." In the PAL world they engineered colour properly so there was no need to do the NTSC shortcut. Old B&W TVs st
Text growing out of a seed pod, maybe on a vine
by Michael West 8 months ago
Good morning: Looking for a method to make text appear to grow out of a seed pod, possibly attached to a vine. The title of the program is "Seeds Of Hope". Any suggestions, tutorials, or plugins will
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Re: Text growing out of a seed pod, maybe on a vine
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
Here's a test project. 12496_seeds.motn.zip I've no idea if it's what you mean but maybe it will help. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Caption Export
by Andreas Kiel 7 months ago
I finally uploaded the new version of X-Title Caption Export I announced two or three weeks ago. It contains some bug fixes and some new features. The most obvious new one is the option to create html
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Re: Caption Export
by Andreas Kiel 7 months ago
Thanks for the kind words Simon :-) Spherico http: www.spherico.com filmtools "He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the
Font Tracking Error
by Don Smith 7 months ago
I have a font that displays on AE correctly when All Caps is checked, but not in Motion. The kerning between the letters (OK, that's redundant), goes to garbage. Not so when All Caps is unchecked. The
Re: Font Tracking Error
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
Don Smith "You went to a lot of trouble for all of to see the effect this Motion bug has." Sorry I couldn't come up with a solution for you I'm a big supporter of Motion but there are areas like this
Project Duration Discrepancy SOLVED
by Soutine Berger 7 months ago
Motion 5.3.2 OS 10.11.6 Whatever project length I spec when first creating a file, I see a different reading whether I am looking at the total frame rate or the total time in seconds. For instance, I
Re: Project Duration Discrepancy SOLVED
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "But sure for the record." That's all it was. Additional information that some users might find useful. Nothing to do with the original post - which I couldn't begin to fathom. Simon Ub
Timing Question
by David Mathis 7 months ago
I bring a clip into Fusion and want to add a 3D title. I want the title to appear two seconds after thr clip starts and end two seconds before the clip ends. I noticed in the timeline changing the tim
Re: Timing Question
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
It's worth understanding why you can't simply shorten the 3D Text on the Timeline. If you shorten the 3D text so there is nothing at the current frame, you will get the following errors in the Console
frame size nubie question
by Artem Belev 7 months ago
Hello. I already have seen this tutorial: https: forums.creativecow.net thread 391 94 the only thing I understood from it, is that Fusion determines frame size by the backgroud image. Whatever the ima
Re: frame size nubie question
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
Artem Belev "So I have a couple of questions, the first is: how can I force fusion to "lock" particular frame size despite the image size " Add a Background Tool that is set to the dimensions you wan
FCPX and Fusion
by David Mathis 8 months ago
After playing around with the Fusion page in Resolve and Fusion itself I find myself enjoying a node based workflow even more. I feel it allows for more creativity with title work and adding spice to
Re: FCPX and Fusion
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
One other point that might be worth adding to this discussion is that it's not necessarily a good idea to focus on one specific application to extrapolate general rules about what is and is not possib
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Towards a better NLE Part 2 - A conceptual framework
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Most of the time, when talking about improving the NLE concept, we talk in terms of tweaking existing tools and modes rather than addressing fundamental design questions. But I think there remain majo
Re: Towards a better NLE Part 2 - A conceptual framework
by Herb Sevush 8 months ago
Simon - I've been following this thread but I've been out shooting for awhile and haven't had time to put my thoughts together, but this morning we have a late call, so here goes. Unlike some, I'm qui
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 8 months ago
The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
The original promise of FCP X was great. Here was an approach that offered us a set of interesting new concepts and consequently some different ways of thinking about editing. I for one never had an a
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Re: The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Brett Sherman "Simon has become increasingly dismissive of FCP X. Fine, whatever. Don't use it." I'm just going to knock this piece of ad hominem nonsense on the head once and for all and then leave.
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Towards a better NLE
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
You can get developers to decide what innovation to throw at an NLE, or in an alternative universe you could ask editors to come up with innovations of their own. This new video by Alan Bell A.C.E. ad
Re: Towards a better NLE
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Steve Connor "Good grief that is an enormously patronising statement to make, I'm genuinely shocked" Dear Steve, what's got into you This really isn't like you. You're usually one of the most level-h
This one thing...
by Oliver Peters 8 months ago
Just ran across this from This Guy Edits. https: www.youtube.com watch v=Pr-YtQlSU_I - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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Re: This one thing...
by Mike Cohen 8 months ago
I have seen lot of "editing" reels which are a bunch of cuts of different shots from different projects, not showing any actual editing. If you take out the clips from mainstream movies this guy isn't
Anne Coates
by Shawn Miller 8 months ago
https: www.msn.com en-us movies news anne-v-coates-oscar-winning-film-editor-for-%e2%80%98lawrence-of-arabia%e2%80%99-dies-at-92 ar-AAx0wUW ocid=spartandhp I would have killed to have had her particip
Re: Anne Coates
by Tim Wilson 8 months ago
One of the things I've been amused to observe is that she'd worked as many movies that were nominated for Razzies (7!) as were nominated for Oscars. That's no reflection on the quality of her work, of
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OT: Smart Move from Adobe
by Scott Witthaus 9 months ago
apologies if this has already been posted: https: www.digitaltrends.com photography adobe-creative-cloud-price-drops-for-schools Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Visual Storyteller https: vimeo.com channe
Re: OT: Smart Move from Adobe
by Shawn Miller 9 months ago
Scott Witthaus "try learning Unity.....oy." Yup, STEEEP learning curve... that's why I'm amazed at the level of proficiency some of these kids are gaining just by watching tutorials and well, buildin
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Reconsidering FCPX in Hollywood
by Oliver Peters 9 months ago
One of the Lumaforge NAB presentations: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2070-josh-beal-reconsidering-final-cut-pro-x-in-hollywood Direct link to the video here: https: www.youtube.com watch ti
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Re: Reconsidering a pompous editing system made by Apple engineers.
by Tim Wilson 9 months ago
Aindreas Gallagher "He's not lying. I myself learnt of the Emu's, the standing stones and the solar power cell trees himself and his good partner Nora enjoy day by day." Indeed, among our conversatio
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 9 months ago
Smarter and Faster
by Oliver Peters 9 months ago
Steve Martin's Working Smarter and Faster presentation from NAB https: www.youtube.com watch time_continue=1&v=MdqTwAPg6Qg - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Smarter and Faster
by Michael Hancock 9 months ago
Simon Ubsdell "When you need a specific tool, you need that specific tool and workarounds just don't cut it." Exactly. Just today, in another forum, I saw that an editor was handed a script built fro
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Smoke Effect in Final Cut PRO
by Constantinos Savva 9 months ago
Hello professionals. I need your advice. Trying to create smoke effect in a video very similar to bicycle scene in music video "Get Low" where the bicycle appears from inside smoke. Any suggestion for
Re: Smoke Effect in Final Cut PRO
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
You might find this Motion tutorial using on creating volumetric fog: https: youtu.be VuBcAAJflX0 Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Difference mask or differential mask - keying against a static, locked shot
by Adam Sherds 10 months ago
Hi, Everyone. I'm trying to do what some call a "difference mask" or "differential mask" in Final Cut Pro or Motion. I have a locked shot, an empty plate frame with no movement, and footage where an o
Re: Difference mask or differential mask - keying against a static, locked shot
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
It's a pain to do this in FCP X but very easy in Motion. Here's a sample project to show how it's done. 12352_differencematte.zip Essentially all you need to do is layer the two versions of your shot
Fusion Page Question
by David Mathis 9 months ago
I might be missing something or just completely confused here so any help is greatly appreciated. I noticed that when you color grade a clip you must covert it to a new Fusion clip before going to the
Re: Fusion Page Question
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
David Mathis "I noticed that when you color grade a clip you must covert it to a new Fusion clip before going to the Fusion page." No, you don't necessarily have to create a Fusion clip unless you wa
Key Green Screen image with depth of field
by Stephen Smith 11 months ago
I watched a before and after video of keyed footage of people driving in cars. It looked beautiful with the background out of focus. Any tips on how to key blurry footage. I tried it once and it didn'
Re: Key Green Screen image with depth of field
by Simon Ubsdell 11 months ago
Spencer Tweed "Believe it or not, you can use the techniques in that tutorial to get your blurry key It's actually the same problem - you're just trying to get a "soft key". Don't take the tutorial t
Can't view Classifieds
by Mark Whitney 1 year ago
Hey folk, I've tried several times over the past couple of days to view the classified sections. When I enter, there's a disclamer that I check the box for & submit, but then I'm simply brought back t
Re: Can't view Classifieds
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Tim Wilson "And in Chrome, you can also just copy-paste and drag or drop images." Thank you!!!! I had no idea about this, but I love it :) Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Drag layers up or down in timeline
by Erik Swanson 1 year ago
Is it possible to drag layers up or down in the timeline to reorder them The manual says it is, but I am not able to do it in Fusion Studio 9. Is there a modifier key I need to press Thanks for any re
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Re: Drag layers up or down in timeline
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Erik Swanson "After messing with fusion for a few days I had the silly idea to use it for a paid gig - but I figure that is the best way to learn." I reckon you're absolutely right - it can be a very
The continuing saga of FCP to Resolve to Avid
by Jeff Markgraf 4 years ago
My goodness, it's like one of those serialized magazine stories... So it seems that X to Resolve and back or Avid to Resolve and back is straightforward. X to Resolve to Avid is considerably less so.
Re: The continuing saga of FCP to Resolve to Avid
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Have you looked at AATranslator http: www.aatranslator.com.au It's an incredibly versatile solution for audio interchange that might just be useful here. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
distorting the location line of a gradient
by Dan Gifford 1 year ago
Hello. I have a gradient, applied as an image mask, that I'm using to change the opacity of ONE side of a shape over time. It works - but as the bezier is a curve, I wanted to distort the 'location' (
Re: distorting the location line of a gradient
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Here's a much better idea: Create two color solids one for each side of your gradient. Create a curved mask for the upper layer. Add a directional blur to the mask along the axis of the gradient and i
Why so complicated to do green screen keying in Resolve?
by Duke Sweden 1 year ago
I can't understand why such an advanced piece of software like Resolve can't come up with an easier way to green screen. I love the program, have switched from Premiere Pro, but in that program I mere
Re: Why so complicated to do green screen keying in Resolve?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
You might find this tutorial useful - it takes you through the basics of using Fusion Connect: https: youtu.be Z2D58JPIa0o Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Fusion Connect: Is there a way to use mattes created in Fusion within Resolve???
by Michael McCune 1 year ago
Resolve 14 and Fusion 9 are much appreciated leaps forward. One question regarding Fusion Connect: while the Fusion tracker and the ability to create mattes works very well, IMHO, and while I have use
Re: Fusion Connect: Is there a way to use mattes created in Fusion within Resolve???
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
There is a different way you could do this and that's by rendering OpenEXR which allows you to access the alpha channel as an external matte directly inside the Resolve Color node, but you can't do th
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