Blackmagic Design announced that its VFX and motion graphics software is now available as a native application for the Linux platform, both in its free and Studio versions. All project files are compatible with the Mac OS X and Windows versions, so artists can work collaboratively. The Fusion 8.2 software is public beta and available on the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge. Fusion 8.2 Studio provides additional features for $995, including unlimited free render nodes and other multi-user features. According to Blackmagic Design, the most exciting aspect of Fusion Studio's paid license is that there are no ongoing subscription, cloud licensing, maintenance fees or additional render node costs. Artists own the software they pay for. Read the press release and download the software from Blackmagic Design's website.
London based matte painting artist Jacek Pilarski is offering a free (or pay-what-you-like) pack of 140 panoramic sky images. Images are in TIFF format from RAWs in resolutions between 10k to 28k. More on Gumroad.
New features in Rowbyte's generative art plugin for After Effects include: motion blur, depth culling, improved OBJ import, Sound Effector, Slicer Object, seamless beams, etc. Plexus 3 is priced at $249, and currently available at $199 (20% off) until July 31. More on the Rowbyte website.
Red Giant has announced Universe 2, an update to their suite of GPU based editing and motion graphics tools for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Vegas, Hitfilm and DaVinci Resolve. This release features 4 new tools and 29 updated effects and transitions including HUD components for creating heads-up display elements, a new line generator, logo animation presets, and a color stripe transition. Universe is being offered through rental licensing at $20 per month or $90 per year. Find out more on Red Giant's website.
Adobe has announced the immediate availability of updated creative suite apps. Premiere Pro now enables you to work on low resolution proxies that are created on import. This is designed to allow working with high end formats or low powered devices. After Effects has many behind-the-scenes improvements, including a new preview system based on the Mercury Engine that is used by Premiere Pro. Also of note the Lumeti Color correction and Gaussian Blur effects are now GPU accelerated. Photoshop includes Content Aware Cropping, previewed earlier in the year, and a new Face Aware Liquify tool alongside font recognition technology and selection and masking improvements. Click on the links above to see a full list of improvements or view videos of these highlight plus new features from other apps in the collection on Adobe's website.
Blackmagic Design has released Fusion 8.1 that adds Fusion Connect for Avid to the free version of the software and the OSX edition. Fusion enables users to round trip clips, sequences, or stacks of layers from Media Composer to Fusion for further editing. Also of note, this release adds compatibility with the latest Avid Artist DNxIO video interface. Find out more on Blackmagic Design's website.
Peter Quinn has updated his After Effects tool, PQ FUI Toys to version 2.0. PQ FUI Toys 2 brings even more pre-animated, looping, and editable Fake User Interface assets to After Effects via a new script UI panel. You can find out more about PQ FUI Toys 2 on the AEscripts website.