Resolve 15 Crash Course: Fusion Nodes

Hey guys, The next step in my Resolve 15 crash course deals with the newest, and possibly most powerful addition to the Resolve tool chest: Fusion.

Right off the bat I'm guessing you're looking at that new fusion tab and thinking: "Welp, this looks cray cray." I know, I said the same thing. Out loud. 

But I'm here to help you get your head wrapped around this amazing new tool and make some sense of the Fusion workflow. So let's take a closer look at the Node Graph.


When you first open up the nodes tab, the first thing you'll be met with is your clip in the viewer with a Nodes Graph at the bottom. Inside you'll see two nodes: Media IN and Media OUT. 

Now the easiest way I've come to understand the node graph is to think of it like a table, with all of your effects (nodes) as parts connected to each other with string. It doesn't really matter where in space they are located, as long as they are connected in the right way, kinda like a flowchart. 

So first off, everything you do will go between the Media IN node and the Media OUT node. To start off, we'll add some Blur to our shot by going to our effects library located at the top of the screen, and pick Blur.

Then we simply drag the Blur node onto the line connecting the two media nodes and BAM! we've got a...wait.

Where's the Blur? Well, the Blur parameters haven't been set yet! If we look over at the inspector tab on the right side of the screen, we see a host of options to adjust the blur. 


Let's ramp up the size and...

There we go! Pretty easy right? Well, not every node is as simple as that.


Say you want to create some text for your shot. Simply drag the text node icon from the top bar

and drag in onto your node graph. The tricky thing with new items is that they require a Merge Node to function with your flowchart. It's basically a "Put this on top of that" Node.

So in our example, I'm going to disconect our blur from the media out and add a line going into the Merge Node. Now an easy way to make sure it's connected in the right way is by using a right-click-drag over to the node and it will bring up a drop-down menu.

Since I want my clip to be underneath the text, I'll select Background. Now from my text node I right-click-drag to the merge node and select Foreground, because I want it to appear on top of my image. From there I can link the Merge node to the Media Out and Boom, I have a new Comp.

So there's my basic overview of how the Node system works. It can get very complicated very fast, but it can also be incredibly powerful. Take your time and try experimenting with them!

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