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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT B lackmagic Design (BMD) really does like to shake things up. Buying Da Vinci Systems allowed it to make Resolve both ubiquitous (through the free ‘Lite’ version) and more than just a grading application by adding editing capabilities. The purchase of Eyeon Software, and its Fusion compositing tool, looks likely to do something similar. “Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time that this changed,” exclaimed BMD’s ever shy and retiring chief executive Grant Petty on announcing that the standard version of Fusion 7 would be made available for free (for Windows users initially). For the price of significantly less than a cup of tea, users will be able to access 3D compositing, painting, rotoscoping, retiming, stabilization, titling, particle generation, and keying tools. By spending a bit of money, facilities can also get the Studio version that includes high-end features such as the optical flow toolset introduced in Eyeon Dimension. It is certainly a move that will help to encourage more people to learn to be visual effects and motion graphics artists. And that can only be a good thing. It will also help Blackmagic to capture the hearts of minds of new and young creatives who can ‘grow up’ using the software. With a bigger market share it should also prompt further third-party plug-in and extension development. Perhaps the most interesting thing will be how it impacts on the other major players in this end of the compositing and motion graphics market, notably Adobe, with After Effects, and Cinema 4D. Both are paid for, with AE only available now as a subscription. I wouldn’t be surprised if having access to a free version of Fusion 7 prompts plenty of effects artists to swap layer-based AE for node-based Fusion. Especially if/when the Mac version is released. Production music AKM Music, the royalty free music producer, has announced a new addition to its library of music for video productions. A Perfect Day is a collection of relaxed feelgood acoustic tracks ideal for videos that have an outdoor theme, family events, vacations, weddings and happy moments. It is available as an audio CD, CD ROM or download www.akmmusic.co.uk Cloud editing Forbidden Technologies has appointed two new resellers for Forscene. Rome and Milan-based 09 Technology will cover Italy and Italian-speaking Switzerland while Munich-based Avid reseller dve cross media will operate in Germany, Austria and the rest of Switzerland. Greg Hirst, business development director at Forbidden Technologies, said: “09 Technology has a reputation for supplying the latest and most innovative hardware and software tools in the industry, and with the recent addition of an office in Milan, it is now even closer to customers in the heart of the Italian commercial and economic capital. The people behind dve have a long and respected history of selling media solutions not only to the broadcast industry, but to other industries as well, such as education, research, and automotive” Forbidden has also appointed former Eyeon Software director of products Jeff Krebs as its regional manager for Canada and the Eastern US. www.forbidden.co.uk 12 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 96 DECEMBER 2014