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VonBon
06-18-2010, 01:35 PM
I have been trying to decide on a compositing program.
Looking like After Affects will win based on price.

Is Digital Fusion that much better than After Affects based on the price difference?

But I also saw that Blender has a compositing component.
I would like to get peoples opinion on it as well.

3dWannabe
06-18-2010, 01:57 PM
This would be a good place to ask about Fusion:

http://www.pigsfly.com/forums/index.php?showforum=12

and looks at the free tutorals at http://vfxhaiku.com/ which will give you an idea of the Fusion workflow

This site's free tuts will give you a very good idea of the AE workflow:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/

Fusion is true 3D, has particles and is based on a nodal workflow, while AE is 2.5D and based on layers.

They are very different animals.

I own Fusion and AE, but prefer Fusion. But I'm just learning, so my recommendation is worthless.

I've seen some incredible work created with just AE, such as this: http://media.fxguide.com/fxguidetv/fxguidetv-ep057.mov

(fxGuide is partial to Nuke, btw)

CaptainMarlowe
06-19-2010, 04:11 AM
Depending on what you plan to do with it and why you want to have a compositor, you may have a look at this one (http://fxhome.com/visionlab-studio/), of course it is not high-end, nor it can compete with Fusion or A/E.
But it's easy to learn, with a wide range of possible effects, and a lot cheaper.

digital verve
06-19-2010, 05:14 AM
I've used both. Fusion is a much more powerful compositor and has proper 3d support. After Effects is fine for compositing but its strengths are more in motion graphics.