I work for a company with several on-air promotions producers who cut promos for various commercial and premium channels here in Canada.
We edit with Avid Media Composer and use After Effects CS6 to create our motion graphics (animated lower thirds, full screen text animations) typically with copy that compliments the narrative of the promos that we produce.
Well all know AE well and we know it has several notable limitations in various areas like true 3D and particles, etc. We're aware of plug-ins and tools like Element 3D and Trapcode Particular that help to fill in some of AE's shortcomings. I have also heard that Maxon's C4D is a good way to go for 3D mograph.
For the most part we are able to create pretty nice animations within AE but one of the promo producers has been looking at another software tool that I have never really thought about until last week: Eyeon Fusion
We're not a VFX company and don't really need to tackle any advanced compositing, we don't really typically do special effects beyond basic 3D green screen stuff and AE seems to have been tackling our basic mograph needs relatively well.
Anyway... here are my notes on Eyeon Fusion so far:
- Eyeon Fusion looks to me like it's primarily a VFX node-based compositing tool, an animation tool secondary. Does that sound right or am I wrong?
- It's expensive. Knowing what we would produce with this tool, does this expense make sense to you or would an alternative 3D tool like C4D or Blender make more sense?
- I don't see any tutorials on Lynda.com for Fusion. None of us know how t use this tool, we're fast learners and I hear it's easier to learn than Nuke, but I see a LOT for Maxon's C4D so I'm thinking this would be a better choice in terms of a quick learning curve?
- Is Fusion a better choice than Cinema 4D?
- I'm not seeing a lot of Mograph fully produced with just Fusion (demos, videos) I see a lot of work where fusion is a finishing step (or part of the process) and other software tools are also used like AE or C4D, but not just Fusion.
- What's a safer bet? Finding a motion graphics artist who who is pro-efficient in C4D or in Eyeon Fusion?
- The titles I hear a lot of when it comes to typical tools used by mograph artists are typically: AE, Cinema4D, Trapcode Particular, even Blender 3D or Elements 3D, There are others too but I think those are the most common. I never heard of Eyeon Fusion until recently, should I be including this in that list?
If you have some time, please share your thoughts on whether or not you feel EyeOn Fusion would be a good fit for our needs or not? Anything that you can share on anything above will be very helpful to me, I trust your opinions a great deal, you're all very talented with Mograph.
Here's my position based on what I know about this software and Mograph at this time:
- I think Fusion is a VFX tool more so than an alternative to AE. I believe that Cinema4D or even Blender 3D would be a more appropriate and cost effective alternative over Eyeon Fusion. I hear C4D is easy for people who know AE to pick up. Also there are lots of tutorials out there for C4D and Blender. I also feel that we'll have an easier time finding talent who know C4D over Eyeon Fusion. And I know that Maxon/Adobe have a partnership that ensures solid integration between AE&C4D.
Anyway thanks again for your time and insight. If you have any questions, please ask away.