Blackmagic Design acquires eyeon Software

Blackmagic Design acquires eyeon Software
Grant Petty, CEO, BlackMagic.
Published: 13 September 2014 - 9:05 a.m.
By: Digital Production Middle East Staff

Blackmagic Design has acquired eyeon Software Inc, a developer of high end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software for the feature film, commercial, television and broadcast industries.

Eyeon, which headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design. eyeon’s Fusion 7 is being demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

Fusion 7 is one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects compositing and motion graphics tools and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects. Most recently, Fusion 7 has been used on feature films like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America, Gravity and more.

Fusion 7 combines motion graphics and high end visual effects compositing into a single application. It also includes comprehensive paint, rotoscope, keying, layering and titling tools, along with an amazing particle generator system. It can import geometry from other applications as well as create its own elements, like text and particles, from scratch. Elements can be composited together and quickly output using Fusion’s GPU accelerated render engine.

Multiple renders can be combined in one project to render different aspects of the same scene. Fusion 7 goes beyond just compositing layers and has a full set of creation tools for building objects and scene elements in a 3D system that can handle millions of polygons with complex shading.

“We’re really excited about the acquisition of eyeon,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Fusion compositing, 3D and motion graphics software has been used on some of Hollywood’s biggest visual effects blockbusters.

“Blackmagic Design is the most progressive company in professional post production today,” said Steve Roberts, CEO and founder of eyeon. “With their focus on developing the best solutions and a global network of offices, Blackmagic gives customers the products and services they deserve. The acquisition of eyeon will provide greater development and support of Fusion and Generation, where customers will now have more dynamic, comprehensive, and faster solutions for their creative needs.”

Speaking to DPME at IBC, Simon Westland, director of sales, EMEA at Blackmagic Design, said: "It is the most natural acquisition that we could have made because all of the people that use Resolve in the high-end colour correction and post production pipeline is the same customer base that use Fusion. Resolve has been used to grade for VFX on films such as Hugo, Avatar, Spider Man, Captain America. It's the same customer base, so I think there is a very natural synergy between colour correction and VFX and compositing."



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