Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing quality settings, part of Fusion 7: Getting Started.
- In the previous video, I discussed how to render our preview, and when we did that, we had to go through the render settings window which has some quality controls. The timeline itself down here at the bottom also has quality controls, and this effects whatever you see in the view as you look at a tool. Let's take a look at those options. I'm going to import some footage first. So once again, Tools, I/O, Loader, and I'll grab the Greenscreen closeup one more time. I'll drop that into the right view, and we'll take a look. All right, in terms of the quality controls down here at the bottom, the first one is High Q.
It's high quality. It looks pretty good, but if I want to be guaranteed the maximum quality based on my footage and the tools, I have to press this, High Q. This might slow it down the refraction of playback in the view. So I can turn this on or off. The next button is MB for Motion Blur. If you are using Motion Blur, and we'll discuss that later on, then you can choose and turn off all the motion blur in the scene to save time. Motion blur is fairly expensive, so to speed up your playback, especially the first time it plays through, you can turn off MB.
Now if I have no motion blur in the scene yet, it doesn't really matter. Next button is PRX for proxy, and this is a proxy you can activate. If I turn it on, it'll use a lower resolution of whatever's coming out of the tool network. Now you can choose that resolution. If you right mouse button click you'll see a resolution menu. Because I'm capturing a small portion of my screen, this menu goes outside my window. Let's open up this area in another panel. Now before I do that, let me just clarify something. Now I tend to refer to the playback area as a timeline, as do many other programs.
Now in Fusion, the timeline is technically the keyframe view once you have animation. There's a tab for that. So this is actually technically called the time view down here, just to clarify. What I need to do to add another iteration of this is go up to one of these tabs like Flow, right mouse button click, Add View, and add the Time view. Now I have two Time views. You can do that, but I'll just slide this one down here for now, pull that bar down. Now we'll go back to the proxy, right mouse button click, and take a look at the various resolutions.
Right now it's set to three, which means it only displays every third pixel. I can make it even lower, like every 10th pixel, and then you see a definite difference. For complex tool network, this can save time if you have to make rough adjustments. So you can choose your own resolution, or turn that on or off. Now the next button is also proxy, but this is a auto proxy. Auto proxy works when you're adjusting sliders, changing property values, interactively moving in transforms in the view, and so on.
It's activated as you're changing something. Now if you want to, you can just turn off auto proxy or leave it on, and if it is on, right mouse button click and choose what the auto proxy is. If you want to save a lot more time as you're adjusting things, go to lower resolution. For now though I'll leave mine set to three. The last button is (mumbling) affects how it calculates the tool networks. (mumbling) it only calculates tools that are involved with the network you're currently looking at. For example if you have a large tool network, and can choose to look at the output of one portion of that through a particular tool, it only calculates those tools involved with that section.
So tools that are not involved with that section are skipped. If I click it, I can go to None where it makes no updates. It might be useful if you're just re-arranging tools. Or I click it one more time and it's all. That means updates every single tool with every single property setting, and you get the entire network, which is definitely the slowest. You can also use non-efficient for a large network if you're only looking at part of that network through a single tool. Okay, so there are your quality settings built right into the Time View, which that's called technically.
Be aware of that. You don't have to change these settings, but once you get into a more complex network, it's useful to know that they're there so you can make things more efficient.
- Basics of the Fusion interface and general workflow
- Creating tool (aka node) networks
- Working with transforms
- Using expressions
- Masking and rotoscoping
- Altering outputs with color correction and effects
- Compositing in 3D
- Motion tracking
- Keying with Primatte
- Rendering to disc