Blackmagic has done some pretty amazing things with DaVinci Resolve over the last few versions. It’s gone from being just colour grading tool (I say “just”, but it always led the way in that field) to a fully-fledged editing application that now incorporates both Fusion for motion graphics and visual effects as well as Fairlight for audio processing.
I’ve even started to make the switch to Resolve myself lately. As such, I’ve been following a few new people on YouTube who make Resolve tutorials; Particularly those working with Fusion. Jamie Fenn is one such YouTuber, and in this video, he shows us how to make a pretty epic teleport transition using Fusion within Resolve.
If you’re very new to Resolve or motion graphics and visual effects in general, then this tutorial is going to seem pretty in-depth. But when you break it down, it’s really no more complex than the stuff Andrew Kramer’s been doing for years with After Effects on Video Copilot. But what might make it seem a little more daunting for newer users is the node-based workflow Fusion employs.
Node-based workflows differ greatly to the layer-based workflows found in other editors like Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro and even photography applications like Photoshop and Affinity Photo (I do wish somebody would make a node-based photo editor). But Resolve isn’t the only application to use nodes. Those coming from the 3D world, and particularly Blender, will have little trouble making the transition.
If you stick with it, nodes are extremely powerful, and in this case, the final result is very effective. Even if you don’t want to use this exact transition, the techniques shown in the video can be applied to a lot of different uses, so it’s well worth a watch, to learn how some of the different nodes work.