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Fusion Basics in DaVinci Resolve 16

teacher avatar Nick Carter, Videographer, Photographer and VFX

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2 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Merge and Transform Node Introduction

    • 2. Merge and Transform Part 2

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Working in Fusion can be a daunting task for anyone jumping from a Program like After Effect or even someone completely new to the software!

The most commonly used Nodes are the Merge and Transform nodes, understanding the intricacies of how they work will help you to level up your video editing! So in this class we cover what they are used for, when to use them and how they affect one another when used together!

You will learn how to merge multiple shapes together and control their properties on different levels!

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Nick Carter

Videographer, Photographer and VFX


Hey Guys! My name is Nick Carter,

Im a Videographer, Photographer and VFX Enthusiast who spends his time living between Australia and Canada. 

I started my Editing journey over 10 years ago trying to achieve simple VFX shots at home (Lightsaber Effects, Sky replacement... Basically every tutorial on VideoCoPilot). From developing my hobbyist skills at home to learning from Industry Professionals at AIE out of Melbourne Australia, my passion for Video Creation and VFX continued to grow.

Between working in the corporate world and creating content as a freelancer I slowly realised a gap in the Learning Market. Simple, easy to follow and straight to the point tutorials. So I took to teaching. Having found a voice that people seem to listen to, I focus ... See full profile

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1. Merge and Transform Node Introduction: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to another DaVinci Resolve video. Today we're going to talk about a couple of the most commonly used nodes inside of fusion. That is the merge node and the transform node. These air literally gonna be the ones you might use the most often when creating compositions inside of dementia results. So I figured I dedicated video specifically to explaining how they work. So here we have a very, very simple title. There's no animations or anything, and I created it because it's the simplest way I know how to explain how they all work. So let's jump across into fusion on Have a look. So without media out, no displayed in the viewer, that's how we have everything. It starts with a background node than we have different levels of text one on the top line on the bottom. And then we have our line in the middle or merge together and exported at the end. So let's create this effect so that you can understand how it all works. So we're gonna zoom out, delete all the nodes and start from scratch. So generally, when creating titles, I find you generally really only need to have the one view open. You can have to if you want, but I find one works well enough. So to start off with, we're going to drag a background note in just so we have a base to start creating on. We're going to just drag that straight across to the media out node and then we have a background. Next, we want to add out text. So to keep it nice and easy What? We're going to shift space, typing out text, grab a text plus hit enter on. What we're going to do is we're gonna call this our main title and what will do as well as , well, rename this? No, just so we can keep track of it as well and would just reek main. And then to put this on top of the background, all we need to do is drag the output off that text node to the output of the background node and that automatically create the merge node. The way this works is the green is the foreground, the yellows, the background. So the background, which is that black solid, is the background off that merge node. And on that merger. The foreground is the main text font going into the green and then blue is for mosques, and then the White Square is out putting to the immediate out node. So let's create our next level off text. So we're gonna nothing selected shift space and create another text plus node. We're gonna put this one down the bottom, just for simplicity sake. We're gonna call this one sub title and let's just change it toe light just so that there is some sort of difference. And what we're gonna do now is drag the output of this onto the output off the emerge one node and you can see it creates another merge. And that's because one merge node can only have the three input and one output. So obviously the background foreground theme ask and then its output. So if we're going to try to drag this again onto the merge, it will have to create another one. And now you can see we have, like, a little bit of hotness at the top here. So with the text, No, Did he Let's quickly rename it to sub on. We're just gonna quickly grab this handle and move it down a little bit. So now let's create the line. So to do that again, nothing selected, we're gonna get space and create a background. This is gonna dictate the color of the line. So we're gonna change that to let's just change it to like a light blue on. Let's drag this again. Let's just put up here for simplicity sake. So let's grab the output off that background and add it to the output in the merger is going to create a another merge. And hopefully you understand that. Say, let's just drag another text node falls to drag that on top again. It's gonna merge it on top, and it works in the hierarchy. So because this is murder on top, if I grab this text node and I'd say Heller, well, it is sitting on top of this background because the background is in the merged three and the Merge three is the background off the Merge four and this text layer that we just created is the foreground of the merge, for hopefully, that's not too complicated. I think that's the easiest way to sort of explain it. So let's delete those because we don't need him. And let's create a mask for this background mode. Now, as you can see, the background only has an option for a mask. Nothing for the foreground. So with its selected weaken literature shift space type in rectangle and at it, and it's gonna add it to the mosque. And now you can see it has created this rectangle and with it selected the rectangle selected. We can change the properties so we can make it wider, dropped the height right down, and then we can with these handles here, move it into place and you can see he we have created the same effect. So the way this sort of hierarchy works is this rectangle node, which is basically a mask, dictates the shape off the background because it's plugged into the mask. If I was to changes to an ellipse tool, so files to delete that had the lips so circle and plug it into the mask, then we get a sir 2. Merge and Transform Part 2: the background node controls the color. So at any point we can change whatever color we want when we want to make it orange. That's how that works. But what if we wanted to control the position off this bar as the bar? Well, right now, we can't because the rectangle is its own shape and the background is its own object. So what we want to do is after the background note. So we have selected. We want to hit shift space and typing transform. And now we have a transform note, and this is going to allow us move it as if it was its own independent object. Now, for we had this after the rectangle node, it would work a little bit differently. In fact, if I have it selected ship space, it won't work at all. Because now the rectangle is plugging into the mask of the transform node, not the background. And so there is no information being delivered into that background again, replete that kind of makes sense. So, Teoh move it as a whole shape. You always place the transform node at the end of the hierarchy you want to control, So let's take it a step further. What if you wanted to not only have this orange line, he what? If you want to have one down the bottom as well. Pretty easy. You could have the background selected shift space. Now we're gonna type in rectangle again, and it's going to create another one. And you see, now we have one rectangle node plunged into the mask of one and into the other all into this background note and so I can grab this rectangle, the big one we just made and I can move it. Let's just quickly make a really small shape, too. So we don't There we go so I can move it at the top here and now we have two shapes controlling the background, and I could add another one and another one as long as it they all plug into the mask off this background node, you're gonna have multiple shapes. Andi, because of the transformed load, is at the end of this hierarchy. Get now creates this one shape that we can move around. So to put that into further action, if I was to place here and go with the merge three and put shift space at a transform node . So we're gonna put a transformed load at the very end, this very end of the hierarchy. So it's the last node in the tree. Now, with this one selected, If I grab the handles here, you can say it moves the whole frame that we have created. And that that is because this transform note will affect everything plugged into the background off this transform. Let's just say I didn't want to control the sort of rectangle shapes that we've created. But I wanted to control all of the text as a separate layer. Hopefully, you would understand that we would place the transform node here because that text is there . So if I place a transfer node here, it will affect everything behind it. So let's do that emerged to selected shift space type in transform. And now, with this snide selected now, if I move it around, it's gonna control the text and obviously the background, because that's plugged into the first merge anyway. But there you go. So now we have this one that we can move on. Then if I grab this one, it's going to move everything And then if I grab this transform, then it's gonna move the shapes and they're all merged together. So hopefully if you understand. So if I wanted to say, create another bit of text So let's grab a text. Plus, we're gonna type in and we're gonna make it bread. So if we wanted to put this on top or we would have to do is drag it anywhere onto the output off A merged to say we wanted to have it transformed separately to the 1st 2 So we're gonna plug it into this. Merge three, plug it in. It will create the merge four node, which we automatically connect into the transform load, all right, and then everything else afterwards. So now we have the subscribe button. We can move it here separately, and everything works. Now, this is a bit of, ah, weeds case scenario, but hopefully this is a better understanding of have emerged nodes work. Basically, they're just gonna continuously create and create and create. Basically, if you want to build effects and you need individual elements services. But 12345 elements, plus the background six every time you create emerged to bring them all together. It's going to create that merge, noting every time out of separate element. Even if it's just a picture, let's say we just want to bring in another color like a background to bring it into the hierarchy. We just need to drag the output off that node, whether that's an image, background text, whatever into the output off the last note or if we want it further and earlier in the hierarchy weaken, drag it into weaken, drag the output into this merge. No, it doesn't really matter where you put it In the hierarchy, there's only she dragged the output off what you're creating into the output off that merge and that you can create massive effects. So if we would decide, Chuck this in the viewer, let's create on the lips And then with this one selected, we're gonna move it across. Then we're gonna create another ellipse. So we're just gonna chuck that on, and then we're going to move that one across, and then with this background node selected, we're gonna chuck it into the merge one. He we don't say anything because we need to display the media out. Chuck that into. And so now we have these red shapes here that are treated as the background off the subtitle, because that's the one that's in front of it. So it's the foreground element, but it's covering the main title that we created because it's plugged into the foreground off that merge noted. So it's the now it is now the foreground off that main, I think it's getting a bit complicated, but again to transform this ship space transform. And now we have our transform, and that's gonna transform everything below it. Now we can create this, like, love, hot kind of option there. Anyway, that is just sort of a look at how emerging transform nodes work. I mean, I'm hoping this helps a little bit. Ah, once you understand how these work, everything else gets a little bit easier. Anyway, thanks. Watching guys see up