Eyeon has released the Fusion 5.2 Learning Edition this year at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam.

This freely-available learning version of eyeon’s film compositing software was produced to help artists experiment and master Fusion without the need to purchase any licenses. All of the features and power available with a commercial license of Fusion are also present in the Fusion 5.2 Learning Edition.

Built on the release of Fusion 5.2, users will have access to over one hundred updates and modifications, such as interface performance improvements in various areas that make the artist’s workflow more efficient.

New features include support for 3D LUTs, which are GPU-accelerated with plug-in file formats. 3D LUTs are supported in both the FileLUT tool and as a view LUT. Metadata handling has been expanded for DPX, Cineon and OpenEXR formats.

Fusion’s scriptable plug-ins allow for the design and running of image processing tools created in the Fusion Lua scripting engine. Python scripting has been added to control Fusion from Web hosts and interfaces to Python-based film pipeline management systems.

The tracker’s new infinite sub-pixel precision method is faster and more accurate over changing footage, according to Eyeon, and a new Vector Motion Blur tool has been added.

There are a few limitations to the Fusion 5.2 Learning Edition. Any images written to disk will be stamped with watermarks to prevent their use commercially. In addition, the Fusion 5.2 Learning Edition does not load third-party plug-ins, and compositions saved with this edition cannot be opened with a commercial license of Fusion.

The Fusion 5.2 Learning Edition is available as a free download from the Eyeon Web site.