Eyeon has announced Fusion 6, a major upgrade to its VFX compositing application, which will be on display for the first time at at the Siggraph show in Los Angeles next week.

With the release of 6, Fusion delivers a consistent environment for seamless image quality across multiple platforms, and is available for a single license fee on Linux, Windows x64, Windows 32bit desktop PCs, and Intel-based Macs.

Fusion 6’s new features include a stereoscopic and multi-layer imaging system. Users can view stereo pairs in 3D in the views and support for stereo monitors. Fusion’s 3D environment has full support of stereo with eye separation and convergence controls.

The new multi-layer imaging system allows for composition node flow to process multiple images, all using Fusion’s Deep Pixel pipeline – plus updated support for EXR/SXR in a single loader.

Fusion 6 boasts a major update to the 3D system that Eyeon says is designed for ease of expansion. This will be released as part of the SDK.

The OpenGL renderer is resolution independent and supports floating point rendering, and super-sampling with reconstruction filters. There are new plugable CG Shaders - plus deep pixel rendering of normals, Texture Co-ordinates, Material ID, Object ID, Diffuse, Specular and Shadows.

The 3D environment supports mapped reflections and refractions, as well as 3D Cube and Sphere mapping. The lighting engine has been enhanced with new lighting materials including Blinn, Phong, Cook-Torrance and Ward. Bump maps can now be mapped from height maps, with reflections and refractions.

All 2D blend modes supported in 3D, including Screen, Multiply, Color Dodge, Difference, and Exclusion. Blend modes can be assigned to any 3D object. 3D geometric primitives or meshes can be used as 3D mattes in the scene, with Z-depth and alpha control.

The new ROIDS (Region Of Interest Domain System) allows for user-definable areas to limit processing, significantly improving performance and memory usage for large scale compositions, according to Eyeon.

UI Enhancements include an improved file browser with support for image previews, metadata, and gamma control for non-linear images. Toolbars can now contain tools, scripts, macros and settings.

Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.