A Blackbird Called Sue

is creating Tutorials for Blackmagic Design's Fusion and Davinci Resolve

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About

HI Guys, my name is Sue, only kidding. A Blackbird called Sue is my alter ego which came into existence after a night in the pub, as a lot of things do ;-) (although I do acknowledge that subconsciously a certain Johnny Cash song may have influenced me...) 

After Effects - great! Pre-comping however...


My journey started with After Effects and watching a lot of Andrew Kramer videos as probably 90% of the visual artists out there! (Well, maybe not quite 90%, but....a lot!) However, I never got along with the overall AE paradigm with it's many layers and (shudder!) pre-comping. Sure, it's powerful, but it never really gelled with me.

Warm Welcome to Node-based compositing!


Fast forward to 2014, when Blackmagic Design acquired Fusion. I read about it on a forum (this is actually the post in question: http://forum.cakewalk.com/Fusion-7-Now-Free-Video-Software-m3115027.aspx) and decided to give it a spin... Sure, I had to wrap my mind around the whole different node-based approach and it sure looked daunting. But, after watching a few tutorials and going through the reference guide it started to click. Within days I was hooked and I never looked back! 

My thirst for knowledge was great and of course I checked out Vito's excellent Con-Fusion channel and various other ones. These greatly helped me. I noticed however that there were not many pure beginner tutorials (unlike the situation today!). So, I decided to set up a channel with the original intent to create a bunch of very basic tutorials. And...what better way to start than a waving flag tutorial! I was encouraged (and maybe even a bit surprised) to see that some folks appreciated it and decided to continue with the channel!

pCustom - Best thing since sliced bread


It quickly became apparent though that in my personal exploration of Fusion, I was hooked by sometimes the somewhat more "nerdy" aspects that took me back to my 80s programming days on my old 8-bit MSX computer! In these explorations I had to do a fair bit of digging and especially experimenting as, whilst helpful, the manual was not always as comprehensive as it could have been! I decided that the pCustom tool was the best thing since sliced bread, so I created a tutorial ("Unleash the Power of Particles!") to share some of my explorations with others. Since then, Expressions and the pCustom tool are my trusty friends in many of my tutorials (as you may have noticed).

Since then I've created a lot more free tutorials and templates to share with the community. I spend a lot of time on this, but I very much enjoy doing it! 

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My latest venture is to start with this Patreon page. This will not replace my Youtube activities, and I will keep creating free tutorials and templates. However, with Patreon I want to take it a step further and provide additional content and more in-depth tutorials in exchange for a small contribution! Also, I'd like to be able to get a more interactive approach going. Things like: input/voting for new tutorials/subjects,  Q&A. That type of stuff.

Thanks for reading and hope to see you as a Patron! I would definitely very much appreciate it!
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It would be awesome to get the encouragement and also to be able to cover my web hosting and other fixed fees! Oh, yeh, and of course...I need my daily coffee(s) to keep going!
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