Fusion is a must have software for graphic artists and animators.
Do yourself a favor. Download. Install. Explore.
With thousands of Hollywood movies having compositing and effects from Fusion the software is well established and proven.
For the curious, here’s a demo that is a bit more tailored to the professional users but it demonstrates some of the power of fusion. It’s not really a beginners tutorial but more of an intro to working in the v8 release.
Fusion is free for commercial use with no restrictions.
The primary differences between the free and paid (Studio) version is that the studio release adds collaboration and managment features and allows plugins and 3D stereoscopic features not available in the standard (free) version.
I have access to After Effects but given the power of Fusion I find that I never use it.
The primary thing I use Fusion for isn’t high end special effects but the adding of text, cropping images, recoloring and bringing in any additional blurs and effects required. I’d like to delve deeper but of late have had no requirement for it.