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Automated Fusion Studio Installs

Blackmagic Design recently released the latest Fusion Studio 9 compositing software.

I thought it would be handy to share some tips on how to perform cross-platform automated command line installs of Fusion Studio and the Fusion Render Node. This approach is useful if you want to install Fusion across a room full of workstations using a terminal based SSH connection, deploy Fusion render nodes on “headless” rackmount servers that lack a monitor, or potentially use Fusion on a cloud based system like Amazon EC2.

Fusion Studio on Windows Installation

Step 1. Expand the Fusion Studio 9 zip file. Open a new command prompt window and navigate to the folder where you unzipped the files.

Step 2. Run the Fusion Render Node installer in passive mode without asking for user input. (Note you have to write in the full absolute path for the msi install package. The following example assumes you expanded the file in your user account’s Downloads folder.):

Step 3. Run the Fusion Render Node installer in passive mode without asking for user input. (Note you have to write in the full absolute path for the msi install package. The following example assumes you expanded the file in your user account’s Downloads folder.):

Fusion Studio on Mac Installation

Step 1. Mount the Fusion Studio 9 disk image on your desktop. (For network installs you can copy the DMG file contents to a folder on a file server.)

Step 2. In the Terminal run the Fusion Render Node installer without showing the GUI or asking for confirmations:

Step 3. In the Terminal run the Fusion Studio installer without showing the GUI or asking for confirmations:

Fusion Studio on Linux Installation

Step 1. Expand the Fusion Studio 9 tar.gz file and cd into the Blackmagic Fusion install folder.

Step 2. In the Terminal run the Fusion Render Node installer without showing the GUI or asking for confirmations:

Step 3. In the Terminal run the Fusion Studio installer without showing the GUI or asking for confirmations:

Installer Program Custom Options

if you need to customize the Fusion Studio installation process further you can use the following additional installer options listed below:

Windows MSI Installer Utility

On Windows the MSI installer utility provides the following command line options:

Mac Installer Utility

On Mac the installer utility provides the following basic command line options:

The installer utility can list provide more verbose help options by adding the -help flag when you run it from the terminal:

Fusion Linux Installer Custom Options

You can see a summary of the additional Fusion on Linux install options by adding the –help flag when you run it from the terminal: