You can combine Edit, Fusion, and Color effects in Resolve with a lot of flexibility. This includes using color tools before entering Fusion or supplying Fusion masks to the color page.
Too much flexibility is not always a good thing and can cause confusion. But each flow of image processing that Resolve offers, does have a purpose.
In general, your options to enter Fusion are:
- Create a blank Fusion clip.
- Bring an existing timeline clip into Fusion.
- Create an adjustment clip on top of any existing clips.
- Create a Fusion composition from one or multiple timeline clips.
Coming out of Fusion, you can use multiple MediaOut nodes to send different images to the color page. Technically that would allow you to do compositing in the color page. But the most common scenario is to supply a Fusion mask to the color page.