Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite 13 includes seven separate plug-ins designed specifically to let editors manipulate, color, style, refine and polish videos, and is available for $899 for the full version. Used by over 100,000 film editors worldwide since its initial release in 2001, Magic Bullet Suite 13 builds on the historic plug-in, adding several new features, as well as enhancing the original concept: to make digital video simulations as film.
Software suite effects packages like this one offer several advantages over putting together a library of plug-in solutions. Once an editor learns the interface and controls for a given plug-in, generally the interface is shared across multiple plug-ins, increasing efficiency and saving time because operations are similar in each window. That saves a lot of time over learning several new plug-in systems. They can also perform very fast changes to videos for quick edits when deadlines are short, as well as offer ways to preview final color grades.
Every plug-in with the software suite is supported by Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. (Other editing systems like Magix Vegas Pro, Apple Motion, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve and EDIUS are also compatible with some of the plug-ins, but not all.) Lack of space precludes me from expounding about my experiences with each plug-in, but needless to say, Magic Bullet Suite 13 is a sophisticated, streamlined package of visual tools that lets me efficiently shape and polish almost every aspect of my video. Red Giant offers trial installers for each plug-in to test things out on your system that, aside from time restrictions or watermarks, are fully functional.
Here’s a snapshot of the seven Magic Bullet Suite 13 plug-ins:
Magic Bullet Looks
This is the original Magic Bullet plug-in. Magic Bullet Looks features over 200 fully customizable looks and lets editors use more than 40 tools to customize or build new “Looks.” Think of them as digital filters for video. The plug-in features a simple, integrated color-correction tool from within the plug-in to streamline the editor’s workflow and minimize rendering time.
Magic Bullet Colorista IV
Colorista IV lets you apply correction directly to your timeline without switching to a different app to grade your footage. Guided Color Correction helps you color grade by encapsulating an industry-tested color-correction workflow in seven simple steps, delivering a well-balanced shot that’s ready for color grading. With OpenCL and Cuda support, Colorista works with the Mercury playback engine in Premiere Pro, giving you real-time, interactive color correction, even during video playback.
Magic Bullet Denoiser III
This tool removes noise and grain from your footage while preserving detail. Denoiser III provides immediate one-step results. Red Giant has rewritten Denoiser III entirely from scratch to give you the best, fastest, most reliable denoising performance availabl
Magic Bullet Mojo II
Mojo II instantly gives your footage an action movie color grade by accentuating and protecting skin tones. Mojo also cools off your backgrounds and is highly customizable, allowing you to cool things off, warm them up, bleach them or easily change them in countless other ways.
Magic Bullet Cosmo II
Essentially a digital makeup plug-in, Cosmo II is the fastest, easiest way to make talent look their best. It allows you to quickly balance skin tones, reduce wrinkles and remove blemishes. Red Giant rewrote the application from scratch to give you fast, beautiful results
Magic Bullet Renoiser
If you clean up your video too much and want to add some film-like grain, Renoiser is the tool to use. It restores texture and noise to overly processed digital video. Renoiser also protects your footage from color banding and blocky compression artifacts by giving any footage a true-to-life 35mm, 16mm or Super 8 film grain.
Magic Bullet Film
Film emulates the entire photochemical process for an authentic look. It allows you to mix and match 22 negative stocks and four print stocks, and includes accurate, measured film grain and a foolproof vignette tool.
Learn more about Magic Bullet Suite 13 here, where you can also download a free trial, learn about special offers and check out a video.