Sweet Magic

Red Giant Software’s release of  Magic Bullet Suite 11 is a  potpourri of wow. This powerful bundle of wonder-plugs features  nine applications: Colorista II, Denoiser, Grinder, Instant HD, Looks 2, Mojo, Cosmo, PhotoLooks and Frames. The emphasis here is on professional color correction, “digital makeup,” and a wide range of cinematic “looks” that fit every genre.

With Magic Bullet Mojo you can apply a variety of tints and effects to your video.

What makes each app  stand out is the ability to fine-tune multiple parameters and  achieve the precise  “final cut” you’re seeking. Dragging a plug-in and dropping it on a clip in the timeline is only the beginning.


The screen shot above shows a partial view of  the Looks Builder interface as launched from Photoshop CS5—yes, it’s cool with still images. too!

I find this enormously helpful since I often shoot stills in advance of a video project and can experiment with various looks. I can tweak the effects and when I’ve got what I’m looking for,  save the “look”  and, later, apply it directly to my video  in Premiere Pro.

Also included in the bundle: Denoiser which preserves  definition while eliminating noise from your clips); Instant HD up-converts DV video into a variety of HD formats;  Grinder is for video conversion (Mac only – untested) ; and Frames which gives interlaced video the 24p cinematic look .

Download a  trial version and see for yourself just how sweet this new suite is.