Review: Magic Bullet Suite 13
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
As a video editor creating content every week, I can assure you I look for anything that will keep my workflow efficient and, above all, save time. For example, suppose you are working on a video and are trying out a particular effect or style; suddenly everything stops while you try to problem solve. An hour later you've got the effect you wanted, but you've been side-tracked and now the creative flow has to be generated all over again.
I mention this by way of introducing a company called Red Giant. They specialize in building tools that help video editors and motion graphic designers with their work. Here's Red Giant describing what it is they do:
Red Giant Shooter Suite 13
What's New in Magic Bullet Suite 13
The brand-new Magic Bullet Renoiser is a unique tool that gives digital filmmakers/editors the ability to add grain to their footage in order to emulate the texture of traditional cinema. There are 16 noise/grain presets that reproduce the look of real film stocks and popular movies. Fully customizable, you have complete control over every aspect of the process.
Other notable updates include Magic Bullet Looks 4 which now has over 200 preset looks many of which are taken from popular TV Shows and popular films. Colorista IV now has a special panel for Adobe Premiere and After Effects users along with a Guided Color Correction process that's industry standard. DeNoiser 3 has been rewritten and is now a leaner and slimmer application with a new easier-to-use UI.
Even very old home movies can be tweaked to perfection with MBS 13
Working with Magic Bullet Suite 13
I can tell you right now that the Magic Bullet Suite took my footage from all three sources and made them much, much better than the originals. The effect was particularly striking in the documentary shot on standard video. The colors/contrast and noise were much worse that I realized. Here Colorista IV's guided color correction made fixing this footage so easy. Until I saw the newly corrected footage, I simply didn't realize how poor the original video was. See the difference in the before/after pix below.
The before and after from my 20 year old video footage is amazing.
The new HD footage I tested benefited the most from Magic Bullet Suite. Skin tones were easy to adjust as were noise removal and various color "looks". I struggled a bit with the Magic Bullet Looks plug-in, not so much the plug in's fault, but it's a more complex process that the other plug-ins which require simple adjustments. I think with more practice adjusting looks for my video will be easier. Certainly the interface and process is simple enough.
And that's one of the great benefits of the Magic Bullet Suite - all of the plug-ins are very simple to use and fit in with your editor of choice organically so that you use it just like any other part of your editing package. I used Premiere Pro CC from Adobe and had zero problems. Installation was a snap and the help section at Red Giant was effective and easy to use.
I highly recommend Red Giant's Magic Bullet Suite 13 for any video editor. These are tools that will make your work life so much easier and save you time to devote to being creative. What more can you ask for? Try a free trial of the Magic Bullet Suite 13 and make your editing life much, much easier.
How to Purchase Magic Bullet Suite 13