Friday, September 25th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

Red Giant Software releases Magic Bullet Suite 12.1

Originally posted on 5 February 2015. Scroll to the foot of the story for news of the 12.1 update.

Red Giant Software has released Magic Bullet Suite 12, the latest update to its suite of colour grading tools, adding support for GPU acceleration, and Magic Bullet Film: a new plugin for emulating vintage film stocks.

The other six plugins in the collection – formerly known as Color Suite, and compatible with common desktop editing and compositing software – have also been updated.

Is this Magic Bullet Suite or Color Suite?
On its blog, Red Giant describes the name change as a process of “un-renaming” the product.

The company’s original, larger, Magic Bullet Suite was previously split into two separate collections: Shooter Suite, which is still available, and Color Suite, now renamed back to Magic Bullet Suite.

“No matter how much we tried to tell you it was Color Suite, you all kept calling it Magic Bullet Suite in your emails, phone calls, and web searches,” admits the blog post, ruefully.

So what’s new in version 12?
Version 12 of the suite introduces a new tool, Magic Bullet Film, intended to mimic the look of real-world camera film, replicating 22 different negative stocks and 4 print stocks.

The plugin is GPU-accelerated, as now are sister tools Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista, Mojo and Cosmo, building on work Red Giant did for Universe, its new online plugin library.

Since almost every tool in the suite has been updated, we’d refer you to the Red Giant website for individual lists of changes, although the news release below summarises the key additions.

Pricing and Availability
Magic Bullet Suite 12 is available now, price $799. All of the component tools – which are available separately for between $99 and $399 – are compatible with After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Individual tools are also compatible with Motion, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Sony Vegas Pro. For a complete list of compatible versions, visit the product website.

Starting 2015 with a bang, Red Giant announces Magic Bullet Suite 12. Delivering a powerful color correction and grading experience, Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes an unprecedented number of new features and improvements to existing tools, and introduces the all-new Magic Bullet Film. Built on the same foundation as the award-winning Red Giant Universe, Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes GPU acceleration for Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista III, Mojo, Cosmo and Magic Bullet Film, bringing real time color correction and grading directly to the editing host application.

A landmark release, Magic Bullet Suite 12 is packed with new tools and other product updates. New features in Magic Bullet Looks include 198 new Looks presets based off of popular films and TV shows, as well as nine new tools – like the color space tool, 4-way color tool, and the film negative and film print tools. Colorista III has been streamlined dramatically, and now integrates beautifully with Adobe Creative Cloud’s new masking and automatic tracking features, making multi-layered, masked corrections easier than ever. The all-new Magic Bullet Film gives footage the look of real motion picture film by emulating the entire photochemical process – from the original film negative, to color correction and finally to the print stock.

Unlike most other comprehensive color correction tools, the Magic Bullet Suite integrates seamlessly within an artist’s host application of choice, giving users powerful, real time tools directly on their editing timeline. In addition, the newly updated tools in Magic Bullet Suite 12 remove the barriers of complexity usually found in professional color correction programs, by offering intuitive controls that provide artists with a more familiar experience. All of this saves time by giving users immediate feedback in an environment they already know, along with controls they intuitively understand.

The tools in Magic Bullet Suite 12 are fully compatible with Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, and include additional host support for Final Cut Pro X, Avid, and other industry standard NLEs (support varies depending on the tool). This versatility allows facilities with multiple artists or large workgroups to easily share looks, tools and concepts across the production chain. GPU acceleration improves the workflow by making previewing and rendering faster than ever, while new and improved effects from tools like Mojo, Magic Bullet Looks and Magic Bullet Film let users make footage look beautiful fast.

More About Magic Bullet Suite 12 Tools

NEW PRODUCT – Magic Bullet Film is brand new to Magic Bullet Suite 12 and gives your footage the authentic look of real film – emulating not just the film stocks themselves, but the entire photochemical process, from the original film negative, to color grading, film grain and vignettes, and finally to the print stock. Magic Bullet Film includes 22 Negative Stocks and four Print Stocks, totaling in 26 uniquely authentic stocks to choose from.

NEW VERSION – Magic Bullet Looks 3.0 is the easiest, most powerful way to make your video look great. Sporting a major update to its UI and UX, Magic Bullet Looks features 198 brand new, completely customizable presets based on popular film and TV shows. With an intuitive set of tools for creating your own color grade, you’ll understand why Magic Bullet Looks is voted the number one plug-in for professional editors.

NEW VERSION – Magic Bullet Colorista III brings streamlined, professional color correction directly to your editing timeline. Also getting a major UI update, Colorista’s new simplified design gives you easy access to the powerful and essential tools needed to correct and refine the color in your shot. Taking advantage of Adobe CC2014’s new masking and tracking features, Colorista III is no longer weighed down by several layers of controls, resulting in a very clean, focused experience for editors and filmmakers.

NEW VERSION – Magic Bullet Mojo 2.0 makes it easy to instantly give your footage the stylized color grade of a Hollywood blockbuster in seconds. With a few simple sliders, you can inject your footage with a customized color treatment that sets off skin tones against a cool, cinematic look. With GPU acceleration, Mojo effects render in near real time, and are 20% faster in Adobe products and 80% faster in Final Cut Pro X.

NEW VERSION – Magic Bullet Cosmo 2.0 is your secret weapon for perfect cosmetic cleanup. This simple yet powerful tool helps you quickly correct skin tones and remove age or blemishes from your on-screen talent. Cosmo is also GPU-accelerated, works 20% faster in Adobe products, and is now available for use in Final Cut Pro X and Sony Vegas.

Denoiser II is your solution for fast reliable video noise reduction – with no fuss. Just apply Denoiser and your footage instantly looks better.

The Magic Bullet Suite also includes LUT Buddy – a tool for creating, importing and exporting Look Up Tables to and from your editing timeline. It allows you to share color decisions with LUT compliant devices and software – so you can take your color ideas anywhere.

Updated 25 September: Red Giant Software has released a new free update, Magic Bullet Suite 12.1.

There aren’t too many major changes: Cosmo, Mojo and Looks now support DaVinci Resolve, with Looks’ new Trackpad Mode enabling you to use a control surface with the plugin, should you own one.

Colorista gets a new Cutout mode for its keyer, for layered colour-correction; and its Show Skin Overlay option for colour-correcting skin tones has been reinstated “by popular demand”.

In addition, the plugin now supports OpenCL and CUDA for GPU-accelerated playback inside Premiere Pro.

Read more about Magic Bullet Suite on Red Giant Software’s website