The CEO of Red Giant called me and asked why we were giving so much awesome stuff away in a free update. I’m not kidding.
The only answer I could come up with is that I just couldn’t wait to start using it all.
Magic Bullet in Resolve
Resolve is a lovely color corrector, but Magic Bullet Looks does so much more than just color, with its diffusion filters, vignettes, flares, haze, chromatic aberrations, local contrast, lens distortions, and over 200 modern, badass Looks just a click away.
Even the most experienced Resolve colorists will find some effects considerably faster and easier to create with Magic Bullet. If you’ve been doing cosmetic work with nodes, just wait until you try Cosmo.
If you — or your client — began working on color during the edit, now you can pick up right where you left off when you move the project to Resolve.
And with Resolve 12 being such a powerful editor, maybe you’ll be starting and finishing your project there. We love how seriously Blackmagic Design is taking Resolve’s future as an NLE, and we think it’s an important host platform for Magic Bullet.
Mercury Playback for Colorista
We completely re-wrote the color engine of Magic Bullet Colorista III to be Mercury-playback native in Premiere Pro. Now when you apply Colorista to a clip, there’s no red bar — and you can apply many layers of Colorista and still enjoy real-time playback with no rendering.
This, without a doubt, is my favorite new feature in Magic Bullet Suite 12.1.
Old New Improvements for Colorista
We brought back the Skin Overlay in Colorista. We’re sorry we ever removed it.
We’re re-introducing Highlight Recovery slider. It’s so much more awesome than ever before.
And there’s a powerful new rendering option for the Colorista Keyer — Cutout Mode:
Magic Bullet Looks: New LUTs and Trackpad Mode
We re-vamped the LUT Tool in Looks, shipping it with a bunch of fun new 3D LUTs. Some are used in the new Looks included with this update.
But maybe the most exciting news is Trackpad Mode. This was a secret feature in the very first version of Looks, and we’ve brought it back in a big way. It turns inexpensive input devices you already have into powerful control surfaces for Looks.
~ tilde key and your mouse cursor disappears. Now you navigate the UI with the WASD keys, and use a touch controller — such as the Apple Magic Trackpad, or the trackpad on your laptop, or even an inexpensive trackball — as a color control surface. Just watch: