March 31, 2014

Red Giant Announces GPU-Accelerated Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 & New PluralEyes 3.5

Earlier in the month, Red Giant software introduced Universe, a new plugin platform that is also its own community. The biggest thing about Universe is that it is free to sign up, so you can get an idea of what it's all about before committing any hard-earned cash. Now Red Giant is back with some updates to some of their most popular software, including PluralEyes, which is now integrated with BulletProof, and a new version of Magic Bullet Looks, which is now GPU accelerated and completely rebuilt on the Universe platform.

If you missed out on Red Giant Universe, here's a quick intro:

https://vimeo.com/87001310

Here's what's new in PluralEyes, which also includes better support for AVCHD cameras and spanned clips:

In another industry first, to achieve the best accuracy, PluralEyes 3.5 now includes the unique ability to correct sync drift where the audio and video begin to lose sync over time on longer clips. This allows it to achieve frame-accurate syncs even for audio recorders that don't have that level of accuracy themselves.

Also new in PluralEyes 3.5 is an integration with BulletProof, Red Giant’s footage backup and preparation tool. When you are ready to begin syncing your files, BulletProof sends the imported footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, allowing you to sync your footage immediately.

And what's new in Magic Bullet Looks, which is now on the same platform as the rest of the Red Giant Universe plugins:

  • Speed increases of up to 95% on Windows® and more than 25% on Mac®.
  • Improved Looks Previewing: allows users to hover over Looks to preview the results.
  • Strength Slider: control the overall strength of your entire Look with an easy-to-use, key-framable slider.
  • LUT Tool: allows users to import .cube LUTs as well as 12 new LUT presets.
  • S-Curve Tool: makes it easy to add contrast without losing detail.
  • Better Custom Looks Management: makes it easier to share your Looks with other editors.

PluralEyes 3.5 is going to be released in the second quarter of this year for $200, with an $80 upgrade for existing PluralEyes users. If you buy the full version from today forward, you'll be eligible for a free upgrade to 3.5 when it is released. Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 is also coming in the second quarter, and will be a free upgrade to owners of Looks 2.

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would be nice if the so this work for the mac pro gpu

March 31, 2014 at 9:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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david

"Speed Increases of up to 95% on windows, and more than 25% on Mac." I almost got excited, but I use macs.

March 31, 2014 at 10:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Question I've played with their products before but my question is for anyone with decent knowledgeable color grade concept, how well does looks or mojo hold up compared to true grading like resolve or auto desk . what I'm asking is if one could use mojo or looks on raw footage for an indie and would it be be okay for motion picture and could it be taken serous ? Or is it just for quick YouTube grades

April 1, 2014 at 9:23AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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jaye

In the right hands, it really doesn't matter. You can make Resolve look like a terrible preset grade, and you can make Looks or Mojo look fantastic. It's all about using the tool intentionally and skillfully.

If you're concerned about a grade being "taken seriously", do some research on the theory behind color grading instead of just tutorials on how to get a specific look. The latter is how folks get in the trap of just mindlessly applying grades because it looks cool.

April 1, 2014 at 11:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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PluralEyes integration with Bulletproof is a really nice idea, which I've been hoping they'd add to Bulletproof. I participated in the beta and want to use is, but I can't justify it since Prelude does all the ingesting stuff I need... except it can't sync dual-system audio. Depending on how well they implement it, that alone might be reason enough to buy a license.

April 1, 2014 at 11:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I've given up on Red Giant. Used to use Colorista and Looks to grade TV shows (for 4 years) but Red Giant has made the upgrade/update process very convoluted and confusing. Worse, though, the plugins are buggy and the bugs never get fixed (reporting them has proved useless). For example, I gave up on Colorista when you couldn't drag the colour wheel without the control flying off in the opposite direction. Unacceptable.

Davinci Resolve all the way for me now. Heck you can even get the free version and do everything Magic Bullet Suite does. Save yourself money and valuable time.

April 1, 2014 at 12:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ron I

Pretty messed up, though, that the upgrade of PluralEyes from 3.0 to 3.5 will cost users $80 -- many of whom (like me) paid for the 3.0 upgrade one year before it finally (belatedly) came to market for Windows. Even after 3.0 launched, it was terribly buggy -- there's no excuse for AVCHD hiccups, one of the most ubiquitous video formats -- so we're basically paying $80 for bug fixes.

April 1, 2014 at 2:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pluraleyes 3 was too buggy and always feel like still using a beta version of the software. Never know when it will freeze or crashes when trying to sync a session with many clips.

April 1, 2014 at 2:59PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Edmond

Totally agree: I've only started using it a few weeks ago. When it works, it's very efficient. But it crashes very often. And the export feature UI is totally ridiculous.

April 1, 2014 at 4:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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FabDex

Pluraleyes 3.0 is great, never has crashed for me. Maybe it's your computer or the Mac OS version that is buggy

April 2, 2014 at 4:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Antony Alvarez

3.0 launched, it was terribly buggy for me too.

Gave up and they gave my school our money back.

Red Giant = Poop.

April 1, 2014 at 8:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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lisa M.

I generally like RedGiant plug-ins, a LOT, but will admit some are in need of updates. I am hoping MB Looks will restore the ability to use it on Adjustment Layers in Premiere Pro and that BulletProof will finally work with AVCHD files. Colorista could use some updating, too, but I generally find it more powerful and intuitive than any of the default tools in AfterEffects and PremierePro. The only RedGiant tool I expect to replace is Denoiser, as it is just too slow to work with and render. Otherwise, I am optimistic RedGiant plug-ins will continue to be a key part of my work flow.

April 4, 2014 at 7:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dave