June 19, 2014

Free Red Giant BulletProof Update Includes AVCHD Support, PluralEyes Integration, & More

Finding a good media management program is important if you want your production's day-to-day operations to work efficiently. For those of you who have (or haven't) been using Red Giant's BulletProof for that, you'll be happy to know that they released version 1.2 today. In the update, added camera support, including AVCHD and Canon XF formats, improvements in its footage backup and review tool, as well as integration with their automated audio/video sync program PluralEyes makes BulletProof a more robust and effective tool for managing your media.

Check out this promo video for Red Giant BulletProof 1.2 that gives an overview of what it does:

When Bulletproof first came out of public beta, there were some concerns about its limitations, for instance, it was initially only available for Mac users, though now, it's available on Windows. But the main issue was its limited codec support. They did support h.264 and ProRes, which was great if you were using a DSLR, but not so much for anyone else. Now, they've added support for more codecs that will appeal to a wider array of users.

BulletProof has been updated to support the AVCHD and Canon XF formats, two mainstays of the industry. In addition to the existing support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DSLRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras.

As I mentioned before, version 1.2 comes fully integrated with PluralEyes 3.5 (currently available as a free beta). Here's what Red Giant has to say about how this can help your workflow:

BulletProof now makes the process even more fluid by sending the footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, so that you can sync your footage immediately. Once synced, PluralEyes sends the footage directly to the editing timeline, ready for editing.

BulletProof 1.2 is available for $199, and $99 for the academic version. However, if you're already an existing user of BulletProof 1.0 or 1.1, the upgrade is free. To get your hands on it, or if you just want more information about the software, click here.

Link: BulletProof-- Red Giant

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For those with Bulletproof experience, is there an advantage to using it over Prelude CC in a Premiere workflow?

Thanks for any input.

June 19, 2014 at 9:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shawn

It depends on your needs. The things it can do that Prelude can't are color correction and the PluralEyes integration. I believe that's it.

For me, only the PluralEyes integration is something I miss in Prelude. I don't have any interest in grading footage before editing. So, in my case, Prelude is all I use, since it beats Bulletproof in camera compatibility and offers richer metadata logging, especially for Premiere Pro.

In my experience with both tools, Bulletproof is intended as more of an on-set DIT tool since it let's you preview color adjustments so easily. If that's what you're looking for, it might be a better option.

June 20, 2014 at 7:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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thanks for the comparison!

June 20, 2014 at 11:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Thanks a lot, David. Very helpful.

June 20, 2014 at 12:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shawn

No problem, y'all. Glad it helped!

June 20, 2014 at 1:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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David,

What would move you over to BulletProof instead of Prelude?

June 20, 2014 at 11:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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David,

What would move you over to BulletProof instead of Prelude?

June 20, 2014 at 11:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Honestly, being free ;)

I'm not totally serious about that, it's just that Prelude offers everything I can think of from an ingestion/proxy making program. If I had to pay $200 for Prelude separate from Creative Cloud, I would likely get Bulletproof instead just because I'm a huge fan of Red Giant.

I really wanted a reason to justify buying Bulletproof. I even got the t-shirt at NAB. But Prelude does everything I need and does an amazing job with metadata. If Bulletproof were to add a better way of adding transcription metadata and somehow did some voodoo and sent color correction information from BP to Colorista II so I don't have to commit to color corrections in BP, then I might actually switch.

June 25, 2014 at 1:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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We've owned Bulletproof since the beginning with the hope of a lot more camera support. I don't get why they aren't more aggressive with ingestion support. We shoot a lot of cameras and Prelude or Shotput is what we end up using. I love the setup of bulletproof over anything else, it just doesn't support much. I'd love to see DNG and Red support now. C300 is nice to finally have.

June 29, 2014 at 10:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeremy Hughes

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July 9, 2014 at 7:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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