July 14, 2015

Red Giant Discontinued Bulletproof, Their App for On-Set Media Management

Sad news, No Film Schoolers. Red Giant's BulletProof isn't so bulletproof after all.

We're a little late to the party, but Aharon Rabinowitz shared some news on Red Giant's blog at the end of May which is frankly a bit of a bummer. The company is discontinuing BulletProof, its all-in-one media management tool, which is (was) designed for offloading, reviewing, and transcoding footage in order get it ready for an edit. In that post, Rabinowitz also shared the reasons behind Bulletproof's discontinuation, and an important note for current users of the program.

Very simply, BulletProof was never a popular product, and, due to the ever changing landscape of cameras and codecs, it required a significant amount of work to keep it up-to-date. Because of that, we’ve decided to discontinue BulletProof, in order to focus our time and resources on the products that matter most to you.

IMPORTANT: Though it is being discontinued, BulletProof will continue to function, and we will continue to offer support for the existing version. However, as of today, we will no longer be updating the product.

For current users, this means that BulletProof will continue to function as it always has, and if your workflow is locked in, then the software will likely continue to perform as advertised. However, as capture formats and intermediate codecs evolve, BulletProof will at some point fail to keep up, meaning that you'll eventually need to find a new solution to perform those duties.

In terms of alternative transcoding apps, I still heartily recommend EditReady. It's lean, mean, and fast as hell. Not to mention the excellent support for LUTs, metadata, frame-resizing, and more.     

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I tried, but just couldn't make it a habit.

July 14, 2015 at 7:16PM

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Ricky
Director/DP
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Did anyone actually use this?

July 14, 2015 at 10:11PM, Edited July 14, 10:11PM

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Caleb Price
Director
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I tried the demo, but BulletProof didn't support half the cameras/codecs I was shooting with. It's a nice idea to have an easy-to-use interface but it seemed to be designed for people who were shooting a small amount of footage each day.

July 14, 2015 at 10:41PM

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Ty
Cinematographer, Editor, Director
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After the discontinue, Stu Maschwitz (Creative Director for Red Giant's Magic Bullet line, DV Rebel, and all-around badass) put a great couple of write-ups in response on his blog:

http://prolost.com/blog/bulletproofdiscontinued
http://prolost.com/blog/doors

They are insightful reads about not only why Bulletproof didn't work out, but software design as a whole. Great stuff.

July 15, 2015 at 4:42AM

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David S.
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good. now offload and we're done with overpriced useless apps

July 15, 2015 at 10:28AM

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rush
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I purchased this when it was on sale but I mostly use it for dumping and backup. I wish I had waited a little longer because they released a product called offload a couple weeks later that is more simplistic and does what I need.

July 16, 2015 at 10:06AM

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Joseph Bennetts
Owner of BlackWind productions/Editor/DP/Diretor
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I'm using OffLoad but not as a day to day app. Once it even crashed on me. When this happens to the application that you are supposed to trust - you back off.

July 21, 2015 at 10:40AM, Edited July 21, 10:40AM

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Do you have any suggestion for PC users as EditReady says they will never release a windows version?

October 19, 2018 at 9:40AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
Director of Photography & Producer
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