View Full Version : Magic Bullet really magic?

11-24-2007, 03:39 PM
I am working on an independent film - (All 3D being done in lightwave)

As a final part of our pipeline we have been planning on using Magic bullet to give it a film look (originally shot on DV) and do the final color correction.....

Anyone have experience with Magic bullet?

11-24-2007, 04:26 PM
I've used it with DV (for 60i to 24p), and I guess the results are pretty good, but sequences can get a bit jerky. Watch out for really long render times though (i.e., be sure to schedule carefully if you're up against a deadline). One bonus is a deartifacting feature that helps a little in smoothing out edges if you're doing green screen.

See my short at http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73719 to get an idea.

11-25-2007, 12:00 AM
Hi Rhothgar,

I use Magic bullet, and love the results.

Heres a small clip I made with Magic bullet effect...Quality is crap cos its youtube.


A more obviouse result of Magic Bullet soft glow type of effect,



11-25-2007, 09:30 AM
Try this........www.fxhome.com/visionlab
Take a look at some of the demos.

11-25-2007, 11:37 PM
Magic Bullet only looks good as long as the sequence was shot like film, meaning good lighting. You can't just throw MB on anything and expect it to make it look good. Well lit footage is key.

12-01-2007, 06:00 PM
Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it. I guess at the end of the day we'll just have to check it out up close...demo or something. However getting feedback from people who have used it is very valuable. The examples helped too.

To clarify the movie was shot on DV with the intention to transfer it to film.

We are considering Magic bullet as a way to convert it from 60i to 24p, do a look treatment then do the transfer.

I could not agree more that the footage needs to be well lit. Even if you are not trying to give it a film look because if your lighting is poor you won't even have a decent look. Thanks for your comments there.