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After Effects FCP X Plug-ins

Easy Color Grading Using Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

I’m a big fan of Magic Bullet Looks because it’s so easy and so much fun to use. Here’s a nice little tutorial video by Tom J. McCoy showing how he used Magic Bullet Looks for color grading.

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About Magic Bullet Looks

Supported Hosts

  • Adobe After Effects CC(2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC(2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014)
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3 and up
  • Apple Motion 5.2.3 and up
  • Magix Vegas Pro 14
  • Avid Media Composer 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8
  • Davinci Resolve 12.5
  • EDIUS 8.2*
  • HitFilm Pro 2017

Powerful looks and color correction for filmmakers.

Instant Color. Choose from over 200 brand-new Look presets, designed to match your favorite movies and TV shows. Every preset is fully customizable.

Powerful Tools

Alter the presets by adding or removing tools along the toolchain, or just build a look from scratch by combining any of the 41 tools.

Incredibly Easy with a UI for Design

The best color correction experience in the industry happens because of a great set of tools and a great way to use them.

Color Correction for Pro Editors

  • Colorista – Looks gives you access to Color Wheels and much more.
  • Film Stock – The new film tool emulates the entire photochemical process.
  • Skin – The cosmo tool makes it easy to balance skin tones and remove blemishes.
  • Scopes – Professional scopes help guide you in your color grading decisions.

Features

OpenGL/OpenCL (New)

Color grade faster than ever before. Magic Bullet Looks runs on your graphics card’s GPU – giving you the color grading power you’ve come to expect in Magic Bullet Looks – but much faster. With OpenCL and Cuda support, Looks works with the Mercury Playback engine in Premiere Pro, giving you real time video playback.

Looks Presets (New)

The Looks Library has been updated with 51 new, fully-customizable presets, designed to match the latest Hollywood films and TV shows. You can also create your own presets (or alter existing ones) and save them to the Looks Preset Library.

An Intuitive User Interface

Magic Bullet Looks is the most intuitive color finishing tool on the market today. Get in, choose a preset look, tweak it a bit, and get on with your workflow. Or create your look entirely from scratch, with powerful, flexible tools in a user interface built for design.

Professional Scopes

Classic color scopes like RGB Parade, Slice Graph, Hue/Saturation and Hue/Lightness, are essential to protecting your color. Along with a unique Memory Colors scope for monitoring important colors, Looks helps guide you in your color correction and grading process, like nothing else. New in version 4 is the ability to both resize scopes and to zoom into the Hue/Saturation scope to see more detail.

Reference Library (New)

Magic Bullet Looks now includes the ability to work with reference stills to inform color correction decisions. Take snapshots to compare corrections between different clips or projects – or Load stills from other sources.

Powerful Tools

Looks includes 42 tools for color grading and finishing. These tools go beyond the capabilities of your application or dedicated grading software.Tools include essential color correction tools as well as beautiful camera-based effects such as exposure, lens vignette, edge softness, chromatic aberration and more. New tools like Mojo II and Renoiser give you even more control over the color grading and finishing process.

Tool Presets (New)

New to Looks 4 are Tool Presets, making it easier than ever to try out different variations in settings with our most popular tools. Users can also now save presets directly within each Tool.

Source Tool (New)

Start off every color grade on the right foot. The new Source tool sits at the front of the toolchain so that you can tell it what type of footage you are working with, including Log, sLog2, sLog3, Flat, Standard Video and more.

Renoiser Tool (New)

Removing video noise can leave your footage looking overly processed and smooth. The Renoiser tool reintroduces subtle video noise to denoised footage, but can also be used to give any footage an obvious 35mm, 16mm, or Super 8 film grain. Also includes sharpening to bring back the detail lost in the denoising process. Includes 16 built-in, fully-customizable presets for enhancing both color and black and white footage.

Mojo II Tool (New)

Based on the incredibly popular plug-in of the same name, Mojo gives your footage the sophisticated color grade of a Hollywood movie, with film-like contrast and a unified, complementary color palette. Now with more control and 14 powerful presets.

Film Negative/Film Print Tools

Provides the look of various film stocks. These 2 tools work together to emulate the photochemical process used in motion-picture film. 22 Negative Film Stocks and 4 print stocks are included.

Colorista Tool

Magic Bullet Looks 4 includes a powerful 3-way color corrector, Hue, Saturation, and Luminance control for individual colors, and a Curves control, all in one tool.

4-Way Color Tool

Ranged color correction for for Shadows, Midtones, Highlights, along with a Master color wheel that adjusts the whole image.

Lens Vignette Tool

Add or remove vignetting with this new, foolproof tool.

LUT Tool

Import a Look Up Table created in other grading applications, and extend it with additional Looks tools.

Trackpad Mode

A more intuitive and fluid way of controlling your color correction tools, Trackpad Mode lets you interact with Looks using your computer’s trackpad – a control surface you already own.

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After Effects Plug-ins Premiere Pro

News: Adobe Updates Creative Cloud 2015.3 including After Effects and Premiere Pro

There were Adobe Creative Cloud updates yesterday, including  Premiere Pro 2015.3 and After Effects 2015 (13.8), which we posted on Toolfarm yesterday.

adobe creative cloudYou can read the post at Toolfarm and watch the videos. Instead, we’re going to talk about updates and some of the issues that can pop up. Here are a few guidelines for updating.

  1. Don’t update during a project. Stuff might break and some plug-ins that you depend on may not work. Like what, you ask? Red Giant has said that Universe won’t work yet with the update, nor will Automatic Duck Ximport AE. I’m sure updates will be coming very soon.
  2. Update all of your plug-ins. Many will have updates for CC 2015.3 compatibility. Keep your stuff up to date for fewer problems.

If you learn of any other plug-in incompatibilities, please let me know.

So, what is in the Adobe updates?

Here’s the barebones list, but there are TONS of videos on the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube Channel.

After Effects CC 2015.3 (13.8)

  • After Effect has a Live 3D pipeline with the Cinema 4D Exporter for text and shapes, which looks super useful. To me, this seems like the coolest new feature. I saw this demoed at NAB and I can’t wait to use it.
  • There are performance and stability improvements in After Effects. I hope this helps my issues with memory leaks with plug-ins! Maybe I should go ahead and update and find out. They’ve enhanced playback of audio and video with cached frames and synced audio too.  There’s more to this so check out release notes.
  • Support for formats like Apple ProRes on Windows has been added.
  • Lumetri Color enhancements.

Learn more about After Effects CC

Premiere Pro CC 2015.3

Premiere Pro has new VR editing features, including a “field of view” mode so editors can see what viewers see. There are also new Lumetri Color Features.

Learn more about Premiere Pro

Media Encoder 2015.3

Media Encoder has a media preview and new media management presets.

Character Animator (Preview 4)

Adobe has added lip-sync improvements and Auto-Blink and Motion Trigger features to make your characters look more natural and interesting.

They’ve added easier puppet tagging too. I just need to jump into Character Animator and play with it because it looks like so much fun.

Read more about the Character Animator Preview

Photoshop CC 2015.3

Photoshop is all about the fonts. It has a new font preview that lets you preview before you select a font. Now you can search for font names, as well. TypeKit has been better integrated into Photoshop a 2014 previous release.

Other new features are Content-Aware Crop and Face-Aware Liquify both sound very intriguing. They’ve also added performance enhancements to help Photoshop CC run more smoothly.

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After Effects Plug-ins

Video Copilot Color Vibrance Plug-in for After Effects

 

I’ve been hearing all about this cool new colorization plug-in from Andrew Karmer and the gang at Video Copilot. Watch the video to learn about it’s cool features!

It was originally designed to work with the new Shockwave stock footage items but can work with any footage.

Plug-in Features:

  • Add Hot Colorization with ease
  • Create Alpha Channels  (unmultiply)
  • Works on Pre-Matted Clips
  • Eliminate the faded colors when using mask feathering

Thanks Andrew and crew. You guys rock!

Download Mac or PC from Toolfarm’s Downloads page (under Freebies)

View the Video Copilot Blog

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After Effects Tutorial

Creating Film Looks with Boris Continuum Complete 8

John Dickinson shows you how to use Boris Continuum Complete‘s 3-Way Color Grade and Film Glow filters to rescue a dull clip in After Effects.