Provides: DSLR video processing
Developer: Red Giant Software
System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.5.8, Intel Processor, 2GB RAM, 45MB hard drive space, Canon DSLR footage
Review Computer: 2.2GHz 13″ Macbook Pro, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Compatibility: Intel
Price: $49 (available as part of Magic Bullet Suite for $799)
Availability: Out now
Short and sweet, Magic Bullet Grinder is a tool that takes repetitive processes—converting Canon DSLR/HDSLR video and creating proxy copies—and automates it. Now granted, this ability is part of video editing software itself, but using Grinder means you don’t have to tie up your editor; plus, it has options to save additional steps.
Unlike other apps in the Magic Bullet Suite, Grinder isn’t a plug-in, but a separate application. Once you open it, adding footage is a simple drag-and-drop process. From there, you set up the automation—adding timecodes, choosing a frame rate to conform the video to (original, 24, or 25 fps), and the Final Cut-friendly formats you wish to convert the video to. For the proxy video, you can also choose to burn in the file name and timecode as well.
Then you hit start. Grinder works quickly, and takes advantage of multi-core processors to work on more than one clip at a time. The default setting is to complete all the proxy versions first, which means if you have a large queue, you can start editing with the smaller files while Grinder works in the background.
Even on my older laptop, Grinder worked quickly with far less system slow-down that I see using FCP 7. The big drawback with Grinder is that as of this writing, it only supports video-capable Canon cameras:
- Canon 5D mk II (1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24)
- Canon Rebel T2i, 7D, 1D Mk IV (1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p30, 720p50, 720p60)
- Canon Rebel T1i (1080p20, 720p30)
Magic Bullet promises support for more cameras in the future. In the meantime, if you do use a Canon for video processing, Grinder is a handy tool to simplify your post-production video conversion.
See the other components in our full Magic Bullet Suite review.