By features editor Mat Gallagher:
Originally demonstrated at this year’s NAB show, Red Giant has now released the finished version of BulletProof, its footage preparation and delivery software. BulletProof v1.0, according to Red Giant, is designed to ‘bridge the gap between camera and editor’ by handing footage from multiple cameras and cards. The software is divided into five views for workflow: Import, Organize, Review, Refine and Export. Supported cameras include most Nikon and Canon DSLRs (including 5D, 1DX and D800), though currently not the Canon 1D C, as well as H.264, PhotoJPEG, and ProRES formats when imported from cards or drives. BulletProof is available now priced $199 (special $99 price for Beta subscribers) or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite for $399. Visit www.redgiant.com for more info.
From the manufacturer:
BulletProof v1.0 is available immediately and can be purchased by visiting www.redgiant.com. BulletProof is a complete footage prep and delivery solution that simplifies the tedious tasks facing filmmakers every day on set. Bridging the gap between camera and editor, BulletProof combines all backup, organization, color and delivery tasks while handling footage from multiple cameras and media cards.
Red Giant also announced today it is launching two new product suites for filmmakers: Red Giant Shooter Suite, and Red Giant Color Suite replacing the Magic Bullet Suite product. The Shooter Suite includes several tools ideally suited for filmmakers – including BulletProof and PluralEyes – while the Color Suite contains six essential applications for color grading – including Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista II.
Since the release of the BulletProof public beta, Red Giant has embraced the input from users to help fine tune the version 1.0 product features. Renowned editor, filmmaker, and professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Norman Hollyn has also participated in the public beta process.
“The irony of modern production is that, as the tools have gotten more accessible and easy to use, the support for filmmakers has gotten more complicated. Codecs, multiple distribution formats, an increase in camera formats, requirements among NLE’s — everything has conspired to make the advantages of easy-to-access filmmaking, harder to work with,” said Hollyn. “I think Bulletproof will help address an important part of that complexity — the world of moving the footage from the set to the editing room.”
Regarding the BulletProof workflow, Hollyn added “ BulletProof has been very easy to learn and it adapts well to our needs. I particularly like its intuitive interface and its export functions. The DIT functions, including the organizing capabilities and metadata generation, have proven to be very intelligently designed.”
A list of Canon, Nikon and GoPro cameras and codec/format supported in BulletProof v1.0 is available here http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/bulletproof/compatibility/#tabs. Additional camera support will be added as free updates for BulletProof customers, and will be announced as they are released.