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Red Giant's Magic Bullet Grinder 1.5 (Academic Pricing) is the smartest way to transcode DSLR/HDSLR footage. Grinder converts Canon video to edit-friendly formats, burns in timecode, and generates web-resolution proxies in a single time-saving pass. Version 1.5 adds new features directly from customer requests, which include important Apple ProRes codecs, timecode from camera EXIF data, new 25p conform frame rate, and render priority control. Take the tedium out of transcoding and get to the editing you love.
Note: Only eligible students and teachers are allowed to purchase this product for academic purposes.
Easy Conversion to Useful Formats
Grinder ships with all the important codecs and specs, with new options that let you convert to ProRes HQ and LT as well as ProRes 4444, Standard and PhotoJPEG. Important Frame Rate option to convert footage to 25p or 24p has been added, and 1080p for proxy output. Use Grinder to generate lower-resolution proxies for easy laptop editing, burn timecode directly to proxies, and swap in full-res versions for final mastering.
New Features Directly from Your Requests
Version 1.5 packs in amazing new features that we are excited about. The requests came directly from customers using Grinder in their production workflow. That's why an upgrade to Grinder 1.5 is completely free for Grinder 1.0 owners, and Grinder 1.5 takes its spot in the Magic Bullet Suite. Helpful new features include ProRes HQ/LT codecs, EXIF-based timecode, custom file naming, Growl notification, and render priority for main vs proxies. You spoke, we listened.
Essential Features for Speed & Productivity
Magic Bullet Grinder has everything you need to convert footage, add timecode and create proxies in a single pass. This standalone solution will transcode video without bogging down your video editing application, making the conversion faster and easier than transcoding inside Final Cut Pro. Grinder's batch processing features and support for multi-threaded systems ensure a fast, glitch-free operation.
Easy Conversion for Video
Convert H264-encoded video to edit-friendly formats. Works with DSLR and HDSLR footage from all video-capable Canon DSLR cameras, including Rebel T2i, T3i, 60D, 7D, 5D Mk II, and 1D Mk IV.
Powerful Options to Choose Timecode
Timecode metadata can be inserted for any .mov file created on your Canon DSLR. New options let you choose between continuous timecode, reset timecode, or using EXIF camera metadata for Time of Day timecode by reading .thm files
Burn-In for Timecode, Frames & Names
Burn-In options make it easy to match specific frames from offline to online media. You can burn in timecode, frame numbers, both options, or choose not to burn in anything. Grinder automatically adds file name burn-in to proxies, making it easy to track offline files.
More FCP-friendly Output
Now supports Apple ProRes HQ and ProRes LT along with ProRes 4444, ProRes Standard, ProRes LT and PhotoJPEG for high resolution output. Supports PhotoJPEG or ProRes Proxy for online media and proxy files. (Must have FCP 7 installed to get all codecs.)
More Choices for Proxy Output
Increased offline support includes Proxy Resolution options from 1080p to quarter res. Continues to support Proxy Format choices of ProRes LT and PhotoJPEG.
Simple, Powerful Batch Processing
Grinder is multi-threaded for speed. Simultaneously transcode as many files as there are cores (8 cores = 8 simultaneous files, 4 cores = 4 files). NOTE: There is an 8 core cap so if you are on a 12 core machine, Grinder will only use 8 cores.
Convert Frame Rate to 25p or 24p
Grinder has always conformed files to one frame rate. Now you can choose 25p or 24p when converting 30p and 60p media for high quality slow motion use. No matter what the input frame rate is, the output frame rate will always be the same. (Speed conversion only: Does not alter optical flow.)
Custom File Naming
Complete control over file names for clips, like appending a custom prefix, timecode stamp and sequential number. Choose different naming conventions for main and proxy files, if desired.
Queue Control for Main versus Proxies
Set the render priority for main vs proxy files. You can render all main files first if you need the high resolution immediately. Alternately, render all proxies first so you can edit while the full-resolution files are still rendering.
Support for Growl Notification
Growl notifications can be turned on for the start of batch processing and upon completion of main and proxy batches. This helper app unintrusively lets you know what Grinder is doing. (Growl software must be installed.)
Designed for Real World Production Needs
The idea for Grinder came 'straight from the movies' when Stu Maschwitz, Creative Director for our Magic Bullet products, asked Red Giant to help him easily transcode files from his Canon 5D Mark II. Stu needed to be able to convert footage, add timecode and create proxies in a single pass development. Thus, Grinder was born.
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Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
Mac OS X 10.5.8, Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.6.8, Mac OS X 10.7.2 and later, Mac OS X 10.8
2 GB of RAM
30 MB of Hard Drive space
Minimum System Requirements (PC)
Windows XP SP1 or later, Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent)
2 GB of RAM
30 MB of Hard Drive space
Red Giant Magic Bullet Grinder 1.5 (Academic Pricing) Review