Over the past couple of weeks the good folks over at Red Giant have graciously given me the opportunity to test drive Magic Bullet Grinder. The applications allows you to bacth convert files from DSLRs such as the Canon 5D and Canon 7D.
The software allows you to convert H.264 files into Apple Pro Res or Photo-Jpeg. Its real bonus is the ability to create proxy files as well as adding timecode to your footage.
The first thing I noticed upon initial launch was a greeting explaining the use of the software in 3 simple steps. Red Giant could not have made this any easier to understand. Great job!
The interface is very simple and easy to use. Simply drag and drop all of your clips into the main window. Then select your output you wish to transcode to proxies, Pro Res, or Photo Jpeg. Then simply select you output format. Grinder will also give the option to conform frame rates to 23.98 for footage shot in 60p. Although keep in mind it will upscale the 720p to 1080p.
Magic Bullet has even given you the option to transcode Pro Res 444 if you need to do so. The other great features are the ability to burn in the timecode, add timecode or even a frame numbers. However, If want to keep things organized with timecode, you have to manually enter a new timecode beginning or Grinder will assign the same time code to all your clips. This could be an issue when batch converting.
Magic Bullet has even introduced a nice feature that creates a Log of all the files that you have converted. In case you ever run into any issues, you can always go back and check the log, which is saved in the same location as a text file.
Magic Bullet Grinder is a very nice software for batch converting DSLR footage. Its simple interface makes it easy to pick up and begin using right away. The beauty in it is that you don’t need to be a tech savvy editor to operate Grinder, even a novice can dive right in.