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Don’t forget your 20% discount on Magic Bullet Looks and Magic Bullet Quick Looks using code bloom20 at

Made for RGTV. Here is a look at the kind of things I did using Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet Looks. I hope it is informative, it runs at 27 minutes. It barely scratches the surface of Magic Bullet Looks. But I will be going into much more detail in later videos.

This will hopefully give you a better understanding of the software. You can see the finished short film “Return to Dungeness” here:

Software used to capture final cut pro is the quite superb “screenflow”

It is worth signing up to Exposure Room so you can download the h264 quicktime version for a clearer picture.

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  1. Colin Rowe says:

    Thanks very much Philip, a great tutorial, it has given me a far better understanding of getting so much more out of MBL

    1. Thank you Philip

  2. Great Tutorial and thanks for the Coupon Code! Until know I was mostly using Color (Final Cut) and Adjustment Layers in AE. After seeing your results I just had to get Magic Bullet Looks wich I can integrate in both application.


    1. pbloom says:

      don’t forget if you want more control upgrade to the full version at a discount.

  3. Robert Young says:

    Great tutorial. Please do more MBL!!
    I’ve had MBL for a year, but I am always just blundering about with it- no real idea what I’m doing except for basic CC, which I can do in the editor anyway. I would love to be able to tap into the real potential of MBL.
    There seems to be a shortage of instructional materials for this software, so your efforts are very valuable IMO.

  4. Shabba Kgotlaetsho says:

    Really informative and inspirational. I never knew MBL was actually o functional.

    Is there a way can dwnload the movie on its own? Or its nt available for download as yet?

    1. pbloom says:

      yep go to the page on my site with the film, and click on view on exposure room. Sign up and you can download it. Same with Vimeo

  5. Christopher Mellevold says:


    Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! (And thanks for 20% off my purchase of MBL.) I would echo the comments others have made about the serious lack of information available about how to use MBL. Wassup with Red Giant in that regard?

    Anywho, you hint at future MBL tutorials–I say Amen to that, brother! I suspect you only sleep an hour each night, but perhaps you could trim it to 30 minutes and use the other 30 to crank out another lesson. Your fans await!

    Thanks again and best wishes to you. Your work makes the world a better place.

    Brooklyn, NY

    1. pbloom says:

      appreciate it. Many more tutorials to come

      1. Peter says:

        Great tutorial Philip. You mentioned “Many more…to come”, and I was hoping you meant at least a few more on grading. :) Do you have any more that I’m not seeing? I really enjoy your site, articles, tutorials!


        1. pbloom says:

          sorry, other stuff took over. I promise to do more soon

          1. Peter says:

            Understood! I look forward to it!


  6. Mike Higginbotham says:

    Great tutorial Philip – looking forward to more! You say at the start that you don’t need a super powerful bit of kit to edit and colour video … what exactly is the spec of the laptop you used in this tutorial??!!

    1. pbloom says:

      you could use a Macbook if you wanted too…lowest spec I have is a 2.2ghz 2gb RAM old macbook pro and it works fine

  7. […] which I was amazed by is called “Return to Dungeness”.  He was kind enough to create a tutorial of how he stylized this video utilizing a laptop running Final Cut Pro and the plug-in/software […]

  8. […] Red Giant software thanks to Philip Bloom and his video tutorial on how he did his color grading on “Return to Dungeness”.  The scenes I shot in Hawaii were on a Canon HF100 with the JAG35st adapter.  The 35mm adapter […]

  9. craigray says:

    Great tutorial… Thanks. I’ve ordered a 5dMkII now and MB Looks also.

    Quick grading question though… Can I use something like a Matrox Mini or BMD Intensity to output to HDMI to get a more accurate colour view for grading?

    Do you do all your grading on the MBP screen or use an external monitor?

    1. pbloom says:

      i use a kona card with my mac pro and a jvc crt grade 1 monitor for my critical colour grading. otherwise just a MBP

  10. setters says:

    Hi Philip, Hope you are well. Nice work with Return to Dungeness, I particularly like the way you have used Magic Bullet looks with your footage.

    I am thinking of buying MBL as a plugin for adobe premiere CS3 but currently I only own a panasonic 3 CCD 1/6 chip Standard definition camcorder – I therefore have a quick question; how well will magic bullet looks work with standard definition footage?

    Thanks for any advice you can provide. Take care.


  11. Joao Correia says:

    Great tutorial ! Thank you Philip.

  12. JGuy says:

    It might be just me, does the sound cut out at 53 sec??

  13. JGuy says:

    Hey Philip… just a heads up, I think that the audio is now working but only the left channel.

  14. Alanna says:

    Well, that got me overly excited and I went off to download a trial of Magic Bullets Looks… and it doesn’t work. Nothing but errors. Period. Looking online at how to fix errors did not come up with a solution — just a lot of disappointed people, scratching their heads.

    So, oh well. Glad I didn’t buy it before trying it.

    1. pbloom says:

      what are you using it with?

  15. arturo lorde says:

    thank you I was ready to return this you are the

  16. Mike H says:

    nice tutorial Philip,

    Which version of Magic Bullet did you use?

    There are quite a few versions on their website from a variety of prices.

    Magic bullet looks 1.2
    Magic bullet quick looks 1.2
    Magic bullet suite 2009


    I’d love to be able to use the tools you talked about at the cheapest price possible.

  17. philip my cam is sony HDR FX 1000
    it’s good or no???????

  18. d jones says:

    Where does it let you type in your promo code? after you enter your billing info?

    1. pbloom says:

      at checkout

  19. akpe says:

    Thanks for the tut mr Bloom.
    But is there a way to save or preset your own look in MBL?

  20. Pawel says:

    The problem with Magic Bullet is it will take 10 years (not kidding? :) ) when exporting your clip into h264. Even when your timeline is rendered. Footage graded with FCP Color will export in half the time. Its a bit more difficult to work but probably better way to go. This is on a quad core.

    1. pbloom says:

      That’s because I am certain you are exporting via quicktime conversion rather than quicktime. Quicktime conversion re-renders EVERYTHING! Export as a quicktime ref file VERY quickly then do what you want with it!

  21. Pawel says:

    Phil exporting to a reference file without self contained quicktime still takes about 14 minutes for a 1 minute 20 sec clip. When I get it into compressor using Virtual Clusters its 4 min 30 seconds. Is something wrong?

  22. jaycee says:

    What is the workflow when using magic bullet along with the FCP filters.

    For example, do you apply the “look” first and then use the FCP CC filters or apply the FCP filters then add the “look”?