Getting Started with Magic Bullet Looks in Final Cut Pro

Everything we cut in FCP gets some level of color grading using Magic Bullet Looks. Here’s a cool video to help you understand the software a bit better.

Would anyone be interested in a more in-depth tutorial on grading with Magic Bullet Looks? I was thinking of doing one but wasn’t sure if it would be helpful. Also if you have any tricks or tips feel free to share them in the comment section.


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  1. Joe Black
    Joe Black says:

    Cool stuff. I just got a copy of MBL myself and I’m in love with it.

    A more in-depth tutorial would be awesome, looking forward to it! 😀

  2. Bob
    Bob says:

    Thank you so much!!! In depth MBL tutorial would really really be awesome!! You guys are such a blessing to the community. Keep it up! Even though it might seem like you are unheard when sometimes people do not make a comment. People do read but reserve their comments.

  3. Kenny
    Kenny says:

    My FCP will not render Magic Bullet Looks unless the sequence is set to render 8-bit only… have you encountered this and found any way to work in a higher bit depth?

  4. Rob
    Rob says:

    Very good introduction. I’ve been using MB Quick Looks and this certainly made me want the full program. A more detailed tutorial would, of course, be welcome, but not necessary. Thanks for all you do already.

  5. Jaquis
    Jaquis says:

    I’ve been patiently waiting on the next installment! You are very concise and articulate in your tutorials. I look forward to more!

    • Jon Connor
      Jon Connor says:

      A number of reasons but the biggest one is simply a powerful and very user friendly interface. I find Color to be an awkward/not vey user friendly interface. With MB Looks I can very easily manipulate and save my custom presets for later use.

    • Jason Horner
      Jason Horner says:

      A trick that I do is apply the FCP’s 3 way and do a primary grade (Color cast removal, contrast/saturation balancing) before applying looks. This will save you time getting consistency between shots, and not having to jump into Looks for tweaks.

  6. Pat
    Pat says:

    when i try to apply a new “theme” to a clip using looks, FCP say my clip is unrendered. if i delete the filter i just created it goes back to normal.. any help?

  7. David
    David says:


    Great tutorial – thanks. I’m sure this is a stupid (or rather naive) question, but how come you didn’t have to render each time you applied a Magic Bullet filter?



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