Red Giant Colorista III v1.1.2

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Professional Color Correction for Filmmakers.

Magic Bullet Colorista III brings streamlined, professional color correction directly to your editing timeline. Also getting a major UI update, Colorista’s new simplified design gives you easy access to the powerful and essential tools needed to correct and refine the color in your shot. Taking advantage of Adobe CC2015’s new masking and tracking features, Colorista III is no longer weighed down by several layers of controls, resulting in a very clean, focused experience for editors and filmmakers.



Colorista III puts streamlined professional color correction tools directly on your editing timeline. No need to leave your host app to grade your footage.

Colorista III’s new, simplified design gives you easy access to powerful and essential tools like:

  • 3-Way Color - Adjust shadows, midtones and highlights with the 3-way color corrector.
  • HSL wheels - Precise control of individual colors, including hue, saturation and lightness.
  • Keyer - A powerful, easy keyer to help you isolate colors for grading.

Colorista III works with the masking and tracking features built in to Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, making multi-layered, masked corrections easier than ever.


What's new in Colorista III 1.1

  • Open CL and Cuda support - Mercury playback in Premiere Pro
  • Skin Overlay Tool
  • Keyer "Cut Out" Mode

What's new in Colorista III 1.0.5

  • In Premiere Pro, dragging the power mask preview outline was not lining up with the actual mask. We’ve sorted this all out and it’s working great.

What's new in Magic Bullet Colorista III 1.0.4

  • One of the bugs we've been hearing about the most in Colorista II is an issue in Premiere Pro CS4, CS5, or CS5.5 where you end up with an error dialog stating, Error: "Unable to get a suitable preview frame for the keyer dialog". We’ve found the solution and are including this fix in the Magic Bullet Suite 11.1 release.

In depth

Colorista II brings the power of high-end color systems to your desktop. For the first time, you can perform professional color grading in your favorite editing applications and move between them with consistent, quality results. Colorista's easy-to-use interface is equally good for quick adjustments on a deadline or finessing your footage without limitations. Use the 3-Way Wheels for easy adjustment of balance and luminance; a powerful new Keyer for precision editing; and Power Masks to isolate an area for perfect finishing. Whether you are a color expert or an aspiring colorist, Colorista II will redefine how filmmakers everywhere do color correction.

Powerful New Keyer

A powerful, easy-to-use Keyer allows you to adjust individual colors or ranges of colors. Create color keys intuitively with a direct sampling interface. Soften, choke or invert the matte, and use it in conjunction with Power Masks for ultimate control.

8 HSL Channels

Getting memory colors looking right is crucial. You have three color adjustment controls for changing Hue, Saturation and Luminance across eight color ranges. Make your skies look blue and get your talents' skin just right.

Two Kinds of Pop

The Pop slider has two very cool uses. Give your image more visual 'pop' by increasing the sharpness. Alternately, set Pop to negative values to smooth and clean up skin tones while keeping important detail. 

Highlight Recovery

Intelligently rebuilds blown-out highlight detail. Now you can save shots by hiding problems like blown-out areas in a sky or on an actor's face.

Two Power Masks

Two rectangular or elliptical shaped masks can qualify an area so its ready for a specific color change. Use them separately, together or with the Keyer for powerful effects. For example, correct the fleshtones of two actors in a single pass.

RGB Curves

For precision control and smooth, film-like contrast adjustments. Provides a quick way to get a film-like contrast in the shot. Get a master curves contrast as well as individual RGB channel controls.

Unique Auto-Balance

A quick way to correct white balance in your image. Auto-Balance now does black and white balancing with one click to better handle mixed lighting situations.

Image Flip

This switch is a quick way to flip the shot before color correction. Makes it simple to deal with some brands of 35mm adaptors used on video cameras, like the Panasonic HVX200 and Sony EX-1, which capture the image upside-down.

Mixing or Soloing Stages

Set how much a stage contributes to the overall correction. Mix amount determines the interplay between the original image and a specific stage, giving you an ultimate refinement technique. The Bypass switch similarly turns off all the controls in that state.

GPU Accelerated & CPU Supported

Render engine flexibility lets you use Colorista II wherever and whenever you want. As with other Magic Bullet tools, the controls work in floating point color and use the GPU to accelerate playback AND final rendering of results. This feature greatly speeds the output process. Beefy GPU-equipped workstations will provide the best render speed but laptops or CPU-only render farms can also run Colorista II with confidence.

Move Between Multiple Hosts

Use the same color correction tool fluidly between your favorite editors. Colorista II ships as a native plug-in for these major host applications: Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Premiere Pro.




  • Mac OS X 10.8 and later


  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 10 64-bit


Magic Bullet Colorista III runs in a variety of host applications. Each purchase and serial number allows the owner to use the product on more than one host application but only on a single computer at any one time. Except where noted, the features are the same in all systems and host applications.

  • Adobe After Effects CC (2015), CC (2014), CC, CS6
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2015), CC (2014), CC, CS6
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X (10.1)
  • Apple Motion 5

Please ensure that the host version is compatible with your operating system. Check with your application provider for specifics.

The minimum GPU is an Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics chip. Of course, newer and faster discrete GPU components from AMD and Nvidia will yield faster performance.

  • For Nvidia, we recommend 5xx, 6xx, or 7xx series graphics cards; mobile GPUs; or the professional series Quadro cards.
  • For AMD, we recommend 6000, 7000, or 200 series graphics cards; mobile GPUs; or the professional series FireGL cards.

VRAM size requirements: For HD resolution output, we recommend that your GPU have at least 1 GB of memory. If you are planning on doing high-resolution project in 4K or more, we recommend a GPU with at least 2 GB of memory.

Any CPU from Intel or AMD is supported.

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Customer Reviews

Earns the Microfilmmaker Magazine's Award of Superiority

High end finishing and color correction is now easy and affordable thanks to Colorista II. For CS5 owners this is a great and affordable buy, and Final Cut owners should be glad to say goodbye to Color in favor of having all the same capabilities, with a much more user friendly interface, right within their effects window.

Read the full review of Colorista II by Mark Colegrove at Microfilmmaker Magazine, November 1, 2010

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jeremy Hanke
Date: April 04, 2012

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