Magic Bullet Looks: Creating a Holographic Interface

Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet Looks allows users to add interesting effects to their videos. One of these effects is the ability to create a holographic interface using the Holomatrix tool. To create this effect, users will need Juicer 3 to obtain the animation that will be used for the holographic interface and some knowledge of Magic Bullet Looks.

Step 1: Add the Media

The first thing users need to do is drag and drop their background animation into the timeline to create a new composition. Next, they need to go into Juicer 3 and select the animation that they wish to use for the holographic interface.

This animation can be manipulated by clicking on the AE button beneath the animation. Then, the animation can be opened up into Adobe After Effects and customized. Users may also wish to manipulate the size of the animations so that they are smaller than the background image. Users should also set the frame rate to same frame rate as the main animation. Now, render all the animations and export them to Magic Bullet Looks.

Step 2: Add the Animations to the Background Image

Drag and drop all the exported animations into the timeline, and add them where they should be within the larger clip. To end the clip, hit the right bracket key, and this will cause the clip to disappear from the clip.

If the clip is too big against the background, it can be scaled down to make it smaller. Now, preview the entire clip to make sure that everything looks right.

Step 3: Add Effects

Effects can now be added to make the entire scene looks better. Reduce the opacity of the foreground images so that they look more like a holographic interface. Next, select the animation, and then click on Animation -> Keyframe Assistant -> Easy Ease In. This will cause the foreground clips to slowdown and then stop when they end.

Now, select all the added clips, and change the Mode from Normal to Screen to give it a screen effect.

Step 4: Compress Clips

Select all the layers again, and go into the Layer menu. Select Precompose. This will cause all the clips to be condensed into one. Name it, and select the Move all attributes, etc. option. Click OK.

Step 5: Add the Holomatrix Effect

Go into Window and select Holomatrix, which is near the bottom. This will bring up the Holomatrix window. Select the now compressed foreground images, and hit apply Holomatrix. Users should now select the options that they wish to add.

The Holomatrix frame rate is automatically set to 10 frames per second, but this can be changed within the Effects Controls. If a user wishes these to move at the same frame rate, select Frame Rate, and change it to the main clip’s frame rate. Go back to the main screen, and select Apply Preset.

The Holomatrix effect should now be added to the clip, and users just need to render the entire sequence.