Magic Bullet’s Arsenal is a slick, cost-effective way to show off creative work, but is it right for you?
If you’re looking for a clean way to present your photo or video work to clients, post-production software creator Red Giant has a new application that might fit the bill. Arsenal is an iPad-only portfolio application that organizes your content into collections and presents it beautifully in a sleek interface. Let’s take a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of this polished presentation tool…
It’s very easy to keep your Arsenal collections up-to-date with your latest creative work. Use images and videos already on your iPad or sync the app to a Dropbox or FTP folder. The app will automatically update with any new files you add to those locations.
Tip for keeping current: Add your project deliverables to a Dropbox or FTP as the last step of your post workflow, and your Arsenal Collections will always be up to date. The app supports common JPG and PNG image formats and H.264 and MPEG-4 video (.mp4 and .mov formats).
Arsenal Collection files can be emailed to a potential client or team member to share your work samples. Although this functionality might seem pretty useful at first glance, it’s a bit clunky in execution. The recipients must have the free companion application (Arsenal Reader) installed on their own iPad to view the sent Collection file. Asking a potential client to go through the process of downloading a new application is not ideal. With little effort you could put the videos on a website and email the URL. Sure, it’s not as slick as Arsenal’s viewing interface, but it sure seems simpler.
If you’re looking for a sleek face-to-face presentation tool, a pitch meeting for instance, then Arsenal is a must-have. If you need to send clips remotely, there may be better options.