Does Magic have [xxx] feature? How do I use [xxx] feature?
If you haven't purchased Magic yet, please make sure to download the free Magic Demo
before doing anything else. I'm always surprised at how many people seem to purchase the full version before trying the Demo
. The Demo requires no registration, costs nothing, and has 99% of the functionality of the full version.
After that, if you still have questions, your first stop should always be the official User's Guide
. It's one big web page, so it's really easy to do a keyword search in your browser, and there's also a handy Table of Contents.
If you can't find the answer in the User's Guide, do a quick search here on the forums. There are about 1000 questions answered here
There are also some really helpful topics in the Tutorials forum
, including several tutorial video collections.
Do I own the content I create with Magic?
Yes, absolutely. And we don't charge you any additional fees to use Magic for commercial purposes. However, we aren't responsible for any content you import into your Magic projects (videos, images, songs, shaders, etc.) -- you should check with the owner(s) of that content.
After I upload my Magic movies to YouTube/Vimeo/etc., they don't look as good. Why?
Unfortunately, the data rate (bandwidth) of YouTube/Vimeo/etc. is much more limited than what Magic creates, and your video will always be re-compressed, potentially causing artifacts. Most video streaming sites are designed for natural camera footage, not animation. There's not much you can do except upload your video at the highest quality possible.
Does Magic run on a Hackintosh?
Usually it does, but we don't officially support Hackintosh due to numerous hardware incompatibilities, and there's not much support we can give you for any problems you might encounter. If you have a PC, we strongly recommend you install Windows and run Magic from there.
I want to learn more about GLSL shaders. Where should I start?
We have found that https://thebookofshaders.com/
is a good introductory resource. Also make sure to check out https://www.shadertoy.com/
so you can play with examples directly in your web browser.
Magic crashes when I do [xxx]. Is that normal?
No, absolutely not! Our goal is no crashes, ever. We test Magic exhaustively on many different computers with many different configurations, and Magic is extremely stable at this point. However, there are some things we simply can't prevent, such as:
- Crashes in your graphics driver
- Crashes due to effects plugins, especially FFGL
- Crashes due to running out of regular memory (RAM) or video memory (VRAM)
- Crashes due to third-party utilities you have installed on your system that interfere with normal system operation (mouse, keyboard, video, audio, virus protection, firewalls, etc.)
If you do encounter a crash, our strong recommendation is for you to run your operating system in safe mode and disable every program that is unnecessary. Also, disable all the third-party effects you have added to Magic. If the crash still happens, post a new topic with as much information as you can, including screenshots, hardware/OS config, etc. Fixing crashes is always our #1 top priority.
Magic seems to behave strangely or improperly when I do [xxx]. Is that normal?
If you think something isn't working the way it should in the latest version of Magic, it could be a bug. Please post a new topic and let us know!
How can I get the latest full version of Magic?
You can either download it directly in the application by selecting Help > Check For New Version Now
in the main menu, or you can go to our Full Version Download Page