Red Giant, a company that creates tools for filmmakers, editors, visual effects artists and motion designers, has announced the release of an update for its new multi-host app library of GPU-accelerated tools, Red Giant Universe. This library allows its members to access a wide variety of tools and effects that can be used to create stunning visual projects across multiple host applications, such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro and OFX-compatible software. The latest update (v1.2.0) adds nine new free and premium effects to the library, as well as updates that enhance the features and functionality of several existing Universe tools. With this update, the library now offers a total of 59 effects and transitions that can be used to enhance video and motion graphics projects.
Some of the new effects and transitions that are included in the update are Chromatic Glow, Knoll Light Transition, Holomatrix EZ, ToonIt Sketch and ToonIt Paint. Chromatic Glow is a free effect that adds a colorful glow to the highlights of an image, creating a dreamy or futuristic look. Knoll Light Transition is a premium transition that creates a lens flare effect that animates across the image as it changes from one clip to another. Holomatrix EZ is a free effect that simulates the look of a hologram or a bad TV signal, with options to adjust the distortion, scan lines and color. ToonIt Sketch and ToonIt Paint are premium effects that transform the image into a cartoon-like drawing or painting, with controls for the style, detail and edge quality.
The update also adds new features and functionality to some of the existing Universe tools, such as VHS, Retrograde, Carousel and CrumplePop Fisheye Fixer. VHS is a free effect that mimics the look of an old VHS tape, with options to add noise, color bleed and tracking errors. The update adds a new Tape Damage Preset menu that allows users to choose from different levels of tape degradation. Retrograde is a premium effect that recreates the look of 8mm and 16mm film, with options to adjust the film grain, color correction and film damage. The update adds a new Film Gate menu that allows users to choose from different film formats and aspect ratios. Carousel is a premium effect that emulates the look of a vintage slide projector, with options to adjust the slide transition, vignette and dust. The update adds a new Slide Source menu that allows users to use their own images as slides. CrumplePop Fisheye Fixer is a free effect that corrects the distortion caused by fisheye lenses, such as those used on GoPro cameras. The update adds support for more lens types and camera models.
Red Giant Universe is available as a subscription service for $99 per year or $20 per month. Members get access to all 59 effects and transitions, as well as regular updates and new tools. Red Giant also offers a free membership option that gives access to 31 of the effects and transitions, with no time limit or watermark. Users can download a free trial of Red Giant Universe from the Red Giant website and use it for 14 days. 061ffe29dd