As part of its aggressive expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant today released Universe 1.2. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions. Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.
What’s New in Universe 1.2 Video
“When we released Universe, we promised frequent updates,” said Sean Safreed, co-founder of Red Giant. “In just two updates, including this one, we’ve added 18 new effects and transitions. But more than that, we are very proud to add support for our first OFX host, Sony Vegas, so quickly. We plan to add more certified OFX applications in 2014.”
- Lightning-Fast Transitions and Effects
Universe 1.2 includes many new features, including three new effects. The Glitch plugin creates the video compression and digital glitches seen in low-bandwidth video. The Billowed Background tool quickly and automatically creates animated fractal backgrounds for your motion graphics work. Edge Glow adds a neon-like glow around the edge of text or shapes within a video.
The new release also adds six new transitions, including three premium tools from Red Giant partners. Partner transitions include CrumplePop HalfLight (a popular tool, formerly exclusive to Final Cut Pro X), Glitch Transition, and ToonIt Cartoon Transition. Other premium transitions include Triangle Wave and Diamond Wave, which generate 3D folding shapes as transitions. Universe 1.2 also includes the new free Exposure Blur transition – the winning tool in the Universe Labs community voting. All of the effects and transitions available in Universe are GPU-accelerated, giving artists a serious boost in speed.
Finally, native-style Premiere transitions have arrived in Universe 1.2. This change brings native editing of transitions to Premiere Pro CC, eliminating the need for a custom dialog box and speeding up the transition setup and adjustment with all Universe transitions.
- Lightning-Fast Product Development
Since Red Giant Universe was launched this past March, community members have been loving both the quality of the effects as well as the speed at which they are being developed.
“A constantly expanding choice of effects that look great and render fast makes Universe a key tool in my motion graphics tool set,” said John Dickinson of Motionworks.net. “It’s exciting to see what is going to be added next, and brilliant that Red Giant is active in seeking out community input, resulting in tools that are truly useful.”
In addition to being popular with motion graphics and visual effect artists, Universe’s quickly growing library of free and premium tools has been a big hit with filmmakers and editors as well.
“We are working in a time where things move and progress very quickly,” said Ryan Connolly of FilmRiot.com. “Universe is the perfect response to that. The ability to get updated plugins at crazy fast turnarounds is a massive win for editors.”
The secret to Red Giant’s rapid release cycle is the new Supernova development platform, which allows Red Giant’s team of artists and engineers to build and improve software tools for artists at an unprecedented rate. Supernova also makes it simple to output plug-ins for all supported host applications at the touch of a button.
Pricing & Availability
Red Giant Universe is available today as a subscription for $10/month or as a discounted yearly pre-pay for $99. Users that want the benefits of membership but would prefer to opt out of the subscription model can opt for a lifetime membership for $399. The lifetime membership never expires and includes all Universe updates and upgrades released over the months and years to come. All Red Giant Universe tools and effects work in After Effects (CS 5.5, CS6, CC and CC 2014), Premiere Pro (CS6, CC and CC 2014), Final Cut Pro X (10.1.1) and Motion (5.1) and work on both Mac OS X (10.8.4 and later) and Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1. This release is fully certified for the new Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2014.
Sign up for a free Red Giant Universe account today at http://redgiant.com/universe
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