By Red Giant Team
Published on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
We are proud to announce the the public Beta of Red Giant Universe.
What is Red Giant Universe?
Red Giant Universe is a community that gives members access to fast and powerful free tools for editing, filmmaking, visual effects and motion design.
Every tool in the Universe library of effects and transitions is GPU-accelerated, both Mac and Windows compatible, and works across multiple host applications including: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion. The Universe library of tools is continuously growing—new effects and transitions are added regularly, and existing tools are updated often, based on user feedback.
Are the plug-ins free?
This Public Beta release includes 50 plugins. Most of them are free, while some are available with a premium subscription. Here’s the breakdown:
- 31 Free Tools (22 Effects & 9 Transitions)
- 19 Premium Tools (12 Effects & 7 Transitions)
The Premium plug-ins are free for you to use during the Beta Period. After we release Universe 1.0, you’ll get a 30-day Universe Premium Membership for Free before the Premium plugins render with a red X watermark. If you choose not to purchase a Premium membership plan then you’ll remain a Free Universe Member with access to the growing library of free Plugins.
What’s the Community part you mentioned?
Good question. While Universe has a great set of tools, what truly makes it unique is it’s community aspects. Through Universe Labs, you folks will get to help us choose what effects and transitions we build next – while premium members will eligible for invitations to early betas of new products, allowing you to give us early feedback and actively help shape Universe’s expansion over time.
I am totally sold! How do I join the public Beta?
It’s easy. Head over to the Red Giant Universe page, and sign in with your Red Giant ID (or sign up, if you don’t already have one – its free). Once signed in, download and install Red Giant Link (just follow the on-screen instructions after signing in).
Why am I downloading Red Giant Link, and not Universe?
All Universe plug-ins (and many other Red Giant products) are downloaded, installed, and updated through Red Giant Link – so you’ll need to download link to get access to the Universe library of tools. (Learn more about Red Giant Link)
- Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5
- Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.0 and later
- Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
- Windows 8 and 8.1
Host App Compatibility:
- Adobe After Effects CS5.5, CS6, CC
- Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, CC
- Apple FCPX
- Apple Motion 5
IMPORTANT: Known Issues:
We discovered a couple of last-minute issues for Premiere Pro users on Windows that may prevent all or some of the Universe Plugins from appearing in the Application or cause errors during installation. These bugs may not affect all Premiere Pro Windows users, but if it does occur for you, please take note that we are currently working towards a fix for this issue in a second Public Beta release.
Have more Questions?
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, links to tutorials and users guides and more, check out the Universe resource page.