By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Hi Folks – About 8 weeks ago we announced the Public Beta of Red Giant Universe. Today, we’re proud to officially launch Universe, as well as Red Giant Universe Premium Membership.
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.
Universe membership is FREE and comes with 31 free plug-ins that are yours for life! More free tools will be added regularly.
What is a Premium Membership?
We’re trying something new with Universe. While many of the Universe tools are free, there are a lot that are available as a part of Premium membership – paid for via monthly, yearly, or lifetime subscription plans. With premium membership, you get access to more tools and the absolute best Universe has to offer. Most of these are brand new tools and we wanted to offer them to you with the option of paying for them at a low initial fee. However, for those who want to just pay outright, and avoid subscription, we offer a pay-once-only lifetime option.
How much does Premium Membership cost?
Premium membership is available for $10 a month, $99 a year (that’s 20% off the monthly cost), and $399 for lifetime membership that never expires.
What included in Universe?
Universe 1.0 includes 50 plugins. Many 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 available as a free 30-day, fully functional trial when you install Universe. After 30 days, they will 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?
One of the best things about Universe is that the tools will grow around your motion graphics, visual effects and editing needs. Through voting in Universe Labs, you will help choose what tools to make next. Also, Premium members are eligible for access to early betas, helping us choose what features to add or improve in a new tool.
I am totally sold! How do I join Red Giant Universe?
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
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