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Best Job Ever!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Hey folks – You may have noticed a slight slowdown in the blog a few weeks ago. That’s because we were having our company meeting in Portland . Since we were all together, Best Job Ever, a popular web series about the best jobs in the tech industry, sent the ever-engaging Veronica Belmont (host of Techzilla and whole lot more) to interview us about how a small, mostly-virtual company like Red Giant is able to make such an impact in our industry – and what we look for when hiring a new team member.


Above  – From left to right: Micah Sharp (RG’s General Manager), Veronica Belmont, and Aharon Rabinowitz (RG’s Director of Communities… Also known as me). Below – Left: Micah talks about what’s needed to work in plug-in development (hint it’s not all about technical knowledge). Right: I discuss the importance of being self-motivated when you work virtually, and the one o’clock pants rule.


The interview will be posted eventually, but I just wanted to say that the 2 hours we spent talking to Veronica and the Best Job Ever crew really helped reminded me of how lucky I am to be working with such an amazing team. We’re a small company with a big footprint, and that only happens when people are passionate about what they do, are truly dedicated to making good products, and most importantly, are dedicated to making the customer experience as good as it can be.

It also comes from having amazing customers who do amazing things, and who care about the products we create (that’s you). And so, we really appreciate the work you do and the great feedback we get from you. We know that as good as things are, nothing is ever perfect. If you guys ever need to let us know something (good or bad), you can post a comment in the blog, send us a tweet on Twitter, or just contact us on this site. We’re listening.


Showing Great Form – 1.1.1 Update Available Now!
By Andrew Cheyne
Published on Monday, February 14th, 2011


Announcing Trapcode From 1.1.1 :

This update to Form fixes several issues, including:

  • Loading older projects or using presets caused ram-preview, undo, and orthographic views to have problems.
  • Odd moire patterns in dense particle grids.

As always, you can find updates for all of our products here:

IMPORTANT: This fixes bugs found only in the CS5 version of Trapcode Form. If you are using Form in CS4 or older, you do not need to download this update.


Your Entries for the Poster Contest
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Monday, February 7th, 2011

Last week we asked you to submit your own movie posters for a film we are working on. Here’s what we got:


This week, we’ll sit down with the director to choose the posters we want in the scene, and the winners will receive a Red Giant Guru Preset Pack of their choice and a credit in the film.

Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.


CONTEST: We Need Your Movie Posters!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Monday, January 31st, 2011

Hey Folks -

Red Giant is making a short film, and we need movie posters to use as props in the background of one of the scenes.

We love our customers and the work you do, so we want to use movie posters from your projects – Movies you have already made, or movies you hope to someday make. Whether it’s a documentary, action film, romantic comedy, sci-fi Bollywood drama – whatever – we want it.

Send us an image of your movie poster (post a URL below in the comments), and we’ll post them here in the blog as a gallery. We’ll ask the people who have created our favorites to send us either a print resolution file (24″ x 36″, 300 DPI) or a hard copy version (size can vary, since it’s already printed).

People who’s posters are chosen will be given a film credit and also win a FREE Red Giant Guru Preset Pack of their choice, including (but not limited to):

IMPORTANT: Ultimately, we need these in either hard copy (ideal) or as print-resolution poster-sized images. So please make sure you can deliver your final images in one of those formats, or you will be disqualified.

Submission due date: 2/5/11


Harry Frank’s Motion Design Class at fxphd
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hey folks – our very own Harry frank is giving a class this semester at fxphd. Join the class before it’s too late! Here’s the info:


We’re excited to have a new After Effects course lead by a familiar name in the motion graphics industry, designer Harry Frank. This practical, software-based course will focus on creating a professional broadcast graphics package from scratch. Harry has done numerous high-profile national broadcast packages over the year for networks such as NBC, ABC, Fox, and G4TV. One of the strengths of After Effects is its plug in architecture and offerings such as Trapcode Particular, Form, and Lux are workhorses of mograph artists. Over the ten weeks, After Effects will be at the center of the course in conjunction with these and other plug ins from Red Giant Software.

In the broadcast industry, turn-around times for deliverables can be short, which makes efficiency a key component of being a professional motion designer. We need to have the right tools at our fingertips with an in-depth understanding of them to achieve this. This will be the core focus of this course: accelerating your creativity with your tools.

In AFX213, students will be building a graphics package for a broadcast awards ceremony. We will build assets such as a short show open, logo animation, full screen graphic, lower third, and transitional elements. This class will give students the opportunity to be creative, building a graphics package from scratch. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this experience with peer and instructor review in a special work sharing forum on the site. Members have found this level of interaction to be extremely valueable part of the course.

Harry originally studied music engineering and worked in both audio post-production and studio engineering, before entering the motion graphics field 12 years ago. He has worked in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles as a freelance motion designer, with clients such as, Blur Studio, Digital Kitchen, and many more. As an instructor and author, he has authored numerous tutorials and training titles on motion design, After Effects Expressions, Trapcode Particular and Form, and Cinema 4D. In Detroit, he was an Adjunct Faculty at the College for Creative Studies. Harry is the owner of, and host of the networking site,

As you can see from the quotes below, people are excited about the class, so get in now before it’s too late!

“My name is Juan and I am very excited about this class, I saw some of Harry’s works on his website and on the RED Giant site and it is amaizing the kind of things and how professional Harry is. Like to get to that level and also know it is years of experience that provide that level, so I am working hard to learn the most I can.”

“I have been working with AF for about 3 years now and I am looking to get to a bit more to the advance level, but still a long road before I can switch my beginer to intermediate-advance level. I love working with AF and learn from such a profesional expert voice. Hope to learn a lot here. Thank you.”

“Hey Harry – psyched that you’re here and for this class! Love what I’ve seen so far!”


New Episode of Red Giant TV Covers Creating Motion Graphics in FCP with no Keyframes
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Monday, January 10th, 2011

In this Episode of Red Giant TV, Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker, shows you how to quickly create animated motion graphics backgrounds and text treatments in Final Cut Pro – with NO KEYFRAMES!


Watch the episode HERE.


This Final Cut Friday Learn to Speed Up Rendering in FCP!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Friday, December 17th, 2010

Red Giant QuickTip #26: Faster Rendering in Final Cut Pro

It’s final Cut Friday, with another tutorial from Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker. This time Simon shows you how to speed up rendering on the Final Cut Pro timeline, so you have more time to add production value to your project (or maybe to just leave early for the weekend… it is Friday, after all).

  • Learn about Magic Bullet Looks HERE.
  • Learn about Trapcode Shine HERE.


4 New Amazing FREE Presets Added to Red Giant People
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The mega-talented Mattias Peresini has added 4 new presets to Red Giant People that use Trapcode Form and Trapcode Particular:

An experiment with Trapcode Form and After Effects, with an abstract 3D Shape looking like an hourglass, ‘Sablier’ in french. I’ve been playing with a lot of Depth of Field and typos too. You can download the project file for free HERE.

An experiment with Trapcode Form and After Effects, playing with a colorful and abstract shape in 3D space.You can download the project file for free HERE.

An experimen with Trapcode Particular based on the random grid expression by Dan Ebberts. You can download the project file for free HERE.

An experiment with the new Shading options of Trapcode Particular 2.
A simple setup with 2 null object and 8 light emitter in a pseudo cube for a 3D look render! You can download the project file for free HERE.

Don’t forget to check out his tutorials Trapcode tutorials if you want to learn some of his techniques.


ExpressionUniversalizer from
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010


Hey folks – We just wanted to take a moment to thank Lloyd Alvarez over at for his help recently. We ran into a problem where our Guru Preset Packs were not working properly in non-English versions of After Effects. Lloyd came up with an ingenious way to convert all of the expressions with effect references for other languages. Lloyd has released this awesome ExpressionUniversalizer script to the public. I’ll let him explain:

ExpressionUniversalizer-UIThis script will convert the expressions in your projects so that they are compatible with After Effects running in any language. If you are an After Effects template author or create projects for international clients you’ve certainly ran into the situation where your expressions break on your client’s machine. This is where ExpressionUniversalizer will come the rescue! Just run the script on your projects before you post or send them and they will be guaranteed to work!

It’s very easy to use, simply choose whether you want to process the current comp or all the comps in your project and click on the Universalize Expressions button. That’s it. There is an option to create a log file in case you want a detailed record of what is being converted or if you run into any trouble.

The script can universalize expressions written in these languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. If you would like your language added please get in touch. This is only to support what language the expression is originally written in, once the project has been universalized it can be open by ANY language.

There’s a nice geeky explanation of how it all works on Lloyd’s site, where you can also get the script, as well as many other great tools to make life easier in After Effects.


Plastic Bullet International Contest – Final Submissions
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Hey folks – our Plastic Bullet International contest is now closed. Here are our favorite entries that came in over the last few days of the contest.

Don’t forget – ANYONE who submitted an Plastic Bullet-ized image is eligible for the grand prize. So even if your image is not featured in our blog, you can win big.

Winners will be announced a few days after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanks so much for all of the great submissions!


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