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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).

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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!


Plastic Bullet International Contest – Win an iPad!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Monday, November 15th, 2010

Our awesome iPhone app, Plastic Bullet, has been optimized for iPhone 4 and translated to work in 6 additional languages (French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese). So we’re celebrating with a new international contest! Tweet a photo that uses Plastic Bullet, and you could win an iPad or other prizes. This contest ends on November 22nd, at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be announced a few days after that date (probably right after Thanksgiving).

Enter the contest and read the rules here:

The contest is open to international submissions. Only ONE ENTRY per user.

Get Plastic Bullet HERE.

Here are some great shots from the last contest:



A closer ‘look’ at Red Giant tech support
By Debbie Rich
Published on Friday, November 5th, 2010

Here at Red Giant, we are always excited when someone takes the time to write us a positive email. It’s the nature of busy people to accept the good and speak up about the negative, so I want to thank Mark Strand for letting us know about his experience with Jeremy, one of our terrific support peeps, in figuring out problems with our Magic Bullet Quick Looks product.


The cool thing about reading Mark’s email is getting the sense of the day in the life of a Technical Support person. Certainly a lot of Red Giant’s tech support is routine help like telling people how to install a plug-in or finding a lost serial number. But frequently we perform some pretty amazing feats, like walking a customer through a full host application reinstall, giving design assistance, or even coming over to help decorate your office. No wait… just kidding about that last item, unless Jeremy was serious when he told me that over a beer. I think there would be an OT charge.

A little about Mark: He uses Red Giant products for two places of business. One is the non-profit School of Outdoor Sports, where he creates video lessons for subjects like fishing and hunting. Mark is also the principal of Mark Strand Outdoors, where he does freelance writing, still photography and filmmaking on behalf of clients. You can see Mark’s photography gallery (in development, of course, as with many good working pros) at


Philip Bloom Kessler Crane Competition
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Last week our good friend Philip Bloom had a contest for a chance to win his new Philip Bloom Signature Pocket Dolly from Kessler Crane. After we saw the quality of the entries, we knew it would break poor Phil’s heart to have only one person win something for their effort, so we pledged a license of Magic Bullet Suite for the runner-up.

The winner of the Philip Bloom Signature Pocket Dolly was Karen Abad, who turned in an amazing video referencing “Green Porno,” Isabella Rosellini’s artistic nature series of short films:

Bloom Porno from Karen Abad ♥s Dinosaurs. on Vimeo.

It’s a good thing she won the pocket dolly, because it’s pretty clear at the end that she already had Magic Bullet Suite.

The runner-up, and winner of Magic Bullet Suite was Petter Misje, with this hysterical and provocative music video:

To Philip with love from Petter Misje on Vimeo.

Congratulations to both of you on your excellent work!


FREE Holographic Text Presets on Red Giant People!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Friday, October 15th, 2010

Hey folks – in a moment of perfect calm, I managed to crank out 2 presets that are variations on the same theme. Holographic text. One version has sharp text, the other uses soft edged text to create more of a rounded 3D effect. These presets use Trapcode Form and Holomatrix.

Get the free preset here:

Get the free preset here:

If you want to learn more about how I created the look of these presets, check out this tutorial:

In this Quicktip, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how using Depth Maps to displace Trapcode Form particles can be used to create a 3D Point Cloud Representation of a city.

This tutorial was inspired by the brilliant Trapcode Form work of Jeremy Cox at Imaginary Forces, for the film “Terminator: Salvation.”


Two New Epic Preset Packs for Looks and Knoll Light Factory!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Stu Maschwitz’s Rebel Epic for Looks
Give Your DV Rebel-Style footage an Epic Film Look

Using Magic Bullet Looks and his serious color correction chops, Director Stu Maschwitz brings you a set of Looks Presets designed to you give your footage the look of a true Hollywood Epic film. This Guru Preset Pack comes with 25 Looks presets for simulating big-budget film styles, as well as several utility-based Looks presets for creating popular Hollywood film effects.

Get it HERE for just $69.


Harry Frank’s Cinematic Flares for Knoll Light Factory
100 Breathtaking Flare Presets for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects

This collection of 100 Knoll flare presets makes it easy for you to add amazing cutting-edge visuals to film, still-imagery, music videos, motion graphics, and visual effects. If you’re looking to create fresh and exciting lighting effects that will stun your clients and audience alike, this essential addition to your Knoll Custom Lens Library is a must-have.

Get it HERE for just $69.


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