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Trapcode Mir Design Tutorials from Peder Norrby
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Hey folks – Peder Norrby, the creator of Trapcode plug-ins has created some awesome new tutorials on design with Trapcode Mir. Check them out here.

Learn more about Trapcode Mir HERE.

 

Red Giant Universe is Here!
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.

Sign up for Universe today. It’s free!

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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)

OS Requirements:

  • 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

Have more Questions?

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, links to tutorials and users guides and more, check out the Universe resource page. We also have a support forum where you can answers to your questions.

Sign up for Universe today. It’s free!

 

Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 Speed Test
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Friday, April 25th, 2014

Lee Stranahan, one of our awesome customers, was skeptical of our claim that we’ve boosted the speed of Magic Bullet Looks by over 20% – so he ran a speed test. Did we pass? Did we ever! We came in at around 300% faster on his 3-year old Mac Pro (with no special graphics card). Take a look:

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Lee – thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing your results!

REMINDER: This is a FREE UPGRADE for Magic Bullet Looks 2.0 users. Download Looks 2.5 HERE to update.

If you’re new to Magic Bullet Looks, check it out HERE.

 

Magic Bullet Looks 2.5
By Red Giant Team
Published on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Hi folks – today we are releasing Magic Bullet Looks 2.5  – it features new tools and interface improvements, not to mention some serious speed boosts. Best of all, this is a FREE UPGRADE for Magic Bullet Looks 2.0 users.

Download Looks 2.5 HERE to update.

What’s New in Magic Bullet Looks 2.5:

  • Strength Slider: Control the overall strength of your entire Look with an easy-to-use, keyframable slider.
  • Speed Increases: over 20% faster.
  • Improved Looks Previewing: allowing a user to hover over a Looks to preview to see the results.
  • LUT Tool: allows users to import .cube LUTs as well as 12 new LUT Presets.
  • S-Curve Tool: makes it easy to add contrast without losing detail.
  • Better Custom Looks Management: making it easier to share your Looks with other editors.

Read more about Magic Bullet Looks 2.5.

As always, if you have any problems, our support team is here for you.

 

Red Giant and HeartBleed
By Andrew Cheyne
Published on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Hello folks -

Unless you’ve been hiding from the news lately (or perhaps ignoring the news while hanging out at NAB!), you’ve probably already heard about the Heartbleed bug that is affecting web servers across the Internet. It is estimated that 66% of web servers are vulnerable to the bug and, unfortunately, Red Giant’s web servers fell into the camp of those affected. As soon as we found out about the vulnerability, we patched our servers and changed our security keys. Our security team has analyzed the data we have and didn’t find any evidence that user accounts have been compromised, but because of the nature of the exploit we cannot conclusively say they weren’t.

During the window where our servers were vulnerable, it would have been possible for someone to sniff out your password while you were connected to our website (and logged into your Red Giant account with your Red Giant ID). While we likely weren’t high on the list of sites to undergo any malicious attack, it is possible. It is more likely that a more popular website you used could have been compromised. If, like most people, you use the same password on most websites, things can only get worse.

We believe it would be prudent for you to change all of your passwords, not just your Red Giant one.

Andrew Cheyne, Director of Engineering

 

Today Only! Save 30% On Red Giant Products
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Hey folks – The Red Giant NAB Sale Starts NOW!

It’s your chance to win big with savings of 30% OFF EVERYTHING in the redgiant.com store. That means discounts on all Suites, individual products, Guru Presets, upgrades and academic purchases.

Use Coupon Code NAB2014

But hurry, like all good things this won’t last long – 24 hours to be exact. This Sale ends tomorrow, April 9th 2014, at 8am PST.

START SHOPPING NOW!

As always, if you have any problems, our support team is here for you.

 

NAB Presentation Schedule
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Hi Folks – next week, we’ll be heading out to NAB. We’re excited to show off our latest products. Please visit us at Booth SL3729 (Plugin Pavilion, South Lower Hall) for one-on-one demos and some great presentations. Here’s the presentation schedule:

Monday & Wednesday

  • 9:00am – BulletProof 1.2
  • 10:00am – Universe
  • 11:00am – PluralEyes 3.5
  • 12:00pm – Universe
  • 1:00pm – Magic Bullet Looks 2.5
  • 2:00pm – Universe
  • 3:00pm – BulletProof 1.2
  • 4:00pm – Universe
  • 5:00pm – Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Tuesday

  • 9:00am – PluralEyes 3.5
  • 10:00am – Universe
  • 11:00am – BulletProof 1.2
  • 12:00pm – Universe
  • 1:00pm – Magic Bullet Looks 2.5
  • 2:00pm – Universe
  • 3:00pm – PluralEyes 3.5
  • 4:00pm – Universe
  • 5:00pm – Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Thursday

  • 9:00am – Universe
  • 10:00am – Magic Bullet Looks 2.5
  • 11:00am – PluralEyes 3.5
  • 12:00pm – Universe

 

UPDATE: Magic Bullet Looks 2.1.4
By Red Giant Team
Published on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Hey folks – just a heads up that we have a free update for current users of  Magic Bullet Looks and the Color Suite.

This free update fixes a rendering issue for FCPX 10.1.1 users who have purchased a new Mac Pro or are using a machine that utilizes dual GPUs. As of 10.1.1, customers who had machines that fit this description were experiencing a black screen when Magic Bullet Looks was applied.

You can get the update HERE or use Red Giant Link to update.

As always, if you have any problems, our support team is here for you.

 

Supernova: Behind the Scenes of Red Giant Universe
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

If you checked out Red Giant Universe, you probably caught that, in the Universe video, we promised frequent updates.  We know you’ve heard that kind of thing before, but we don’t make that promise lightly. We’ve built Universe in a way that allows us to deliver on that promise.

The secret is Supernova – an app we use internally to quickly create and update our Universe plug-ins. Here’s how it works:

 

Red Giant Universe – Public Beta
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)

OS Requirements:

  • 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.

For more info on these issues please see this FAQ or visit our Universe Public Beta Forum to report problems.

Have more Questions?

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, links to tutorials and users guides and more, check out the Universe resource page.

Sign up for Universe today. It’s free!

 

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