Red Giant Universe is a free community that gives you access to fast and powerful new, free tools for editing, visual effects and motion design. Every tool in Universe’s library of effects and transitions is GPU-accelerated (making them super fast) and works across multiple host applications on both Mac and Windows. The universe library of tools is continuously growing - new effects and transitions are added regularly, and existing tools are updated just as frequently.
How is Universe different from my other plug-ins?
The Universe library of tools are GPU-accelerated, making them much faster than the tools you are currently using inside your host applications. In fact, we designed much of Universe to improve upon the humdrum tools built into our favorite host apps. Universe has all the basic effects and unique transitions you need for editing, plus more sophisticated effects that you want in motion design. We deliver them all together in one package that works the same across host applications and on both Mac OS X and Windows. Best of all, many are completely free.
Are all of Red Giant's products and Suites included in Universe?
No. Red Giant Universe is a new set of tools that does not included any of our plug-ins from the Trapcode, Color, Shooter or Keying suites. Some tools from the Effects Suite are being ported over to Universe for better speed and results, but Universe Premium Membership includes only the Universe versions of those tools - not the entire Effects Suite.
What are the community aspects of Universe?
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.
Is Universe membership really free?
Yes. Membership in Red Giant Universe is free and comes with transitions and effects you will never have to pay for. In addition to Free membership, we also offer Premium membership, which gives you access to even more Universe tools and other benefits - all at a very affordable and flexible price.
What is included in the Free membership?
Free Membership costs nothing, and gives you access to all of the free Universe tools. Your free subscription never runs out, and we never charge you for these tools. You can be assured that the free stuff will be backed by our brand for years to come, because Red Giant has been around forever, at least in the non-galactic software universe.
What is a Premium Subscription Plan?
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.
What is included in Premium Membership?
With Universe Premium Membership, you’ll get additional effects and transitions, including Chromatic glow, Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, ToonIt, Retrograde and much more. Best of all, new Premium tools are being added regularly.
Premium members also enjoy community benefits not available in free membership, including: voting on new Premium tools in Universe Labs, and eligibility for a chance to test out new tools before anyone else, through our exclusive beta program.
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.
Is there a way to get Premium tools without monthly or yearly subscription?
Yes. Our lifetime option offers a classic software license - a one-time $399 fee that lets you keep the software forever, and includes all updates and upgrades that Red Giant adds to the Universe library of tools, over time.
What happens if my subscription lapses?
If you decide to stop subscribing to Premium membership, your free products will continue to function and you will continue to receive free updates to your free Universe tools. Your Premium tools will be watermarked with a red X. To remove the watermark, you can re-subscribe to Premium Membership at any time.
I have a lot of “render-only” machines. Do you offer any kind of licensing for that?
Not at this time. Stay tuned for more information on the status of Render-only licensing.
How often are new tools being added?
Our plan is to release updates every 6 weeks. That can always be effected by a major host application or OS change, but we expect to be able to deliver updates and new product quickly. Watch THIS VIDEO to see how we can do that.
How can I evaluate Premium before buying a plan?
Whenever you download Universe, you get all of the tools, both Free and Premium. If you're a Free subscriber, Premium tools will run in Trial mode. For the first 30 days, you will be able to fully use Premium. After that trial period, Premium tools will run in a watermarked demo mode.
Does the quality of the tools work for demanding visual effects?
We’re delivering all effects at the highest quality possible. Using our render engine for tasks like motion blur, multi-sampling and anti-aliasing, yields better results than in the host app if you manually put the effect together. You also get better color depth in many cases because all Universe plugins render in 32-bit float or trillions of colors output. Our engine is floating-point capable, which means you will see the smoothest output possible in all host apps.
I want to get started even faster. Do you ship presets?
Yes, there are built-in presets for many tools, making it fast and easy for you to drop an effect into a project. For instance, a generator plug-in may have a dozen presets that give you access to custom designed color effects. We build the presets to fit each host app’s specifications, so the effects will run natively in Final Cut Pro X, and Motion, After Effects and Premiere.
I recognize some Premium tools from Effects Suite. Why would I want them twice?
We've retooled the tools. Premium tools are faster, sleeker versions of the Red Giant products that you already know and love. ToonIt is 10x faster. Knoll Light Factory is 5x faster. We've streamlined with fewer controls so you can work faster. All of the tools work seamlessly with multiple host apps, unlike the same tools in the Effects Suite that only supported selected host apps.
What is a Red Giant ID? How do I get one?
Your Red Giant ID is your key to all things Red Giant. The account is automatically created when you sign up for Universe. It’s also created when you buy a product from Red Giant, so if you’re a current customer, then you already have a Red Giant ID.
What is Red Giant Link?
Red Giant Link is a small application you’ll need so that you can download and install Universe. Link makes it easy for you to download our software, and to have access to your account info. It also gives you up-to-date notifications about Universe, so that you know when new tools or bug fixes are available for immediate download. In addition, Link manages your Universe Premium membership, letting you know when it is time to renew. GET RED GIANT LINK
How do I download/install Universe?
Click any of the Install Now buttons in the Universe web pages. This will allow you to download and install Red Giant Link - our download/installation tool. If you already have Link installed, you can download Universe through Red Giant Link in the Universe Tab. (if you don’t see it, you probably need to update link). GET RED GIANT LINK
Why do some tools display a red X over my footage?
The red X is a watermark that indicates your Premium Membership has ended. On first installation Universe gives you Free 30 days to try out Premium tools. Once the 30 day period has gone by, the tools will still work and render, but a watermark will appear in your footage.
What host apps are supported in Universe?
Adobe Premiere Pro CS 6, CC and CC 2014, Adobe After Effects CS 5.5, 6, CC and CC 2014, Final Cut Pro X & Motion 5, Sony Vegas 12 and 13, FXHome HitFilm 3 Pro, and Davinci Resolve 11.1 or later. Virtually all of the tools are consistent between host apps, and you can apply presets between projects and apps. The Universe environment will let you use the same effect across Mac OS X and Windows and in any of the host apps.
What hardware is needed to run Universe?
Red Giant Universe requires a GPU to render. But we have invested a lot of time in making sure that even older or integrated graphics will render Universe effects. The minimum GPU is an Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics chip. Of course, newer and faster discrete GPU parts from AMD will yield faster performance. For Nvidia, we recommend 5xx, 6xx, or 7xx series graphics cards; mobile GPUs; or the professional series Quadro cards. For AMD, we recommend 6000, 7000, or 200 series graphics cards; mobile GPUs; or the professional series FireGL cards. Any CPU from Intel or AMD is supported. For HD resolution output, we recommend that your GPU have at least 1 GB of memory. If you are planning on doing high-resolution project in 4K or more, we recommend a GPU with at least 2 GB of memory.
What are the OS requirements for Universe?
Universe works on Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) or later, or 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. We support Windows 7 x64 Home or Professional and Windows 8.
How do I deactivate my membership?
Our Red Pledge of no hassles, just happiness makes it easy. If at any time you wish to deactivate your membership, login to the Your Account area on redgiant.com to access the Universe membership settings.
The Universe tab shows your membership type, status, and expiration or auto-renewal date. You may also download the latest Red Giant Link installer from this tab.
The Universe tab also allows you to Cancel the “Auto Renewal” on a subscription membership so that your card will not be charged again.
Where can I get more info about managing or cancelling my Universe Premium subscription?
THIS PAGE will tell you everything you need to know about managing your subscription including making changes to your subscription plan, updating your payment information, and our Cancellation and Refund Policy.