NEW | Introducing Universe 2.0

Jun 28, 2016 28537 13 Share
Aharon Rabinowitz
Aharon Rabinowitz

Hi folks – today we are announcing Red Giant Universe 2.0, a major update to Red Giant Universe, our GPU accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.

Universe 2.0 includes over 60 tools that run in:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion
  • Sony Vegas
  • Hitfilm
  • Davinci Resolve

Worth noting is that, with this update, Universe is now Adobe CC2015.3 compatible. 


The Universe 2.0 update includes 4 new tools and 29 updated effects and transitions. More than 20 of the tools include  a brand new user experience that makes it easy to preview and apply effects, while many effects have received new features.



With a focus on Motion Graphics, some of the new tools and updates include:

  • HUD Components: Instantly create Heads-Up Display elements for use in motion graphics; this tool is packed with tons of presets, element shapes and behaviors for creating a variety of HUD effects.
  • Line: Easily generate a line between two points to simulate flight paths, travel indicators on a map, and a variety of additional motion graphics; draw it as a curving bezier path or a straight line, change the color and style of the line, as well as the start and end points and how they animate over time.
  • Logo Motion: Instantly make logos and text more interesting and dynamic by animating imagery on and off the screen with a hinge style swing, slide on, or a slightly eased in and out “pop.”
  • Color Stripe: Create a transition that uses layered blocks of color wiping across the screen to reveal a second layer.


We have also updated the user experience on 22 of our tools, with a new visual preset browser. Now, in Universe 2.0, you can see an animated preview of the effect and apply it by clicking on the image of the preset you want to use.


Along with the new user experience, 18 Red Giant Universe tools have been updated with additional new features, including:

  • Holomatrix II, which now includes new distortion effects based on holographic imagery from films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”
  • Camera Shake, which has been redesigned and enhanced to make it simple to quickly achieve a variety of realistic camera shakes with little to no effort – great for enhancing action sequences, and for simulating various camera setups and scenarios – such as filming with a car mount, on a boat, and even in an earthquake.
  • Unmult, which now offers additional controls to help users precisely remove black backgrounds from footage and create an alpha channel, a useful tool for compositing footage of fire, smoke, water and more.

This FAQ has more info about all of the updates and new features.


As an existing Universe customer, you can download the latest version of Red Giant Link and update to Universe 2.0 in Link’s Universe panel. Link can also be updated directly within the app, by using the “Check For Updates Now” menu item. 



If you aren’t already a Universe customer, you can purchase a subscription or download a free trial at


With this update, there have been some other changes to Universe with regard to legacy tools and projects. Based on feedback, we have removed the least popular plugins from Universe 2.0 and will no longer offer free tools. Rest assured, if you were already using Universe before today, you will still have access to those older tools, and older project files using these tools will still open properly. Read THIS FAQ to learn more.

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

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  1. I just downloaded. Went smoothly. Can’t wait to try the enhancements out!

  2. Never want a subscription model for plugins. If these were also offered as separate installs it would be better for me.

    Bit annoyed that there was no warning that updating to 2.0 would remove all the free plugins.

    Uninstalling now.

    1. Sean,
      As long as you signed up for the Universe download before June 28, 2016, the free plug-ins are still available to you. There is more information about this located in our FAQ:
      If you need help uninstalling, our support team can assist at


  3. I got Magic Bullet Film assuming that MisFire was included. Is it, instead, a part of Universe?

    1. Adam,

      Misfire is located within Universe. If you have purchased Magic Bullet Film in the last 30 days, please contact and our team would be happy to refund your purchase if you would like. I’m very sorry for the confusion.


  4. Just download this software and got me crash every time I click presets to see more or to choose presets. I’m about pay it for annually but with this kind of crash it makes me uninstall it.

    1. Moses,

      I’m sorry for the troubles! I have sent your comment to our support team who will contact you regarding the crashing and to gather further information.
      Thank you for your patience,


  5. Hello everyone!
    I have the same problem like MOSES MICHAEL. Some of generators is working until i press PRESETS and MOVE the CURSOR ON one of PRESETS.

    1. Arsen,
      I’m so sorry for the troubles. I’ve sent your information to our support team who will be happy to help with this issue.


  6. Hi! is it available for Avid MC?

    1. Carolina,

      No, Universe is not available for Media Composer. Here is a link to our compatibility list that can help:
      Thank you,


  7. I also have issues with crashing when I try to view the presets. As soon as I open the panel it shows the thumbnails and then I cant do anything else and after effects crashes out.

    1. Stephen,

      I sent your comment to our support team who will be able to assist. We will reach out to you shortly for further information.


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