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The Red Giant Universe Expands With Universe 1.2

Nine New Effects and Transitions. Sony Vegas Support. Premiere Pro improvements. GPU-powered for lightning-fast speed.


Portland, OR – September 3, 2014 – As part of its aggressive expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant today released Universe 1.2. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions. Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.


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When we released Universe, we promised frequent updates,” said Sean Safreed, co-founder of Red Giant. “In just two updates, including this one, we’ve added 18 new effects and transitions. But more than that, we are very proud to add support for our first OFX host, Sony Vegas, so quickly. We plan to add more certified OFX applications in 2014.”


Lightning-Fast Transitions and Effects

Universe 1.2 includes many new features, including three new effects. The Glitch plugin creates the video compression and digital glitches seen in low-bandwidth video. The Billowed Background tool quickly and automatically creates animated fractal backgrounds for your motion graphics work. Edge Glow adds a neon-like glow around the edge of text or shapes within a video.


The new release also adds six new transitions, including three premium tools from Red Giant partners. Partner transitions include CrumplePop HalfLight (a popular tool, formerly exclusive to Final Cut Pro X), Glitch Transition, and ToonIt Cartoon Transition. Other premium transitions include Triangle Wave and Diamond Wave, which generate 3D folding shapes as transitions. Universe 1.2 also includes the new free Exposure Blur transition – the winning tool in the Universe Labs community voting. All of the effects and transitions available in Universe are GPU-accelerated, giving artists a serious boost in speed.


Finally, native-style Premiere transitions have arrived in Universe 1.2. This change brings native editing of transitions to Premiere Pro CC, eliminating the need for a custom dialog box and speeding up the transition setup and adjustment with all Universe transitions.


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Lightning-Fast Product Development

Since Red Giant Universe was launched this past March, community members have been loving both the quality of the effects as well as the speed at which they are being developed.


A constantly expanding choice of effects that look great and render fast makes Universe a key tool in my motion graphics tool set,” said John Dickinson of “It’s exciting to see what is going to be added next, and brilliant that Red Giant is active in seeking out community input, resulting in tools that are truly useful.”


In addition to being popular with motion graphics and visual effect artists, Universe’s quickly growing library of free and premium tools has been a big hit with filmmakers and editors as well.


We are working in a time where things move and progress very quickly,” said Ryan Connolly of “Universe is the perfect response to that. The ability to get updated plugins at crazy fast turn arounds is a massive win for editors.”


The secret to Red Giant’s rapid release cycle is the new SuperNova development platform, which allows Red Giant’s team of artists and engineers to build and improve software tools for artists at an unprecedented rate. SuperNova also makes it simple to output plug-ins for all supported host applications at the touch of a button.


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Pricing & Availability

Red Giant Universe is available today as a subscription for $10/month or as a discounted yearly pre-pay for $99. Users that want the benefits of membership but would prefer to opt out of the subscription model can opt for a lifetime membership for $399. The lifetime membership never expires and includes all Universe updates and upgrades released over the months and years to come. All Red Giant Universe tools and effects work in After Effects (CS 5.5, CS6, CC and CC 2014), Premiere Pro (CS6, CC and CC 2014), Final Cut Pro X (10.1.1) and Motion (5.1) and work on both Mac OS X (10.8.4 and later) and Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1. This release is fully certified for the new Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2014.


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Red Giant Universe 1.2


A new update to Red Giant Universe that includes new free and premium tools, Sony Vegas support, and an improved Premiere Pro Transitions workflow. In total there are 9 new tools, bringing the Universe library to 68 effects and transitions. If you already have Universe Installed, the new tools and updates can be downloaded through Red Giant Link.


What’s New, At a Glance:



  • Exposure Blur
  • Billowed Background
  • Edge Glow



  • CrumplePop HalfLight
  • Diamond Wave
  • Glitch Transition:
  • ToonIt Cartoon Transition
  • Triangle Wave
  • Glitch



  • New Host App: Sony Vegas 12 and 13
  • Premiere Pro: Updated transitions to Native-Style Premiere Transitions
  • ToonIt (P): Presets added to Cartoon, Paint and Retouch plugins
  • Minor Bug Fixes in a few plug-ins.


What’s New, in Detail:




Free Transition (1):

  • Exposure Blur: A transition effect that blurs footage while bumping up the exposure to create a dynamic blend. (Chosen through community voting in Red Giant Labs):


Free Effects (2):

  • Billowed Background: Quickly create simple and colorful looping fractal noise backgrounds with 11 noise styles to choose from. With predesigned color map, lower third, and blend mode features for easy customization.
  • Edge Glow: Creates a glowing effects on the edges and outlines of images—perfect for titles and logos. Includes controls for glow, brightness, saturation, and tint options.


Premium Transitions (5):

  • CrumplePop HalfLight: A library of optically captured highly customizable light leak transitions that give your footage a moody and filmic look.  
  • Diamond Wave: A 3D Transition that divides the layers into diamond shaped segments which rotate in an offset fashion vertically or horizontally, revealing the second layer.
  • Glitch Transition: An effect that transitions your footage and text by creating the look of compressed, glitched video, corrupted data streams, and low-bandwidth broadcasts.  
  • ToonIt Cartoon Transition: A preset-driven transition plugin that transforms your layers between stylized cartoon effects.
  • Triangle Wave: A 3D Transition that divides the layers into triangular segments which rotate in an offset fashion vertically or horizontally, revealing the second layer.


Premium Effect (1):

  • Glitch: An effect that gives your footage and text the look of compressed, glitched video. These tools create the effect of poor internet connections, bad video encoding, corrupted data streams, and low-bandwidth broadcasts.



Red Giant Universe 1.2 introduces support for Sony Vegas 12 and 13. This update brings almost all of the free and premium library of Universe effects and transitions (a total of 67 out of 68 plug-ins) to Vegas users.



Previously, to make things compatible with both CS6 and CC, we had to make a version of Premiere Transitions that had a pop-up modal dialog that customers didn’t love. So we made changes that make them just like standard Premiere Pro transitions – a simple UI without a custom pop-up dialog.


So, in short – This new interface brings native editing of transitions to Premiere Pro CC, removing the custom dialog and speeding up the transition setup and adjustment with all Universe transitions.


About Red Giant Universe


Red Giant Universe (new hero video, now includes Sony Vegas):



Red Giant Universe is a free community that gives you access to fast and powerful free tools for editing, visual effects and motion design. Every tool in Universe’s library of effects and transitions is GPU enabled (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.


Premium Membership:
In addition, as a Premium member of Universe, you’ll get access to even more Universe tools – and you’ll get to help us choose what effects and transitions we build next. Learn more about Premium Tools and Pricing.


What’s Included in Universe?


  • 10 FREE Video Transitions
  • 27 FREE Effects & Motion Design Tools
  • All GPU enabled & Multi Host App Compatible
  • Regularly updated with new FREE tools


What’s Included in Universe Premium?


  • 12 Additional Premium Transitions
  • 19 Additional Premium Effects & Motion Design Tools
  • New Tools from 3rd Party Developers
  • Voting for new tools in our Universe Labs
  • Regularly updated with new Premium tools


Who is Universe for?


– Filmmakers       – Motion Designers

– Editors                 – VFX Artists




OS Requirements:


  • Mac OSX 10.8.5 or later
  • Windows 7, 8.1


Host App Compatibility:


  • After Effects CS5.5, CS6, CC (includes CC 2014)
  • Premiere Pro CS6, CC (includes CC 2014)
  • Apple FCPX 10.1.1 or later
  • Apple Motion 5.1 or later
  • Sony Vegas 12 and 13


Hardware Requirements:

  • A GPU-accelerated graphics card.


Pricing & Availability:


Red Giant Universe is available, starting today.

  • Basic Membership: Free
  • Premium Monthly: $10
  • Premium Yearly: $99
  • Premium Lifetime: $399


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