Universe

Universe 2.0 FAQs

With the Universe 2.0 release, there have been a lot changes with the tools. Based on feedback, we have removed the least popular plugins from Universe 2.0 and will no longer offer free tools. If you were a user of Universe 1.6 or earlier, you will still have access to those older tools, and older project files using these tools will still open properly. Read the Universe Legacy FAQ to learn more.

 

Which plugins were updated with new features?  Will my older projects still open?

Your older projects will still open, and will load the Legacy version of the plugin that you originally used in the project. The original Universe 1.6 plugins have been moved to the Legacy section but the updated versions will be available within the main set of Universe 2.0 plugins.  Here is a list of the plugins that were updated with new features:

Original Plugin Name

New 2.0 Plugin Name

Category

New features

Blur

Blur

Blur

Combination tool of Blur and Streak Blur with added controls

Streak Blur

Blur

Blur

See above

Compound Blur

Compound Blur

Blur

Updated defaults to make them more useful

Masked Blur

Spot Blur

Blur

Added built in shapes for blur layer

Simple RGB Separation

RGB Separation

Distort

Added scale and distort controls

Billowed Background

Fractal Background

Generators

Added presets, fractal types and color maps

Three Color Ramp

Gradient Ramp

Generators

Merged Three and Two Color ramps, added a swap colors button

Two Color Ramp

Gradient Ramp

Generators

See above

Glo Fi

Glo Fi

Glow

Reorganized the UI, added presets and color map

Diffuse Glow

Glow

Glow

Combined Diffuse Color Glow (Premium) with Diffuse Glow, added power mask

Holomatrix

Holomatrix II

Stylize

Updated version

Luminance Noise

MisFire

Stylize

Moved into Misfire - Added scale, contrast and blend controls

Universe Misfire

MisFire

Stylize

Added scale, contrast and blend controls

Fade In

Dolly Fade

Transitions

Combined Fade In and Fade Out into one tool

Fade Out

Dolly Fade

Transitions

See above

Exposure Blur Transition

Exposure Blur

Transitions

Added presets and controls

Camera Shake

Camera Shake

Utilities (moved from Distort)

Separated X and Y handheld keyframes, added looping shake/wiggle checkbox

Universe UnMult

Unmult

Utilities

Added a remove color matting operation

 

NOTE FOR FINAL CUT PRO X USERS:

Some Universe plugins may fail to apply when loading older FCP X projects. If you will be using a project that has plugins from 1.6 or before that you need to load, you will want to download and install this file to get the original versions of these plugins again. This will mean you will see older Universe plugins alongside newer 2.0 versions, which now all have the uni. prefix in front of their name. Going forward, we advise using the newer 2.0 versions.

 

Did any of the plugins change Category?

Yes, 6 plugins have moved to a new Category to make them easier to find based on their use:

Plugin

Old Category

New Category

Turbulence Noise

Noise

Generators

Camera Shake

Distort

Utilities

Fisheye Fixer

Stylize

Utilities

Picture in Picture

Distort

Utilities

SplitScreen

Stylize

Utilities

SplitScreen Custom Block

Stylize

Utilities

 

How has Universe changed for 2.0?

There are a number of changes in Universe for the 2.0 release. Moving forward, we'll be creating stronger, more valuable tools for editors and motion graphics artists. We'll continue to release new effects and transitions, however Universe updates will be less frequent, so that we can focus on developing richer, more robust tools for your work.

 

Were all of the free plugins removed?

No. Based on the usage of the plugins, we decided to keep 22 of them. Some were merged to make a stronger tool overall (such as Two-Color Ramp and Three-Color Ramp which became the new Gradient Ramp). Most were given some updates to make them more powerful.

 

Were any of the premium plugins removed?

Yes. Based on usage of the plugins we decided to move 11 plugins to Legacy. We did however incorporate all 11 of the tools' functionality into either an existing premium plugin or into a new tool in the Universe 2.0 lineup:

Premium 1.6 Plugin Name

Current 2.0 Plugin Name

Category

Diffuse Color Glow

Glow

Glow

Turbulence Noise EZ

Turbulence Noise

Generators

Holomatrix EZ

Holomatrix II

Stylize

ToonIt Cartoon

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Expressionist Noise

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Outlines

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Paint

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Presets

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Retouch

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Sketch

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

ToonIt Thermal

ToonIt Studio

Stylize

 

What happened to all of the ToonIt plugins?

All of the ToonIt stylize plugins have been incorporated into the new ToonIt Studio plugin located in the Stylize category. The ToonIt Transition plugin remains inside the Transitions category where it was before.

 

I never purchased a Premium subscription to Universe but have been using the free plugins. Can I still access all of the free plugins?

Yes, as long as you signed up for the Universe download before June 28, 2016 and the release of Universe 2.0, all the free plugins will be located in the Legacy plugin group, and you may continue to use them.

 

Why did you move the free plugins into a Legacy section?

After watching usage patterns and listening to customer feedback, we wanted to simplify the experience and make Universe a stronger set of tools overall.

 

Can anyone access the Legacy plugins?

Customers who were using the Universe plugins before June 28, 2016 will have access to the legacy plugins for as long as they use Universe. New users as of June 28 will only have access to the new Universe 2.0 lineup.

 

Can I uninstall the Legacy plugins?

Yes. After installing Universe 2.0, on the Universe tab in Red Giant Link you will see an option to uninstall the Legacy plugins. Once you choose to do this, Link will remember this choice for future updates and will not re-install the Legacy plugins.

 

For more information about the Universe Legacy plugins, read the Universe Legacy FAQ.