A few months ago Red Giant launched their new subscription based community platform known as Universe.  The Red Giant Universe Concept is based on an ever-growing community, where users are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions on their tools and plugins.  Registration to Universe is free and will provide you with access to large selection of filters and plugins.  The selection includes blurs , distort, glows , generators and transitions.  There is great set offerings for free. However, if you decide to subscribe then you gain access to even more premium tools such as Chromatic glow, Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, ToonIt, Retrograde and much more.

 

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Universe Free Membership Access

Universe Free Tools

  • Universe Blur (8 plugins)
  • Universe Distort (8 plugins)
  • Universe Generators (4 plugins)
  • Universe Glow (3 plugins)
  • Universe Noise (1 plugin)
  • Universe Transitions (9 plugins)
  • Universe Utilities (1 plugin)

Universe Premium Membership Access

Universe Free Tools

  • Universe Blur (8 plugins)
  • Universe Distort (8 plugins)
  • Universe Generators (4 plugins)
  • Universe Glow (3 plugins)
  • Universe Noise (1 plugin)
  • Universe Transitions (9 plugins)
  • Universe Utilities (1 plugin)

Universe Premium Tools

  • Universe Carousel
  • Universe Holomatrix
  • Universe Knoll Light Factory EZ
  • Universe Premium Distort
  • Universe Premium Glow
  • Universe Premium Noise
  • Universe Premium Transitions
  • Universe Retrograde
  • Universe SplitScreen
  • Universe ToonIt

 

Red Giant Universe has also recently updated to version 1.1 adding a slew of new features. These new features include 9 new effects , including  updates to existing tools. Three of the new effects are free including a luminance noise tool for adding gradient noise to your footage.  A compound blur effect, and a utility that contains a colour and gamma conversation. This allows you to convert RGB to a different color space.

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The six new premium effects include Glimmer for twinkling effects, Carousal for creating color processing, film faint and vignettes.  There is also new tool known as Holowmatrix EZ which is preset driven for creating all kinds of imaginative sci-fi looks. CrumplePop has also joined with Red Giant and have included their FCPX split screen effects, which can also now be used in After Effects and Premier Pro. In addition to all of this, Red Giant has improved many of their current effects making them more effective and providing you with even more variety.

 

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All of these new tools and plugins make being a member well worth it. Although, it’s important to note that Red Giant Universe does not include Trapcode, Color, Shooter or Keying suites. A few of the tools from the Effects Suite are being ported over to Universe, but Universe Premium Membership includes only the Universe versions of those tools and not the entire Effects Suite.

 

Red Giant Universe Members are given the opportunity to vote on upcoming tools from lab, essentially, providing feedback to Red Giant on which tool you would like to see developed . This is a great refreshing experience, instead of seeing the same filters get re-hashed out over and over. This also means we can continuing to see Red Giant Universe expand their tool set.

 

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Red Giant Universe effects are fully customizable to your specific project. Depending on the tool you are currently using, almost any part of the effect can be manipulated from feathering, to colour highlights, midtones, shadows , to glows, and frame rates. There is simply no limitation on how you can customize each effect to your specific project. This means you don’t have to worry about people watching your film looking like another film or effect, unless of course that is the look your going for.

 

Red Giant also provides your with excellent tutorials on many of their plugins from the latest update to Holomatrix to How to get started with Universe ToonIt.  This means any member from free to premium get instant access to a tutorial that will teach you how to get your desired effect.     No need to scour the internet or waste several hours trying to figure it out on your own.

 

Getting Started with Universe Holomatrix from Red Giant on Vimeo.

 

There is so much within Red Giant Universe that trying to cover and review every aspect would require me to write an entire manual.  Many people criticize the way more and more subscription based programs are coming. Thankfully, the folks at Red Giant have pulled it off very well, especially since there are three ways to join: Free Forever, Premium Monthly for $10, Annually at $99, and of course LifeTime at $399.  I urge you to check out Red Giant Universe, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.  Personally, I plan on being a LifeTime member as I have been using Red Giant Products for years and plan to do so for many more.

 

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