Red Giant, one of leaders in post production software tools, has recently  updated one of their biggest set of tools. Red Giant Universe is an incredible package for both editors and visual effects designers. Before I jump into Red Giant Universe 2.0,  If you have not had the opportunity to read the review on Red Giant Universe 1.1, you can go back and get caught up.

Red Giant Universe 2.0 comes with a plethora of new updates. There are over 60 GPU accelerated plugins that have been updated to work within Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut X, Apple Motion , and DaVinci Resolve.  Universe 2.0 also includes 4 new tools along with 29 updated effects and transitions.

HUD Components 

HUD Components is new addition to universe. This tool allows you to add animated Heads Up Display graphics into your motion graphics. HUD Components also allows you to add interface animations, and visual effects into your shots.  Jumping to After Effects, you can find HUD Components within the effects and presets pane. HUD Components also comes with 27 presets that include ready to go animations and elements.  This is great for both novice and seasoned graphic designers.

Red Giant provides you with even more flexibility to customize each element, from size, cloning,  rotation, glow, and much more. All of this is easily accessible from the drop down menus. This kind of flexibility within HUD Components really allows you to create almost anything you can imagine.

Each Element also comes with access to 55 preset elements from arrows to arcs, and various shapes. This allows you to customize, create, and seamless loop animations quickly without having to build these elements.

HUD Components is very flexible, and can be composited with other effects to create all kinds of visual effects. Layering the composition with a few HUD Components allowed me to create a visual animated effect, that could be used for an Heads Up Display. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to put this effect together with out the need for any tutorials or advanced training.Red Giant really excels at having a simple and intuitive user Interface.

Line Tool

Red Giant Universe introduces a new tool known as Line.  The new Line tool is designed to make it easier for you to generate lines between two points. Lines can have their color, styles,  and animated flight paths, all adapted to your project. When you first drop line on to your composition / timeline, it will provide you with a yellow curved line.

Just like HUD Components, Red Giant has provided you with various presets that include line styles and line colors. This allows you to quickly create your effect without having to build from scratch. I found this to be a real bonus for meeting time constraining projects

The Line tool gives you the option to create 4 different kinds of lines. A straight or curved line between two points, as well as a 3 point or 4 point bezier curve. The line can then be manipulated to have more or less curvature.

Using the Line tool is incredibly easy. In just a few clicks, you can animate a line, or an arrow onto your footage. This allows you to create and customize each line to your project.  The Line tool can also be stylized to create different looking lines for more dramatic effect, or a more traditional effect, depending on your project.

HUD Components and Line are just 2 new tools within Red Giant Universe 2.0. There is so much power within this universe, and I have hardly scratched the surface. However, I  plan on flying a little deeper into this universe, so come back next week of part 2 of my review of Red Giant Universe 2.0

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