Red Giant launches “Universe”

Red Giant launches "Universe"

Today, Red Giant one of the most recognizable names in the industry, has announced Red Giant Universe (public beta). This is their biggest launch to date.  This is a universe based on community that provides members with access to free tools for filmmaking, post production, and visual effects.  How big is this Universe? Let’s take a closer look…

Red Giant had previously hinted at a very large release on March 6th.  Red Giant created a short teaser of what we could see coming. This got many of us in post production and filmmaking very excited, as we have all come to either use or rely on Red Giant’s tools.

After spending countless hours waiting and wondering, today the mystery is resolved. Red Giant created Universe now in public beta. When you join Universe, you gain access to 50 free plugins all at once. Everything from transitions, to glows and blurs.  Plus, there is more on the way, as Universe expands. Red Giant Universe is also GPU accelerated and supports various post production software, such as After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Red Giant Universe will also support both Windows and Mac based platforms.


In addition to the free expanding plugins, Red Giant Universe also offers access to even more tools to its Premium members. These will include new effects, as well as existing ones, optimized and updated to work within Universe. Some of these include Knoll Light, Factory EZ, Holomatrix, Retrograde, and ToonIt .


Red Giant  Universe Features:

  • Tons of New GPU-Accelerated effects and transitions.
  •  31 Free Tools includes 22 Effects and 9 Transitions
  •  19 Premium Tools includes 12 Effects and 7 Transitions
  •  Regularly updated (using our dev tool, Supernova)
  •  Porting of some existing Red Giant products to Universe (Premium)
  •  Voting on new tools to decide what gets made next
  •  Invitations to private betas for new tools (Premium)


OS Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5
  •  Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.0 and later
  •  Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  •  Windows 8 and 8.1


Host App Compatibility:


Hardware Requirements:

  • A GPU-accelerated graphics card.

Pricing & Availability:

Red Giant Universe (public beta) is available free starting today, with Premium membership available for purchase in the next few weeks.

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

Red Giant has also created a wonder developer’s tool known as Supernova. The developer’s tool allows you to create, manage and even update various plugins. The only real limitation seems to be your imagination.  Supernova will make it easier for developers to create plugins that are needed by the filmmaking community by large.

Supernova: Behind the Scenes of Red Giant Universe from Red Giant on Vimeo.

Red Giant has been on the fore front of supporting filmmakers and post production.  Red Giant is now taking this a step further by creating a Universe with a community. They will listen to feedback from their members, and create and expand Red Giant Universe even further.

Red Giant Universe could expand to become the largest offering of tools for filmmakers and post production people. Only time will tell if this ever expanded Universe will be the first step for filmmakers or the next leap for filmmaking tools.

We will take a closer look at it soon and report back on Universe’s features in a comprehensive review.


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