Red Giant releases Universe 1.6
New effects, transitions and background generators
New effects include Heatwave, which generates heat haze-style disortions in footage, and Point Zoom, which gives text the kind of projected hologram effect beloved of 1980s title sequences.
There are also two colour-related effects, including a Diffuse Color Glow effect for applying glow only to a specific colour within footage; and Spectralicious, a highly customisable six-colour gradient effect.
The latter also forms the basis of Spectralicious Transition, which creates a six-point colour map between A and B footage and uses those colours to transition between the two.
There is also a new tool for generating looping abstract backgrounds from textures or fractal noise.
Pricing and Availability
Universe 1.6 is available online now. Basic membership is free; the cost of a monthly Premium subscription rises from $10 to $20 per month, although annual subscriptions remain unchanged at $99 per year.
The cost of a lifetime subscription also rises, from $399 to $599, although Red Giant says that it plans to stop offering perpetual subscriptions from 1 January 2016.