Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 Posted by Jim Thacker

Red Giant releases Universe 2.1

Red Giant has released Universe 2.1, the latest update to its online library of effects and transitions for common editing and compositing packages, adding six new tools, including three for retro titling effects.

The update takes the total size of the library to over 65 tools.

New tools for retro titles
According to Red Giant’s press release, the update adds the following tools:

  • AV Club
    Mimic the lo-fi, noisy text found on ancient video tapes, old infomercials and local access cable channel shows.
  • Ecto
    Inspired by Ghostbusters and Netflix cult hit Stranger Things Ecto allows artists to create haunting, evolving titles with this glowing, fractal-based effect.
  • Luster
    The 1980s are back! Give video text the retro treatment with Luster by applying a metal sheen to text – includes a refraction-based bevel for a glassy simulated 3D look.
  • Title Motion
    Create text and shapes and then instantly add dynamic animations that bring them on and off screen. Great for titles, lower thirds, callouts and more.
  • Long Shadow
    Apply a colored, long shadow to text, logo or shape, for both classic and modern motion design.
  • Glow Fi II
    Give text an ethereal moody look by instantly adding silky smooth, self-animating, fractal-based glow effects to titles. A simple UI make it easy to apply evolving, organic glows.

Universe 2.1 also updates two existing tools: the Line tool gets the option to add text to the start and end of a line; while hologram effect Holomatrix gets a new strobe effect, and blurred chromatic distortions.

Pricing and availability
Universe 2.1 is available online now. A subscription to the library costs $20 per month, or $99 per year. You can see a list of the versions of the host software packages supported here.

Read a full list of features in Universe 2.1 on Red Giant’s blog