Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 Posted by Jim Thacker

Red Giant ships Universe 3.3

Originally posted on 30 January 2019. Scroll down for news of the 3.3 update.

Red Giant has released Universe 3.0, the latest update to its online library of effects and transitions for editing and compositing software, adding five new text generation effects.

The update also raises the price of Universe, more than doubling the cost of annual subscriptions.

New text effects for fantasy UI design and motion graphics
New features in Universe 3.0 include five new text effects, shown in the video above, and primarily geared towards recreating the look of computer terminals for FUI and motion design work.

Each tool in the Universe collection also gets new presets – Red Giant’s blog post doesn’t say how many – and the option for users to create and save their own custom presets.

Users of After Effects and Premiere Pro get a new dockable dashboard making it possible to access all of the Universe tools from a single place in the UI.

Updated 27 September 2019: Red Giant has released Universe 3.1.

The update adds three new tools: Array Gun, a versatile-looking system for “generating animated motion graphics based on grids, shapes and lines”, plus tools for creating animated numbers and progress bars.

In addition, the existing HUD Components tool, which – unsurprisingly – generates components for fantasy Heads Up Displays, gets 35 new presets.

Updated 20 February 2020: Red Giant has released Universe 3.2.

The update adds five new tools, including two geared to creating content for social media: Typographic creates text animations, while Socialize previews footage in common social media aspect ratios.

There are also new tools for creating picture-in-picture compositions, warping footage with colour aberration, and generating duotone or tritone separation effects.

Updated 19 August 2020: Red Giant has released Universe 3.3.

New tools in the update include Quantum, which creates animated light trails in front or behind the layer selected, generating a range of retro-futuristic effects when used with text.

In addition, a new Modes tool makes it possible to combine layers without using the host software’s native blend modes: a feature aimed particularly at users of apps that lack them, like Media Composer.

The existing Glow, Glimmer, Hacker Text and Chromatic Aberration tools have also been updated: you can find more details in the video above, or the link at the foot of the story.

Pricing and Availability
Universe 3.3 is available now. See a list of the versions of the host software supported here.

The price of subscriptions has risen significantly since the 2.x releases, now costing $30/month or $199/year, up from $20/month or $99/year.

Read a list of new features in Universe 3.3 on Red Giant’s blog

Read more about previous updates to Universe on Red Giant’s blog