Sunday, January 15th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Maxon releases Red Giant 2023.2 product updates

Originally posted on 15 January 2023, and updated with details of Magic Bullet 2023.2.

Maxon has begun releasing its 2023.2 updates to its Red Giant collection of effects plugins.

The initial release is Trapcode 2023.2, a performance-focused update to the set of motion graphics and VFX plugins that features “moderate” improvements to particle effects tool Particular.

Updated 3 April 2023: Maxon has released Magic Bullet 2023.2, the latest version of its colour correction and looks plugins, adding a global strength slider to the Looks tool.

Trapcode 2023.2
Trapcode, Maxon’s motion graphics and VFX plugins for After Effects, gets “moderate” improvements to performance in 3D particle effects tool Particular.

Specific changes include reduced loading times after the initial load, and better performance when animating the Physics Time Factor in combination with the Turbulence field.

There is also a new Linked Null workflow, which makes it possible to select which 3D layer in an After Effects comp to link a Particular null to when the plugin creates one.

Read a full list of changes in Trapcode 2023.2 in the online release notes

Magic Bullet 2023.2
Magic Bullet, Maxon’s set of colour correction and looks plugins, gets a strength slider for the Looks plugin, intended to make it easier to dial in looks, by setting strength globally, then adjusting on a tool-by-tool basis.

Read a full list of changes in Magic Bullet 2023.2 in the online release notes

Pricing and availability
The Red Giant plugins are available for Windows and macOS, and are compatible with After Effects 2021+. Individual products are compatible with other host applications, including DaVinci Resolve.

All of the products are rental-only, and are available via Maxon’s Red Giant subscriptions, which cost $79/month or $599/year, or Maxon One subscriptions, which cost $149/month or $1,199/year.

Read more about Red Giant on Maxon’s website