# The Universe Expands
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The Universe Expands

Post NAB 2017 brings Red Giant Universe 2.1 By Ko Maruyama
On the heels of NAB 2017, where Red Giant made a huge gift of Universe to hundreds of motion graphics artists during the annual MMB dinner, Red Giant released Universe 2.1, an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.

Of course, if you're a current subscriber to the design presets and visual effects toolkit, this is a hearty update, but for those who haven't seen it yet, Universe offers a huge library of tools that harness the power of multiple host applications for visual effects and motion graphics artists & editors. Red Giant Universe offers more than 65 tools (and counting) that run in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, Adobe® After Effects® CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Magix Vegas Pro.

With six brand new tools and updates to two existing plugins, Universe 2.1 delivers eye-catching text effects, enabling users to easily add unique text graphics to their projects. Whether it's giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen, or applying a fractal-based glowing effect, the latest additions to the Universe 2.1 library of effects has a tool for just about any artist's needs.

'Universe continues to be our fastest growing product line and has seen a massive level of adoption since the release of version 2.0' said Red Giant CEO Chad Bechert. 'We've really enjoyed watching our Universe customers create some amazing things in everything from film to broadcast to YouTube. We're proud that we've been able to get these powerful and affordable tools into the hands of so many talented editors and motion graphics artists, who use them in their work, every day'br>

The breakdown list:

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Delivers One-of-a-Kind Text Effects
All-new tools in the Red Giant Universe include:

AV Club: Mimic the lo-fi, noisy text found on ancient video tapes, old infomercials and local access cable channel shows.
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.
Ecto: Inspired by the timeless film 'Ghostbusters' and Netflix cult-hit 'Stranger Things' Ecto allows artists to create haunting, evolving titles with this glowing, fractal-based effect.
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.
Existing Tools Get a Refresh

Line: This update adds the ability to add text at the start and endpoint of a line - great for labeling travel departure and arrival points, start and end dates, and other informational details.
Holomatrix II: Based on effects popularized by the legendary ' Wars' franchise and major motion picture films like 'The Hunger Games' this tool now includes blurred, chromatic distortions, a new strobe effect and much more.
As Seen on TV
Red Giant Universe has been used on 'Saturday Night Live' 'Portlandia' 'Documentary Now' 'Kung Fury' and much more.

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Supported Operating Systems

Mac OS X
Red Giant Universe 2.1 Compatible Host Apps

Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere Pro
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion
Magix VEGAS Pro
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
HitFilm Pro

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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