Red Giant updates Universe, introducing two new tools

Red Giant released an update to Universe. Universe 3.3 brings in two new tools and updates four current tools already existing in the Universe suite.

So what tools are included in this update, and what is improving? Well, the two brand new tools are called Quantum and Modes. According to Red Giant, both tools should help users access a better selection of dynamic tools for motion graphics. The tools the Glow, Glimmer, Chromatic Aberration and Hacker Text tools are getting updates.

What do the Quantum and Modes tools do?

Let’s start with Quantum. According to Red Giant, the Quantum tool creates the illusion of an animate light trial in front of or behind a layer. The tool seems like it would lend itself well to text and motion graphics.

Modes is a tool that should make it easier to combine layers in “entirely new ways” Red Giant writes in its press release. The company even goes as far to say the tool will use “powerful features that go beyond the native blend modes found on your editing timeline.”

Updating four current Universe tools

So, what’s new with the Glow, Glimmer, Chromatic Aberration and Hacker Text tools? The Glow tool now offers Inverse-square glow falloff. Additionally, it allows for multi-pass chromatic aberration and the ability to glow a single color channel. The update also gives the Glimmer tool 6 mono or bi-directional glow streaks with variable intensity and color mapping. Additionally, the tool has an animatable shimmer, variable rotation control, and Color maps aligned with Trapcode’s Starglow.

As for the Chromatic Aberration tool, the tool now includes control over the focus area, the ability to split the aberration into multiple passes, and chromatic rotation. Lastly, the Hacker Text adds customizable random characters and the ability to auto-animate the encryption and decryption.

How you can update

To install this update, open the Red Giant Application Manager, close out all hose applications, click the “Update” button for Universe, and follow the installer prompts.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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