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Introducing Red Giant Complete, the all-in-one suite of tools you need to create masterful motion graphics, videos, and visual effects. Now, you can get ALL of Red Giant’s Suite products in one amazing package. You’ll enjoy access to Trapcode, Magic Bullet, VFX, and Universe – each designed with innovative features that make it easy to craft eye-catching visuals!

Red Giant Complete empowers you to work faster and unleash your creative potential – no matter what type of project you’re taking on. From commercial video projects to big-budget movies, this comprehensive suite will take your visuals to the next level. With a single annual subscription fee, get it all for an incredibly low cost – so that your artistry isn’t held back by high prices.

For motion designers, video editors, and VFX artists alike – join the revolution with Red Giant Complete and access a world of crazy possibilities for your projects!

All Access

Explicitly, Red Giant Complete gives artists full access to the complete set of Red Giant tools.  This includes all four product suites and Universe.


Red Giant Complete includes free upgrades. To be clear, users will always have the latest editing, motion graphics, and VFX tools, the moment they are updated.

Big Savings

Individuals, students, and teachers will save thousands of dollars. Buying all Red Giant tools would normally cost $3,495. To emphasize, with subscription pricing, it would take over 5 years to pay the same amount for perpetual licenses. And that wouldn’t include upgrade costs.

Red Giant Complete includes:

Trapcode Suite (reg. $999). The industry’s most essential tools for creating 3D motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe® After Effects®, now with the Dynamic Fluids™ physics engine.

Magic Bullet Suite (reg. $899). Widely used for color correction, finishing and film looks, Magic Bullet Suite gives editors and filmmakers everything needed to make the footage look great. Not to mention, it works right on editing timelines.

Universe (reg. $199/year): Red Giant’s collection of over 80 GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.

VFX Suite (reg. $999). The all-new suite of keying, tracking, cleanup, and visual effects compositing tools, all right inside Adobe After Effects.

For more detailed information on individual products, please see the Details Tab.

What’s new in Red Giant Complete 2024

The latest updates for Red Giant include updates to the Trapcode, Magic Bullet, VFX and Universe toolsets. Trapcode 2024 allows artists to create realistic thermal dynamics thanks to the Particular Fluid Dynamics Simulation extension. VFX 2024 opens up a new dimension in lighting control and includes several enhancements to the popular Real Lens Flares. With Magic Bullet 2024, color correction is easier than ever – plus a host of new presets give designers more creative freedom. And Universe 2024 offers a great number of new presets.

Additionally, all tools in Red Giant are now available in Chinese and Japanese, making it easier for artists to get started using the software in their native language.

Trapcode Suite

Trapcode brings the power of 3D particle systems right into After Effects. Use particle emitters to create fire, water, smoke, snow and other organic visual effects, or create technological marvels and user interfaces with immortal particle grids and 3D forms. With a subscription to Red Giant, get even more 3D geometry input options thanks to Cineware .c4d file import. Use Cinema 4D files (including animation) in particle systems or as 3D models in After Effects.


Create organic 3D particle effects and complex motion graphics elements in After Effects.

  • Motion Graphics: Trapcode Particular is a plugin for After Effects that lets you add particles to your compositions to bring your motion graphics work to life. Use 3D objects for even more beauty and complexity.
  • Visual Effects: Create fire, water, smoke, snow and other organic effects. Combine multiple particle systems into one unified 3D space for visually stunning results.
  • Physics: Particular’s powerful physics engine includes new behaviors, forces and environmental controls. Bring particles to life with flocking/swarming and predator/prey behaviors. Combine bounce and air physics or create beautiful fluid simulations for more realism than ever before.
  • Next Generation: Particular now includes parent/child particle systems where a parent emitter can emit one or more complete child emitters. It’s also easy to set up long emitter chains to create beautifully complex cascading results.
  • Designer: Trapcode Particular gives you the ability to build particle effects visually, with a powerful designer that makes generating effects more creative and intuitive than ever before.
  • Presets: Choose from over 355 Trapcode Particular presets, designed to give you a head start. Every preset is fully-customizable.
  • Sprites and Polygons: Use any image in your composition as a particle by assigning it to a 3D sprite. Particular includes over 345 still and animated sprite images, easily loaded directly within After Effects or in the Designer via the Sprite Loading Panel.



Create 3D particle grids and objects in After Effects.

  • Immortal Particle Grids and 3D Objects: Form particles live forever, giving you precise control over their behavior. Combine multiple forms into one unified 3D space for visually stunning results.
  • Audio Driven & Organic Effects: Create a grid of particles that can be used for organic, flowing effects. Use audio to drive particle animation.
  • Fluid Dynamics: Create dynamic, swirling effects with the Dynamic Fluids physics engine, which allows particles to behave as if they are moving through real fluids. Choose from 4 customizable fluidic behaviors. In addition to that, Combustion lets you add realistic thermal dynamics to the simulation.
  • Designer: Trapcode Form gives you the ability to build particle grids and particle objects visually, with a powerful designer that makes generating effects creative and intuitive.
  • Presets: Choose from over 150 Trapcode Form presets, designed to give you a head start. Every preset is fully-customizable.
  • Sprites & Polygons – Use any image in your composition as a particle by assigning it to a 2D sprite or textured polygon. Form includes over 345 still and animated sprite images, easily loaded directly within After Effects or in the Designer via the Sprite Loading Panel.


Create 3D terrains, objects and wireframes in After Effects

  • Motion Graphics: Trapcode Mir is a plugin for After Effects that creates flowing surfaces, endless tunnels, terrains and 3D objects for use in your motion graphics.
  • Terrains: Design realistic or alien landscapes using Trapcode Mir’s fractal displacement mapping.
  • 3D Models: For the first time ever, quickly and easily load 3D OBJ models into your After Effects composition. Trapcode Mir makes it simple to texture, light, repeat and deform, your models as part of your scene.
  • Surface Presets: Choose from Mir’s 16 surface presets, designed to give you a head start in setting up the materials, shaders and textures for different surface styles. Every preset is fully-customizable.

3D Stroke

Animated 3D shapes and lines in After Effects and Premiere Pro

  • Logos, Text, and Paths: Trapcode 3D Stroke is a motion graphics artist’s secret weapon for creating animated logos and sophisticated write-on effects. With this plugin for After Effects and Premiere Pro, lines can glow, taper and flow through 3D space, using simple paths, made beautifully complex.
  • Repeater: The real power of Trapcode 3D stroke is in the repeater. Build one path and then use the repeater controls to duplicate and distort the strokes for complex effects.
  • Flexible, Powerful Controls: Get pinpoint control over shapes, colors, looping, motion blur, opacity and more. 3D Stroke now includes controls for thickness over the length of the path and color mapping for even more beautiful and intricate results.
  • Presets: Trapcode 3D Stroke includes 40 preset shapes such as stars, grids, and more to give you starting points for your motion graphics and animation.


Ultra-fast, 3D light ray effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro

  • Motion Graphics: Trapcode Shine is a plugin for After Effects that brings light and life into your motion graphics and VFX.
  • Natural Light: Give your footage the natural effect of sunshine through clouds, headlights in fog, or underwater light rays.
  • 3D Camera-Aware: Trapcode Shine includes a host of features for creating 3D camera-aware volumetric effects.
  • Presets: Choose from our Trapcode Shine presets, designed to give you a head start. Every preset is fully-customizable.


Stylized glints and glows for motion graphics and text in After Effects and Premiere Pro

  • Add Glimmer to Your Highlights: Trapcode Starglow is a plugin for After Effects and Premiere Pro for generating multicolored or monochromatic star-shaped glows that instantly bring life to your motion graphics and footage.
  • Presets: Includes 49 presets, each completely customizable for 8 different directional points, color maps, shimmer, gradients and streak length.


Instant audio-driven motion graphics in After Effects

  • Create Animation Keyframes From Audio: Trapcode Sound Keys is a plugin for After Effects that analyzes your audio and generates keyframes you can easily link to your layer’s animation properties. Scale, rotate, and move to the beat. Or use audio to drive effects.
  • Integrate Sound With Other Effects: Sound Keys can be used to trigger other visual effects. For example, combine Trapcode Sound Keys with Trapcode Particular to have particles emitted, based on a drumbeat. Isolate a snare drum hit as the trigger, or just let the general volume drive the effect.
  • Visual Interface For Audio Selection: Select parts of an audio track in the visual spectrum and convert them into keyframes, syncing footage with audio using amplitude or frequency ranges.


Generate 3D geometries along a path in After Effects

  • Geometric Shapes, Ribbons, & More: Trapcode Tao is an After Effects plugin from Red Giant for motion graphics and VFX.
  • Masks, Paths, & Motion: Trapcode Tao is a plugin for After Effects that creates beautiful complex motion graphics with animated extrusions, spheres and N-gons.
  • 3D Camera & Lights: Tao quickly generates procedural 3D geometries using built-in auto paths, mask shapes, and the motion from After Effects 3D lights.
  • Presets: Choose from our Trapcode Tao presets, designed to give you a head start. Every preset is fully-customizable.


After Effects lights made visible

  • Dramatic Natural 3D Lighting: Trapcode Lux is a plugin for After Effects that creates visible, volumetric sources for all point and spot lights in the scene. The effect is fully AE 3D camera-aware, with control over intensity, falloff and more.


Instantly clone and offset animated layers in After Effects

  • Painless Complex Animation: Trapcode Echospace is a plugin for After Effects that lets you quickly clone, animate and offset 3D layers. Create dynamic ‘falling domino’ or ‘follow-the-leader’ style motion graphics in seconds, without writing expressions.


Infinite backgrounds for After Effects 3D

  • 3D Backgrounds: Trapcode Horizon is a plugin for After Effects that lets you use 360 degree image maps or create multi-color gradients as an infinite background for your 3D compositions. Horizon is fully AE camera-aware.

Magic Bullet Suite

Color correction, finishing and film looks

Magic Bullet Suite is a complete set of plugins that gives you everything you need to make your footage look great, right on your editing timeline. Balance out your shots with powerful color adjustments. Then, go beyond color correction, with accurate simulations of lens filters and film stocks. And now, with both input and output color handling in Looks, Magic Bullet Suite fits in perfectly anywhere within your high-end color workflow.


Cinematic looks and color correction

Magic Bullet 16 adds 2 new film and lens emulation tools for Looks: Halation, and Optical Diffusion. It also gives a first look at the new Color Management system OpenColorIO – ACES in Looks adding greater control when mixing a variety of sources, creating deliverables, and working with Looks within complex post pipelines.


Fast, easy video noise reduction

  • Remove Noise & Grain From Your Footage: Shooting in low light or at high ISO’s can add a lot of noise to your footage. Magic Bullet Denoiser is a plugin that gets rid of that without removing detail.
  • The Best Denoiser is Now The Fastest: Denoiser III has been rewritten entirely from scratch to give you the best, fastest, and most reliable video denoising experience available.


Professional color correction on your timeline

  • Color Comes To You: Magic Bullet Colorista is a plugin that puts streamlined professional color correction tools directly on your editing timeline. No need to leave your host app to grade your footage.
  • Guided Color Correction: Let Colorista guide you, using an industry-tested color correction workflow. In just a few simple steps, this quick and easy shortcut will start you off on the right foot with a perfectly balanced shot that’s ready for a color grade.
  • A Better Adobe Experience: Get true real time color correction with Adobe’s Mercury playback engine. Transform Premiere Pro and After Effects into a professional color grading environment with the Colorista panel. Create multi-layered masked corrections with Adobe’s masking and tracking features. Colorista is tightly integrated with Adobe applications, giving you a seamless color grading experience that goes far beyond the native tools.
  • Pro LUT Workflow: Look up tables are a big part of a colorist’s workflow. Whether they’re camera manufacturer LUTs designed to bring footage into the right color space, or creative LUTs used to transform your footage with the grade from a popular film, Colorista makes it easy to import and work with LUTs. Even better, Colorista can create and output LUTs based on your color work, making it easy to share your grade across projects, people and software that reads LUTs.
  • A New Color Engine Built for HDR: Colorista has always been a great HDR color corrector. We’ve overhauled the render engine with new Highlight and Shadow Region controls, improved 3-way correction, and an all-new Clarity control. A new Highlight Boost control makes it easy to upgrade any video to HDR, while the new Saturation EQ gives you control of color curves with far fewer clicks.


Fast, Simple Cosmetic Cleanup

  • Skin Smoothing & Retouching: Magic Bullet Cosmo is a plugin that gives you the ability to quickly balance skin tones, reducing wrinkles and remove skin blemishes, to make your talent look their best.
  • Precise & Easy: Cosmo’s new Skin Sample tool helps you target the exact skin tone for precision cosmetic cleanup. Intuitive skin color controls make it simple to keep skin looking natural and consistent.
  • Powerful & Fast: Cosmo gives you the best possible results with incredible speed. New skin smoothing technology gives better, more natural results than ever before.


A Cinematic Color Grade in Seconds

  • Instant Hollywood Film Looks: Magic Bullet Mojo is a plugin that instantly gives your footage the sophisticated color grade of a Hollywood movie, with film-like contrast and a unified, complementary color palette. It’s all the tricks professional colorists use on big-budget Hollywood movies, in one compact package.
  • Customize: As soon as you apply Mojo, your footage looks better. Pick from one of the 14 built-in presets based on popular movies. Then, with just a few simple sliders, make the look your own, as well as correct exposure and color balance. Mojo plays back in real time, so it never slows you down.
  • Skin Tones: Mojo makes people look great by emphasizing skin tones and pushing other colors toward a complimentary, cooler tone. Dedicated controls for skin color makes it easy to keep your on-camera talent looking their best.
  • Presets: Mojo has 14 brand new, fully-customizable presets designed to match the color styles from different Hollywood movies and TV shows.


The look of real motion picture film

  • Give Your Footage Chemistry: Magic Bullet Film is a plugin that gives your digital footage the look of real film by emulating the entire photochemical process – from the original film negative, to color grading, and finally to the print stock.
  • Real Film: The digital stocks in Magic Bullet Film are based on real film and the real color grading experience of an industry expert.
  • Presets: Magic Bullet Film includes 22 negative stocks and 4 print stocks, giving you 88 possible cinematic combinations.


Cinematic texture and film grain

  • Add Some Noise: Magic Bullet Renoiser is a plugin that breaths life into your digital footage with cinematic texture and grain. Whether you’ve denoised your video, created CGI and motion graphics compositions, or your digital footage is just too clean, Renoiser gives your footage a cinematic feel.
  • Film Grain: Renoiser’s all-new GPU accelerated grain engine gives your footage the genuine texture of film. Unlike other film grain tools out there, Renoiser actually rebuilds your image out of virtual grain rather than just applying a grain layer on top. This produces a result more genuine than anything you’ve seen before, all in real time.
  • Customize: Renoiser is fully-customizable, with detailed control over grain amount, size, and tonal response, with options for color or monochrome grain.
  • Stay Sharp: Renoiser includes an adjustable sharpening algorithm that adapts to your footage, sharpening important details without overcorrecting the elements that don’t need it, such as text or graphics. This combo of grain and sharpening can also be used to keep your footage looking it’s best when your video is compressed by sites like YouTube or Vimeo.


Video transition and effects plugins for editors and motion graphics artists


Universe generators are a fantastic content resource for any video project. They can provide visual filler between your clips, animated backgrounds behind your titles, or even be overlaid atop your videos to create cool effects.

  • Array Gun
  • Progresso
  • Logo Motion
  • HUD Components
  • Line
  • Reframe


Give your footage authentic retro and modern day looks using tools like VHS, Retrograde Carousel, Glitch, Holomatrix II, and more.

  • Symbol Mapper (New)
  • VHS
  • Glitch
  • Holomatrix II
  • Retrograde
  • Finisher
  • Grain16
  • Ecto
  • Long Shadow
  • And more


Effortlessly create beautiful text treatments right inside your NLE.

  • Hack Text
  • Typographic
  • Numbers
  • Screen Text
  • Text Tile
  • Type Cast
  • Type On
  • Title Motion


Instantly create seamless transitions between your clips!

  • Warp
  • Glitch Transition
  • Retrograde Transition
  • VHS Transition
  • Carousel Transition
  • Channel Surf
  • Flicker Cut
  • Color Mosaic


View all our utilities including tools for adding blending modes and camera shake.

  • Modes
  • Camera Shake
  • Socialize
  • Unmult
  • Fisheye Fixer
  • Picture in Picture


Working with Universe in Premiere Pro and After Effects has never been easier. The dockable Universe Dashboard brings all of the Universe tools into one place, making it simple to explore and apply the entire library of effects and presets.


Every tool in Universe includes presets to help get you started and give instant professional results.

VFX Suite

Keying, tracking, cleanup, and visual effects compositing, right inside of After Effects. 

VFX Suite offers a powerful toolkit for realistic visual effects composites in After Effects. With Supercomp, light and atmospheric effects interact with all of your layers and the elements of a scene in a far more natural way than can be modeled with a simple stack of 2D layers. Lens Distortion Matcher makes it easy to match any camera lens, whether it’s wide angle, fisheye, GoPro or anything else, so your composited elements fit perfectly into your shot. VFX Suite also includes tools for adding shadows and reflections that speed up some of the essential parts of creating a professional composite.


A toolkit for realistic VFX composites in After Effects

  • Integrated VFX Compositing: Creating complex, seamless composites in After Effects can be a difficult, time-consuming task. With Supercomp, light and atmospheric effects interact with all of your layers and the elements of a scene in a far more natural way than can be modeled with a simple stack of 2D layers. Supercomp enhances the After Effects 2D compositing engine with its own, powerful environment and set of tools, and far less pre-composing than ever before.
  • Powerful Effects, Fast: Work with 17 GPU-accelerated context-aware tools, such as Light Wrap, Volumetric Fog, Optical Glow, and more. Supercomp’s effects are easily applied, with less time needed to get realistic professional composites. Supercomp’s adjustable presets speed up the compositing process by displaying live previews of how they’ll affect your finished composite.
  • Pro Tricks & Techniques: Good compositing requires knowing how to make things look right. With Supercomp, you’ll benefit from decades of our team’s extensive feature film and broadcast experience. Supercomp comes with built-in visual effects tricks and techniques that deliver beautiful, convincing results. Light wraps know they should wrap around every layer — not just one. Heat Blur applied to a fire element gives a realistic blurring and distortion of all layers behind it, without requiring additional effects.
  • Entirely New, Completely Familiar: Supercomp is a companion that works seamlessly with and within After Effects, so you can continue to use the effects and workflows you already know. Use Supercomp for the finishing touches — or choose to base your entire workflow around it. No matter how you use it in your work, you’ll never have to leave the comfort of the familiar After Effects timeline to get it done.

Primatte Keyer

Fast, Automatic Chroma keying

  • Instantly Remove Green Screen: Whether you are using a green screen or blue screen, Primatte Keyer’s Auto Compute Algorithms can often pull a perfect key automatically.
  • Best User Experience & Best Results: Primatte Keyer’s new user interface makes it easy to select your background and foreground, and to separate them out for a great key. Primatte’s cleanup tools help make it look solid without much additional effort.
  • GPU Optimized: Primatte Keyer has always made the keying process faster by just being more intuitive and easier to use than any other keying tool out there. Now, with GPU optimization, you’ll get even more speed, with previews and renders up to 3x faster than in previous versions.


Customizable, volumetric muzzle flashes for After Effects

  • Customizable 3D Muzzle Flashes: Bang is an After Effects plug-in for creating realistic or stylized 3D gunfire effects. You can easily create the perfect muzzle flash with the intuitive shape controls or choose from numerous presets. Create flashes with star-shaped petals, and even add glow and sparks. Adjust color, brightness, falloff, and interactive light to perfectly match your footage.
  • Easy Alignment: Bang’s 3D particle system renders unique flashes viewable from any angle, taking into account After Effects’ comp cameras. Easily define the position of the barrel, the aim and the direction to or away from camera. Easily adjust the roll and scale of your muzzle flash.
  • Interactive Relighting: Automatically simulate the light from the bright muzzle flashes illuminating your actors and location, removing the need for separate adjustments.
  • Keyframe Triggering: In Bang, each muzzle flash is controlled via keyframe in a single effect track.
  • Muzzle Flash Petals: Some guns have compensators, brakes, or flash hiders. They’re designed to reroute expelled gasses in order to achieve less recoil and muzzle movement. The number of holes in the compensator define the number of muzzle flash petals. With Bang, you can customize the petals to match your weapon.
  • Flash Age: The muzzle flash of a real firearm is captured in a single frame at a random point in the duration of the explosive discharge. Because of this, real flashes captured on camera will have different shapes and appearances depending on when the shutter was open.  With Bang, the user can control the age and age randomization of the flashes, giving them full control over this look.
  • Presets: Bang comes loaded with fully customizable presets to get you started. Browse presets for many well know firearms including: 45 Magnum, Generic 9mm Pistol, Silenced Pistol, M16A1 “Des/Troy”, M4 5-Petal, Generic Assault Rifle, Minigun, Electro, and more.

King Pin Tracker

Fast, accurate planar tracking, right inside of After Effects

  • Planar Tracking on Your AE Timeline: King Pin Tracker is a plug-in that brings the power of a planar tracker directly into Adobe After Effects. It’s an easy to use tool in a familiar environment — no need to step out of AE for great tracking results anymore. King Pin Tracker is incredibly fast and accurate, and can track surfaces in changing lighting, even as they leave the frame.
  • Easy Corner Pinning…: King Pin Tracker makes it simple to replace signs or add rectangular objects into a shot. But what if your object isn’t rectangular, or has an alpha channel? What if there’s nothing to track where you want to place your object? King Pin Tracker has you covered. With powerful To and From pins, and the ability to offset and rotate in planar space, you can pin whatever you want, wherever you want it.
  • …And Much More: Pinning signs and the like is just the beginning. In our work at Red Giant, we’ve used King Pin Tracker for applying digital makeup effects, removing unwanted objects from complex moving shots, prop replacement, and more. With high quality motion blur and a render engine that keeps layers sharp while avoiding moiré, King Pin Tracker makes it easy to composite your tracked objects believably.
  • Simple UI For Complex Work: King Pin Tracker’s interface makes it easy to corner pin and track your footage.

Lens Distortion Matcher

Remove or match distortion from any kind of lens

  • Automatic Undistort: Lens Distortion Matcher makes it incredibly easy to undistort footage from any lens so that you can composite elements into your shot. Even if you don’t know what kind of lens – wide angle, GoPro, fisheye, or whatever – Lens Distortion Matcher can figure it out instantly.
  • Fast Pro Workflow and Results: Most undistort workflows are difficult and often end up with a loss in video quality through the roundtrip. Lens Distortion Matcher works differently, making the process simple, fast, and lossless. By analyzing the lens distortion in your original footage and then applying that lens model to your final comp, you get an undistorted composition to work in, and a final comp that matches the original lens.
  • No More Slip and Slide: Getting a reliable After Effects 3D camera track or 2D track from wide angle footage is challenging if not nearly impossible. Composited elements tend to slip and slide as the camera moves, killing the final effect. But by using Lens Distortion Matcher before you track, you’re able to give After Effects a much more tracking friendly shot, which means reliable tracking results, ready for compositing.
  • Intuitive UI That Makes It Easy: As you identify curved lines that should be straight, Lens Distortion Matcher quickly solves the lens. Just a few clicks and the job is done. Once you’ve undistorted, you can add VFX or work in the undistorted comp to track objects more reliably with tools like King Pin Tracker. Lens Distortion Matcher makes it easy to losslessly reunite your visual effects with your original footage.

Spot Clone Tracker

Fast, simple spot cleanup and object removal with a built in tracker

  • Remove Objects: Spot Clone Tracker makes it easy to remove small objects or blemishes from your footage by cloning in pixels from neighboring areas. Whether you are trying to remove acne, a plug socket, or motion tracking dots, Spot Clone Tracker has you covered. Literally.
  • Rock Solid Tracking: A lightning-fast tracker allows you to easily track your target area on moving footage. The Clone From region can follow along automatically, or be positioned or even tracked separately.
  • Match Lighting & Textures: Cloning can come with all sorts of challenges such as different lighting and textures between your source and target. Spot Clone tracker solves that through 6 different methods for repairing your footage, so that blending and light matching are handled automatically.
  • A Simple UI for Complex Work: Spot Clone Tracker’s user interface makes borrowing pixels from other areas of your shot fast and easy. Define the spot to be cleaned up and the source of the clone using the graphical overlay.

Optical Glow

A blazing fast, drop-dead gorgeous, photo-realistic glow effect for After Effects and Premiere Pro

  • Absolutely Beautiful: Optical Glow is the most beautiful, highest-quality glow ever made for Adobe After Effects or Premiere Pro. And while we could explain to you that Optical Glow uses an optically-correct inverse-square falloff, rather than the gaussian approximation used by other glow effects, the bottom line is that it’s easy to use and just looks awesome.
  • Visual Effects: Optical Glow is perfect for professional visual effects work. With built-in gamma management, your glow always looks realistic, whether your footage is video, log, or even linear. Optical Glow offers tons of control, so whether you’re glowing a lightsaber, starship engine, police lights, or the neon signs in a futuristic dystopia, you’ll get the beautiful result you’re aiming for.
  • Motion Graphics: Everybody needs a good glow for their mograph, right? With control for vibrance, color, falloff and much more, Optical Glow will become a major tool in your motion graphics arsenal. But most importantly… Ooh! Shiny!

Chromatic Displacement

Beautiful prismatic displacement effects

The accuracy of our simulation creates lens flares that move, morph and merge as the light source shifts across the screen. It will make you feel like you are looking at the real thing.

  • Prismatic Effects: Chromatic Displacement uses one layer to displace the pixels of another, while smoothly separating out the colors. Unlike the Displacement Map effect in After Effects, Chromatic Displacement uses the displacement image as a height map, which gives you beautiful, organic results.
  • Visual Effects: We designed Chromatic Displacement for creating professional visual effects, such as force fields, heat ripples, light refractions, cloaking effects, and much more. It’s incredibly flexible, giving you control over the strength, color spread, and softening.
  • Motion Graphics: Displacement effects aren’t just for visual effects. Use text to displace an image, or bring on a logo in a new and interesting way. Once you try Chromatic Displacement, you’ll never go back to standard displacement effects again.

Real Lens Flares

Create realistic lens flares based on simulated optical models and ray traced light.

  • Lens Simulation Engine – Real Lens Flares was built on an engine that simulates the optical qualities of a real lens and calculates rays of light bouncing around inside of glass to create beautiful images.
  • Infinite Customization – Modify almost any property of the lens to change the look and feel of the lens flare. Dial the aperture, tweak the antireflective coatings, move the sensor, and shine some extra light on your shots.
  • Presets – Real Lens Flares ships with dozens of beautiful presets based on real lens simulations, as well as a set of stylized flares and core projections to start building your own.
  • Aperture Control – Changing the aperture is one of the most dramatic ways that the user can change the look of the flare. With Real Lens Flares, you can change the number of blades, curvature, twist, and countless other properties of the aperture to tweak the look of your flare.
  • Light Control – Real Lens Flares works like a real camera lens, you set the type of light, position and intensity, and our engine calculates a realistic flare based on the exposure that you set.
  • Color Control – In addition to being able to control the color of the light of your flares, artists now can edit the properties of each piece of glass to change the color of the reflections that it creates. The color of your reflections is the color of your flare.
    • Core Projections – A set of core projections that can also be controlled through the lens model, as well as individually:
    • Glowball – soft zone of over exposure around a light.
    • Starburst – a star shaped visual artifact caused by the aperture.
    • Single spike – emulating a smear of oil across the lens.
    • Halo – chromatic ringing effect caused by a scratched or oily lens.
    • Gate Flare – light hitting the edge of the lens barrel and bouncing across the glass.
  • Technology Preview – This release is a technology preview and will evolve with the participation of our artistic community. Your feedback will help us shape the future of this brand new tool.

Knoll Light Factory

3D lens flares for motion graphics and VFX in After Effects and Premiere Pro

  • Lens Flares from Industrial Light & Magic: Built by ILM’s Chief Creative Officer, John Knoll, Knoll Light Factory creates camera-inspired, photo-realistic lens flares for the visual effects and motion graphics pro.
  • Design With Ease: Our intuitive Lens Editor makes it easy to customize existing flares and create your own from scratch. Use any of the 135 existing tools and sprite images, or add your own elements.
  • Cinematic Presets: Knoll Light Factory comes with over 200 presets designed for film, broadcast and motion graphics. The latest version includes over 90 beautiful new presets inspired by some of the most iconic films of the past few decades.


Create complex perspective shadows in After Effects

  • Fast Shadows: Shadow is a plugin for After Effects that makes it super easy to add a perspective shadow in front of or behind a layer, based on its alpha channel, brightness, and more. With options for softness, bend, length, color, and many other properties, the Shadow effect goes far beyond the various shadow tools available inside After Effects.
  • Visual Effects: A missing shadow is a sure giveaway that your composited foreground object wasn’t in the original shot. Shadow gives you a fast way to help sell a professional composite.
  • Motion Graphics: Use Shadow to add depth to your motion graphics. Go for realism, or create stylized looks.


  • Create realistic reflections in After Effects
  • Fast Reflections: Reflection is a plugin for After Effects that makes it easy to add a reflection to your layers. With controls for softness, distance fade, length, and more, this effect goes far beyond the standard methods for creating reflections.
  • Visual Effects: A missing reflection is a sure giveaway that your composited foreground object wasn’t in the original shot. Reflection gives you a fast way to help sell a professional composite.
  • Motion Graphics: Use reflection to add life to your motion graphics. Great for use with text and logos.


Host Applications

After Effects CC 2023, CC 2024

  • All Red Giant Tools

Premiere Pro CC 2023, CC 2024

  • VFX: Optical Glow, Primatte Keyer, Chromatic Displacement
  • All Magic Bullet Tools
  • Trapcode: 3D Stroke, Shine, Starglow
  • All Universe Tools

Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.5, 10.6

  • All Magic Bullet Tools
  • All Universe Tools

Apple Motion 5.5, 5.6

  • All Magic Bullet Tools
  • All Universe Tools

VEGAS Pro 19, 20

  • Magic Bullet Looks, Cosmo, Mojo, Film, Renoiser
  • All Universe Tools

Avid Media Composer 2021.x, 2022.x

  • Magic Bullet Looks, Cosmo, Mojo, Film, Renoiser
  • All Universe Tools except Prism Displacement, Compound Blur and Picture in Picture

DaVinci Resolve 17, 18

  • Magic Bullet Looks, Cosmo, Mojo, Film, Renoiser
  • All Universe Tools

Cinema 4D R26 and later

  • Magic Bullet Looks

Unreal 4.27, Unreal 5

  • Magic Bullet Looks

Operating Systems


  • Windows 10 64-bit Version or Windows 11
  • Intel 64-bit CPU or AMD 64-bit CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM, recommended 16 GB
  • Storage: 2.5 GB for Universe alone, 4.5 GB for all Red Giant tools including Universe
  • Online connection required for license validation and access to online content
  • Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics chip , recommended discrete AMD or NVidia graphics card from 2018 or later
  • At least 2 GB GPU memory for HD resolution output and 4 GB GPU memory for 4K projects. GPU memory requirements are multiplied by the number of monitors attached


  • macOS 11, 12 or 13
  • Intel-based Apple Macintosh with Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics or Apple M1-powered Mac
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM, recommended 16 GB
  • Storage: 2.5 GB for Universe alone, 4.5 GB for all Red Giant tools including Universe
  • Online connection required for license validation and access to online content
  • At least 2 GB GPU memory for HD resolution output and 4 GB GPU memory for 4K projects. GPU memory requirements are multiplied by the number of monitors attached

Magic Bullet 2024.1 – October 18, 2023

This update to Magic Bullet includes important hotfixes, meticulously addressing multiple bugs for a smoother and more reliable experience.

  • Rectified an issue with the Red Giant analytics library, which was inaccurately logging session data.
  • Fixed a bug where tool strength would reset when moving tools within the Toolchain.
  • Bug fixes for localization including fixes for saving presets in the Colorista workflow.

Magic Bullet 2024 – September 13, 2023

With over 30 new presets, which range from film looks, music videos to fashion films and vlogging, Maxon further simplifies the workflow in Magic Bullet 2024, allowing artists to be even more creative with inspiration they get from Capsules.

After Effects users now benefit from synchronized OCIO color management. Setting up color management can be complicated – that’s why Looks saves settings after the setup in After Effects, so the user doesn’t have to perform color management twice and can concentrate completely on the creative aspects.

VFX 2024 – September 13, 2023

With the 2D+Distance feature, artists can add dimension to their scene through changing the distance of the light source in Z-space. The Distance Affects Size and Size Affects Brightness parameters can change the appearance of the flare during movement. Ideal for adding flares to dramatic shots of objects moving towards the camera.

Light Control allows artists to precisely position and control the flare in 3D tracked scenes based on AE Lights.

Ring Projection brings back cool 1970s and 80s flare styles, allowing filmmakers to mimic the look of iconic movies like Blade Runner.

Artists will benefit from improved performance when enabling Draft mode for the layer to which Real Lens Flares is applied in After Effects. Work and animate fast at a lower resolution, while still getting the full quality in the final render.

Thanks to the new Schmutz Background Illumination, Schmutz can now be illuminated by the brightness values of a shot or a light source, allowing for a more seamless and realistic integration into footage.

Trapcode 2024 – September 13, 2023

Trapcode 2024 fuels your creativity with the fiery addition of Combustion to the Particular Fluid Dynamics simulation, which adds realistic thermal dynamics to a simulation and makes flames react realistically to positional data. In addition, a new workflow allows you to create seamless particle tracks with Stroke from Parent.

New Features and Enhancements


  • Combustion: Added thermal dynamics to the Fluids system.
  • Stroke from Parent: A new Emitter Type for secondary systems that instantly creates smooth, seamless trails.

Bug fixes

  • TC-9173: Particular: Fixed an issue where the secondary system emitter would sometimes change to Text/Mask when exiting the Designer
  • TC-9272: Particular: Fixed an issue where deleting a curve point on a child system would delete the entire block.
  • TC-9125: Sound Keys: Fixed Color Maps between HCL and LAB gradient models.

Known Issues

  • TC-9156: Particular: Bounce Ground Plane overlay gets distorted with close camera angles.
  • TC-9340: Particular: AE crashes when clicking the Create Null button for systems running in Japanese
  • TC-9263: Particular: Glitches when Stroke from Parent is set to ‘Over Life’ blend mode.
  • TC-9156: Particular: The Bounce Ground Plane overlay can get distorted with a camera close to the origin.
  • TC-9176: Particular: Systems set to default sprite in the Designer will sometimes select a different sprite layer in the comp.
  • TC-8897: 3D Stroke is unable to delete graph points in Premiere Pro.

Trapcode 2023.4.0 – July 19, 2023

New Features and Enhancements


  • Built-in Ground Plane for Bounce Physics: An additional bounce surface built directly into Particular with its own height and rotation controls.
  • Child Inheritance Upgrades: Options have been added for child systems to inherit particle types, sizes, and opacity values from parent emitters at their time of birth.
  • Gradient Interpolation Models: Three new gradient interpolation models have been added.
  • Curve Mirror Mode: When enabled, this mirrors all changes to the curve across the horizontal axis.
  • AE Color Picker in Designer: Instead of calling up the OS color picker, we now call up the AE color picker in the Designer for a more consistent experience.

3D Stroke & Sound Keys:

  • UI Updates: The UI updates previously implemented in Particular have made their way into 3D Stroke and Sound Keys

Bug fixes

  • TC-7696: Improved migration from older Particular projects.
  • TC-9001, TC-9002, TC-99006: Fixed multiple issues related to curve tool UI

Known Issues

  • TC-9156: Bounce Ground Plane overlay gets distorted with close camera angles.
  • TC-9145: Systems set to Default Sprite in the Designer sometimes select a different sprite layer in the comp
  • TC-9173: Secondary system emitters sometimes change to Text/Mask when exiting the Designer
  • Applying or resetting an instance of Particular is slow
    • Note: This is being addressed in partnership with Adobe; a potential workaround is to save an Animation Preset of a default instance of Particular and use that to apply or reset the effect.

June 2023 Update

June 14, 2023

VFX  Suite

Editors can now add Real Lens Flares to any footage within Adobe Premiere Pro, and Supercomp now offers a more natural simulation of light, allowing editors to quickly match the specific conditions of a shot.

    • Real Lens Flares is now available in Premiere Pro. It works exactly the same as in After Effects, with the same highly detailed level of customization. Videographers can now create realistic lens flares based on simulated optical models and ray-traced light, with an unprecedented amount of artistic control while creating the most realistic-looking lens flares possible.

    • The upgrade to Supercomp now provides more realistic and beautiful Light Wrap, Reverse Light Wrap, and Diffusion effects with more creative control.

What’s new in Red Giant Complete Spring 2023


Universe 2023.1 introduces Symbol Mapper, an all-new stylization tool to rebuild footage using letters, numbers, and symbols based on source brightness values. To help artists realize their creative vision with ease, this release also includes many new presets for various Universe tools.

  • Universe Symbol Mapper allows for great Matrix style effects or retro type-based graphics
  • A refreshed Dashboard and preset browser now provide access to Maxon’s Cloud Capsule Service, allowing users to leverage a growing library of assets. Thanks to the new search function, artists can find what they need from Universe’s vast collection of tools and presets, shaving time off their workflow.
  • Universe 2023.1 offers 42 new cloud presets for the Electrify, Line, Long Shadow, Prism, Displacement, and RGB Separation tools.

VFX Suite

VFX 2023.3 introduces anamorphic lens support to Real Lens Flares, allowing for a premium AAA movie production look and bring support for adjustment layers to Supercomp.

  • Thanks to the upgraded lens simulation engine with support for anamorphic lenses in Real Lens Flares, filmmakers doing 3D renders, shooting video or doing motion graphics work can add Real Lens Flares to their shots. At the same time, all users of Real Lens Flares can make their footage look like it was done at a AAA studio, utilizing an unprecedented amount of artistic control while creating the most realistic looking lens flares possible.
  • Supercomp now supports adjustment layers. They replace displacement layers and apply their effect to anything below them in the Supercomp. Ideal for region-based color corrections, displacements and heat blur.


Trapcode 2023.3 includes performance optimization for light emitters and bug fixes for Particular along with a new collection of Atomic Age sprites

  • A new collection of Atomic Age sprites, reminiscent of a mid-century design aesthetic
  • Light emitters in Particular received stunning performance optimization, resulting in up to 3x faster render times
  • Bug fixes enable support for the new curve and color presets in secondary systems, previewing model sequence animations in the Designer, and more.

Magic Bullet

Magic Bullet 2023.2 improves the Magic Bullet Looks Strength slider and includes numerous enhancements across platforms.

  • New strength sliders for every individual tool make it easier to get better control of your look.
  • A new set of presets for Looks will take full advantage of our ACES handling.
  • Various Bug Fixes with a particular emphasis on Resolve users.


What’s new in Red Giant Complete 2023

  • Red Giant 2023 includes updates for nearly every tool and over 100 new presets for Generators.
  • Universe 2023 provides additional support for alpha layers in Avid Media Composer and comes with over 100 new presets for Generators. We’ve not only expanded on the selection of beautiful background imagery available, but we’ve aimed to highlight further capabilities of these tools you may not have realized were possible such as overlays, light leaks, lower thirds, and text strips.
  • Trapcode 2023 delivers 75 new animated sprites along with improved load time for the Particular Designer.
  • Magic Bullet 2023 brings the recently released Halation and Diffusion tools to Looks in Cinema 4D and offers an improved integration of Looks into Unreal Engine 5.

June 29, 2022 Updates

Trapcode Suite 18.1.0 – June 29, 2022

New features and announcements

  • Time-based mapping functions added to Layer Maps in Particular
  • M1 native support added to the Grow Bounds utility

Bug fixes


  • TC-7312 Preview may not update after adjusting a keyframe
  • TC-7243 Layer Maps ignore keyframes
  • TC-7086 Additional improvements to migration from older projects
  • TC-6920 Adjusting over-life curve points may cause AE to crash
  • TC-7185 Blank render with GPU acceleration in Rosetta mode on M1


  • TC-6920 Adjusting over-life curve points may cause AE to crash
  • TC-7185 Blank render with GPU acceleration in Rosetta mode on M1

3D Stroke:

  • TC-6685 3D Stroke is offset at reduced preview resolutions when there’s a camera in the comp.

Known issues in this release


  • TC-7284 Spherical field overlay disappears if the layer is deselected/reselected
    Workaround: Uncheck/recheck Visualize Fields
  • TC-6923 Low Physics Time Factor values affect performance


VFX 3.1 – June 29, 2022

New features and announcements

  • Tons of performance, stability, and bug fixes for Real Lens Flares

Bug fixes

  • VFX-5659 Fixed an issue with Flare rendering that was broken (AE & Designer) on older MacBooks
  • VFX-5658 Fixed an issue with Real Lens Flare Designer not rendering or working
  • VFX-5618 Fixed an issue with VFX Real Lens Flare – The Gate Flare blue square is inconsistent and deforms in AE preview
  • VFX-5611 Fixed an issue with Light Rays in Lens Pane not converging at the Image Plane
  • VFX-5610 Fixed an issue with Core Projections thumbnails not rendering after designer relaunch or reset
  • VFX-5608 Fixed an issue with Gate Flare drawing causing problems in AE preview
  • VFX-5535 Fixed an issue on Win: Heavy Rendering using RLF in crashes AE on Mercury cuda
  • VFX-5521 Fixed an issue with gate flare light intersect size not getting resolution scaled properly
  • VFX-5515 Fixed an issue with Save Preset & other dialogs have windows scaling issue and is cut off.
  • VFX-5514 Fixed an issue with Flickering in the gate flare
  • VFX-5491 Fixed an issue with Pixel Aspect ratios other than Square being squashed in the Real Lens Flare designer preview
  • VFX-5475 Fixed an issue with VFX Real Lens Flare – MacBook Pro crashed when trying to render
  • VFX-5472 Fixed an issue with Real Lens Flare: Halo Sparkle Size param is reversed
  • VFX-5436 Fixed an issue with Real Lens Flare: Deleting Custom Preset from Browser doesn’t remove the Thumbnail from Custom directory
  • VFX-5420 Fixed an issue on Win: Real Lens Flare Quality Setting Typo or Display error in ECW
  • VFX-5419 Fixed an issue with Resetting the flare in the Designer doesn’t render some core projection thumbnails
  • VFX-5406 Fixed an issue with Apple Funk sound when Renaming Lens Flare Preset
  • VFX-5312 Fixed an issue on Mac running out of system mem while rendering 4k Primatte clip in AE 2022
  • VFX-5260 Fixed an issue with the Light source size guide is not centered on the light source – Mac
  • VFX-5225 Fixed an issue with Supercomp throwing the error message “ItemH cannot be NULL 5027::20”

Magic Bullet Suite 16.1 – June 29, 2022

New features and announcements

  • Looks for C4D now includes Halation and Diffusion
  • Looks for C4D no longer overwrites other installations of MBS on the client machine
  • Looks support in UE 5

Bug fixes

  • MB-6713 Fixed an issue with Analytics – MB Looks only provides rendered event with frame_count = 0
  • MB-6710 Fixed an issue with Looks 16.1 RC UE5 – nothing gets installed on WIN11
  • MB-6698 Fixed an issue with Looks 16.1 – Can’t save presets when Diffusion or Halation is applied
  • MB-6673 Fixed an issue with Looks 16.1 in C4D – Looks OCIO grabs the wrong frame with the wrong gamut
  • MB-6672 Fixed an issue with Looks C4D WIN – applying Diffusion after applying another tool will freeze/crash
  • MB-6666 Fixed an issue with Looks WIN C4D 16.1 – C4D has to be updated with the new DLL name
  • MB-6656 Fixed an issue with Colorista RGL_Render() is called during PF_Cmd_Smart_Pre_Render
  • MB-6642 Fixed an issue with FxPlug4-based plugins are not sending host information to MxService
  • MB-6641 Fixed an issue with Avid based plug-ins are not sending host version numbers
  • MB-6639 Fixed an issue with Windows mbs_plugin projects use the wrong product data implementation file
  • MB-6466 Fixed an issue with MBS 16 – Wrong installation path for Unreal 5


Known issues in this release

  • MB-6736 Looks OCIO – C4D viewport & PV does not match Looks viewport
  • MB-6581 Looks 16 in UE4/UE5 – Looks grabs the wrong frame with the wrong gamut

Universe 6.1 – June 29, 2022

New features and announcements

  • UP-6802, UP-6786 Improved support for AMD graphics cards

Bug fixes

  • UP-7192 Texturized Motion: Crash when adjusting Texture Speed
  • UP-5114 Saving a preset with an apostrophe in the name creates a blank thumbnail
  • UP-7017 Using Type On with line breaks freezes Adobe hosts
  • UP-7080 Clip becomes blank in PPro when repositioned in the timeline with Logo Motion applied
  • UP-6973 Flicker Cut transition isn’t working properly
  • UP-7018 Hacker Text: Windows Resolve renders a blank white preview with certain settings

Known issues in this release

  • UP-7191 Dashboard and preset browsers sometimes open blank

What’s new in Red Giant Complete June 2022

Trapcode Suite 18.1 introduces time-based mapping to complete the Layer Maps feature-set in Particular. Additionally, the Grow Bounds utility now runs natively on M1 machines, and this service pack includes several bug fixes for Particular, Form and 3D Stroke.

Magic Bullet 16.1 brings Halation and Diffusion to Cinema 4D – letting artists add film-like bloom and aberration to their renders in Cinema 4D.

Workflow and compatibility are the main focus of PluralEyes 4.1.12 and Universe 6.1.

PluralEyes 4.1.12 adds Vegas Pro 18 and 19 as well as RED Komodo compatibility and restores full compatibility with FCPX.

Universe 6.1 provides improved support for AMD graphics cards and a number of bug fixes across various Universe tools.

And, VFX Suite 3.1 improves the performance of Real Lens Flares and includes several bug fixes.

What’s new in Red Giant Complete April 2022

  • VFX Suite 3
    • New Real Lens Flare Tool
  • Magic Bullet Suite 16:
    • New Halation Tool for Looks
    • Optical Diffusion for Looks
    • New ACES Color Management
  • Trapcode Suite 18:
    • M1 Support
    • Layer Maps in Particular
  • Universe 6 introduces four new tools: Sketchify, Chromatown, Box Bokeh, and Stretch.
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Learn to recreate the Darker Colors titles from Seth's new film short. They are colorful and glittery. Download free demos of the plugins Seth uses.

Onward Cheap Tricks with Hashi

Onward Legs Effect, Cheap Tricks with Hashi

Hashi of Action Movie Kid, dives into the legs only body effect from Pixar's Onward. Makes some Onward-inspired magic with Red Giant tools.

Sonic the Hedgehog red giant cheap tricks with hashi

Sonic the Hedgehog Effects, Cheap Tricks with Hashi

In this tutorial, Hashi dives into the effects of the new Sonic the Hedgehog film, covering 3D, compositing, and color correction. Create cool looking VFX!

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Make your Footage Look Cinematic | Red Giant Short Cuts

Red Giant is back with another episode of Shortcuts. In this tutorial, Premiere Gal gives you some great tips on how to quickly make your videos or vlogs look cinematic with Red Giant Magic Bullet’s Looks and Colorista, and also, Universe Finisher.

Aquaman Cheap Tricks

Cheap Tricks | AQUAMAN Underwater Effects: Part 1 & 2

Hashi from Action Movie Kid has a new tutorial for Trapcode Particular using a new feature called Fluid Dynamics, and Red Giant Heatwave, Trapcode Form...

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Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite: Stu Maschwitz’s Color Grading Pipeline

Director Stu Maschwitz walks you through his color grading pipeline - a process that includes video denoising, color correction, and renoising with film grain using products from the Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite.

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Trapcode Mir: Seamless Tunnels

Learn how to create seamless tunnels using Mir in this tutorial from Aharon Rabinowitz.

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Michele Learns Cinema 4D: Episode 6: Toolfarm’s NAB Survival Video Open

If you’ve had a chance to check out our NAB Survival Video, you should! It’s lots of fun. I dove back into Cinema 4D to create the open animation. Here’s how I did it.


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