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Red Giant Trapcode Starglow


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Red Giant Trapcode Starglow

Give ordinary highlights a dazzling, sparkling effect!

Sparkle. Dazzle. Glow! Trapcode Starglow is a fast-rendering glow effect that creates colorful star-shaped glints like those created by a camera star filter. But Starglow is more customizable, since your glow can streak in up to eight directions and use a different color map for each direction. With beautiful presets and tons of streak options, Starglow has endless possibilities for enhancing text titles, particle systems, water highlights and starry skies.


Reasons To Buy

  • 64 bit compatibility provides significant performance gains
  • Simulate camera star filters using any video clip as a source
  • Add glows and glints to highlight text or titles—perfect for main titles
  • Use in concert with Trapcode 3D Stroke and Trapcode Particular to add glittery highlights to lines or particles

Powerful Presets

starglowTwenty-nine spectacular and popular presets include Aura, Romance, Mars, Chemistry, or Electric. Each of these presets can be fully modified by the user, with individual controls for eight directional points, color maps, shimmer, complex gradients, and streak length.

Dazzling reflections


Simulate dazzling stars or reflections of light on water by using Starglow on clips of the sky or on real or simulated water. Any bright highlights in the clip will be accentuated inStarglow, to dazzling effect. As seen on the Discovery Channel, Toyota Scion commercials, and countless music videos.

High-quality rendering

starglowGet professional results on multiple platforms, with 32-bit support and 16-bit support. Render times measured in frames per second means there’s no downside to quality.

Starglow is a fast-rendering multi-directional glow effect. It can be used to create multi-colored star shaped glints like those created by a camera filter. Each customizable glow consists of up to eight directions, and each direction can be assigned an individual color map and streak length offering endless possibilities.

Coloring Options

Numerous coloring options include 3- and 5-color gradients with tweakable coloring presets

Shimmer and Glimmer

Unique controls to make shimmering lights of all shapes and sizes

Powerful Features

Built-in transfer modes, thresholds and circular masks combine to create stunning customized effects

Fast Rendering

A palette of scripts lets you apply Film Fix in one click with common presets

High-quality output

32-bit or 16-bit rendering delivers professional results

Online User Guide

Extensive documentation with examples and animations

See It Now

Immediate feedback for any kind of clip

Host Applications

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2017 and later
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 and later

Operating Systems


  • Mac OS X 10.11 and later
    4 GB of RAM
    30 MB of Hard Drive space


  • Windows 10 and later
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space
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Customer Reviews

Sparklies - to your heart's delight

Looks pretty good and also overlaps with some other capabilities. Drags a tiny bit on my i7 processor, but I need to upgrade, anyway. Put this one in your tool bag.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Mike Cash
Date: April 29, 2012

Super powerful, especially when used "quietly."

Starglow is a tool that I use in almost every project, but most of the time you'd never know it. The real power of this tool-- when used subtly-- is that it really helps sell a good composite. Keep a very narrow threshold and a low opacity, and your results will still be quite striking. That said, I've also found it fun to crank those same settings in completely the other direction. Need a bright sparkly transition for a film festival award show trailer? This tool's one-stop shopping.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jared Flynn
Date: April 09, 2012

New in v1.7.5

  • Mojave compatibility

What’s New in v1.7

  • New presets and color maps.

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