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Video transition and effects plugins for editors and motion graphics artists

Universe is the go-to resource for professional video editors, motion graphics artists, and VFX specialists looking to get the most out of their projects. With a collection of GPU-accelerated effects and transition plugins, Universe helps you create stunning visuals with ease!

Universe equips you with all the tools and resources necessary to take your project from conception to completion. From authentic retro looks to modern-day styles, there’s something for everyone in this expansive library!

Using this intuitive platform, creating beautiful backgrounds or motion graphics elements can be done with a few simple clicks. You’ll also have access to a wide range of generators, text options, special effects, utilities, and more – all powered by GPU acceleration technology that ensures maximum efficiency.

Bottom line: Universe brings creativity and productivity together like never before. Make your projects stand out from the rest and take your visual storytelling skills to the next level!

What’s New in Universe 2024

Universe 2024 excels with new Capsules with over 50+ new presets, giving video editors and compositors an easier workflow and fueling their creativity. To make Universe more user-friendly and improve the creative experience, we have also added Chinese and Japanese localization to Universe.

Top Features in Universe 2024

Universe Generators

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

Learn more about all the generators in the details tab.

 

Universe Effects

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

  • Symbol Mapper
  • VHS
  • Glitch
  • Holomatrix II
  • Retrograde
  • Finisher
  • Grain16
  • Ecto
  • Long Shadow

Learn more about all the effects in the details tab.

universe textUniverse Text

Effortlessly create beautiful text treatments right inside your NLE.

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

Learn more about all the texts in the details tab.

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Universe Transitions

Instantly create seamless transitions between your clips!

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

Learn more about all the transitions in the details tab.

universe utilitiesUniverse Utilities

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

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

Learn more about the utilities in the details tab.

universe presetsPresets

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

The new ability to search Universe’s vast collection of tools and presets by name shaves precious time off your workflow.

universe dashboardDASHBOARD

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.

A refresh to the Dashboard and preset browsers now provides access to Maxon’s Cloud Capsule Service and adds search capability. Tapping into Maxon’s Cloud Capsule Service offers endless expansion potential to the assets you rely on to get quick, quality results.

Tools

Universe is a collection of 89 plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.

Effects

Sketchify – Add a sketchy toon-like effect to your footage.

ChromaTown  – Create chromatic streaks and blurs for warpy looks and transitions

Box Bokeh – Create a square or diamond shaped lens bokeh effect

Electrify – The electrify plugin adds sizzling lightning effects to images and footage by using source image contours to generate electrical effects.

Analog  – The Analog plugin simulates a multitude of color, noise, interference, and CRT effects to recreate the look of classic television video.

Texturize Motion – Choose from a library of 14 high resolution animated textures to give your clips a little spice.

Chromatic Aberration – Realistic lens distortion effect with chromatic separation, blur, texture and more.

Multitone – Stylize your image by using a colorful duotone or tritone effect.

Quantum – Create the illusion of an animated light trail in front or behind a layer, ideal for text and motion graphics.

VHS – VHS gives your modern footage the classic look, color and distortion of old video tape.

Glitch – Get the look of compressed, glitched video.

Holomatrix II – Give your footage the look and distortion of a sci-fi hologram, digital display, and more.

Glow – A diffused glow that softens the bright parts of the image. Isolate a specific color within your footage and apply a glow to just that color.

Finisher – Finisher makes it easy to dramatically improve the image quality of your DSLR footage.

Retrograde – Retrograde gives your footage the authentic look and damage of old 16MM and 8MM film.

Glimmer – Create colorful glints and animated twinkling effects at the bright areas of your image for beauty shots, titles, music videos and more.

Ecto – Create haunting, evolving titles with this glowing fractal-based effect, inspired by Ghostbusters and Stranger Things.

Grain16 – Real 16MM film grain to add to your footage.

Glo Fi II – Glow-fi is a self-animating, fractal-based glow effect for text. Add a unique, organic glow with presets and advanced controls.

Long Shadow – Apply a colored, long shadow to your text, logo, or shape.

Knoll Light Factory EZ – A set of quick setup Lens Flare tools from Industrial Light & Magic’s John Knoll. Add color, depth and excitement to a live-action or motion graphics.

Luster – Give your text a slick 1980’s retro look. Luster applies a metal sheen to text layers to get that glassy simulated 3D vibe.

Overlight – OverLight is a lens flare and light leak texture plugin that makes it easy to apply washed-out glows and lens flares to your footage.

Carousel – Carousel captures the classic look of vintage color cross-processing, film fading, and vignettes.

AV Club – Mimic the lo-fi, noisy text you find on ancient video tapes, old infomercials and local access cable channel shows.

Chromatic Glow – Add colorful, rainbow like glows around titles and bright areas in any shot. Creates multi-chromatic diffuse glows or sharp-edged highlights.

Texturize – Give your footage and text a Walking Dead-style grungy textured treatment. Seamlessly tiling textures make it easy to bring depth to your video.

Heatwave – From VinhSon Nguyen of CreativeDojo.net, Heatwave is a rippling heat distortion effect, with controls for intensity, direction, speed, and more.

Point Zoom – Zoom blur with added glow to create a holographic projection look when applied to text or images. Create the illusion it’s coming from a light source.

RGB Separation – Separates and offsets the RGB channels in an image. Controls adjust the radius, scale and angle of the channel separation, as well as distortion.

Edge Glow – Create a glowing effect on the edges and outlines of images – perfect for titles and logos with controls for glow, brightness, saturation, and tint.

ShrinkRay – ShrinkRay is a fast and easy way to make big things look tiny by simulating a tilt shift effect.

Blur – A simple, high quality blur effect that can work in linear gamma space.

Prism Displacement – Distort and displace the pixels in your image with a prism-like, chromatic effect based on the luminance values of another layer.

MisFire – MisFire adds scratches, dust, flicker, noise and more, giving your footage a stylized aged look.

Noir Moderne – Create dramatic noir lighting effects, with saturation controls, optically captured vignettes, flickering, venetian patterns and more.

Compound Blur – A tool that blurs pixels based on the luminance values of another layer.

Spot Blur – Blurs the area of the frame inside or outside a rectangle, ellipse and other shape presets, or from your own custom shape.

Symbol Mapper – Rebuild your footage using letters, numbers, and symbols based on source brightness values.

Generators

Array Gun – Design animated motion graphics backgrounds and screen elements based on grids of shapes and lines.

Progresso – Generate different types of animated progress bars and charts for motion graphics, heads up displays, infographics, and more.

Reframe – Create instantly-animated picture-in-picture compositions, with control over timing, image borders and more.

Logo Motion – Instantly add dynamic animations that bring your text and logos on and off screen.

Line – Create an animated straight or curved line between two points, with elements that move along that path. Useful for flight path simulations, drawing paths on maps, and a variety of other motion graphics projects.

HUD Components – Quickly add animated Heads Up Display elements into your motion graphics, interface animations, and visual effects shots.

Spectralicious – A 6-color gradient effect with controls blending options, exposure, and saturation. Includes 12 presets that simulate sky color tones and more.

Fractal Background – Quickly create complex and colorful looping fractal-based backgrounds for your motion graphics work.

Soft Gradient Background – A looping gradient background generator with fractal noise, textures and more. Choose from noise types for various moving gradients.

Turbulence Noise – Create fractal noise with 9 patterns, interpolations, appearance options, animations, transform, opacity controls, and turbulence.

Gradient Ramp – Creates an RGB gradient with two or three colors and gives control over color position, alpha, interpolation, aspect, noise, and compositing modes.

Text

Typographic – Design intricate shape and text animations for broadcast, social media and more.

Numbers – Render and animate a wide variety of numbers, including currency, percentage, date and time.

Type On – Quickly create computer terminal-style type reveals.

Type Cast – Easily animate text properties like color, opacity, size, position and rotation – by the word or character.

Screen Text – Fill your screen with scrolling code to create the look of an old-school or modern computer terminal.

Text Tile – Generate multiple columns full of random data for use in motion graphics and computer terminal effects.

Hacker Text – Easily create computer hacker-style scrambled text animations.

Title Motion – Create text and shapes and then instantly add dynamic animations that bring it on and off screen. Great for titles, lower thirds, callouts and more.

Transitions

ChromaTown – Create chromatic streaks and blurs for warpy looks and transitions.

Stretch Transition – Add a stretchy crossfade between clips for a warp-like transition.

Warp – Instantly build a slick beautiful transition with distortion, aberration and more.

Glitch Transition – Transition between footage or text with the look of compression glitches and compressed data.

Retrograde Transition – A transition that uses real scans of 16mm and 8mm film to create an authentic film strip transition.

VHS Transition – A transition that mimics the effect that occurs when a VCR has been used to record over pre-existing footage.

Carousel Transition – A transition that mimics advancing to the next slide in an old slide projector.

Channel Surf – A transition that mimics the distortion you’d get by changing the channel on a cathode ray tube TV.

Flicker Cut – A transition that rapidly cuts between two clips or a solid color, and which can invert the clips or add fades.

Color Mosaic – A Transition that overlays a variety of colors in a mosaic pattern as it transitions between 2 clips.

Shape Wipe – A transition that uses an ellipse, rectangle or star shape to move between 2 pieces of footage. Includes control over points, size, stroke and fill.

Linear Wipe – A classic linear wipe with the addition of wipe mirroring, as well as an inner/outer stroke with glow on the wipe border.

Clock Wipe – A classic radial wipe transition with feathering and the option for a dual clock wipe.

Channel Blur – A transition that blurs each of the RGB channels separately for a unique chromatic effect.

Camera Shake Transition – A transition that mimics camera shake while it transitions between clips.

Halflight – A library of optically-captured, highly customizable light leak transitions that give your footage a moody and filmic look.

Exposure Blur Transition – A transition that blurs footage while bumping up the exposure to create a dynamic blend.

Knoll Light Transition – A transition that uses animated Knoll Light Factory flares, with 31 unique presets to quickly move you from shot to shot.

Film Transition – A transition tool featuring retro film countdown-style film leaders and test strips, scanned from archival film stock.

Swish Pan – Mimic a fast camera “swish pan” movement while blending from one layer to another. Choose from directional options and control the exposure.

Spectralicious Transition – Create a 6 point color map from your A and B footage and uses the colors to transition between the two with 23 animation style options.

Turbulence Transition – A luminance-based transition effect, with a dissolve driven by an adjustable fractal gradient.

Diamond Wave – A 3D Transition that divides the layers into diamond shaped segments which rotate in an offset fashion revealing vertically or horizontally.

Blinds – A 3D Transition that divides the layer into sections which rotate in an offset fashion vertically or horizontally revealing the 2nd layer of footage.

Color Stripe – A transition that uses layered blocks of color wiping across the screen to reveal a second layer.

Cube – A 3D Transition that places the layers onto the sides of a cube which rotate right, left, upwards or downwards revealing the 2nd layer of footage.

Unfold – A 3D Transition that moves the top layer out of the frame in a chosen direction while the 2nd layer unfolds itself out moving right, left, up or down.

Soft Edge Wipe – A linear wipe transition with an adjustable feathered or stroked edge. Used for transitioning between two layers of footage using a subtle blend.

Inside Cube – A 3D Transition that places the layers onto the sides of an inverse cube which rotates right, left, upwards or downwards revealing the 2nd layer.

Triangle Wave – A 3D Transition that divides the layers into triangular segments that rotate in offset vertically or horizontally revealing the second layer.

Rubix Cube – A 3D Transition that places the layers onto the sides of a 3D cube which rotates segments of the cube right, left, upwards or downwards.

Dolly Fade – A 3D transition that moves the second layer in z-space while fading in the opacity of the layer over the first layer.

Fold – A 3D Transition that folds the top layer in half onto itself while unfolding the 2nd layer out moving right, left, upwards or downwards.

Slide – A 3D Transition that slides the layer away right, left, upwards or downwards revealing the 2nd layer of footage.

 

Utilities

Modes – Combine layers in entirely new ways using powerful features that go beyond the native blend modes found on your editing timeline.

Socialize – Reference common aspect ratios for social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram with this simple yet useful utility.

Camera Shake – Add simulated handheld camera motion to your footage.

Unmult – Create an alpha channel for any image or video shot on a black background. Useful for compositing fire, smoke, water and more.

Fisheye Fixer – Fisheye Fixer for GoPro® corrects GoPro® fisheye lens distortion, with four custom settings: wide, medium, narrow or superview.

Picture in Picture – Easily composite and frame one layer of footage over a larger layer. Includes the ability to add and customize a colored border and drop shadow.

 

 

 

Universe

Host Applications

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2023, CC 2024
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2023, CC 2024
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.5, 10.6*
  • Apple Motion 5.5, 5.6
  • Avid Media Composer 2021.x, 2022.x**
  • Magix VEGAS Pro 19, 20
  • DaVinci Resolve 17, 18

*Final Cut Pro and Motion do not support Bokeh and Bokeh Transition
**Avid does not support Prism Displacement, Compound Blur, Picture in Picture, Bokeh, and Bokeh Transition. Bokeh and Bokeh Transition support is coming soon.

**This plug-in will not work with any version of DaVinci Resolve from the Mac App Store

Operating Systems

macOS:

  • macOS 12, 13 or 14
  • Intel-based Apple Macintosh with Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics or Apple M1/M2-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

Windows:

  • 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

Universe 2024.4 – July 17, 2024

New Features and Enhancements

  • This small update adds small improvements and updates to the installer.

 

What’s new in v2024?

  • New Capsules with over 50+ new presets, giving video editors and compositors an easier workflow and fueling their creativity.
  • Added Chinese and Japanese localization to Universe.

What’s new in v2023.1?

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.

 

What’s new in Universe 6?

Universe 6 adds exciting new tools providing many new options to be creative and enhance an artist’s workflow. Sketchify adds sketch-and toon-like effects to footage, ChromaTown creates chromatic streaks and blurs for warpy looks and transitions, Box Bokeh provides square or diamond shaped lens bokeh effects, and Stretch Transition adds a stretchy crossfade between clips for a warp-like transition. Combined with over 70 new presets, Universe 6 helps artists to get impressive results quickly in a fun and intuitive way.

  • New Sketchify Tool
  • New ChromaTown Tool
  • New Box Bokeh
  • New Stretch Transition
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