New: Maxon Universe 4.0 is Now Available

New: Maxon Universe 4.0 is Now Available

Maxon Universe 4.0 is now available, with new tools and new presets. Update your software today!


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Maxon Announces the Immediate Availability of Universe 4.0

The upgrade includes three new stylize tools Electrify, Texturize Motion, and Analog, and 200+ new presets for Array Gun and Typographic

Friedrichsdorf, Germany – June 8, 2021 – Maxon, the developers of professional software solutions for motion designers, visual effects artists, and editors, today announced the immediate availability of Universe 4.0. This latest subscription-only release features Electrifyfor creating electrical effects on images, footage, and logos, Texturize Motion for blending animated textures with footage for sketchy, stop motion looks, and Analog for simulating dynamic analog retro-TV-styles, noise, interference, and CRT effects. These new effects include 100+ exciting presets. Additionally, in an effort to provide continuous content-driven value to the community, 140 exciting new presets have been added for Array Gun and Typographic contributed by talented Motion Designer, Laura Porat.

“Universe 4.0 gives artists the ability to quickly and easily create their favorite effects and add visual excitement to their projects. It’s a pleasure to provide tools we know are going to inspire the creative community,” said Dave McGavran, Maxon CEO. “I am also very pleased with the under-the-hood improvements that, while not immediately substantial, set the groundwork for greater performance and efficiency in future releases.”

Learn More | Purchase Universe

See Universe 4.0 in Action on The 3D and Motion Design Show

Maxon kicked off its virtual event, 3DMotionShow.com on June 16, 2021, with a demo of Universe 4.0 by Harry Frank, Senior Technical Artist at 8:30 am PDT, followed by exclusive presentations from industry-leading artists.

Universe 4.0 Overview


Add sizzling lightning effects to images and footage by using source image contours to generate electrical effects, Fractal Noise sources to create custom patterns without image contours, or select both options at the same time for maximum shock value. Add shimmer effects with an animated matte texture.

Texturize Motion

Choose from a library of 14 high-resolution animated textures to blend into existing footage for sketchy, stop motion looks. Integrated rotation, scale, and position jitter controls add additional custom shakiness. Artists can even add custom textures for unlimited possibilities.


Simulate a multitude of color, noise, interference, and CRT effects to recreate classic television video effects. Simple settings like Phase, Filter, Temperature offer complete control to create a wide variety of looks. Add basic scan lines, CRT dots, and squares for a realistic CRT projection as well as screen curvature, reflections, and more.

New Presets

Includes 100+ presets for the new effects as well as140 fresh new presets for Array Gun and Typographic created by Motion Designer, Laura Porat. The presets are themed around three categories: Sci-fi, Minimalistic, and Trendy/Retro. All the presets are very versatile and can be used with a wide variety of assets and designs.

How to Upgrade

If you already have the Maxon App installed, updating is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Closeout of all host applications.
  2. Click the “Update” button for Universe.
  3. Follow the installer prompts.

If you have not installed the Maxon App yet, please download it and follow the steps above.

Recommended Requirements

Universe 4.0 runs on Windows and macOS and includes over 92 tools for:

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2019 or later
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 or later
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.5 or later
  • Apple Motion 5.5or later
  • Avid Media Composer 8.2 or later
  • Magix VEGAS Pro 14 or later
  • DaVinci Resolve 14 or later

Detailed Universe Requirements

View the Requirements tab on the Universe product page.

Pricing and Availability

Universe 4.0 can be downloaded immediately.

Pricing Information

Learn More | Purchase Universe


About Maxon

Maxon makes powerful, yet approachable software solutions for content creators working in 2D and 3D design, motion graphics, visual effects, and visualization. Maxon’s innovative product portfolio helps artists supercharge their creative workflows. Its product lines include the award-winning Cinema 4Dsuite of 3D modeling, simulation, and animation technology, the diverse Red Giantlineup of revolutionary editing, motion design, and filmmaking tools, and the high-end production, blazingly fast Redshiftrendering solutions. Maxon’s team is comprised of fun, passionate people who believe in building and empowering a successful artistic community. From its popular, inclusive events to its free Cineversityeducational resources, Maxon recognizes that developing strong connections with creatives and fostering their professional growth is integral to Maxon’sability to stay on top of industry trends and better serve customers. Maxon is part of the Nemetschek Group. All trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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