updated 10:50 am EDT, Thu April 10, 2008
Red Giant: 5 new products
Red Giant Software has announced it will show five new products at the upcoming NAB convention in Las Vegas, including Trapcode Horizon, Instant HD Pro, Radium Glow, Magic Bullet Steady, and Primatte Keyer Pro 4. Trapcode Horizon is a new plug-in designed specifically for After Effects users doing 3D work. Due in the second quarter of 2008, the plugin is designed to help video editors match the camera with any virtual background, enabling the generation of motion in 3D in a true 3D space. It is priced at $100.
The company will also show Instant HD Pro, which is designed to deliver high-quality quality SD-to-HD conversion. Leveraging an advanced toolset, it is said to offer sharp, motion-compensated deinterlacing and denoising; advanced pan and scan; and a super-resolution algorithm, for providing actual resolution enhancement in an editing application. The plug-in, which offers a preset menu for choosing the right HD and 2K output formats, is priced at $400 and will also ship in the second quarter of this year.
Radium Glow is a new package of plug-ins for creating glowing areas in an image, based on the brightest parts of the frame. The software will include four components: Glow EZ, a simple plug-in with limited controls; Glow, with advanced controls and masking; Glow Edge for creating glows only on the edges of an image or around text, and Glow Depth, which will generate glow based on a secondary Z-depth or depth buffer layer. The $100 set should ship in the second quarter of 2008.
The company will also showcase an updated Magic Bullet Steady suite, including two new plug-ins for Final Cut Pro 6 and After Effects CS3. Offering support for both Mac and Windows, the stabilizer function removes unwanted camera movement and drift, with a "near real-time" software-based 2D translation. The set also includes a tool to reduce visible noise and grain in DV sequences produced by digital video cameras, camcorders, TV-tuners, and digitizers of film or analog video. It is priced at $200 and expected to ship this summer.
Finally, the company will demo the new Primatte Keyer Pro 4, its professional greenscreen tool that quickly extracts keys from any color background. Version 4 is already available, and brings support for Motion and Final Cut Pro, in addition to After Effects and Avid; it also works from directly within the timeline. Other features include an easy-to-use Auto setup, and tools for overcoming keying challenges such as uneven lighting, compression artifacts, subtle shadows, and edge light contamination. The company also claims that v4 offers a three-times speed increase over previous editions. Primatte Keyer Pro 4 is $500, while upgrades are $200. It runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later.