updated 05:56 pm EDT, Tue June 24, 2014
Red Giant releases update for Red Giant Universe, includes new effects
Red Giant has announced the release of an update for its new multi-host app library of GPU-accelerated tools, Red Giant Universe. Red Giant produces tools for filmmakers, editors, visual effects artists and motion designers; this release of Red Giant Universe allows its members to access a wide variety of tools and effects for creating visual projects that run on multiple host apps. The update (v1.1) includes nine new free and premium effects, as well as updates that add new features and functionality to several existing Universe tools, expanding the toolset to a total of 59 effects and transitions.
Red Giant Universe users can now access glows, cartoon effects and vintage footage treatments, as well a SplitScreen Blocks and SplitScreen Custom Blocks from CrumplePop. Holomatrix and ToonIt have been given new features and presets. Universe's plug-in development is community-driven, and so with the update comes the free Compound Blur tool as voted for production in Universe Labs.
Red Giant Universe is available as a subscription for $10 per month, or as a discounted yearly pre-pay for $100. A Lifetime membership is also available for $400. All Red Giant Universe tools and effects work in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion, with the release fully certified for the new Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2014. Account sign-up is free.
PhotoMatte layout, montage and collage app now available for OS X
Plum Amazing has announced the release of its new theme-based photo layout app, PhotoMatte. A layout and graphics editor, users can create montages or collages with their photos by selecting a theme and photos to be included. Featuring 48 templates, 39 backgrounds, and 171 image objects, users can utilize a variety of effects and frames to highlight and otherwise alter images.
PhotoMatte offers multiple export and sharing options, and is localized for English, German and French. Priced at $30, PhotoMatte can also be downloaded to try for free.