Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Red Giant, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Better Transitions.
- Let's continue our look at third-party transitions. This time, exploring Red Giant's universe. Universe is a subscription package. Now, you can sign up for free, and it does include several presets that you can use without having to pay. So as you roll down here, you can see what's included, under Tools. Now, many of these are free plugins, while others, are not. So, you'll need to take a look, if it says Premium, this is only in the subscription service.
If it says Free, then it's included for free. I recommend, that you choose to filter this to only show the transitions, since that's what we're talking about, and then consider looking at just the free ones for a second. This collection continues to grow over time, and there's a lot of free transitions here that you can get in Premiere Pro at absolutely no cost. I highly recommend downloading and installing Universe just to get the free stuff, but if you do decide to get a subscription, you'll have the ability to set that up and get access to even more transitions, as well as filters, and other useful tools for Premiere Pro, as well as other platforms.
What's nice is, is that these particular plugins are available for a wide range of hosts. You'll see that it's not only Premiere and After Affects, but also, Final Cut and Motion, and the ability to use Sony Vegas and DaVinci Resolve. So, a pretty wide package. Alright, let's switch over to Premier for a second, and we'll just take a look here at Red Giant Universe. Now, these affects are available, just like every else, if you go to the Video Transitions category and scroll down towards the bottom, and look for Universe Transitions.
This will give you access to all of the transitions that are available. Now, there are both free and premium ones. For example, the Black Hole Transition, the first one here. Pretty simple, pulls everything into a corner. Now you might notice, depending upon what you're doing, that in the case of applying it to the title here, not so good. This particular one is better to go between two clips, and what it does is it pulls everything into a black hole, and then releases the next shot.
Now, it's a pretty straightforward affect, and not one that I'd widely use, but it's good because it's a free one, and it means that you can add it. In this case, you can choose where it pulls the shots from. I told it pull it into the upper-right corner, and then release, from the upper-left. You can add color, you can change blending modes, and it's pretty easy here. Let's choose to modify this just a little, and you see that we get a slight variation.
All of these can be moved around by clicking here, and dragging the center-point. Alright, let's clear that out, and try one of the more robust affects. Now, many options here, I'm always a fan for exposure-type blurs. This will blow the image out, creating a brighter highlight, and a very smooth blurring-type transition that goes to the middle. I like this quite a bit.
When you click on it to see its controls, you note that you have the ability to introduce things, like a tint. Maybe I wanna push that a little bit more into the orange space, that gets a little bit brighter. You can then roll-in the Color Strength, so it adds more of a dip to color, and apply any sort of scaling, and tweak the amount of blur. There we go. Did a little bit of a stretch there, and added a color tint.
Now, if you need to license the plugin, just click up here and this'll open up the setup panel and launch Red Giant Link for authorizing the software. You'll also find that there are default presets built-in. So one of the things I like about a lot of the Red Giant affects, the Universe collection here, is that we have easy-to-use presets included. This really helps you quickly unlock what an affect can do. You can improve the number of samples, which will increase the render time, but makes for a higher-quality blur affect, and all of these options here, go from very subtle, to things like Glitch, which are pretty over-the-top, and you see introduced noise and static, and even the obscure, like a Rubics Cube.
Let's make that a little longer, four seconds, and adjust the number of tiles, we'll say three, add a little bit of a move with Dolly control, and turn on Motion Blur. Alright, let's have a look, and a pretty cool affect. Let's apply that to the title here as well.
We'll put a different affect here, the Hyperbolic Dissolve, and you see two affects working. Now, some of these affects are best between two shots. So if you apply one, and it goes to black, realize that most of the Red Giant ones prefer going to another clip, but Fold works pretty well here. So let's just tweak that a little bit, and we'll tell that to ease in, and I like the two interacting, and it resolves, and both of those did a great job of playing in real time, and you'll see that it does support the ability, like other transitions, to add freeze-frames.
When you're happy with the affect, just click on it, and you can easily choose from the popup menu, saving your own custom presets. These presets will get stored in the Premiere Pro preset folder. They won't be available in this popup list necessarily, but you will get the option there to add them by just revisiting your own presets folder here, and pulling them in. The Red Giant Universe program is a very interesting model. The goal here is a subscription-based plan.
Now, many of you are comfortable with subscription-based plans because you have that with Adobe Creative Cloud. The idea here is that more things come out over time, and they continue to prove their value by growing their package with each release. Now, the good news is, is that if you don't want to do a subscription-based plan, they do offer a one-time purchase for a lifetime rate, but because there are so many free things included in Universe, I'd at least recomend downloading it and installing it, cause you could continue to access the free plugins, and have that extend your toolkit significantly.
- Applying transitions between clips
- Positioning transitions in the Timeline
- Customizing default transitions
- Trimming shots
- Combining effects and transitions
- Creating a blur transition
- Creating and applying custom gradients
- Saving transition presets
- Working with third-party transition plugins like Red Giant and CoreMelt