MacDirectory Magazine

Spring-Summer 2010

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REVIEW Text Anarchy Radium Glow for added effects. It is composed of three separate filters; the point-and-shoot “lite” version, an edge glow filter, and the full- fledged Radium Glow filter. Frankly, this may not be the sexiest filter around but what it does, it does very well. And besides, the fact that it is freemakes it all the better. Hands-On As with other Red Giant filters, these offerings come with a wealth of tweaking and animation options as well as the ability to create and save custom presets. The controls and options vary greatly between plugins. The Text Anarchy collection is so highly tweakable that you could easily spend a week doing nothing more than experimenting and assembling a library of custom presets. A good place to start is the video tutorials section of Red Giant’s Web site, which also contain links to the excellent video tutorials at , the Web site of Red Giant’s resident guru, Ahron Rabinowitz. If you ever need technical support by phone, chat, or e-mail, Red Giant is there for you. It is free and the staff is intimately knowledgeable. Considering the huge range of controls and varieties of settings, this is not a small thing. Conclusion These plug-ins vary in nature from simple and practical to complex and powerful, and all are items that deserve a place in a well-stocked video toolbox. As with other offerings from Red Giant, these are tools that will quickly pay for themselves and we are happy to give them a big thumbs up. Products Radium Glow, Magic Bullet Instant HD Advanced, Text Anarchy Made by Red Giant Software Price Radium Glow: free, Instant HD Advanced: $399, Text Anarchy: $199 Pros Radium Glow and Instant HD Advanced: simple, practical and straightforward; Text Anarchy: powerful and wide-ranging Cons None worth mentioning Rating Radium Glow: 4 out of 5; Instant HD Advanced: 5 out of 5; Text Anarchy: 4.5 out of 5 MacDirectory 59

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