Storytelling is the most important part of the filmmaking process because the final cut of your video has to convey the ideas that are essential to the plot. Choosing a particular visual style sets the tone of the entire video, makes the story easier to tell and more accessible to the viewers. Glitch effects, that are either caused or inspired by malfunctioning video equipment, can be an effective storytelling tool if they are used in the right context. So, in this article, we are going to show you how you can add different glitch effects to videos you edit in Filmora or any of the other popular video editing applications.
Best Free Glitch Video Effects
The diversity of preset glitch video effects you have at your disposal depends on the video editing software you are using. Some video editors like Filmora offer a range of effects that create glitches once they are applied to the footage, enabling you to add glitches to opening titles, use them as transitions or as a storytelling tool. Let’s take a look at the glitch effects you can add to all projects you edit in Filmora for free.
Free Glitch Effects in Filmora
Make sure that you are signed in to your Filmora account, before you start a new project, and proceed to import the footage into the editor. Arrange the video clips on the timeline, complete all other video editing actions and then click on the Effects tab.
The Effects tab is divided into Filters and Overlays categories that each contains subcategories like Shake, Background Blur, or Lomography.
Click on the Distortion subcategory under Filters, locate the Chromatic Aberration effect and simply place it above a video clip on the timeline to which you want to apply it. The effect imitates the chromatic aberration that is produced by lens dispersion, so you can easily utilize it to simulate a glitch. Combining the Chromatic Aberration effect with Blur effects or Light Leak overlays, as well as adding audio effects is going to make the glitch look and sound more realistic, and easier to sell the effect to the viewer.
Double-click on the Chromatic Aberration filter you’ve added to the Effects track on the timeline if you want to reduce its intensity or the frequency of the glitch. The Fade and alpha sliders enable you to fine-tune the values of the effect, so that you can adjust it better to the footage you currently working on.
Strong Glitch Effects
The TV Static subcategory contains a number of effects you can use to create glitches in your videos. Expand the Overlays category by clicking on it and then scroll down until you locate the TV Static subcategory that contains ten glitch overlays.
As its name suggests Strong Glitch distorts the footage significantly, so you should only use it if you want the video to look like it was recorded with a malfunctioning camera or some other piece of defective video recording equipment. Double-clicking on the effect after you add it to the timeline will enable you to tweak its settings and make the effect more convincing.
These four image overlays can be also found in the TV Static subcategory, and you can just drag and drop them at the desired location on the timeline. Each of them distorts the image differently, so for instance Glitch Blocks overlay generates tiny glitch rectangles over the original video, while the Glitch Lines filter adds several lines over it. The type of glitch you’re trying to create ultimately determines which of these overlays you are going to use in a project, and you can experiment with them until you create a glitch you really like.
The Static2 and Static A overlays that are available in the TV Static subcategory, imitate the noise generated by analog TV sets and video display devices when no transmission signal is received by the antenna. They are perfectly suited for all scenes in which you want to depict a weak video signal, so you can just add them to the Effects track on the timeline and position them over the portion of the video that should be glitched. You can define the exact values of the overlay’s settings from the Effect tab that can be accessed by double-clicking on its file on the timeline.
Videotapes were always prone to physical damage that caused glitches once a VHS tape is played on a VCR. The VHS Distortion and VHS Distortion Bad overlays replicate the distinctive glitches that are generated by damaged VHS tapes and you can apply them to your footage with a single click just like all other glitch effects in Filmora. Once you add one of these overlays to a project you can change their default duration by dragging one of its sides left or right. Adjusting the colors of the video clip to which you applied VHS Distortion or VHS Distortion Bad overlays or adding other distortion effects to it might make the effect look more natural.
Best Online Destinations Where You Can Download Glitch Effects
Preset glitch effects for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, or FCPX can be downloaded from a broad range of websites that also enable you to download stock footage, motion graphics or other types of visual effects. However, the services of these websites are often not free, as you must either choose a subscription plan or pay for each download. Here are some of the best online destinations where you can find stunning glitch effects for professional video editing apps like Premiere Pro, AE, and FCPX.
The Glitch Builder is an After Effects plugin that contains thirteen categories and over one hundred fully customizable glitch templates. Categories like Noise, Analogue or 3D enable you to choose the type of glitch effect you want to create and allow you to spend less time looking for a particular effect if you want to combine two or more glitch effects. The glitches included in the Glitch Builder plugin can be applied to all types of videos regardless of their resolution and they are also available in 4K resolution. The plugin can only work with Adobe After Effects CC 2018 or later versions of the software, so before you purchase a regular or the extended license you must make sure that the version of AE you have installed on your computer is compatible with the Glitch Builder plugin.
Compatibility: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 or later
A glitch can be a perfect way to transition from one shot to another, but only if the effect fits the visual style and the story of the video you’re creating. The 20 Glitch Transitions for Adobe Premiere Pro pack offers a broad spectrum of glitch and distortion styles which gives you a lot of creative freedom during the post-production. Installing the pack and applying the transitions to the footage is a straightforward process since you just have to import these transitions into Adobe Premiere Pro and add them to the timeline. Nonetheless, this glitch transition pack will not work on versions of the app that are older than Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018.
Price: Free, subscription plans start at $29 per month
Compatibility: Depends on the glitch effect
The vast majority of the glitch effects you can find on Motionarray.com are free to download, but in order to be able to download these effects, you must first create an account on this platform. Furthermore, opting for a monthly or an annual subscription plan will enable you to download as many audio or video effects as you want. You must check if the packs, animations, or templates you want to download are compatible with the video editing software you’re using before you download it. In addition, you must also check the specifications of each pack, in order to know whether it contains a glitch effect you want to use in a project.
The Digital Distortion kit contains nine customizable glitch effects that can be either applied to motion graphics or the footage you’re editing. The effects such as Noise, Pixel Blending, Color Boxes, or Chromatic Aberration allow you to recreate different styles of glitches caused by damaged video files, projectors, TV sets, cameras, or lenses. In case the glitch effects that the Digital Distortion kit provides are not enough for you, Rocketstock.com also offers the Corruption pack that contains 20 SFX as well as 120 image distortion elements. You can purchase it for just $79.
There are so many different ways to use glitch effects in a video, and it is up to you to come up with a creative way of incorporating these effects into your videos. Which method of adding glitches to your videos do you like to use the most? Leave a comment and let us know.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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