While our cameras make pretty shots, that doesn't mean we have to use them in our edits. To recall a time gone past, it's often necessary to add a layer of nostalgia, to break up the footage, to make it much less perfect. Here are ten ways to grunge up your shots and your edits.
This effect (Bad TV a4d) extends the options on the built-in Bad TV effect to give you more control. Add scan lines, destroy the tracking, and make it look like a VHS nightmare.
Much more in the analog realm, Dawg Pü roughs up your footage in subtle and not-so-subtle ways by making it look like it was shot with old, blurry lenses. Chromatic abberation, barrel and pincushion distortion, and more.
A transition this time, to simulate what used to happen when changing channels on an old analog CRT.
This transition stretches your shot out horizontally or vertically, then adds a quick glow flash as it snaps to your new shot.
If you're looking for jumpy, jittery film with scratches, this one (again) adds extra controls over the built-in FCP X effect.
Part of the CoreMelt Free package, this transition simulates a film that's stuck and burns through to the new clip. Loads of customization options too.
A different style of "bad" TV, with horizontal distortion aplenty: warping, scanlines, H and V-sync issues.
Can be used with or without Analog Glitch to create a curved screen mask, with distortion and scanlines.
While this isn't exactly a "glitch", there's no transition that says "stepping back in time" more clearly than these wavy lines that warp in and out. (Also useful for a homage to Blakes 7's teleporter effect.)
You can really mess up the color, ruin the sharpness and add a heap of noise with this effect. So why not?
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com
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