In Depth: Glitch Effects Plug-ins, Footage Elements, and Tutorials and Freebies

In depth Glitch

Introduction to Glitches

According to Wikipedia, “a glitch is a short-lived fault in a system.” These can be a bug in the system of a computer or electronics, but the glitches that we’re talking about, obviously, are video glitches. “In broadcasting, a corrupted signal may glitch in the form of jagged lines on the screen, misplaced squares, static looking effects, freezing problems, or inverted colors.” (Wikipedia: Television Glitch). These glitches can come from interference from microwaves, bad weather, dropped equipment or damage to tape or cables. There are lots of ways to create glitches in post-production, so you don’t have to subject your equipment to rain or kicking!

Plug-ins and Tools for creating Glitch Effects and Transitions

Boris Continuum Complete BCC Video Glitch

Video Glitch makes footage look bad in the best way. Glitch creates the distressed look of compression artifacts, signal loss, and corrupt digital video.

BCC 10 Quick Look: New Transitions, including the Video Glitch transition

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Host Support: BCC 10 is available for Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Blackmagic Resolve, Blackmagic Fusion, Nuke, Sony Vegas. Please see the specific version for support. 

Digieffects Damage

Spread destruction with Damage, the industry standard for bad video effects, including Artifact, Blockade, Destabilize, Interference, Overexpose, Skew, Wave Displace, Channel Offset and Aged Film. Here are a couple of examples.


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Luca Visual FX Impackt

Packed with plenty of easy-to-use parameters these transitions can be used in virtually any type of project. Digital and analog glitches, split, spin, drawing, tearing, and prismatic effects are some provided by Impackt transitions pack.

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Host support: Final Cut Pro X

Rampant Design Tools Glitch and Distortion Effects

These are glitchy effects and transitions for any video host. 2K, 4K & 5K Hand Crafted Distortion and Glitch Transitions for Editors and Mograph Artists

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Rampant Design Tools Distortion Toolkit – The Rampant Distortion Toolkit contains over 2500 Clips of 2K, 4K and 5K distortion, glitch effects, analog distortion, glitch transitions, screen damage and heavy damage stock motion graphics effects. YES, that’s right. More than 2500 clips.

Rowbyte Data Glitch

Data Glitch is a native After Effects plugin that creates awesome realistic digital image glitches with total ease. Something you would see during a satellite transmission or a cable broadcast or from a damaged disk.

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Tangent FX Glitcher

Glitcher comes with two different Final Cut Pro X plug-ins: Glitcher Effect and Glitcher Transition. Both use the same basic design. The key difference is that the effect version has a flicker on/off behavior and the transition version leaves the glitch elements on. Notice that the effect has frequency control for the on/off frequency and the transition has opacity control to mix the elements as needed.

TangentMore information about Tangent FX | Glitcher Transition & Effect for FCPX

Video Copilot Twitch

Video Copilot Twitch is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects that lets you create stylistic video effects by synchronizing random operators including a blur operator, color operator, light operator, scale operator, slide operator, and a time operator. With these 6 built-in operators, you can give your video projects edgy effects that let you “control the chaos!”

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Glitch Tutorials

After Effects Tutorial – Creating a Video Glitch

DOD Media explains how to use Video Copilot Twitch to create some cool effects.

Use Glitch and Distortion Effects to Stylize Your Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro

In this tutorial Rampant Design CEO and Lead Creative Sean Mullen Shows Us How to Use Distortion Effects to Add Dynamic Effects to Your Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Use Glitch and Distortion Effects to Stylize Your Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro from Rampant Design Tools on Vimeo.

Glitch Freebies

Freebie: Digieffects DAMAGE Preset – Glitchy Tape

Free Glitch PresetsIf you ever find yourself in a pinch and need some inspiration for a project, we have you covered with all sorts of free presets for DAMAGE. We have a new one here that resembles those old glitchy tapes you might have in a shoe box somewhere.

OverExpose and Skew are applied in this preset. Bar height and Roll Probability are changed to give it the rolling tracking look, while Random Seed is changed to keep it looking like a glitch. Remember that some effects work best at a fraction of a second.

Feel free to make your own version of Glitchy Tape or download the free After Effects preset here.

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Free Glitch Sounds!

Rocketstock is giving away some gritty, edgy, glitch sound effects for your next video project. Wouldn’t these be great with some Digieffects Damage or Boris Continuum Complete’s BCC Video Glitch effects? How about Rowbyte Data Glitch or Rampant Design Tools Glitch Transitions? These also seem super useful for 3D animations.

Download the Glitch effects here

More information

Data mostingBurning Question: What is Datamoshing? In the mid to late 2000’s, data moshing, or glitch art, was commonly seen in music videos, in VJ sets or even on public access channels. Here’s an overview of the effect, some examples of what it looks like, a few tutorials and some tools to help you get started data moshing.

While data moshing and glitching aren’t exactly the same thing, there is some crossover.

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