A glitch effect is a popular video editing effect to emulate. Beginners can use this easy-to-use effect in many different ways in a project like to help tell a story, make art, or make a transition. Even more fun is playing around with how the glitch looks when you make it.
Below, we show you how to make a glitch effect in Adobe Premiere Pro simple, step-by-step. You can use this method for almost any project. You can use this tutorial as a base and try different things to get your desired look. In this article, you’ll also find some ideas for making your glitch effect even better.
How to Make a Glitch
Many people use After Effects or add-ons to make these effects. However, you can make a beautiful glitch effect with Premiere. Follow these steps to make a simple glitch effect. Make sure that the clip you want to use for your effect is on the timeline.
It will look like this: First, split the clip where you want the glitch to start. Then move the clips a little farther apart, as shown in the screenshot below. Right-click to choose and copy all the split-up clips to make a new layer. Then paste them on the V2 timeline above your original clips to make a copy of them.
Select one of the clips that have been copied and go to the Effect Controls panel. You can change how the clip looks. When you go to the Opacity value, could you set it to 50%, then click on it? As the last step, change the Position values in the Motion drop-down menu so that the overlay duplicate clip is slightly off the original.
Do this with the rest of the copies, too. You’ll need to change the glitch’s position and, if possible, its scale values to make it more interesting. To get different looks, you can also play around with Blend Mode. This is enough for a simple glitch effect. There are even more ways to make it better.
Changing the Glitch Effect, You Make
With a few effects in Premiere, you can make your glitch look even more real. Glitch effects can look a lot different with these effects. You can play around with them to get the look you want.
Effects in RGB
Play around with the RGB values of the video clips you copy and paste to make good glitch art. Doing this can make your VHS or camera look more like it’s been messed up. I show you how to do this with the Arithmetic effect in this video.
- Go to the Effects panel and look for the Arithmetic effect. You can also go to Video Effects > Obsolete > Arithmetic to look for the effect there.
- When you make copies of parts of a video, apply this to those parts.
- Under Arithmetic, change a color channel’s value to make it look like it has glitched together. Also, change the drop-down menu for the Operator to Difference. A cleaner look can be achieved with this.
It will make the color more or less saturated if you change the Red value. This is a typical glitch effect. You can even play around with the other colors to see how they look different. You could play around with keyframe animations to make the RGB effect cut in and out. This would add to the overall glitch effect.
Effects of Wave Warp
Another way to make your footage look shaky is to use the Wave Warp distortion tool. To make the video look like a VHS scan line, you can use Effect Controls to make it look more like a glitch.
To start, you’ll need to add an adjustment layer. This layer will apply the wave effect to both the original and the copies of the clips. If you want to make changes to your project, go to the bottom-right corner of the Project panel and choose New Item > Adjustment Layer. Move the layer you made from the Project panel to the V3 timeline above the cut-up clips.
Wave Warp is in the Effects panel. You can go to Video Effects > Distortion > Wave Warp to do this. Add it to your adjustment layer by moving it.
To do this, go to the Effect Controls panel and click on the Wave Warp drop-down menu. This is where you can change the effect until it looks the way you want it to. Try the Square option in the Wave Type drop-down to get a glitchy effect.
Wave Width and Wave Speed can also change how far apart each wave is. Keyframes could also be used to make the wave warp look more glitchy. To get a glitch that looks good in your video, you can play around with these options.
Make a Glitch Effect Video to Make an Exciting Video
People use a glitch effect on YouTube and TikTok videos to make them more visually interesting and interesting. It can also be utilized as a story-telling tool to get the effect of a broken camera or another device. Because there isn’t a simple effect you can use to make a glitch effect in Premiere, it might not be obvious how to make one at first. But if you play around with some of the existing effects, it’s not too hard.