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15 Top VHS Distortion and Retro Glitch Effects for After Effects and Premiere Pro

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Gone are the days of being asked to be kind, rewind a video before returning the tape to the rental shop, or putting the tapes in the VHS cleaner to try and squeeze a few more plays out of them. And oh, the fragility: as you played a VHS tape more and more, it developed flaws and imperfections, changing the image itself. 

Sometimes it's fun, or even useful to the story, to simulate those same visual effects. In a previous tutorial, Charles Yeager showed how to create your own VHS look in After Effects:

But if you want to restore some of that analog feel to your video footage without the tedium, however, you have options. In this piece, we take a look at 15 ready-made glitch templates for After Effects and Premiere Pro from Envato Elements to give your footage the VHS look. Make sure to play the previews in the list below to see them in action!

VHS Glitch Effect Templates for After Effects 

You can add an extra touch of nostalgia to your video projects with these VHS effects for Adobe After Effects.

1. VHS Madness Logo Reveal

This package is reminiscent of many VHS tapes I owned in the 90's, complete with just enough cheesiness and grain to animate your own logo in the fitting style.

 


2. 80's Fever

Let's go back even further with this VHS simulation project for Adobe After Effects. This is a time machine introduction that really feels like a blast from the past.

 

3. Glitch Transitions Pack

Long before the glitch effect found its place in science fiction and tech productions like Mr. Robot, we were basically creating them with VHS tapes! This pack simulates a very VHS style effect in Adobe After Effects thanks its grainy style and overlay lines.

 

4. Static Screens Logo

This After Effects project is easy to add your own logo to. Just add that logo and see it animated with grain and grid lines that are perfect for a VHS simulation.

 

5. Glitch & Distortion Logo Sting Pack

This pack features a variety of glitchy and jumpy effects, including several that are great simulations of VHS imperfections.

 

VHS Glitch Effects Templates for Premiere Pro

I've got you covered if you prefer your VHS glitch effects for Premiere Pro. Here's a handful of great templates and titles to get you started.

1. Glitch Opener VHS

This high-quality template applies the old-school VHS look to great effect. You won't need any plugins. Just download and get creative.

 

2. VHS Pack: Transitions, Effects, Presets

This pack has all you need to add the VHS glitch style to your creative project. It includes seven VHS effects, two presets, and ten transitions.

 

3. VHS Opener

Available as a single purchase on Videohive, the VHS Opener is the perfect way to create that retro feel to set the tone for your video. Combine it with other projects in this round-up for a complete overhaul.

 

4. Dirty Glitch & VHS Style

Do you want the glitch effect or the VHS style? How about both? This pack brings the best of both worlds in a modern and classic way. The latest update adds a vertical version of the glitch effect.

 

5. Glitchmaker Toolkit 350+ Elements

This massive pack of VHS style effects has it all. Chose from over 60 transitions, 50 titles, and 60 overlays to create a winning finished product. And unlike other VHS effect templates on this list, Glitchmaker includes more than 200 sound effects.

 

More Cool VHS Glitch Effects For Creative Projects

Bonus round! Here are some great stock videos and motion graphics that have the VHS glitch effect applied.

1. VHS Noise 9

The key part of VHS style effects is its instantly recognizable noise lines. This item isolates it and lets you add them to your creative project. 

 

2. VHS Colorful Transitions

Flexibility: this motion graphic pack can work with any video editing platform. Drop these assets in to transition with a colorful, scratchy effect fitting of VHS.

 

3. VHS Noise

Here's another flexible package that you can use with a variety of editors. Because this is stock footage, you can just layer it into your existing footage and editor to add the effect with practically any app.

 

4. Bad Signal Transitions

With over 50 effects in a single pack, this download will allow you to mix up the VHS effect throughout your project.

 

5. TV Distort Loop Pack

The distortion lines found on screens playing old VHS tapes are known by everyone. Well, at least the ones outside Gen Z. Choose from five of these looks with the TV Distort Loop Pack.

 

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More Templates and Video Projects

If the grit and grain of VHS video isn't your style, that's no problem. There are plenty of other creative effects that you can download and put to work in your video workflow. Check out these other project selections below to create more easy video projects.

Also, be sure to check out Envato's brand new site, Mixkit, for free Premiere Pro glitch templates and more!

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