How to Make a Glitch Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro.
A popular effect to emulate in video editing is the glitch effect. You can use this beginner-friendly effect in a variety of ways throughout your project, such as as a storytelling device, artistic effect, or transition. This is also one of the most fun effects to create, as you can experiment a lot with how the glitch looks.
Below, we’ve outlined a basic step-by-step method for creating a glitch effect in Adobe Premiere Pro that you can use for just about any project. However, you can take this tutorial as a guide and experiment with it to achieve the desired result. In this article, you will also find some suggested ways to take the glitch effect to the next level.
How to Make a Glitch Effect
Many people create these effects using After Effects or plugins. However, it is quite possible to create a stunning glitch effect with Premiere. Follow the steps below to create a basic glitch effect.
Place the clip you want to use for the effect on the timeline.
To make your footage cut and cut, split the clip at the point you want the glitch to start and then move them apart a bit like in the screenshot below.
Now right click to select and copy all the split clips and then paste them on the V2 timeline above the original clips to create a duplicate layer.
Select one of the duplicated clips and go to the Effect Controls panel. Go to the Opacity value and set it to 50%. Then, in the Motion drop-down list, change the Position values so that the superimposed duplicate clip is slightly different from the original. Do this step for the rest of the duplicates as well. You’ll want to change the position and possibly the scale values to add variety to the crash. You can also play with the blend mode to change the look.
This is enough for the main effect of the glitch. However, you can do even more tweaks to take it to the next level.
Customizing Your Glitch Effect
You can make the glitch effect even more realistic with several effects that can be added to Premiere. You can experiment with these effects to make your glitch effect look the way you want, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
To get a nice glitch art effect, you need to play around with the RGB values of the duplicated video clips a bit. It may give you more VHS glitch or camera effect. Here’s how to do it with the arithmetic effect.
Go to the Effects panel, find the Arithmetic effect, or choose Video Effects > Legacy > Arithmetic.
Apply it to the clips you dubbed from the original video.
Go to the Effect Controls panel and in the Arithmetic section change the value of one of the color channels to achieve the RGB glitch effect. Also, change the “Operator” dropdown to “Difference”. This changes the blend option to give it a cleaner look.
Changing the red value will affect the saturation of the color, giving you the typical glitch effect. However, try experimenting with other colors to get a different look. You can also experiment with keyframe animation to enable or disable the RGB effect to add to your overall glitch effect.
warp wave effect
Another good way to make your footage glitchy is with the Wave Warp distortion effect. This segments the video in a wave pattern similar to the VHS scan line effect, although you can easily make it look more like a glitch by playing with the effect controls.
First, you need to add an adjustment layer to apply the wave effect to both the original clip and the duplicate clip. Go to the lower right corner of the Project panel and choose New Item > Adjustment Layer. Then drag the created layer from the Project panel to the V3 timeline above the sliced clips.
Go to the Effects panel and choose Video Effects > Distort > Waveform. Drag it onto the adjustment layer.
Now go to the effects control panel and open the Wave Warp dropdown. Here you can play around with the effect until it looks the way you like. For a real glitch, try the “Square” option in the Wave Type drop-down box.
You can also play with the wave width to change the distance between each wave, and the wave speed to determine how fast the wave warps. You can also try using keyframes to animate the wave’s deformation so that various properties change, making it look more like a glitch.
By playing around with these above options, you can get a unique look for your glitch that suits your video.
Make an Exciting Video With a Glitch Effect
The glitch effect has become popular in YouTube and TikTok videos to make them visually more interesting. It can also be used effectively as a storytelling technique to give the effect of a malfunctioning camera or other devices.
While creating a glitch effect in Premiere may not be obvious at first, as there is no simple effect you can use to create it, it’s not that hard once you play around with some of the existing effects.
Where would you use the glitch effect in your video projects? Let us know below.
How to Make a Glitch Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro
How to Make a Glitch Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro