If had to choose the one effect that is the most used nowadays in video I would pick the glitch effect, here I will cover the fundamental on what, how to create glitch effects in your art or videos project, whether you are a newbie or a professional you should be able to learn with the provided free digital distortion After Effects project template and use them for your own need.
To make it easy to read I have made tabs below that you can expand and retract to get the information you need quickly.
A glitch effect makes your footage or image look like is it is being distorted, displaced extremely fast or broken into multiple pieces and returned back to its original position. Its like a small blip error, a disrupted signal, a bad reception and a flicker movement which actually looks cool and trendy. The glitch effects is also name in different term such as digital distortion or distortion effects.
There are multiple variation and style of glitch effects you can see in the preview gallery below, the purpose is to demonstrate how different style you can get from a digital distortion effect. Huge thanks to Rocketstock for providing the free glitches effects.
In the gallery below you can also download the After Effects 2018 source files projects (Version 15.0.0) to see how to make the effects. Also the hot air balloon image I used is from pixabay please check the copyright before you use it for your own project.
One of the fastest way you can produce simple glitch effects on your video or images is to use the presets that After Effects provides, the nice thing about presets is that you don’t need any plug-in and it is as simple as drag and drop on your layer and boom you have a glitch effects animation.
After Effects already has a couple basic TV glitch effect
You can find them in the Effects & Presets window
If you ever looking for glitch presets for Premiere Pro, check those one below.
Universe Glitch and Glitch Transition give your footage and and text the look of compressed, glitched video. These tools creates the effect of poor internet connections, bad video encoding, corrupt data streams, and low-bandwidth broadcasts.
TV Distortion Bundle is a collection of five distortion plug-ins for After Effects and Premiere which help digital media artists create Analog Distortion, Digital Image & Satellite Distortion, Digital Pixel Simulation and Chromatic Aberration with ease. In other words you can simulate TV watching experience from the analog era to the current digital compression era.
The bundle has the following plug-ins.
Dojo Glitch Script
This one is not really a plug in but I though I would mention it here because it work really well. This handy Dojo script acting more like presets where you select your layer and it apply the glitch effect, you can then edit the settings and optimize your glitch animation.
Easily split the RGB channels and create chromatic aberration
Control individual axis for glitch effect
Control the glitch frequency and amount
Add digital artifacts with digital distortion
Glitch multiple layers at once and control them individually
Luckily for those who don’t have time or the budget to buy a video editing or motion graphics software, you can find amazing glitch effect tool online where you can upload your images, mp4 videos or even use your webcam and it will make the distortion effects for you. In addition you can even customize your glitch effect with tons of options how cool is that!