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.

It gives a techie vibe to your project. Even though a glitch is an “error”, it still simulates a strong tech aptitude and gives that “hacker” style.

The digital distortion/glitch effect can be used for many purposes here are a couple of ideas:

  • Revealing a logo
  • Make an image distorted
  • Broke up a title a in multiple pieces
  • To make an animated background
  • Transition from a scene to the next
  • Overlay on your footage or use glitch as a mask.
  • Add a tech feel to your footage
  • Make your footage grainy and pixelated
  • make a Chromatic Aberration with Saturated Color
  • Change a channel and simulate old television
  • Satellite scanning earth
  • Showing bad reception
  • Simulate Poor internet connections
  • Simulate Bad video encoding
  • Simulate Corrupt data streams
  • Low-bandwidth broadcasts.

Need to make one of those above ? feel free to let me know in the comment area.

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.

Glitch Noise Glitch box Glich Flicker
Glitch Noise Glitch Color Boxes Glitch Flicker
Glitch Tv tunning
Bad TV Warp Glitch Glitch Tuning Channel Turbulence Glitch
Glitch Pixel Blending Glitch Rolling Bars chromatic Aberation Glitch
Pixel Glitch Rolling Bars Glitch Chromatic Aberration / RGB Split
Glitch badTV2 - old BadTv3-Weak
Bad TV 2- Old  BAD TV3 – Weak

There are awesome videos tutorial on how to create add a glitch effects to your footage in Premiere, I have selected the one that are the most useful.

The other way you can apply glitch effects to your footage in premiere is to use presets, presets are basically effects that are already made for you, you just have to drag on drop.

If you are crunch on time and don’t have much money to spend, there are free Premiere glitch presets you can get on few websites.

Or with a little budget you can also get really awesome and professional distortion glitch effects for Premiere Pro, check out below.