Add a glitch effect in Premiere Pro.

A glitch is a great way to break the sense of reality in your video. If you want to add a little mystery and intrigue to your projects, learn how to add a glitch effect using Adobe Premiere Pro.

Glitch your video.

While there are effects that you can download, it’s relatively simple to add a glitch effect using Premiere Pro without downloading plugins or using other software. Simply follow these three easy steps:

  1. Cut the clip — The core of the glitch is the feeling of going in and out. Once you’ve chosen the clip you want to glitch, randomly cut the clip in several places where you want the glitch to begin and delete some of the frames.
  2. Duplicate and adjust — Hold down alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and click and drag the cut clips to the layer above the originals. This will duplicate the splices. Then, you can adjust the opacity to around 50 percent and shift the clip position just slightly off from the original, creating the glitch effect.
  3. Adjust the colors — If you want a more obvious glitch feeling, you can make color corrections on the duplicated clips like saturation, tint, or RGB effects to really make the glitch stand out.

Get creative.

Adjusting opacity and the position in the duplicated clips is the foundation of a good glitch effect — but you’re welcome to adjust any other settings you want to add your own flavor. Play around with the settings and see what creations you can make.

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