Create a Glitch Effect in Premiere Pro CC without Using Any Third-Party Plugins or Other Additional Software

We’ve seen it numerous times in different productions, but what does it take to pull this off on your own? It seems that Jordy Vandeput has found a simple, yet effective solution which makes creating an epic, eye-catching glitch effect as easy as rolling off a log.

All it takes is using the built-in functionality of Premiere Pro CC as no third-party plugins, or any other additional software is required. This workflow is neither complicated nor hard to achieve. However, it can certainly do wonders for your production as long as the chromatic aberration effect fits the aesthetics of your visual concept. So, without further ado, let’s dive in the tutorial below.

First and foremost, you need to separate each of the RGB channels of your video. To do so, import your clip in Premiere Pro CC first and throw it on a new timeline. Then head over to the Effects Library and search for the RGB Balance filter. Once you find it, drag and drop it on your clip. Now duplicate the video twice and set the maximum value for each of the three red, green and blue channels accordingly.

To create the glitch effect, you need to blend those channels first. Select the clip on top and set the Opacity mode to Screen. Repeat the same step with the track in the middle. As a result, you should see all the three RGB channels blend together again to a standard image. Afterward, when you offset any of those channels by adjusting the Position setting in the Motion property of each clip you should get the following result.

Now, find the point of your clip where you want the glitch effect to take place. Then, create a keyframe for the position, scale or rotation of each channel. After that, scrub one frame forward and offset the current position one more time. Repeat this step for the next ten to twelve frames.

If you don’t have enough time to play around, you can use the custom preset that Jordy has created in advance. But in case you do, you can take that workflow a step further by putting the three clips in a separate Nested sequence and then you can add some extra punch to your glitch effect by fiddling with the Lumetri Panel settings. Just make sure you are not overdoing the effect, thus you should be able to get some decent results in no time.


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