25 Free Glitch Video Effects Ready to Download

March 27, 2019 8 min read

When you think of video glitch effects, bad TV static and RGB color splits probably come to mind. Glitches are a fantastic tool to change the atmosphere of a clip – and are great to create a sense of discord, chaos, or simply a cool, off-beat effect. If you haven’t discovered the fun in using glitch video effects yet, this list will give you a great collection to start playing with!

Top Free Glitch Effect Downloads

There are plenty of amazing glitches out there that you can buy. If you’re just learning the magic of glitches though, there are as many free downloads out there that will give you the same quality.

Every one of these is worth downloading and keeping for when you may need it. We have transitions, animations, and other glitch text effects. If you can’t find what you need here, we have a quick tutorial on creating your own from scratch! Let’s get downloading!

After Effects

1. Mini Glitch Pack for After Effects by Motion Array

This Adobe After Effects template contains sound effects, transitions, logo reveals, title animations, and 21 glitch elements. All the glitch stuff you could want, in a neat pack! Simply open and add your footage, and you’ll have an awesome, glitchy edit.

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2. Stylish Glitch Logo After Effects Template by Motion Array

Try this simple yet effective glitchy logo reveal on your next project. Introduce yourself or your company in style!

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3. Free Glitch After Effects Intro Template by Editors Depot

Complete with sound effect, this glitch is perfect for a hardcore intro to your project. It’s sure to grab the attention of viewers, and makes your vid look professional from the start!

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Premiere Pro

4. Mini Glitch Pack for Premiere Pro by Motion Array

This is an awesome glitch video effect toolkit for Premiere Pro. You’ll get transitions, logos, sound effects and more, all for your glitchy editing pleasure.

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5. Free Glitch Transition Presets for Premiere Pro by Orange83

A pack of easy to use glitch presets and a tutorial on how to download, import, and use them. Be warned, though – these will only work with Premiere Pro CC 2017 or later.

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6. 5 Glitch & Distortion Presets for Premiere Pro by CineCom

Editors using Adobe Premiere Pro can download 5 easy, glitchy effects for their projects. Check out their tutorial to get an idea of how to use these, and enjoy!

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7. Glitch Presets by Motion Array

These 5 stylish glitches can be applied on footage, static images, and text. Get creative on your next project!

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8. 20 Glitch Transitions for Premiere Pro by CineCom

Simply subscribe with your email address and you’ll get your hands on these 20 stylish transitions. Watch the tutorial for instructions on how to import and use them.

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Final Cut Pro X

9. Free Glitch Effects Plugin Pack for FCPX by Ryan Nangle

Ryan has created 11 glitches for those FCPX users out there. Instructions are provided to download and use them. For FCPX 10.2.1 and above!

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10. Free “Matt Komo” Glitch Effect Transition by Marc Webster  

This is a cool transition glitch effect that also includes 2 sound effects! Just click the download button to get access to the pack.

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Stock Motion & Video

11. TV Glitch Transition by Motion Array

Old-school TV static makes a fantastic glitch transition. Drag and drop between two clips, it’s as simple as that.

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12. 4K Glitch Transition by Motion Array

Here’s a more modern version of the TV glitch effect! Similar to the one above, this high definition 4k glitch can be used to transition between clips on your edit.

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13. TV Noise by Motion Array

This glitch overlay looks like an old-fashioned television with bad signal. It can be used to give your footage a particular atmosphere. Play around with your blending mode when using this overlay to get the best effect.

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14. Abstract Glitch Tunnel by Free Stock Footage Archive

This abstract glitch video overlay is a little hypnotizing. It creates a feeling of colorful chaos. Attribution is required for this one! Be sure to credit the right people for their work creating it!

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15. Data Structure Background by Free Stock Footage Archive

Check out this colorful, perpetually moving glitch video effect. If you wish to use this free effect, you will need to credit Free Stock Footage Archive in your project!

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16. Cartridge Glitch by Videvo

This high definition cartridge style glitch adds something extra to your edit. Be sure to check the licensing info! You may have to credit the author in your project. They’ve put the work in, so have good editor etiquette and give them the credit they deserve!

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17. Glitch Effect on Green Screen by Videezy

This mp4 glitch file can be used like a normal green screen. As the editor, you can key in any background you wish and have this glitch playing over it.

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18. 7 Amazing Free Glitch Overlays by Quince Media

Glitch overlays

Not only will you get some great glitch effects here, you also have the option to download them in HD or a lower quality.

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19. Glitch Effects Pack Free HD Footage by Cauneaus Arts

Download these 5 effects to take your video from okay to hardcore stylish. They’re nothing fancy, but definitely effective.

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20. Title Intro Glitch Effect by Monkey Motion

Draw your viewers in from the start with this title glitch effect. Simple, striking and effective. Catch their attention from the beginning, and half the battle is won!

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Bonus! Glitchy Sound Effects

Radio Signal Disturbance Effect by Motion Array

Here’s a little pack of radio disturbance sound effects to use within your projects. Sound can be just as important as effects when it comes to creating a glitch in an edit. You’ll have 6 different sounds to choose from.

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Glitch Logo by Motion Array

Glitch logo SFX

A short, sweet, sound bite for you, with some subtle glitching. The WAV file can be used in any editing program, and is recommended to be part of an intro sequence.

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How To Create Your Own Glitch Video Effect

If you would like to have a go at making some glitches of your own, you can create a simple one in Adobe After Effects.

The process is not difficult, but needs a bit of time set aside to learn. The steps can be a little confusing for a new glitch-maker, but once you know how it works you’ll be well on your way.

  1. Make a new composition and give it a glitchy name
  2. Create a text layer (any text you want)
  3. Go to “Layer”, and “Pre-compose”, and call it “Type”
  4. The next step is to set up the RGB channels
  5. With the pre-comp selected, go to “Effect”, “Channel”, and “Shift Channels”
  6. Duplicate your “Type” pre-comp twice so that you have three copies of it
  7. Now we need to make some adjustments under our Shift Channel tab:
    • On one layer, set “Take Red From” to “Red”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”
    • On one layer, set “Take Blue From” to “Blue”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”
    • On one layer, set “Take Green From” to “Green”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”
    • Set the blending mode to “Add” on all 3 layers
    • Go to “Layer”, “New”, and “Null Object”. Name this something like “Wiggle Control”
  1. Go To “Effect”, “Expression Control”, “Slider Control”
  2. Go to one of your type layers and type the letter P – this reveals its position
  3. Option-click on the stopwatch, which will add an expression
  • You’ll see a space for you to type something – write “wiggle(20,
  • Then you should clock and hold the little spiral icon under “Position”, and drag it up to “Slider” on your effects panel
  • You’ll see a long string of text is added to what you began typing. Close your brackets
  1. Do this for the other two layers as well
  2. You will now go back to your Wiggle Control, and start adding keyframes to this layer
  • Set one keyframe at 1 second, to a value of 1
  • Set another 5 frames ahead, to a value of 40 or so
  • Lastly, set another keyframe 5 frames ahead, back to a value of 1
  1. You can add distortion by adding a new adjustment layer
  • Go to “Effect”, “Distort”, and “Wave Warp”
  • Under the Effects panel, change the wave type to “Noise”
  • For horizontal distortion, set your angle to zero
  • Play around with wave width to find what suits you
  • Using the keyframes you selected previously, create new frames on “Wave Height” (first set on zero, next on 300, last on 0)

For changing text mid-glitch, check out the rest of the tutorial here!

  1. Make a new composition and give it a glitchy name
  2. Create a text layer (any text you want)
  3. Go to “Layer”, and “Pre-compose”, and call it “Type”
  4. The next step is to set up the RGB channels
  5. With the pre-comp selected, go to “Effect”, “Channel”, and “Shift Channels”
  6. Duplicate your “Type” pre-comp twice so that you have three copies of it
  7. Now we need to make some adjustments under our Shift Channel tab:

On one layer, set “Take Red From” to “Red”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Blue From” to “Blue”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Green From” to “Green”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Red From” to “Red”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Blue From” to “Blue”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Green From” to “Green”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Red From” to “Red”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Blue From” to “Blue”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

On one layer, set “Take Green From” to “Green”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”

  • On one layer, set “Take Red From” to “Red”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”
  • On one layer, set “Take Blue From” to “Blue”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”
  • On one layer, set “Take Green From” to “Green”, and the other 2 to “Full Off”
  1. Set the blending mode to “Add” on all 3 layers
  2. Go to “Layer”, “New”, and “Null Object”. Name this something like “Wiggle Control”
  3. Go To “Effect”, “Expression Control”, “Slider Control”
  4. Go to one of your type layers and type the letter P – this reveals its position
  5. Option-click on the stopwatch, which will add an expression
  • You’ll see a space for you to type something – write “wiggle(20,
  • Then you should clock and hold the little spiral icon under “Position”, and drag it up to “Slider” on your effects panel
  • You’ll see a long string of text is added to what you began typing. Close your brackets
  1. Do this for the other two layers as well
  2. You will now go back to your Wiggle Control, and start adding keyframes to this layer
  • Set one keyframe at 1 second, to a value of 1
  • Set another 5 frames ahead, to a value of 40 or so
  • Lastly, set another keyframe 5 frames ahead, back to a value of 1
  1. You can add distortion by adding a new adjustment layer
  • Go to “Effect”, “Distort”, and “Wave Warp”
  • Under the Effects panel, change the wave type to “Noise”
  • For horizontal distortion, set your angle to zero
  • Play around with wave width to find what suits you
  • Using the keyframes you selected previously, create new frames on “Wave Height” (first set on zero, next on 300, last on 0)
  1. For changing text mid-glitch, check out the rest of the tutorial here!

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Glitch effects are some of the coolest, most effective effects you can use in your edit. They’re eye-catching and create a super sense of discord when you need it. Go forth and get your glitch on, editors! Let us know your favorite glitch effects in the comments!

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