I have always wondered about such a filter as well. The editing team for Tim & Eric from The Cartoon Network's Adult Swim know how to do it.
Apparently, it is currently a trade secret that only high profile editing teams have access to.
Convert your HD video to SD VHS just to achieve this effect? So funny! Once you downgrade computer media, there is no way to suitably upscale it back into HD.
The "Damage" filter and FCP solutions mentioned create the effect of old-tyme film, but not that particular VHS effect.
If you're looking for other plug-ins, take a look at the plug-ins list here - http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/extend.displayTab4.html.
Try the free presets for Adobe Premiere Pro at this location: http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/CinemaFX.htm
Why is it that this thread is so polluted with people trying to make suggestions that are totally off the mark? Why is it so hard to understand what is wanted when someone requests a "VHS-look-alike filter?"
And isn't it implicitly understood that a person has to have access to something in order to use it?
So much confusion over something so simple. Must be something in the water supply.
The original poster mentioned FCP, so I assumeed they had access to it. Maybe they don't?
I think it is "implicitly understood " that people who inquire about a plug-in may actually have money to spend to purchase the plug-in they are looking for.
If you have always wondered about such a filter then I would guess that you have done some research in this regard.
Care to share any of that info ?
Boris Continuum (BCC7 or 8), which will work in Pr, has a bad video effect. Can't remember the name, but it has lots of controls. BCC7 is a comprehensive, useful and somewhat expensive suite for Ae and Pr.
I believe that the aforementioned Damage also works in Pr.
And yes, there are some obstinate geezers on this list with ridiculously high post counts who think they have to pipe in on every thread to add unhelpful information. That's a price of a free and open internet, I guess.
"Money is not about what you earn, but rather what you negotiate."
I've bought plenty of software in my lifetime, have you? It is my preferred method of voting for favorites in the marketplace. Why would anyone be making conjectures as to how much money anyone "has access to" on this forum? They could be mistaken!
I suppose I just was expressing my discontentment in just recently finding a thread like this that was aging which addressed the topic, but didn't provide a clear solution. Aggressive SEO these days has ruined the ability to find niche products like this through Google properly. Pinpoint suggesstions on forums like these take on a whole new meaning because of it.
At the current time, I don't have anything to add to the topic. But, imagine my dismay for spending 15 minutes evaluating all of these website offerings that simply don't reflect the intended purpose of such a plugin. If people think that they are being helpful in providing "best effort" responses, then I have to make them look at it this way. Ideally, they would see the need for a thread which addressed retro-screen film, and start it in a new thread, not this one.
Sorry, I cannot remember what I did, but I either imported them with Premiere Pro open or changed the suffix of the file name and copied them into the presets folder to get it to work.
I got it working. I saved the the file as Cinema-FX.prfpset and not a XML (this is when I saved it from http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/CinemaFX.htm) and all works well.