3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2018 5:29 PM by Kevin-Monahan

    What effect is this? (default effect or plugin?)




      At 1:32 in this video what effect is used to make the underline 'glitch' or 'flicker' as it enlarges?



      How this military explosive is poisoning American soil - YouTube

        • 1. Re: What effect is this? (default effect or plugin?)
          angie_taylor Adobe Community Professional

          Hi there,


          Its hard to know exactly what technique was used but here are a few suggestions. There are several ways you could do this. Digieffects make a really great set of glitchy plugins, called Damage. This would be your easiest method if you wanted to create a glitch effect often.




          If if you want to create this kind of effect as a one off then you can do it manually in AE. With a line like this you may want to apply a random expression to the horizontal scale value of the line, making it jump between random scale values? Here’s something from the wonderful Dan Ebberts;


          minDur = 2; maxDur = 8; seedRandom(index,true); prev = next = inPoint; while (time >= next){ prev = next; next += random(minDur,maxDur); } seedRandom(prev,true); s = (Math.floor(random(5))+1)*10; [s,s]



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          • 2. Re: What effect is this? (default effect or plugin?)
            Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            I would do a screen capture or download the video and examine the effect one frame at a time. Just stepping through the effect by pausing the YouTube file I saw only a broken line expanding and changing color. I did not see any distortion effects. You could do that quite easily with a single stroked line and a few keyframes. Something like this:

            Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 8.14.59 AM.png

            Here's the project file: Dropbox - Line Glitch.aep


            There are dozens of ways to create something similar, but the key to figuring out an effect is to look at what is happening a frame at a time and then simplify. Start simple then add layers. You can duplicate almost any effect if you think that way.

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            • 3. Re: What effect is this? (default effect or plugin?)
              Kevin-Monahan Adobe Employee

              Hi AmigosMIAMORE,

              Are you still facing this issue?


              Let us know.