This video tutorial on creating 3 distinct glitch looks includes free distortion elements for you to follow along.

There are very few things as cool as glitch elements in After Effects. Using the power of just some simple glitchy elements you can quickly create amazing looks in only a matter of seconds. In the following post we’re going to take a look at how to create 3 different types of glitch effects using glitch video in After Effects.

Before we watch the video I should mention that the tutorial uses an HD distorted video clip from Corruption, our 4K distortion pack. If you want to learn more about Corruption check out the 4K glitch page here on Rocketstock.

Download the Free Glitch Assets

To download the free video clips and assets used in this video tutorial simply hit the download link below. (By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.)


1. Overlay Effect

Glitch Footage

If you want to quickly make it look like your footage is distorted all you really need is a simple glitch video element. I prefer to use this method over 3rd-party plugins because it works so much faster. All you really have to do is drag and drop a distorted video clip over your footage and apply a displacement map effect to your background that uses the distorted video as the displacement map matte.

2. Transition Effect

Glitch Transition

Creating a transition is equally easy in After Effects. By default in After Effects, the displacement map will displace both black and white pixels, but grey pixels wont be used to displace. So when you are using a glitch video element be sure to color and pre-compose your clip. To create a transition effect simply drop your transition over the cut point, re-color, precompose, and use a distortion map effect that uses the distortion clip as a matte.

3. Logo Reveal Effect

Glitch Logo

Creating a custom logo reveal can take a lot of time, especially when it comes to creating a glitchy logo. Typically if you wanted to create a distorted logo reveal you would need to go in and mask out small parts of the logo and probably use a turbulent displace effect with a combination of fractal noise among other effects. However, the fastest way to create a glitchy logo reveal is to simply use a clip designed to create a glitchy logo reveal.

Luckily for us the download included in this tutorial just so happens to feature such a clip. By using one of the glitch reveals you can quickly create a glitch logo reveal in only a matter of seconds. Just place the logo reveal over the cut point, recolor the glitch, precompose, apply a distortion map to the logo, and set the matte layer to the logo reveal pre-comp. For good measure you could even go in and break up a few of the clips to offset the size of the layer.

Again, all of the clips used in this tutorial come from Corruption, an exclusive pack of 120 4K glitch elements. If you’re looking for the fastest (and coolest) way to add distorted video elements to your videos in After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or any other video software. Here’s a quick demo of Corruption in action:

Have any tips for working with distortion elements in After Effects? Share in the comments below.