We pulled out all the stops in our newest free After Effects template: A fully featured distortion effects kit that’s simple to use and packed with customizable settings. Turn up the noise on your next video project!

If you’re looking to add grit, grain and grunge to your videos, Digital Distortion has you covered. We packed this free After Effects template with 9 different distortion effects, all tweakable with an easy-to-use slider. Combine the different parameters to create a look that’s totally your own. Use these effects with video footage or add to your motion graphics.

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What’s Included in this Free After Effects Template?

All distortion settings are customizable through a simple Effects Panel in the template. Simply place your footage into the “Drop Footage Here” composition. Then, tweak the sliders to achieve your desired effect. Jump over to the “Final Output” composition to preview and export. It’s as simple as that. Note: All effects can be keyframed for even greater customization.

After Effects: Noise

Whether you want simple grain or an extreme noisy look (like below), you can dial in the perfect amount of noise. This effect is perfect for recreating the look of old film or analog broadcast video.

After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Noise

After Effects: Color Boxes

One of our favorite tools in this free After Effects template is the color box glitch. This grungy effect easily recreates the look of a bad broadcast transmission or damaged video file.

After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Color Boxes

After Effects: Flicker

Sometimes a simple flicker is all you need to make your video appear more analog. This simple effect can be used to simulate a bad TV or projector.

After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Flicker

After Effects: Tuning

Switching channels on a vintage TV? That’s just what this look will achieve. It’s the perfect effect for a simulated television broadcast. It’s also useful for creating funky video transitions.

After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Tuning

After Effects: Turbulence

Add some waves to your video with turbulence. We’ve simplified the turbulence noise effect in After Effects. Combine it with a matte to add turbulence to just part of the video frame.

Free After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Turbulence

After Effects: Pixel Blending

Want your video to have a more 21st century style distortion? Then turn up the Pixel Blending effect. This effect analyzes the frames before and after to find pixelated color commonalities. It’s subtle, but if you want to give your video a codec-inspired look, this is a great option.

After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Pixel Blending

After Effects: Rolling Bars

Similar to the above tuning effect, rolling bars adds noise for a more VCR-style effect. You’ve instantly got a bad signal with loads of horizontal interference, just like the bad TVs of the past!

After Effects Template - Digital Distortion - Rolling Bars

After Effects: Chromatic Aberration

Color fringing is typically an undesirable effect caused by bad lighting conditions or improper lens focusing. Quickly create a chromatic aberration glitch for a lo-fi or artsy look.

Free After Effects Template - Chromatic Aberration

After Effects: Color TV Pixels

Simulating the look of RGB color pixels, this pixel effect is ideal for simulating a tv screen. This effect will immediately give your video a distinct TV look.

Free After Effects Template - Pixels


Corruption: 120 Distortion Elements and 20 SFX

Want more distortion elements like these? Check out our Corruption pack — 120 distortion elements and 20 SFX designed for 4K footage. The pack includes 30 backgrounds, 15 logo reveals, 30 transitions, and 45 overlays. Take a look at Corruption in action.