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Creation VHS Effects for After Effects is a collection of authentic-looking effects for making your footage look like a damaged VHS tape or analog TV signal. This popular template comes with eleven VHS-look presets, ranging from subtle VHS looks to totally unwatchable garbage! Just drop in your footage and it's ready to export.

Or... build your own unique damaged VHS look using over 100 customizable effects, comprised of video glitches, TV static, transition effects, sound effects, and audio filters. Effects can be customized with slider controls to get the perfect look. So embrace the beauty of destruction and start ruining that beautiful HD footage of yours!

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Detailed walk-through of the template and instructions for implementing effects.

14min 23sec

VHS-Look Presets

Reference this video when choosing one of the eleven VHS-look presets.

1min 45sec

Transition Effects

Reference this video when choosing one of the 17 glitchy transition effects.

1min 10sec

What Goes in a Damaged VHS Tape Effect?
Watch this breakdown!

Using CS3 or CS4?
Watch the demo videos for the original version of Creation VHS Effects (included in download):
Main Demo
Bad VHS Tape Video Effect
Presets Preview Bad VHS Tape Video Effect

  • Creation VHS Effects has been updated and upgraded! The current version is compatible with After Effects CS5 and above (including CC). The original version of the template works with CS3 and CS4, and is included with your download. The original version has fewer effects and presets, and no "Global Intensity" control, but it still produces great results! (See the demo videos for the original version above and right).
  • Effects are customized with slider controls, so it's easy to adjust their intensity and behavior. A single "Global Intensity" control affects the strength of all effects together.
  • Noteworthy effects that are not seen in the demo videos include a fast-forward effect (with "chipmunk" audio), an interlaced video effect, and an old TV effect (your footage placed in a 70s TV - see image below).
  • Creation VHS Effects has been "universalized", meaning the template will work in After Effects running in any language.
  • Comp lengths are 10 minutes, and can be extended to any length. Just extend the layers and precomps to the length of your video.
  • Comps are full HD, 1920x1080.
  • No plug-ins used.
  • Music and footage placeholders in preview video not included.
  • Because this template includes HD footage, the file size is quite large - but worth it! Total size is 800MB. Please allow plenty of time for downloading.

Creation VHS Effects is not a plugin. It's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because the work is already done and the user needs only to insert their footage and make their own adjustments.

Please create a backup copy of the template or the original Zip file. Since this is not a plugin, the settings won't reset when you re-open After Effects. Keep a backup so you can always revert to the original settings.

Because Creation VHS Effects contains copyrighted intellectual property, the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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     Old Analog Television TV Effect

Analog VHS Tape Effect