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  • simple ‘jitter’ effect

    Posted by Dan Crouch on June 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I am cutting a drama documentry. A man is interviewed, talking about his terrible expeiences when lost in the snow.
    I have cut an actor in walking up a hill. I am now trying to create a 6 frame moment where, as he walks, the image violently jitters, the image is still visibal but momentarily distorted, with maybe a colour trace. I will add a distorted audio hit to go with it.

    It is to symbolise his fear etc.

    Can anyone suggest a simple – ish way to do this. I am still on the footslopes of AE.

    Any help would be gratefully received.

    Dan.

    John Cuevas replied 10 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • John Cuevas

    June 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Here’s my recipe for doing that:

    Add CC Motion Tile to your layer and check the Mirror Edges option. Add a shift Channels effect. Now duplicate your layer twice, for a total of 3 layers. You want to make each layer display only one color channel. So for the top layer -> Shift Channels change the “Take Green/Blue” to Full off. Do this for all three layers so you have a Red/Green/Blue layer. Now change all the layers tranfer mode to screen.

    Finally just animate the Motion Tile center for each layer very quickly. Add a start keyframe, move 5-6 frames forward and add an end keyframe. Now in the middle add a keyframe that moves the video. Do this for all 3 layers, but don’t move them all the exact same.

    You might also add some motion blur to taste.
    I made a simple example project in case my explanation was unclear: 4050_rgbsplitfolder.zip

    Johnny Cuevas, Editor
    Thinkck.com

    “I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
    —THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.

  • Dan Crouch

    June 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Jonny,
    Thank you so much for your post. Very clear advise and absolutely the effect I was trying to achieve.
    The only thing I did differently was to go – Layer_Blending Mode_Add. To get the layers to be transparent.

    I couldn’t see the way you suggested and looked around the layer pull down menu.

    Thank you very much for this!!!

    Cheers,
    Dan.

  • John Cuevas

    June 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    To have access to the blending modes, on the bottom left corner of your timeline there are 3 small icons, selecting the middle one will “expand or collapse the transfer control panel” and reveal the modes pulldown. Or you can right click by “Source Name” and choose “Columns” > “Modes”. Finally if you have the modes visible, you can use the shift and plus/minus keys(not the ones on the number keypad) to toggle through all the transfer modes, I find that to be a nice time saver when trying to find just the right look.

    Glad I was able to help you out though, Dan, you have a great weekend.

    Johnny Cuevas, Editor
    Thinkck.com

    “I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
    —THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.

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