What used to be yesterday’s problems, often times are recreated in films to add some authenticity to shots. The VCR line is an example of this. This line used to be a source of frustration that meant something was off with the VCR or tape being used. However, nowadays, when creating a time period piece, often times this needs to be recreated. You can either do it with a bad VCR, or in post production where you have a bit more creative leeway. Today, I go over how to create a VCR Line in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
How to Create a VCR Line in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
- First create a sequence, or navigate to an existing sequence where you want to apply the effect.
- Go up to file->new->adjustment layer.
- Drag the adjustment layer in to your sequence.
- Click on the adjustment layer. Go to effects and add the Wave Warp effect.
- Go up to Effect Controls and look for Wave Warp.
- Change the Wave Type to Square.
- Take the Wave Width and adjust it to about 600.
- Take the Direction and change it to 180.
- Go to Pinning and switch it to All Edges. This will remove the whitespace on the sides.
- Take the wave speed and reduce it to about 0.1 or -0.1.
- Now change the Wave Height to about 2.
There you have it, a quick VCR Line that can be added to any sequence or set of footage. Once you apply this effect to an adjustment layer, the line can go on for as long as you would like. Just extend the adjustment layer to however long you need.
If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comment section below, or on the video itself.
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