VHS Retro Camcorder Effect Premiere Pro Tutorial

CREATE THIS PRESET VHS EFFECT SO YOU CAN USE IT ANYTIME YOU LIKE! | We will cover using multiple adjustment layers and a VHS overlay to create a convincing VHS style effect.

In this Premiere Pro video editing tutorial, we will cover layering effects together and using color effects, blurs, and blend modes to convert a beautiful, HD clip to an older ratty-looking 1980s-1990s style camcorder style of footage. This is a very transferrable effect as well because we will take these effects and save them as a couple of presets so we can apply this effect to any project we like. Thanks for checking it out!

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Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. Create an adjustment layer and drag it out and stretch it over the clip.
  2. Brightness/Contrast: B-10 C+25
  3. Brightness/Contrast: B+10 C-25
  4. Emboss: 45º / 3.00 / 300 / 80%
  5. Color Emboss: 45º / 5.00 / 100 / 80%
  6. Fast Blur: Blurriness: 3.0 / Horizontal! Repeat edge pixels
  7. Shadow/Highlight: shut off auto/shadow:100/highlight:0/blend 35%
  8. Color Balance (HSL): 0 / -15 / -45
  9. Noise: 3% / Use color noise
  10. Dust & Scratches: 1.0 / 0 / unchecked
  11. Wave Warp: Triangle/1/10/90º/0.5/All Edges/0.0/Low
  12. Drag out a second adjustment layer and place it below the adjustment layer we were just working on.
  13. Add Directional Blur: 90º & blur length: 30. Set layer to Color Dodge @ 50% opacity
  14. Open this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zoJavBcU5o
    Download the VHS static video effect from YouTube [LINK: run a Google search for “youtube video downloader”]
  15. Drag the video clip into the project bin in Premiere
  16. Drag VHS clip out and scale to frame size and pick the part of effect you want and set the layer to Screen.
  17. Save 2x presets for use in other projects. (note that all you must do is find the VHS overlay that you like.)