This free film grain effect is a digital scan of authentic Super 8mm film. On this skateboard demo video, we simply applied the “Screen” Composite mode. File length is13 seconds and the format is ProRes 720p.

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Digital video is convenient, not expensive and it allows to create content very quickly. Another good thing about it is that it is very clean. There’s no artefact of the image like we used to see in the old movies. We could say that it is a good thing, but once in a while, we kind of miss the good old unwanted accident. But shooting with real film is expensive, so that’s where we come in. Blending the imperfections of old film effects with digital footage can sometimes add a warmth to the image.

This Super 8 Film Grain Overlay is a quicktime video file. It will work with any decent video editing software offering the blend mode tool. Softwares like Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro X are a sure shot. Drop the film grain file in the timeline, place it over your footage and experiment with the blend modes. For this file, the sceen and the lighten modes usually work well. To achieve a better result, you will maybe need to tweak the film grain by adjusting the opacity, the brightness, the contrast, the levels, the curves, the saturation and the sharpening. To extend the length of the effect, simply loop it by copying and pasting it along your timeline.

Enjoy the free file and while you are here, make sure that you take a look at our other old film effects.

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