Digital glitch effects

When making animations for your video projects in 3D packages do you ever find that everything starts to look a little too clean? The current vogue for an all-digital workflow means perfect fidelity throughout the process, but sometimes you need to roughen things up a bit.

Analogue technologies, such as cine film and VHS video, had inherent flaws. Film has a grain and video creates distortion, but everyone loves a little bit of glitch - from directors such as Chris Cunningham to musicians like Telefon Tel Aviv, Chris Clark and Autechre. I also have an unearthly love for anything distorted or broken. I have no idea where this love comes from, and why when I hear and see static the hairs on the back of my neck stand to attention.

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