Massive explosions and high-speed car chases may need to be scaled back on budget films, but that doesn’t mean editors need to sacrifice quality visuals in post-production. There are a variety of quality free video effects plugins available for NLEs like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Motion.
Below, we’re sharing the top 5 free video effects plugins that will give your video the edge it needs while staying on budget.
Top 5 Free Video Effects Plugins
Luca Visual FX Random Text
Powered by FX Factory, this Matrix-like random text plugin is the perfect tool to use in your next technological thriller. Luca Visual FX Random Text generates random text to use in creative ways over clips.
Use it to simulate hacking or coding as text moves in every direction or even use it as alien text with the Luca Visual FX Random Text random characters.
Designed for use in Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Motion. Luca Visual FX Random Text can be downloaded for free here.
With Creative Impatience’s free Simple Mask plugin, editors can add a basic mask (using either a rectangular or elliptical shape) to select parts of a clip and blend it in with the alpha channel.
This easy to use plugin is especially useful for replicating movie magic, like levitating objects.
Simple Mask is compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects and can be downloaded here.
Color Fixer Pro
NewBlueFX’s free Color Fixer Pro plugin makes it easy to rescue dull and poorly lit clips. Whether the shot comes from a RED or a GoPro, Color Fixer Pro lets you precisely correct and grade color with control over white balance, saturation, brightness, and film gamma.
Quickly achieve surreal and cinematic looks with your choice of 10 professionally designed presets. This nifty tool (if we don’t say so ourselves) is a must for any budget conscious editor.
Color Fixer Pro works with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Final Cut Pro. Download NewBlueFX’s Color Fixer Plugin here with a free trial of Essentials Ultimate.
Connor Productions presents, Buffer, the free text template that simulates a glitch effect. Making an intense action thriller or horror film? Buffer adds the perfect amount of suspenseful tension to your work with text that glitches and then vanishes from the screen.
Available for Apple Final Cut Pro, this template can be found here.
Bend reality with Alex4D’s 4 unique Distortion Effects. Select between Black Hole, Bulge, Circular ZigZag, and Twirl to get the perfect warped effect in your video. These effects are perfect for sci-fi movies or dream sequences featuring a twisted perspective.
Download these Distortion Effects for Apple Final Cut Pro here.
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