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Upcoming Release: Ignite Pro 2021.1

Ignite Pro 2021.1 will be landing in April and will bring a multitude of new updates, workflow enhancements, plugins, and presets. Read on to find out about the exciting new features version 2021.1 has to offer.

How to create a VFX cyborg effect for free

Want to join the Justice League? Now you can! In this tutorial, we’ll take you through motion tracking your actor’s head in Blender, applying a detailed 3D model, and compositing in HitFilm Express, all for free.

How to create futuristic digital glitch effects

Want to create mesmerizing futuristic holograms, titles, and transitions for your sci-fi shorts? Join Zach Alan to discover how to use HitFilm's Dot Matrix Effect to get that perfect look for anything from dystopian Cyberpunk cityscapes to high-tech alien worlds.

Want to create mesmerizing futuristic holograms, titles, and transitions for your sci-fi shorts? We’re giving you an insight into HitFilm’s Dot Matrix effect and how it can be used to help you create digital glitch effects. Let’s get started.


What is the Dot Matrix effect?

The Dot Matrix effect is entirely customizable and, by default, is included in HitFilm Pro. It’s also part of the VFX: Retro 2 add-on pack found on the HitFilm Express add-on store. The effect breaks your footage layer’s surface up into a two-dimensional patterned array of dots. The results are similar to a half-tone effect, but the dots are consistent in size and arranged in a fixed grid pattern.

How to create futuristic glitch effects - use case of the Dot Matrix Effect found in our Rise of the Dark Side fan trailer

How to create futuristic digital glitch effects

There are an array of settings that allow you to customize the effect to help you achieve that desired result: 

  • Dot Appearance – allows you to transform the shape and color of the dots. 
  • Variation – alters the look of the dots allowing for more variation.
  • Seed – randomizes the placement of the variations included in the dot matrix pattern. If the Variation controls are all set to 0, this property will have no effect.
  • Coverage – controls how many dots appear
  • Gradient – controls how many dots are affected by the variations.
How to create futuristic glitch effects - use case of the Dot Matrix Effect

To give your footage a pixelated screen-like appearance, scale down all of the effects’ Variation settings to zero. Next, we’ll imitate the look of a glitched screen caused by a bad connection to an alien world:

  •  Increase the Seed value to introduce more variation 
  •  Adjust the Coverage and Gradient settings to your liking
How to create futuristic glitch effects - HitFilm Pro interface showing you the Dot Matrix settings

Whether you want to add some cyberpunk grunge to your futuristic effects or create stylized title sequences like “Ghost in The Shell”; the Dot Matrix effect has got you covered!


More retro glitch effects tutorials

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Want more? Learn how to create vintage glitch effects, VHS overlays, and retro titles in our Blast from the Past Masterclass. We’ll show you how to create retro tape effects, vintage TV screens, and more in this video tutorial series.

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Hannah Odebode

Hannah Odebode

Hey! I'm Hannah, the intern! I'm the person that gets to answer all of your questions and respond to your lovely comments on our socials. I have a great love for all things thriller/horror-film related and my favorite film as of yet is Parasite. 😊
Hannah Odebode

Hannah Odebode

Hey! I'm Hannah, the intern! I'm the person that gets to answer all of your questions and respond to your lovely comments on our socials. I have a great love for all things thriller/horror-film related and my favorite film as of yet is Parasite. 😊