How to Do a Glitchy VHS Rewind Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

If you've got Adobe Premiere Pro, you can make this cool VHS glitch rewind effect from scratch, no extras required.

Who doesn't love tutorials on how to do sweet effects in Premiere Pro? It's fun to search for a cool effect and follow along until, boom, you've learned how to pull off something you can use later in your work. However, the problem with a lot of these tutorials is that they require plugins, add-ons, and other extras that you probably don't have and will have to pay a bunch of money to get. But this tutorial from Justin Odisho not only shows you how to make a glitchy VHS rewind effect from scratch, but you won't need anything extra to do to it. Check it out below:

This rewind effect has a ton of applications, some of which you might be thinking of right now. Want to do a flashback over a voiceover? Rewind. Did your character find something interesting in a home movie? Rewind. Want to use the effect for the hell of it? Rewind! This is one of those effects that is pretty versatile and allows you to use your creativity to come up with new ways to put it to good use.

Now, I don't know about you, but Justin Odisho's tutorials are quickly becoming my absolute favorite ones on the internet. He tackles the stuff new filmmakers, editors, and VFX artists really want to learn—the stuff you see in movies, commercials, and music videos that make you go, "Whoa, how the hell did they do that!?"

He's got stylish stuff like animated number counters, reactive audio spectrums, and ink drop transitions. He's got useful stuff like masking text behind objects, faking handheld camera movement, and editing to a beat. Seriously, go check his stuff out and learn you some stuff, and stuff.     

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Effect, not Affect in the title...

March 29, 2017 at 5:04AM

Michael Schmucker
Producer, Cinematographer, Animator


March 31, 2017 at 1:34PM

Concept artist | Storyboard artist | Illustrator

Cool effect but in order to add realism I wouldn't use it for "REW <<", it looks more dramatic but these characters are independently generated by vcr and were not affected by the rewind, just saying.

April 15, 2017 at 10:11AM


This was an awesome tutorial and super helpful. Just what I needed. Thanks Justin!

July 7, 2020 at 8:52AM

Bryan Fitzgerald
Actor / Filmmaker