After Effects: Vintage Film Grain

This week we learn how to create Vintage Film grain video in After Effects without any third party plugins. We also find a great blender resource and huge new list of Church Media related websites. You can download the After Effects Project and video loop below.

StockPile: – Free 3d Software

The Blender Survival Guide
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

10 Tips for Clean workflow

Church Marketing Directory – Tons of useful Links

How To – Vintage Film Grain

Based on this Ford Commercial.

Download the project file (After Effects CS3)

Expressions Used:

Looping Fractal Noise:

(time/out_point)*(effect(“Evolution Amount”)(“Slider”)*360) // add to evolution property.

NOTE: you need to create a expression slider with the name “Evolution Amount” and link the Cycle Property to that as well.

Looping Wiggle:

freq = 1;
amp = 110;
loopTime = 3;

t = time % loopTime;
wiggle1 = wiggle(freq, amp, 1, 0.5, t);
wiggle2 = wiggle(freq, amp, 1, 0.5, t – loopTime);
linear(t, 0, loopTime, wiggle1, wiggle2)

Film Grain Textures
Quality film grain footage for under $20

Free Film Grain Videos: Real filmburn, Streaks



Widescreen HD(1280 x 720) mp4, wmv
Fullscreen (800 x 600) mp4, wmv

Download the project file (After Effects CS3)


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Thanks for the vintage film grain tutorial- I learned A LOT from this! Great episode!
p.s. your bobble head is scarily accurate :)


WOOOOO!!!! Thanks man!



This is a very good tuto, thank you so much!

I just want to ask if it's possible to add a video "behind" that, instead of the blue background?


amazing, thanx a lot!!!!


Okay, am I just doing something wrong? I'm copying and pasting the code in exactly as it says (I've also tried entering it manually) and I keep getting a syntax error…


you're freaking hot, Mr. Zimmerman, but should consider making tutorials in a more objective way.


Why are you so awesome? Wow, this stuff is just what I am looking for! Thanks a lot, really!!


Fractal expression doesn't work.


Amazing! Many thanks! Your tutorials are unique!


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