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Add VHS Effect

Create a VHS video effect to give a retro feel
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Rewind time with the VHS tape effect

Capture your audience’s attention by creating a retro effect to your video and using a VHS effect. When you use a VHS filter or a VHS transition to add to the feel of your video, you’re causing viewers to feel reminiscent of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, when VHS tapes were the only way we could watch (or binge-watch) our favorite shows and films.

With over 50 video transitions and effects, you have full creative control over how you want the videotape to feel in your video. Take it a step further by applying filters to make your content look black and white or sepia color. Now we’re back in time.

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How to Add VHS Effect to Video

How to Add VHS Effect to Video
  1. Upload video
    Upload a video to a new project to get started.
  2. Choose a VHS effect
    Open the “Images” tab in the left-hand sidebar and search for “VHS effect gif.” Select one effect out of hundreds of VHS overlays and adjust its opacity to lay on top of your video.
  3. Export and download
    Export your project and download a file for yours to keep. Share your new video on any platform by uploading or sharing your own unique video URL link.

Bring back style with the VHS aesthetic

From Polaroid photos to VHS tape filters on video footage and clips, it’s safe to say these two aesthetics are timeless. Go back to the roots of video recordings and use the VHS effect to create a sense of nostalgia that your audience can’t help but hold onto while watching your entire video.

Drag and drop the VHS overlay onto your video for an easy way to add the effect without having to download anything or install new, heavy software. Use the tape effect as a transition in your video or search for another VHS overlay png to use in the copyright-free media library. The vast library of stock footage, animated effects, transparent overlays, and more are all ready for you to use at any time within the video editor.

Take your YouTube videos a step further when you apply a VHS overlay or a VHS transition effect. With Kapwing, there’s no need to watch any YouTube tutorials on how to add a VHS effect to video. Everything you need to make your video more compelling is right at the tip of your fingers.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I add a VHS video effect without Adobe Premiere Pro?

If you don’t have Adobe Premiere Pro, you can make your video look like a VHS tape with Kapwing, the online video editor. Add a VHS video effect directly from your web browser on any device – no downloads or payment required. With Kapwing, you have the full video-editing toolkit you need to add any effects to your video without worrying about downloading, installing, and learning a new, heavy software.

How do I get free VHS effects?

You can get free VHS effects without having to download any files with Kapwing. With over hundreds of VHS overlays and effects, you have full control over the feel of your video, image, or GIF from start to finish.

How do I make my phone camera look like a VHS tape?

To make your phone camera look like a VHS tape, apply the VHS filter after you’ve recorded your video or taken your picture. You can use Kapwing directly in your web browser to do this, so you don’t have to use any phone storage by downloading a new app or overlay. Simply tap on the VHS tape effect in the editor, and you’re good to go!

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