How to Use our Free TV and VHS Effects in DaVinci Resolve

How to Use our Free TV and VHS Effects in DaVinci Resolve

March 12, 2021

Give your video footage a blast from the past by downloading our free pack of VHS overlays and TV effects! This old-school video effects pack is filled with VHS effects and overlays, sound effects, stills, and textures to give your project a retro feel. These are very simple tools to use and are easily customizable, so you can feel free to experiment and play around with these effects to make something truly unique. Discover what you can do with this VHS effects pack by learning how to use them in DaVinci Resolve. 

Note: While this is a DaVinci Resolve tutorial, these VHS video effects can also be used in almost every video editing program. We also have the full pack of CinePacks VHS FX that you can purchase from our website as well (we even included a coupon in this free pack!).

How to Use our TV and VHS Effects in DaVinci Resolve 

Download the free pack from the CinePacks website and extract the files. Go ahead and start exploring; you’ll see some old school television sets where you can insert your own footage onto the screens. These are Apple ProRes 4K files with alpha channels built in so the screens are transparent, making these video effects even easier to use in DaVinci Resolve. You’ll also see some VHS overlays that can give your footage that grainy, distorted look, as well as some PNGs.

To use the Aspect Ratio overlay, drag the effect into your timeline above your footage. Change the Composite Mode to Darken to achieve a cool framed overlay for your footage.

Give your footage a more realistic look by dragging one of the TV overlay video effects over your footage. Scale and position your footage as needed so it fits inside the screen. You can make your footage look even more authentic by adjusting the Distortion slider under Lens Correction. Add the TV Screen overlay from the free pack as well and change the Composite Mode to Add to finish the look. (You can change the color/look of these VHS and TV overlays by navigating to your Color tab and adjusting the Lift under Primaries to increase/darken the shadows.)

The VHS Overlays included in this free pack are great to experiment with as well. Drag it into your timeline underneath the TV Screen effect and hit Shift + Left Bracket to trim the length of the clip. Use the Transform tool to scale it down and position it onto the television screen. Adjust the Distortion slider under Lens Correction until the VHS overlay matches the distortion of the television screen. Finally, change the Composite Mode to Add.

Select all your clips, right click, and select New Compound Clip. Now we can animate all these elements together as a whole. Select the Dynamic Zoom in the Inspector Tab to give your TV screen a bit of movement. (Use the Dynamic Zoom tool right above your timeline to adjust the zoom as desired.) 

Repeat this same process with any of the PNGs included in this free pack.

To create a free video transition with this VHS overlays pack, drag two of the overlays above your footage in between your two clips and stack them on top of each other. Center the more busy, dramatic overlay on top and the calmer one below. Select both of the overlays, navigate to Retine and Scaling → Scaling → Project Settings and select Stretch. Change the Composite  Mode to Add. 

You can make this DaVinci Resolve video transition look even cooler by adding a “shake” effect on your footage. Select your two clips in your timeline and add the Camera Shake effect from the effects library to both of them. Go to the frame where the video transition begins; slide the Motion Scale and Speed Scale sliders under Camera Shake to 0 (and add keyframes here). Then, at the last frame of your first clip, change the Motion Scale slider to approximately 1.3 and the Speed Scale to 2 (add keyframes). 

Increase the Pan Amplitude and Motion Blur sliders as well for an even more dramatic effect.

Mirror this same process on your second clip in the timeline to phase the transition out. 

Find More Free Video Transitions and Effects for DaVinci Resolve on our CinePacks Website

The CinePacks website has countless video editing tools you can use to create awesome, one-of-a-kind video projects! In addition to our numerous paid effects packs, we also offer a variety of free packs so you can download and use a sample of some of our best products completely free of charge. Some of our favorite video effects packs include our Glow FX, Fire FC, LUTS, Paper FX, and many more. With endless combinations of amazing overlays, animations, video transitions, textures, and stills, our packs store is your one-stop shop for incredible video editing tools. We have new products being released all the time, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss a thing! 


Watch our other tutorials to learn how to easily master these effects; also, we are always available to chat if you have any questions or feedback about any of our products. Don’t forget to tag us when you post your latest masterpiece so we can see what you created!

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