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Using the BCC Scanline Filter in After Effects

Media Used in this Exercise: DSF116.mov

We're going to use the BCC Scanline filter in After Effects to make a clip appear as though it was the result of shooting a computer monitor with a video camera. We'll start by importing the clip DSF116, which is an Artbeats stock clip of a street scene in San Francisco. Create a new NTSC DV comp in AE and drag the clip into this new comp.

Then with the clip selected, apply the BCC Scanline filter to the clip by selecting it from the Filters>BCC5 OpenGL category.

By default, the lines are set to a small size and automatically animate across the face of the clip, but the result that we are seeing is not suitable for the clip to which we have applied it so we'll just modify a few parameters to generate a more photo-realistic appearance.

Set the size parameter to 75 and the softness parameter to 75. Then set the Roll RGB Speed to 35.

To blend this in a little bit better with the original image, we'll set the Mix with Original parameter value to 40. Now preview the effect to RAM.

Now we'll add a little stylistic element, basically electronic noise, to make the image appear to have been on a CC TV system. Set the Noise Parameter to a value of 30 and leave the Noise Size parameter at its default value of 10. Preview the effect to RAM; see the effect and observe that the noise appears to pulse over time.

Finally, let's offset the RGB position values of the rolling scanlines. Set the Roll R parameter value to 20. Then set the Roll B value to minus 20. Preview the effect to RAM to see the final result.