The slitscan is a old technique that has been largely replaced with digital effects. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to reproduce the otherworldly effects of slit scan. In this workshop we’ll use After Effects’ Time Displacement to create some out-of-this-world effects and use it in a music Video.


1. Select a song to do a music video. Ideally you should find a local musician and ask permission to make a music video with their music. If you cannot find a musician you can use the following: YouTube's Music Library or Search Sound Cloud's Creative Commons Music or use MobyGratis

2. Shoot Raw Footage Put the camera on the tripod and get a locked off shot of your talent dancing to the music  Try to keep the actions fluid and slow so you can speed up the footage in post to get extra frames for After Effects’ Time Displacement to work. As demonstrated in the lecture - you will want to shoot as high a frame rate as you can.

One person in the scene needs to be wearing a tie- It can be any kind of tie - a straight tie, bow tie, bolo tie... but someone in your film needs to have a tie.

3. Grab a photo of yourself, your cast and crew. Upload that photo to the form below.

4. Bring your footage into After Effects and apply Time Displacement Effect Review the course video for further instructions on how to use Adobe After Effects’ Time Displacement tool. Keep your clips short (about 10 seconds) because they will take some time to render. Make refinements to the settings to get the effect you want.

5. Experiment with Different Displacement Maps Try different displacement maps and see how they affect the look of the slit scan footage. Export your favorite displacement map along with a screenshot of the map in action. Combine both images together in a picture and picture.

6. Edit your music video. Add any finishing touches like color grading or sound effects.

7. Upload the Finished Film to YouTube or Vimeo. You can title the film however you want. In the video description put the following:

This was made for Filmmaker IQ's Slitscan Music Video Lab

Submitted by >>YOUR USER NAME<< >>Date<<

Make a note of track you used. You can then add your own description beneath with credits and whatever else you want to include.

Make sure your film is NOT SET TO PRIVATE and share the link in the form below.


Here are a few examples of other music videos that utilized the slit scan technique.

Because the slitscan effect works on temporal distortion, the smoothness of your slitscan footage is entirely dependent on how many frames After Effects has to work with. This is why it's preferable to shoot with 60p or higher for your Raw footage. If you dance very slowly, you can even speed up the footage to squeeze a few more frames for After Effects to work with.

Experiment with movements that are in the opposite direction of your displacement pattern - these can create some otherworldly effects.

This effect can be very processor heavy so be patient with the renders. Your entire music video doesn't need to be processed as slitscan but it should be the major feature in the video.

Go make something great!

You need to complete the rest of the Lessons in this Course before you can submit your Lab Video!

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