How to use Old TV

Old TV creates one of the most sophisticated old TV looks we've ever seen. Using chroma, tint, saturation, brightness, contrast, and ghosting you can create a nostalgic look and a lot more.

Place this effect on the clip, adjust how the image looks with the Video Quality controls, then set the shape of your TV image with the Shape controls. Turn up the Noise control to add static to your image, and use the Ghosting control to add the look of a ghosting transmission. Finally, add different types of noise and transmission errors using the Scan Lines, Horizontal Sync, Vertical Sync, and Scan Phasing controls.

  • The Video Quality group sets how the initial image on your TV screen looks:
    • Noise adds static to the image. At 0, you will have a perfectly clear image. At 100, it will be nothing but snow.
    • Chroma works like the Hue control on an old television set. Adjust this control to mimic the color errors that you would often see on old TVs.
    • Tint Color Picker sets the Tint color.
    • Tint adjusts how much of that tint gets mixed into the final result. Positive values add the tint color to the image; negative values subtract the tint color from the image.
    • Saturation adjusts the color strength. At 0, the colors remain unchanged. Turn down Saturation to remove color; turn it up to enhance the colors.
    • Brightness simply adjusts image brightness.
    • Contrast sets the image contrast. Turn this up to make the white parts of the image brighter and the dark parts of the image darker.
    • Ghosting creates the double-image you would sometimes see with a bad television transmission. Leave it at 0 for no ghosting, or turn it up to increase the ghosting in the image.
  • The Scan Lines group recreates the black lines that were visible on old CRT televisions:
    • Resolution sets the thickness of the scan lines. Turn Resolution down for a small number of thick lines. Turn Resolution up for a large number of thin lines.
    • Intensity sets how visible the scan lines are. As you turn Intensity up, the scan lines will get darker and be more pronounced.
  • The Horizontal Sync group simulates a TV losing horizontal sync, causing vertical lines in the image to bend and look wavy:
    • Severity sets how much the image bends and moves. At 0, everything is normal and there is no effect. As you increase Severity, the image starts to bend and become more wavy.
    • Frequency sets how often the sync error occurs. At 0, it never happens. At 100, it happens constantly.
  • The Vertical Sync group simulates the rolling image that you would see when a TV lost vertical hold:
    • Speed sets how quickly the image rolls.
    • Period sets how frequently the image rolls. At 0, it never rolls. At 100, it is continuously rolling. At 50, it spends half of the time holding still, and half of the time rolling.
    • Enable Vertical Blank to insert a black bar at the top of the image as it rolls, simulating the vertical blanking interval of a television transmission.
  • The Scan Phasing group simulates a bright rolling band refreshing the TV image, typically seen when you film a TV screen:
    • Rate sets how quickly the band moves.
    • Overlap sets the height of the band.
  • The Shape group sets the shape of the TV image.
    • Curvature mimics the round edges of an old CRT television. As you turn up Curvature, the edges get rounder and the image curves inward.
    • Soften Edge feathers the edge of the TV image. With Soften Edge at 0, you will have a sharply defined edge. As you turn it up, the edge will start to blend with the border and become more transparent.
    • Opacity sets the opacity of the border around the TV image. Adjust this control if you are using a background video behind the TV image.
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