Film clutter, light leaks, burns, grunge and glitched title elements for use in Final Cut Pro X and Motion 

Buy Scratchtapes: Frame Damage Vol.2 For Final Cut Pro X and Motion.

What are Scratch Tapes?

The term comes from early computer days, where tape drives were used for dumping of data for re use later. When I started out as an editor, cutting on linear tape based systems, I ended up creating and carrying around a selection of Beta SP and Digi Beta tapes, containing effects and footage that could be re used in other edits. Examples of the stuff I used to keep on these tapes are: Film grain, flashes and clutter, light leaks, video feedback, background plates, lighting/flare effects and so on..

These packs were originally produced as stand alone clips, but since I’ve created my own FCPX effects with them, I’ve packaged them up for other editors to try.

How to use them.

They can be used in a number of ways, but probably the most obvious would be as overlays on existing footage or as backgrounds. Below are a couple of tutorials, using FCPX of how you can achieve old film clutter effects with a couple of mouse clicks in the effects or titles tweaking of multiple controls involved. This demo clip was created very quickly using just 4 or 5 different overlays, used to create transitions, add film grain/clutter and to create flicker effects on the text. This was achieved by stacking layers and adjusting each layers composite mode. No other plug in or effects were used.

Frame Damage Vol.2 £10.00 Commercial & Personal use licence.

Frame Damage, is a mini collection of effects templates for FCPX or Motion, containing 15 FCPX  effect template elements, 7 transition elements, as well as an adjustment layer and starter texture matte. Themed around severe film damage, this collection is ideal for grunge and damaged film elements in any project. Used as overlays, the clips can effect underlying elements in quite extreme ways. Used as backgrounds or layers, both the clips and the image textures can be combined to create various lo fi film effects. 

Scratchtapes legacy pages

The original element packages are being replaced with these template packs, but if you need just the elements, for use in Unity or Blender for example, the legacy packs are still available on their original pages below.

Dirt New pricing of only $10.00 for the package

The Dirt package is a collection of 6 HD and 14 SD film flare, light bleed, grain and dirt effect overlays. More details here


A collection of 20 low fi glitches & transitions. Now at $10.00 for the pack. More info here