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Cool VHS Overlay effects in Motionbox

VHS overlays are a cool effect for various types of videos. You can add the VHS overlay to your YouTube videos, Instagram videos, and much more. Where social media may be limited in the effects they offer and the duration of the video you can add the VHS effect on, Motionbox offers VHS overlay effects for up to 1 hour of video.

Make cool clips, or even short films with the retro 90s VHS vibe. It's easy to add in Motionbox, just select the VHS effects and add the overlay on the timeline on the portion of video you want to display the effect on.

Cool VHS Overlay effects in Motionbox

How to use the VHS overlay

Here are three simple steps on how you can easily make video effects

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1Upload Media

Motionbox makes it easy for you to drag and drop your image over the editor. You can also click the upload button in the navigation to the left, select uploads, then click upload. Before you use the VHS effect it would be good to get a video or image on the timeline first.

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2Select VHS overlay

Under the elements tab in the left sidebar navigation you will see an option for filters. The one you will one in this case is the VHS overlay filter. From here you can play around with it on the timeline, you can stretch the time of the filter to take the duration of the entire video or make it a short lived filter, your call.

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When you're happy with the how the VHS overlay filter looks, you can proceed to edit the video until you're happy, then simply export your project as a GIF or a video.

Retro VHS templates

Video Templates

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With this YouTube video Michael explains how easy it is use the Motionbox app

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Why use a VHS overlay?

Here are three reasons why VHS overlay filters are awesome.


Take new videos and repurpose them to look retro with the VHS effect.


Perhaps your ad needs a retro vibe to resonate with your audience, the VHS filter is perfect to add onto your video to give it the right vibe. Check out the templates above as an example.


Having VHS overlay filters and the other filters we provide at Motionbox makes it easy for you to be creative, your potential is limitless with these pre-made filters.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does VHS overlay mean?
    The overlay is an effect layer that goes on top of the other video layers. VHS stands for (Video Home System) it is a standard for consumer-level analog video recording on tape cassettes. They were popular back in the 90s, now the VHS effects offer a cool vibe and nostalgic feeling
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