Free Final Cut Pro plugin: Bad TV a4d effect

There is a version of Bad TV in Final Cut Pro X, but the version available in Motion has more controls. I’ve produced Bad TV a4d:

Here are some examples of different looks using the effect:

Here are the controls:

Waviness: Sets the maximum horizontal distortion.

Roll: The vertical position of the clip.

Color Synch: The amount that the red, green and blue components are offset from each other.

Saturate: How much colour is added or taken away from the clip.

Number of Scan Lines: How many scan lines are added to the clip.

Scan Line Brightness: How much brighter the scan lines seem than the clip.

Scan Line Proportion: The thickness of the scan lines.

Static: The amount of static noise added to the clip.

Static Blend: The blend mode of the noise – changing this helps the static become more visible if your clip is primarily very dark or very light.

If you turn on video animation curves, you can use them to control the speed that the image rolls:

In this case the clip will roll up, roll down and roll back to the original value.


Download this disk image:

It includes an installation script for Spherico’s Motion Template Tool application, if you don’t have it on your Mac, download it. It is a freeware/donationware tool that simplifies effects installation for Final Cut Pro X users. MTT installs effects for Final Cut Pro X in the correct folders, creating them if need be. You don’t need to have Motion 5 or MTT installed for these effects to work.

Once you have MTT installed on your computer, double-click the ‘Install Bad TV a4d 1.0.mtt’ file.

If you don’t want to use MTT, install these effects in Home / Movies / Motion Templates / Effects / Stylize:

If you find this free plugin useful, you might like my Alex4D Animation Transitions plugin pack:

Find out more about Alex4D Animation Transitions.

There are many more free plugins on my Final Cut Pro X page


  1. Andrés Rivillas said:

    muuuuchisisiismas gracias alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NICE<!!!

  2. Sveinung said:

    I absolutely love this plugin! Been looking for a good one like this for quite some time now, thanks! 😀

  3. Mário said:

    Hello, very interesting plugin indeed! But It doesn’t work on my computer. I follow all your steps (and I did it with and without using MTT), then I’am able to see the effect and its thumbnail on Final Cut, but when I try to apply it I see only a blue screen. The controls are missing too. Have any tip as for how can I solve this problem? Thanks in advance!

    • Alex said:

      Make sure your running the newest version of FCP X. Use the App Store to update it to at least 10.0.4.

  4. Dave © said:

    This is really sweet! Thank you so much!!!

  5. Love this effect! One question: when it’s applied there’s sort of a reddish colored ghost, which i cant seem to find an adjustment setting for. What’s the best way to have the effect only flicker on and off for a second, by keyframing the adjustments? or is there another way to remove that ghost?

  6. Hey Alex, Is there a way or plugin that can make the footage roll in a horizontal direction as opposed to the vertical roll?

    • Alex said:

      There’s an effect in Motion that does what you want, so I’ve published it as a Motion template so you can use it in Final Cut Pro.

      Download it from

      Put the ‘Offset a4d’ folder in Motion Templates/Effects/Alex4D

      • Thanks Alex!!!

  7. Ras said:

    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <333333

  8. I was using this the plugin for a project but i’m on another computer now and can’t seem to download it. Is there any chance you could reupload?

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