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How to recreate a video from the 90’s

November 3, 2019

What’s up, guys? I’m Daria. I’m happy to see you in this new video tutorial
from Movavi. Ready? Let’s get started! Wanna learn how we made this video that looks
like something from the 90’s? Now we’re about to time-travel through two
decades and tell you all about it! And don’t panic! Nope, we didn’t change the Movavi Vlog profile
to a retro-fitness channel. I’m still talking about shooting and editing
videos. Today I’m going to show you how to make
your own video in the style of the 90s. It may not be easy, but it sure will be interesting! Do you remember those good old days when people
used to visit each other with the sole purpose of copying videotapes of favorite cartoons
or just sitting around and watching a movie together? There was something quite delightful about
it, right? People would get to know each other, communicate
with one another, share news, and have some quality time offline. Actually, on second thoughts, I doubt they
used the word “offline” back then. Perhaps that’s what gives you such warm
feelings whenever we show old video recordings. It brings many of us back to our childhood
or formative years. But there are some people who didn’t experience
this era – the last offline decade – at all. At the beginning of the 90s the first portable
video cameras became available. Ever since that moment, it’s been not just
film studios that shoot videos, but ordinary people as well. Because of this broader availability, we can
enjoy both watching movies and ads from that time and looking at the way people lived and
entertained themselves then. The typical features of cameras, data storage
devices, and TV sets in those years shaped a particular visual style. There’s just no way to confuse it with something
from a different time! You can instantly recognize the characteristic
elements: tilted horizon, jerky zoom, distorted images from a video tape, stripes, a timecode
the corner. Check out the way our retro-style fitness
video would look if there was no 90s stylization Now, scrolling down your news feed, this type
of video wouldn’t even make you stop. If you feel like taking advantage of all this
hype about 90’s nostalgia, you don’t have to buy an old film camera. Let’s figure out what makes these videos
so recognizable. How can we recreate this unique style from
the end of the last century? Let’s start with the way the video is shot. We watched a dozen videos from that time and
noticed a few recurring operator habits. A sudden zoom! Everyone loved to do this, from TV camera
operators to the lucky owners of amateur cameras: there’s a master shot and all of a sudden
here’s an abrupt transition to a close-up, with the help of the zoom. If your lens has zoom capabilities, you can
do this trick yourself. Just check that the subject doesn’t drop
out of focus in the close-up! Here’s how it looks. You can repeat this trick on your mobile phone. As with the camera, I recommend using a tripod
or monopod. Another fashionable technique of those years
was a deliberately tilted horizon. Almost 45 degrees. You can even combine both these techniques
in one scene. But don’t overdo it. Of course, for a retro video, you need to
pick the right theme so it reminds you of the nineties. We’ve chosen a fitness video. You remember all those jazzed girls and boys
in tight outfits, right? Picked your topic? Don’t forget the details, because it’s important
to match the era as closely as possible. Put those skinny jeans aside! It’s time to get your father’s old sports
jacket out of the closet, and your mother’s leggings. Now we have the scene set up, it’s time to
start editing. But first – a couple of words about the technical
characteristics of video production at the end of the last century. A stand-out technical feature of videos of
that era is black bars on each side. In the 90s, a 4: 3 aspect ratio was the standard
for video recording and TV broadcasts. It was not until the 2000s, with the transition
to digital television, that the ratio began to change to today’s 16: 9. Also you may notice the image quality is rather
poor: the then widely used VHS videotape format supported a resolution of only 320×240 pixels. For comparison – the usual format for us on
YouTube and in this video is a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Now the VHS effect is mostly associated with
the so-called “old film effect”. VHS stands for Video Home System – it’s
an analog video recording format, which was first introduced in Japan in 1976. It became popular in the 80s with the appearance
of the first VHS players and VCRs. It was not until the 2000s that it was replaced
by DVD players. By the way, the production of VHS tapes and
VCRs stopped only recently, in 2016. Noise, stripes and a range of issues caused
by TV interference and film problems add to the atmosphere. The reason for tapes wearing out was frequent
copying. When rewriting the tape, the quality tended
to drop sharply, noise and distortion appeared and, as nitrofilm was expensive, it was often
overwritten. I’m going to recreate all the features I’ve
mentioned during the editing. Let’s open Movavi Video Editor and upload
the videos. I’ll skip the part where I edited the video
from raw clips and go straight to the most interesting part. Just in case, I’ve left you the link to
our tutorial on the basics of video editing. Watch it first if you are new to video editing. Now let’s change the aspect ratio from today’s
16:9 to the 90s standard. Go to the project settings. You can choose from one of the templates with
the 3:4 aspect ratio. Or set it manually. I’ll do just that. Allow changing the aspect ratio and enter
1440 in the box for the frame width. This way, we get the desired aspect ratio
of three to four. To remove the black bars from the top and
bottom of the frame, select the clip and the crop tool. The program will offer to crop the frame to
the desired format. Click “apply”. These actions will need to be repeated for
each clip, if you have more than one. Next, I exported the finished video without
introducing any effects. This way, it will be more convenient to work
on the video further. Click “export” and select the desired quality. So, I’ve created a new project and reloaded
the already edited video. To make the video look as if it was shot by
your grandmother, you can use the filters built into the editor. Try different combinations, for example “old
movie 70’s” … and “Old movie scratches”. Not bad! But if you want to achieve a truly spectacular
effect, then I suggest you create it manually. I’m going to go for this effect. Note, this is not just a deterioration in
quality by reducing the resolution and adding artificial scratches and defects. An attentive eye can see here double and even
triple outlines of different shades. The thing is that all the colors that we see
on the screen are a mixture of the three color channels: red, green and blue. If you’ve ever engaged in drawing or painting,
you’ve probably learned that you can create any colour if you mix the three primary colors
– red, yellow and blue– in the right proportions. However, in the digital world uses green instead
of yellow due to the way light, as opposed to paint, mixes. Non-matching color channels appeared when
people recorded video on ordinary home video recorders, which, due to technical shortcomings,
could not accurately reproduce the picture. Now I am going to tell you how I managed to
achieve this effect. Remove the previously added effects, copy
the video track and place it above the main one. Turn off the sound on the additional track. Click edit and select the “cover” option. Add a couple of effects. Set the value of the “opacity” much lower
– about 20% – to make the effects a little less intense. We’ll make one more copy of the track and
place it above the original. Press “edit” and stretch it to fit the main
frame – we do not need any particular accuracy here. Add the “Color Mix Blue” effect and slightly
reduce the transparency of the layer. Now move the picture slightly to the right. Then copy the last layer. When inserting it, ensure that the playhead
is at the beginning of the timeline, so that the clips will be synchronized. Change the filter to “color mix –red”. Click “edit” and move the layer to just above
the original clip. You see? We have a small color stratification of the
frame and have achieved the desired fuzziness. Also on the edges of the frame, colored stripes
have appeared, very similar to the way film stock appeared. By adjusting the opacity of these layers,
you can change the intensity of the effect. But that’s not all! Create another copy of the top layer and remove
all the effects from it except the opacity. Now place it in line with the original clips
and cut it into three parts. These are the places where we will add noise. Choose these segments on the video. Remember – change the length of the clips
only by dragging by the edges, otherwise you’ll break the synchronization. I will choose these three clips, but you can
make as many as you want! On the first one I’ll add the VHS effect. Let’s see how it looks. Super! Now I want the effect to overlap only part
of the frame. I select the second clip and the crop tool. I narrow the area to the desired size and
press “apply”. Then I click “edit” and move the area to the
desired position. Now, again, add the VHS effect. In my opinion, the effect is too long here,
so I’ll make it shorter. Now the effect is applied only to the desired
area! We repeat the same actions with the third
segment but, during the editing, we stretch the segment a bit to recreate another film
defect. Let’s add a few bars. I asked our designer to make this picture
with bars. We place it above all the previous layers,
stretch the entire length of the video, click edit, select the “picture in picture” option,
and stretch it so that the bars overlap the whole image. Set the opacity. Perfect! Just look how our picture has changed! As we finish our work with effects, we will
add to our original track the “vignette” and “old movie-scratches” effects Just a couple of things left to do, starting
with text inserts. Go to Titles. Choose Simple Text, and enter the date of
this memorable event. For greater accuracy, we used the VCR OSD
Mono font. The link to download this font is in the description. Copy the layer and add some text from the
camera interface. And let’s add a timecode. For that I used Timer title. In the settings, let’s make the background
transparent. A quick life hack for you! To align the text horizontally or vertically,
you can uncheck the viewing monitor by clicking this button and using the screen border as
a ruler. Ready! Let’s see once more how our video changed. This is the original video. Here, we changed the aspect ratio and added
several effects from the program. And here, we manually recreated the desired
effect! Are you tired yet? Creating these kinds of effects manually is
a little laborious, but I think you’ll agree, the result is worth it! By the way, if you were paying attention,
the voiceover in our clip mmm … is not exactly in sync with the video. That’s not an accident, because in those
years there were no compact recording devices, so the voice was recorded by overdubbing. Do you want to know how to do that? In this video, we talk in detail about all
the nuances. Tell us in the comments, if you liked the
tutorial and if you want to learn even more advanced editing techniques. Subscribe to our channel and don’t miss
exciting new tutorials. See you in the next Movavi video. Bye-bye!


  • Reply Rizwan Saifi May 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm


  • Reply h7opolo May 25, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Not only do you provide a great product, you show us how to use it and give us inspiration for film ideas. I love it.

  • Reply Kamal Kumar May 26, 2018 at 2:51 am


  • Reply Rod Heks May 26, 2018 at 3:55 am

    @Roman . HAHAHA thumbs up

  • Reply GAZ REYNOLDS May 26, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Great content

  • Reply Comestibles Para Super Chinos May 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Best movie editor ever !!

  • Reply Jirachi A May 26, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Where's the animation tab on Movavi Video Editor 14? I need your help.

  • Reply Zapper777 May 28, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Lol Roman

  • Reply Mimi Dupree May 28, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Hello my editor keeps lagging when I try to edit. This happens every year can you please help I reached out to you multiple times on multiple platforms. I really want to upload a new video but I can’t 😔

  • Reply Gamer Produtionzzz May 31, 2018 at 7:19 am

    PLEASE add the text glitch effect

  • Reply Lokitty Laufeyson May 31, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    90s does not have an apostrophe.

  • Reply Superb Media Content Creator June 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Sorry… my goal in life is trying to make my 1990s video look like it was made this year…

  • Reply Rinkiya_ke_ Babu June 2, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Can i move animated character's hand in movavi editor?
    Btw great content

  • Reply ItsJake June 3, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Quick question! Is motion tracking an option in the latest version?

  • Reply shaikh saher June 4, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Hey sir Please make bell icon intro using movavi video editor I am also using it

  • Reply ofreestyle June 6, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I have very important question, if i pay for the cheaper version- does this leave credit? Please answer me

  • Reply PerfectGamerRBLX June 20, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    hello um can you guys make a video about how to put custom fonts on movavi

  • Reply AlexDan Rblx August 1, 2018 at 8:17 am


  • Reply Nicholas Weirich December 9, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    any way to add effects to text like this?

  • Reply Camilly Nadiely January 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm


  • Reply tDoc2006 March 31, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    TBH it looks more like a instagram filter

  • Reply Movavi Vlog October 31, 2019 at 11:11 am


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