Digital Anarchy Releases Free Plugin, Flicker Freak, for Adding ‘Horror’-esqe Flicker to Video

November 2, 2014 12:17 pm

Tags: Adobe, After Effects, Apple, Avid, Digital Anarchy, Final Cut Pro, Plug-ins, Premiere Pro

Flicker Freak easily gives your Halloween video the effect of being shot with a broken, flickering light in the scene.


San Francisco, CA - Digital Anarchy announced Flicker Freak, a free filter for adding flicker to video. It’s difficult to make it as a serial killer these days if the lights are always on. Flicker Freak makes it possible to make lights malfunction without being an electrician. The lights appear to flicker on and off, creating an effect commonly seen in horror movies. To do this it uses technology found in Digital Anarchy’s popular Flicker Free plugin, which removes flicker from video. Flicker Freak supports Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid.

“I’m 73% more effective with my chainsaw when I use Flicker Freak. It’s bloody amazing!,” said a guy in a hockey mask.

Flicker Freak joins Digital Anarchy’s other free plugin, Ugly Box, as tools for making your video look worse. Flicker Freak simulates a malfunctioning light in your scene which flickers on and off. This is frequently used in horror movies for dramatic effect and to create suspense. The strobe light-like effect gives normal or slow motion footage an eery feel.

“Flicker Freak is easily the best of class plugin for adding flicker and chainsaw enhancement,” said Jim Tierney, Chief Executive Anarchist. “I mean, if you’re a guy in an elephant suit with a chainsaw, who else would you trust but Digital Anarchy?”

Flicker Freak is a mostly automatic plugin with just a couple controls for adjusting the frequency of the strobing and increasing the contrast of the scene. It aims to simplify the usual process. No longer do you have to go around breaking all the lights in your deserted motel.

You can check out what Flicker Freak does by having a look at our impressive, high budget demo reel:



Features of Flicker Freak

  • Ease of Use: Just apply it and adjust the Freak Time parameter
  • Automatic Color Correction: The plugin increases contrast and hides dark areas, since that’s how the eye adjusts when looking at a strobe light.
  • Randomize: You can have the flicker occur at a steady rate (every three frames) or vary it randomly (e.g. every 2 to 4 frames).
  • Technology from Flicker Free: The color correction technology is the same as what our Flicker Free plugin uses for removing flicker.
  • Support for Final Cut Pro X: Flicker Freak supports Final Cut Pro X, along with earlier versions of FCP.
  • Support for Adobe CC: Flicker Freak supports the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Pricing and Availability

Flicker Freak is free and can be downloaded here:

Flicker Freak runs in After Effects and Premiere Pro CS4 and above (incl. Creative Cloud), Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, and Avid Media Compose 6 and above.

Flicker Free is priced at $149 USD. Flicker Free is a powerful new way to de-flicker video. It fixes flicker that's common for many types of footage, be it from lights and cameras being out of sync (rolling bands), time lapse or slow motion (high frame rate) video.

The products run on Macintosh 10.6 and higher, Windows Vista and higher. Demo filters and samples are available at Customers should contact Digital Anarchy at with update questions.


Intro to Flicker Freak tutorial


About Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company in San Francisco, CA that creates smart image enhancement software for video editors, broadcast designers, professional and aspiring photographers, and 2D animators. These tools let you spend less time processing images and more time on creative work, solving issues from skin smoothing software to masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography. Digital Anarchy products work in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid, Davinci Resolve, Nuke, Assimilate Scratch, Photoshop, and Aperture. For more information, please see the company's website at or call 415-287-6069.

Digital Anarchy is a registered trademark of Digital Anarchy Inc. All other brand names, product names, service marks, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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