I'm trying to reproduce this "color feedback" effect that was popular in the 80's (thanks to the Scanimate) :

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This one is from the song "Earth, Wind and Fire - Let's groove"

Basically it work like this :

Current frame = Blend(Video input, ColorShift(Previous Frame))

What i tried so far :

  • Add "Color key" effect to separate subject from the background.
  • Add "Echo" effect. Set operator to "Composite In Front". Increase "Number of Echoes" to 20.

It works pretty good to reproduce the basic feedback effect. However i'm still missing the rainbow colors.

I have tried to put some color correction effect, but it applies on the whole image, not only on the previous frames.

Any idea how i can reproduce this effect ?

2 Answers 2


Sorry, I don't have keyable footage under my hand, so I tried to do it different. But it will better look with keying: enter image description here

  1. I duplicated my layer couple of times
  2. Moved every layer couple of frames forward
  3. Decreased Optically value for every layer with same step, so values distributed from 100 till 0 (last one can be skipped)
  4. Added to them Hue/Saturation effect with distribution of Master Hue across them.

It is manual approach, but it is not so difficult or time-consuming.

I believe it also can be achieved with Particle system, when your footage serves as emitter. Some of particle systems effects have "color over life" value, which will create your "Rainbow effect".

Good luck!

  • Hi Thanks for reply. Not really the solution i was looking for but i will give a try. For testing purposes I downloaded a free video sample from here : videohive.net/item/club-dance/6482250
    – tigrou
    Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 10:30

make your first comp with your keyed footage in it. Create a new comp with two copies of the first, offset by one frame. Apply the hue/saturation effect with the hue rotated by a few degrees, let's say 8 degrees, to the bottom layer. Add some offset, say -20px on the x and y axis. Create a new comp with two copies of the second comp, this time offset it by two frames, and once again apply the hue/sat effect but now with the hue rotated a 16 degrees to the bottom layer. By now there should be four copies of the original video. Repeat to get eight, then sixteen etc copies. Here's one that has six layers of subcomps (I just drew something and puppet-pinned it). It plays suprisingly fast:

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Looking at it, if you wanted it to look more like the example you might add a bit of blur to each repetition.

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