What Glitch?

Inspired by Rosa Menkman‘s Vernacular of File Formats, I wanted to create my own vernacular of lesser known and lesser used file formats including PCX, PPM and PIX. Using a clip from the 1994 film Reality Bites I demonstrated the different types of glitches that can be achieved in these file formats.

The scripts used to generate these videos were collected and released as the What Glitch? scripts, and can be downloaded below

Code hosted on GitHub

Required Dependencies

Each script has its own set of dependencies, but to ensure you can run each one you’ll need the following:

  • Sed
  • GIMP – I use 2.71 beta available for Ubuntu from this ppa. Other versions remain untested
  • Imagemagick
  • GlitchSVG
  • Mplayer
  • WebP

Basic Usage

  1. Make the file executable: In a terminal type chmod+x [name of script] (e.g. what_glitch_webp.sh)
  2. Run ./what_glitch_webp.sh in a terminal window
  3. Drop a video file into terminal window and press Enter
  4. Get a cup of tea


Blog posts about What Glitch?
All of the videos used in the What is your glitch? videos