You can lighten or darken a video or image in Create, by using the Colour menu and adjusting the contrast and exposure (lightness / darkness) sliders. See below for a guide with images.
You might also find our preset Filters useful to quickly improve the look of your videos. For more information, see adding filters.
Changing the brightness or contrast of a video
1. Drag and drop the video or image into the timeline
If it's not already there, drag and drop the video or image from the media library into the timeline at the bottom of your project.
2. Click on the clip in the timeline to select it
The clip will be highlighted when selected. A menu will appear in the top left:
3. Click the Colour tab in the menu that appears
Four sliders will display (if you don't see all four, try using the scroller on the right hand side of the menu to scroll down).
4. To adjust brightness, move the Exposure slider left or right
To make the clip brighter: drag the toggle on the Exposure slider to the right.
To make the clip darker: drag the toggle on the Exposure slider to the left.
5. To adjust contrast, move the Contrast slider left or right
To give the clip higher contrast: drag the toggle on the Contrast slider to the right.
To give the clip lower contrast: drag the toggle on the Contrast slider to the left.
You'll see a preview of what your adjusted video will look like to the right in the window where the video plays.
6. Close the Colour window
Once you are finished adjusting, simply close the Colour menu by clicking the X in the top right.
NOTE: You can also adjust the temperature (warm or cool colours) by moving the Temperature slider, or the saturation (colour intensity) by moving the Saturation slider. See this how to change the colour video article if you would like visual examples.
Here you can see the difference in our example video now the brightness and contrast have been increased:
VIDEO WITH EXPOSURE AND CONTRAST INCREASED:
Undoing a brightness or contrast change
You can return the video to its original state at any time by clicking on the clip in the timeline, opening the Colour menu and clicking the Reset button in the bottom left.
Alternatively, drag and drop the original video into your timeline again from your media library.
Try it out
Ready to get started? Head straight to Create to try it out for yourself: