In Clipchamp Create you can add filters to your videos or images to change the colour and contrast, make them black and white, or add blur. You can also use filters to add special effects such a slow zoom (similar to a Ken Burns effect), glitch, smoke, filmic noise, VHS crackle, blur fill or Green Screen.

To apply a filter, simply click on the clip in the timeline so that an editing menu appears, then click the Filters tab and choose a filter. See below for a step-by-step guide with images.

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How to add a filter

First, start a Create project and add your video or image file to the project's media library, then:

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 will be highlighted when selected, and a menu will appear in the top left of the editor window:

3. Click the Filters tab in the menu that appears

When you click the Filters tab, thumbnails will display showing the different filters: 

Depending on your screen size, you may need to use the scroller on the right side of the menu to scroll down and see all the filter options.

You can hover your cursor over a filter to see a preview of what it will look like to the right. In this example, we're hovering over one of the black and white filters:

Haven't found the filter you were looking for? We're always working on improving our editor, and plan to add more filters in future (such as more extensive Ken Burns effect pan and zoom options). Feel free to get in touch with us if there's a new feature or effect you'd like to suggest we add.

4. Click on a filter to apply it to the video

To apply a filter, click on the thumbnail. You can now playback the video (using the play button below it) to see what it looks like with the filter applied.

In the example below, we've chosen an "Increased" filter that intensifies the colours:

5. Close the Filter window

Once you are finished, simply close the Filter menu by clicking the X in the top right of the menu.

6. Save your final video

If you're finished changing colors and would like to save the video in your timeline to your computer, click the Export button in the top right. For more information see: exporting your video.


Removing a Filter

You can return the video to its original state at any time by clicking on the clip in the timeline, opening the Filters menu, and clicking the Unfiltered option in the top left.

Alternatively, drag and drop the original video into your timeline again from your media library.


Adjusting colours yourself

If you would like to custom adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation or temperature of the video or image yourself, you can use the sliders in the Color Balance tab. For tips on how to do this, see: changing the colour of a video.


Try it out

Ready to get started? Head straight to Create to try it out for yourself:

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