Add filters to your videos or images to change the color and contrast, make them black and white, or add blur in Clipchamp.

You can also use filters to add special effects such as 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 video 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

Step 1. Drag and drop the video or image into the timeline

Drag and drop the video or image from Your media library into the timeline.

User dragging and dropping video onto the timeline.

Step 2. Click on the clip in the timeline to select it

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

Video clip highlighted on timeline with menu bar

Step 3. Click the Filters tab in the menu that appears

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

User clicked Filters tab

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.

Close up of Filters tab

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

Close up of Filter example

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

Step 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.

We've chosen an "Increased" filter that intensifies the colors:

Close up of filter chosen by user

Step 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.


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.

Close up of unfiltered option

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


Adjusting colors 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 color of a video.


Try it out

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

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