You can adjust the exposure (brightness), saturation (colour intensity), temperature (warm or cool colours) or contrast of a video or image in Clipchamp Create using the Color Balance menu. See below for a step-by-step guide with images.

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Changing the color of a video

Adjusting the color saturation and temperature of a video can be useful to improve its appearance or ensure it better matches other videos you are editing it together with. It can also help you achieve a black & white, sepia tone or night time effect.

Here's an example of the kind of change you can make in a few clicks:

To do this, 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 reveal the editing menu

The clip will be highlighted when selected and a menu will appear in the top left.

 3. Click the Color Balance tab in the menu

In the top left menu, click Color Balance. 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. Drag the Saturation slider left or right

  • To make the clip more intensely coloured: drag the toggle on the Saturation slider to the right
  • To make the clip more faded or desaturated: drag the toggle on the Saturation slider to the left.

NOTE: if you move the Saturation slider all the way to the left, as we've done in the example above, your video will become black and white (have no colour at all)

Changes are made immediately and you'll see what your adjusted video looks like in the preview window to the right:

5. Drag the Temperature slider left or right

  • To get a warmer colour: drag the toggle on the Temperature slider to the right. NOTE: This can be useful to get a sepia tone effect.
  • To get a cooler colour: drag the toggle on the Temperature slider to the left. NOTE: This can be useful to make videos look like they were filmed at night.

NOTE: You can also adjust the brightness by moving the Exposure slider, or the contrast by moving the Contrast slider. See this how to brighten or darken a video article if you would like visual examples.

Changes are made immediately and you'll see what your adjusted video looks like in the preview window to the right:

6. Close the Color Balance window

Once you are finished adjusting the clip, close the Colour Balance menu by clicking the X in the top right (or by deselecting the clip).

7. Save your final video

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

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Undoing a colour change

You can return a video to its original state at any time. Just select it in the timeline, open the Color Balance menu again and click the Reset button in the bottom left.

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

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Preset filters and colour masks

If you don't want to spend time adjusting sliders, our Preset Filters are a useful way to quickly improve the look of your videos. For more information, see: adding filters.

If you would like to add a colour mask over your video to give it a distinctive hue (e.g. green or purple), and you can't do it with the above colour options, see "adding a semi-transparent colour" at the end of this article about backgrounds.

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Try it out

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

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