Easily lighten or darken a video in Clipchamp by adjusting the exposure (lightness/darkness) and contrast sliders in the Color Balance menu. See below for a detailed guide with images.

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Changing the brightness and contrast of a video

Adjusting exposure and contrast can make a video look more appealing, or ensure it better matches the brightness of other videos you are editing it with. 

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

Moving picture of the video color being edited
Before and after images of edited picture color

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 reveal the editing menu

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

Video clip has been clicked launching editing options

Step 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).

User clicked Color Balance editing option

Step 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

Close up of user editing the contrast of video clip in Color Balance

Step 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

Color balance close up of contrast

Changes are made immediately as you adjust the sliders. You'll see what your adjusted video looks like in the preview window to the right:

Color balance edits previewed on editor

NOTE: You can also adjust the temperature (warm or cool colors) by moving the Temperature slider, or the saturation (color intensity) by moving the Saturation slider. See this how to change the color video article if you would like examples.

Step 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.

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Undoing a brightness or contrast change

You can return a video to its original state at any time by selecting it in the timeline, opening the Color Balance menu, and clicking the Reset button in the bottom left.

Close up of reset button

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

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Preset filters

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.

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Try it out

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

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