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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Alternatively, drag and drop the original video into your timeline again from your media library.
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.
Try it out
Ready to get started? Head straight to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself: