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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. 

Step 1. Click on the adjust colors tab

Click on your video in the timeline, so it's highlighted green. The property panel will appear on the right side of your screen. Click on the adjust colors tab.

An image of a user clicking on the property panel.

Step 2. Adjust the color of your video

Using the sliders, move a slider left and right to edit your video's exposure, saturation, temperature, contrast, and opacity. To change the brightness of your video, we recommend using exposure, saturation, and contrast editing features.

An image of a user editing the color of a video using the slider.

Undoing a brightness or contrast change

You can return a video to its original state at any time by selecting it in the timeline, clicking on the adjust color tab, and clicking the reset button. Alternatively, drag and drop the original video into your timeline again from the your media tab.

An image of a user clicking the reset button.

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.​​​​​​​

An image of a user adding a filter.

Try it out

Head over to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself. 

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