Today we are going to show you how to brighten a video on iPhone, Android or PC. You took some videos during your favorite band’s concert to capture the best moments of the night. Unfortunately, due to the low brightness of the room, all the footage you recorded came out dark and, now, you are desperately looking for a solution to improve its quality.
In today’s guide, we will explain how to brighten videos on iPhone, Android or PC. First, I’ll list a number of smartphone and tablet apps that allow you to apply changes to your movies, with the ability to adjust their brightness. Then, I will show you how to improve the quality of your PC videos, relying on some video editing software and some online services suitable for that purpose.
How to brighten a video on Android and iPhone?
If you want to brighten a video using your smartphone or tablet, you can rely on one of the applications that allow you to edit movies available on Android and iOS:
How to brighten a video using KineMaster (Android/iOS)?
Among the first applications that you can use to brighten videos from your smartphone or tablet, there is KineMaster, available for Android and iOS devices.
In its free version, it allows you to make changes to movies without limitations but applies a watermark (the app’s logo) to the videos that are exported.
To remove this mark you must subscribe to a paid plan. However, it is available in a 7-day free trial version.
To brighten a video with KineMaster, start the application in question, tap the + button to create a new project and select the aspect ratio of your movie (16: 9, 09: 16 or 1: 1), then choose the media option and select the video of your interest, press the ✓ button to import it.
Now touch the imported video (with the yellow outline), choose the Color Adjustment option from the menu that appeared on the right, and raise the cursor present under the sun icon. To find the right balance, also act on the two high sliders and, as soon as you have finished making changes, tap the ✓ button to save them.
To export the edited movie, tap the arrow icon inside a square, choose the resolution (4K 2160p, 1080p FHD, HD 720p, 540p, 480p, and 360p), frame rate and quality, then hit the export button and you’re done.
How to brighten a video using InShot (Android/iOS)?
InShot is another free app that allows you to brighten videos, but also apply filters, effects, borders, and writings and rotate videos made with the wrong orientation. It is available for Android. and iOS devices.
Download the app, launch it, tap the video option and select the movie you want to edit.
In the new screen that appears, press the filters item present in the menu at the bottom and select the ruler tab. Make sure you have selected the brightness option and move the cursor to the right to increase the brightness and consequently brighten the movie.
If you wish, you can further adjust the colors of your video by adjusting the contrast and saturation options, while saving the changes, you should tap the ✓ button. To export the movie, then press the icon of an arrow inside a square, press the Save button and wait for the video processing to finish.
You should know that InShot applies a watermark to exported videos, which you can remove for free from time to time by tapping it when editing the video. However, to remove it permanently, you must make an in-app purchase.
How to brighten a video using VivaVideo (Android/iOS)?
VivaVideo is another app for Android and iOS devices that allows you to edit your movies easily. In its free version, it applies a watermark to exported videos and has limited functionality: to use VivaVideo without limitations, you must buy a subscription with a 3-day free trial.
To brighten a video with VivaVideo, after downloading and launching the application, tap the edit item, select the movie of your interest and press the next button, to add it to the timeline. In the new screen that appears, make sure you have selected Edit clips, choose the ruler option, and move the cursor next to the sun icon.
You can make further changes using the sliders to adjust the contrast, focus, saturation and press the ✓ button to save the changes. Finally, tap share, choose the Save to Gallery option.
How to brighten a video on PC?
If you prefer to brighten a video on a PC, you can easily use one of the video editing programs that are listed below.
How to brighten a video using Adobe Premiere Pro?
Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the best professional video editing programs available for Windows PC and macOS. It is included in the Creative Cloud suite, available as a paid subscription service. However, it is possible to test the operation of the software for 7 days by downloading its trial version.
To download the free version of Premiere Pro, connect to the Adobe website and click on the Free Trial.
When the download is complete if you have a Windows PC, double-click on the Premiere_Pro_Set-up.exe file and press the run button to start the installation of the program.
While if you have a Mac, open the newly downloaded dmg package, double click on the Premiere Pro Installer file, and enter your macOS user account password.
Now, regardless of the operating system installed on your PC, press the login button and enter your Adobe ID details. If you do not already have one, choose the Register option and complete the registration form to create one.
Finally, press the next button, and follow the guided procedure to start the software installation.
After installing and starting the program, press the skip button to avoid presenting the software features, then click on the File item and choose the New and Project options from the menu that appears.
In the new screen that appears, enter a name to be assigned to the project in the name field and press the accept button.
Now click on the File and Import options in the top menu and select the video of your interest to import it to Premiere, then drag it to the program timeline and select the Color tab present in the top menu.
In the Color and Lighting section that appeared on the right, click on the Basic Corrections item. Then find the Exposure option and increase the brightness.
After editing the movie, select File from the menu at the top and choose the options Export and Media Files from the latter to export the video. Then select the export format via the drop-down menu next to the format item, press the export button and you’re done.
How to brighten a video using iMovie?
If you have a Mac, to brighten a video you can use iMovie. The famous Apple video editing program is installed on all devices of the brand: if not, you can download it directly from App Store.
To edit a video with iMovie on macOS, make sure the Projects option is selected and click Create New and Video to create a new project. In the new screen that appears, click on the icon of an arrow pointing down, select the video to clear and press the Import Selected button.
Now, click on the video in question and press the + button to add it to the iMovie timeline, then click again on the Movie button, to select it and choose the Color Correction tool by clicking on its icon (the color palette).
To brighten the video, move the cursors visible above the player, while to cancel the changes, choose the Reset All option.
After completing the changes you are interested in, to save the video, click on the arrow icon inside a square (top right), choose the item Files from the menu that appears and press the Next and Save buttons to export the video to your PC.
How to brighten a video online?
If you are wondering if it is possible to brighten a video online without necessarily installing a program on your PC, the answer is yes. In fact, there are several online services that allow you to edit a video online directly from the browser.
How to brighten a video using Clipchamp?
Among the first online services you can consider to brighten a video is Clipchamp, a free online editor that allows you to make changes to your movies and has functions to convert and compress videos.
In its free version, Clipchamp allows you to export videos only in 480p resolution. To increase the quality, you must click on the Upgrade option at the top right and choose one of the subscription plans.
To edit a video with Clipchamp, go to the main page of the service, click on the Hire button, select the Personal > Let’s Start with Create option and, on the newly opened page, click on the Sign up with Google or Sign up with Facebook.
Alternatively, choose the Use my email option, enter your details in the Full name (your name) and email fields and press the Register button. In a few moments you will receive an e-mail from Clipchamp: click on the Login to create button to complete the registration and activate your account.
Then, click the Skip for now option to access the Clipchamp editor and press the Add Media and Browse My Files buttons to select and upload the video.
Once the upload is complete, drag the imported movie into Clipchamp, select the last video (green outline) and click on the color tab.
In the new screen that appears, to brighten your video, move the cursor present under the exposure heading to the left.
If you didn’t like the final result, press the Reset button to discard all changes, otherwise, click the X button to close the window and press the Export Video button twice in a row to process the movie and download it to your PC.
How to brighten a video using WeVideo?
WeVideo is an online editor that allows you to create new projects and upload your own movies and apply numerous changes. In its free version, it allows you to increase the brightness of the videos with some limitations. To remove these limitations, you must activate a subscription plan.
To use WeVideo, connect to the main page of the service, enter your data in the fields First Name, Last Name, e-mail, and password and press the Register button on WeVideo, then scroll down the page and press the Try It button related to the free option.
Click on the continue buttons (twice in a row) and complete the registration to access your account.
Now, choose the media option in the top menu, press the import and Browse buttons to select and select the video to edit, to upload it to WeVideo.
Once the upload is complete, click the menu > Create New to create a new project, then click the folder icon and drag the video uploaded just before into the WeVideo timeline.
To brighten the movie, double click on it, select the color option, move the cursor to the right present under the heading brightness and press the Done editing button to save the changes.
Now select the finished item, click on the Set button, choose the export quality and press the Finish button. Once the video processing is completed, click on the down arrow icon to download it to your PC and you are done.