How to Brighten a Video: 6 Easy Ways in 20219 min read

Looking to brighten a video on your smartphone or computer?

Whether you want to edit the brightness of a video on iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make a video brighter on iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows with clear step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Here’s everything we’ll cover, please feel free to jump around:

How to brighten a video on iPhone and Android

How to brighten up a video in iMovie on Mac

How to add brightness to a video in VLC

How to lighten a dark video in Windows 7/8/10 using Windows Movie Maker

How to lighten up a video in Adobe Premiere Pro

A simple way to brighten a video on Mac and Windows

 

How to Brighten a Video on iPhone and Android

If you’re on Android or iOS, you can use Inshot to brighten a video. Inshot is available on both iOS and Android. It’s the ideal tool if you want to brighten the video and post it on social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok, or Twitter.

Here’s how to brighten a dark video on iPhone or Android using Inshot: 

  1. Open Inshot and tap Video to import the video.
    tap video

  2. Once the video has been imported, navigate to the Filter tab.
    tap filter tab
  3. Now tap on the Adjust button.
    click adjust
  4. You can now adjust the brightness of your video from the Lightness tab.lightness under adjust tab
  5. Tap and drag the handle to the right or left to increase or decrease the brightness of your video.
    drag right to brighten video

  6. Now save the changes you made by clicking on the tick icon.
    tap and drag lightness slider under adjust tab
  7. Finally, tap the SAVE button in the top right corner of the app screen to save the video.
    tap save

How to Brighten up a Video in iMovie on Mac

iMovie is a free tool that comes preinstalled on Mac OS. Follow the below steps to brighten a video on Mac using the iMovie desktop software:

  1. Open iMovie and click on the Create New button.
    click create project button

  2. Pick Movie from the resulting dropdown menu.
    pick movie from the dropdown
  3. Click on the Import Media button to import the video you want to brighten.
    click on the import media button
  4. Once the video has been imported, click on it to select the video—the video will be highlighted in yellow to indicate that it has been selected.
    video highlighted in yellow
  5. Click on the Color correction button in the toolbar right above the video player panel.
    click color correction button

  6. Now click and drag the handle at the center to your right or left to increase or decrease the brightness of your video.
    click and drag to the right to lighten video

If you’d like to adjust the brightness all over again and undo the changes you’ve made so far, click on the Reset button in the top right corner of the app window.

click reset to undo changes

Also, iMovie allows you to adjust the contrast, saturation, temperature, etc., of your video.

How to Add Brightness to a Video in VLC

VLC media player is a free tool available on both Windows and Mac. If you don’t have it installed, you can download VLC for Windows or VLC for Mac.

Once you’ve installed VLC on your computer, follow the steps below to brighten a video in Windows 10 or Mac using VLC media player:

  1. Open VLC and open the file you want to brighten by going to Media > Open File.
    media and open file on windows

  2. Once you’ve opened the video, go to Tools > Effects and Filters.
    tools and effects and filters on windows
  3. In the Adjustments and Effects window, go to the Video Effects tab. Now under the Essential tab, you’d see the controls to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.
    go to video effects and essential

  4. Click on the Image adjust checkbox to enable these controls.
    tick image adjust checkbox
  5. Drag the slider handle to the left or right to adjust the brightness of your video. Dragging the handle to the right lightens the video while dragging the handle to the left darkens the video.
    click and drag the brightness slider
    You can also use VLC to perform color correction. It allows you to easily adjust the saturation, hue, and contrast of your video.
  6. Once you’re done making the adjustments to your video, go to Media > Convert / Save.
    go to media and convert save

  7. Now click on the Add button to import the video you had brightened earlier.
    click add to import the video
  8. Once you’ve selected and imported the video, click on the Convert / Save dropdown button in the bottom right corner of the window and select Convert from the resulting dropdown menu.
    select convert

  9. In the Convert window, click on the Browse button to select a location for the brightened video on your computer.
    click browse

  10. Finally, click Start to save the brightened video.
    click start

How to Lighten a Dark Video in Windows 7/8/10 using Windows Movie Maker

Microsoft has ended the support for the Windows Essentials suite. You can, however, download the official installer using this download link. We retrieved that link using a web archiving service.

Here are the steps to install and brighten a video using the Windows Movie Maker:

  1. First, install Windows Movie Maker on your computer. Double-click the installer and pick Choose the programs you want to install option from the first window that appears.
    select choose the programs you want to install

  2. Leave the photo gallery and movie maker checkbox ticked. Untick the rest of the checkboxes as you wouldn’t need the other tools that come with this suite and click on the Install button.
    select movie maker checkbox and click install
  3. Once you’ve installed Windows Movie Maker, open it and import the video you want to brighten.

    You can simply drag and drop the video onto the software window. Or you can import the video by going to the
    Home tab and clicking on the Add Photos and Videos button.
    click add videos and photos

  4. Now go to the Visual Effects tab and click on the button that says Brightness.
    go to visual effects and brightness
  5. Then click and drag the handle to adjust the brightness of your video. Drag the slider handle to the right to lighten the video and to the left to darken the video.
    click and drag to right to brighten video

  6. Finally, save the video you just brightened. To save the video, go to the File tab, select Save movie, and then select Recommended for this project.
    select save movie and recommended for this project

How to Lighten up a Video in Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a paid, professional video editing software designed to be used by professionals. If you already have it installed on your computer, you can use it to brighten a video. 

Here are the steps to make a video brighter in Premiere Pro:

1. Create a New Project

Go to File > New to create a new project.

click file and new

2. Import the Video

Go to File > Import to import the video you want to brighten.

click file and import

3. Add the Video to the Timeline

Drag and drop the imported video from the Project panel onto the timeline.

find the imported video to crop in the project panel

4. Select the Video from the Timeline Panel

From the timeline, click on the video to select it.

click on the video in the timeline

5. Add the Brightness Effect

Navigate to the Effects tab in the Project panel and then go to Video Effects > Color Correction > Brightness & Contrast. Now double-click on the Brightness & Contrast option to add the brightness effect to the video.

go to video effects and color correction and brightness & contrast

6. Adjust the Brightness

Once you’ve added the effect to the video, you can now see that the controls to adjust this effect appears in the Effect Controls panel.

You can see that there’s a number (in blue color) beside Brightness. You can click on the number and drag to your right or left to increase or decrease the number. 

increase number to increase brightness

Increasing the number increases the brightness or adds more light to the video and decreasing the number decreases the brightness or darkens the video.

You can also adjust the contrast the same way you adjusted the brightness of the video.

A Simple Way to Brighten a Video on Your Mac or Windows Computer

If you’re looking to brighten your video online, you can use Animaker’s Adjust Video Tool.

For those who are unaware of Animaker, it is an all-in-one DIY video-making app designed to help non-designers make professional-quality videos from the comfort of their browser.

It’s a simple tool that lets you easily darken or brighten your videos for free! All it takes is 3 simple steps to brighten and download your videos using our super-simple, free video brightening software. 

It works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc., and if you use one of these browsers, you can easily brighten your videos on your Windows or Mac computer.

Moreover, you can upload and brighten your videos in multiple formats such as MP4, MPG, WebM, MOV, and more formats. 

Follow the steps below to brighten a video using Animaker:

Step 1: Sign Up / Login and Pick the Dimensions

First, sign in to your account or create a free one. Then pick the dimensions for your video depending on the social media platform you want to post it on. 

Want it to be Horizontal or Square or Vertical in size? Pick one of the premade dimensions from the Create a video section in your dashboard. 

pick the dimensions

You can also pick custom dimensions for your video by clicking on the Custom Size Video button from the same section above. Simply enter your desired width and height and hit Create Video.

enter the custom width and height

Step 2: Upload the Video and Brighten It

Upload the video you wish to brighten. Animaker allows you to upload videos up to 20 GB in size. Navigate to the Upload tab in the main navigation bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Once the video has been uploaded, click on the video to set it onto the canvas.

Now click on the Filters icon and click on the Adjust button at the bottom of the Effects panel. You’ll now see the controls to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, tint, etc. You can also blur the video. 

click filters icon

click adjust

To brighten your video, click and drag the handle of the Brightness slider to the right.

drag to right to brighten video

If you want to darken the video, simply click and drag the handle to the left.

drag to left to darken video

Step 3: Download the Video

You can download the video to your local computer by clicking the Publish button and selecting Download video option from the dropdown menu. You can also share the video directly to various social media platforms from within the app.

click publish and download video

Apart from letting you easily brighten or darken your videos, Animaker offers all the video editing tools you’d need to edit and fine-tune your video footage.

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

And the list goes on… feel free to check out all our video editing software tools and learn why they’re the go-to tools for marketers, content creators, and people with no video editing experience.

Got any questions about adjusting the brightness of a video on Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS? Any interesting tips or tools to adjust brightness or correct the color of your videos on your phone or computer that we haven’t covered? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

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Pragadeesh N
 

Pragadeesh is a developer turned marketer, currently working as a content marketer at Animaker - a drag-and-drop video making tool that lets anyone create engaging animated videos using pre-made templates and ready-to-go assets with zero technical skills.