How to restore too dark video?

Movavi Video Editor

Movavi Video Editor (former EnhanceMovie) - all the video editing software tools you need in one great product. Import media from different sources. Edit video, add soundtracks and titles. Apply filters, transitions, and special effects

Movavi Video Editor

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Product Name: Movavi Video Editor
OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
File Size: 70.4 MB
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License: Shareware
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How to restore too dark video?

Probably, this is the most often problem that happens to your video. As a rule, you get dark videos when shooting indoors in poor light, at night, or against the sun. Underlighted video lacks many details, the picture is almost completely black, only most bright objects (such as lamps, windows, lights) are visible.
Take a look at the image below. This is a screenshot of a video taken in a restaurant. The entire image is too dark to distinguish any details. Not only far objects aren't visible but also the close ones. The only bright spots are lamps:

We are going to brighten the video changing its contrast in order to make small details visible. To fix this video, we'll apply the Auto Contrast filter.

1. Open your file with EnhanceMovie by clicking

2. Drag and drop the Auto Contrast filter to the Preview area:

3. Voila! Immediately when you drop the filter into the Preview area, it is applied to the opened file. Auto Conrast is an automatic filter, which means it determines its best settings depending on the properties of the current file.

Compare the original and the enhanced videos:

You can notice that the picture got volume and perspective, you are able to see not only lamps but also the interior. The filter brightened up such close objects as napkins on the table while people at the bar became also visible.

Why this filter?
The Auto Contrast filter enhances highlights and shadows, making the dark parts of the frames darker, and the light ones lighter. It adjusts the entire movie using histograms of each individual frame. This filter is especially good at repairing videos with a big number of relatively small dark objects.

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  • Video editing timeline panel with separate video, audio, and title tracks
  • Unique input media sources: audio & video screen capture and built-in screencast
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  • Video & audio transitions
  • Automatic slideshow creation
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"Movavi Video Editor can deal with a range of common problems such as exposure, blurring, or lack of contrast."


Input Video Formats:

Input Video Formats:
AVI (including DivX, XviD, MJPEG, and other codecs), DV AVI, MPEG 1,2, MP4 (including H.263, H.264, and other codecs), Windows Media Video (WMV, ASF), 3GP (3GPP, 3GPP2), QuickTime (MOV, QT), DVD (VOB, IFO), MOD, DAT (VCD, SVCD).

New: M2T, MTS, MKV, VRO, Flash (FLV)

Input Audio Formats:

Input Image Formats:

Output Video Formats:
AVI (including DivX, XviD, MJPEG, and other codecs), MPEG 1,2, MP4 (including H.263, H.264, and other codecs), Windows Media Video (WMV), 3GP (3GPP, 3GPP2), QuickTime (MOV, QT) Real Media (RM, RMVB).
New: Flash (FLV).

Output Video for Mobile Devices:
iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, Zune, PDA/Pocket PC (including BlackBerry), Creative Zen, Archos, Epson media players, cell phones, smartphones.

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