3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 22, 2010 5:01 PM by the_wine_snob

    How to lighten very dark video ?

    Royhessey Level 1

      I have just converted an old (1973) VHS Wedding Video to an "avi" file.

      Unfortunately the lighting at the wedding venue was very poor giving a very dark playback in spots.


      I have raised the "brightness" by 40% ( a lot I think ) and "contrast" by 20% and now it is quite grainy.


      Any suggestions or am I trying to achieve the impossible?

        • 1. Re: How to lighten very dark video ?
          shooternz Level 6

          Increasing  noise (grain)  is going to be an issue.  You cant get detail where none exists due to the exposure.


          Try LEVELS instead of brightness/contrast.


          Then add CURVES

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          • 2. Re: How to lighten very dark video ?
            D&R Films Level 1

            Another thing to try... Place the clip on the timeline. Now, Copy it to a higher track. Turn off top track. Now, apply levels and brighten it up but make it overbright. Now ad a Blur to the clip... Not too blurry, but a bit.

            Now, turn on top track and lower opacity of top track revealing the overbright blured track below. This should be able to get it brighter without adding grain. You will need to tweak it, but I've gotten acceptable results with old footage like that.

            • 3. Re: How to lighten very dark video ?
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              For similar, I will start with Levels and adjust. I follow up with Highlight & Shadow (take that off of Auto, and maybe look at about 20 - 35%), then go back to Levels, if necessary. Curves is also very powerful, and might well do all that you require.


              When one encounters the "grain," that Craig mentions, I find that Neat Video does a good job, at reducing the "grain," but will increase the processing time. I will then add a touch of Unsharp Mask, as the very last Effect.


              Good luck,