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Enhance a Video

Filmora9 for Mac (Latest Filmora version 9) has a variety of tools that can help you enhance the footage you’ve recorded. In this guide, you will learn:

1. Enhance Video Color

Double-click on the video clip you'd like to enhance to bring up the settings menu. Click into the Color tab, to access the color tuning tools.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Enhance videos

You'll see White Balance, Tone, and 3D LUT sub-menus, each of which will have qualities like ‘temperature’ or ‘contrast’ which you can adjust by dragging the associated slider.

White Balance: you can adjust two settings in this menu: Temperature and Tint. Simply drag the slider in either direction, or enter a numerical value in the boxes located next to the sliders. The Select Color feature in the White Balance menu lets you choose a particular color to adjust.

Tone: modify Contrast, Saturation and Brightness by dragging the sliders associated with these qualities, or by entering numerical values in the boxes next to the sliders.

3D LUT: 3D LUTS are cinematic color settings that have been saved as presets. Use the dropdown menu in this section to see what your clip looks like with different 3D LUTs.

All changes you make will be visible in the Preview Window, as long as the box next to the submenu you are using is checked. If you want to undo all your changes you can click on the Reset button. If you’re happy with your changes, click OK to apply them.

Click the Color Tuning icon in the toolbar to open the Advanced Color Tuning window, which provides more color correction tools. Alternatively, you can access the Advanced Color Tuning window by right-clicking on a clip and selecting Color Correction.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Enhance videos

In the Advanced Color Tuning window, you'll be able to adjust White Balance, Color, Light, or HSL settings or even add 3D LUTs and Vignettes. If you would like to use a particular set of adjustments again, click on the Save as Preset button to save your changes as a new preset, which you can access in the Preset tab.

The Preset tab has a number of color editing presets for you to choose from.

Click OK to apply your adjustments to your video.

For more detailed information about Advanced Color Tuning, check out the Color Tuning guide.

2. Speed Controls

There are lots of way you can use slow and fast motion to maximize the impact of your videos. There are two different ways you can change your video’s speed in Filmora9 for Mac.

Method 1: right-click on a clip in the timeline and select Speed and Duration. The Custom Speed window will pop up. Drag the speed slider to make your video faster or slower.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Enhance videos

Next to the speed slider, you'll see a speed box where you can type in a precise speed value. You make your clips up to 100 times faster or 0.01 times slower.

Method 2: select your clip in the timeline and click on the Speed Icon   Filmora9 for Macspeed icon in the toolbar. Select Custom Speed, Slow, or Fast from the dropdown menu.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Enhance videos

You can quickly slow down a video by 0.5X, 0.25x, 0.1x, 0.05x, or 0.01x, or you can speed it up by 4x, 8x, 20x, 50x, or 100x.

3. Make a Freeze Frame

In Filmora9 for Mac you can create a freeze frame from the timeline by placing the playhead at the frame you want to freeze, clicking the Speed icon, and choosing Freeze Frame from the dropdown menu.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Making Freeze Frame

You can alter the duration of a freeze frame on the timeline by dragging one of its ends. Or, you can go to Preferences under the Wondershare Filmora menu and switch to Editing tab. There, you’ll find the Freeze Duration option and be able to insert preferred new duration.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Making Freeze Frame

4. Add Watermarks and Logos to Videos

After importing a video clip and watermark/logo image to the Media Library, drag and drop the video clip to a video track (i.e. Track 1) and the watermark/logo to a track above it. You can drag the watermark/logo image in the Preview Window to move it to where you want it. To adjust size of the watermark or logo, drag the small circles and squares at its edges in the Preview window.

To adjust the opacity or blending mode of your watermark or logo (i.e. make it transparent), double click the logo image in the timeline to open the Image panel and go to Composition. From there you can choose a composition mode (i.e. darken) and use the Opacity slider to adjust your transparency.

  Filmora 9 for Mac Add logo to Video

5. Take a snapshot from a video clip

To take a snapshot of a video clip and save it as an image file, play the video and pause it where you want to take the snapshot. Then, click the Snapshot button Filmora9 for Mac snapshot button below Preview. The snapshot will automatically be added to the Media Library and saved to your computer.

Note: to take a snapshot and maintain the original quality, please follow the steps below:

  • Import the video clip to the Media Library.
  • Select the video in the Media Library so you can see it in the preview window.
  • Play the video and click the snapshot icon at the desired frame.

If you drag and drop the video into the timeline first and then take a snapshot, the image quality will be reduced.

6. Control Playback Quality

You can adjust the playback quality of the Preview window for a smoother editing experience. For example, you can improve the performance of your preview by playing your video at a lower resolution than you want for your finished project or by creating proxy media files to edit with.

Proxy files are more manageable versions of your clips that are easier to edit with because they are smaller in terms of data (i.e. they are at a lower resolution). You can edit with a proxy file in Filmora9, then export with your full-sized original clip.

To reduce your playback quality, click the Display icon under the video preview and choose a new setting from half to 1/16th quality.

  Filmora 9  for Mac Playback quality

Changing the playback quality won't affect the quality of your exported video, or the size of the file you Export.