How to brighten a video on Android

If you’re an avid smartphone camera user, chances are you’ve experienced the dark recording phenomenon that can often occur when taking video clips in low-lit conditions.

It can happen all the time on Android phones, especially when indoors or outside at night: you’ll be snapping away with photo-taking mode without any problems but as soon as you switch to video recording, the clip will appear much darker, making it harder to see what’s going on.

Well, there’s a simple technical reason for this, and it’s basically down to the normal limitations of the phone camera hardware. The photo mode chooses a slower shutter speed for creating a lighter picture, but in video mode it is choosing a faster shutter speed so you can experience a more fluid video. And no-one wants a slower shutter speed in a moving image because you’ll end up with a blurry video, making it harder to see the content. If this happened, you’d soon discover that a darker video is a small price to pay for higher quality - and watchable - video clip.

But what if you want the best of both worlds? Well, there is a way around it. You simply need to brighten the dark video that’s been recorded in post production. However, many of the programs and applications that are able to do this are either require a license, need to be downloaded and are expensive to purchase, not to mention taking up precious storage space and being complicated to use. Although that’s not the case if you use Clideo’s video-brightening tool. It works from the browser of any device and so can do the job in minutes, without downloading a thing.

Read on to find out how to brighten a video on Android using Clideo’s brightness editor, for free, in just three simple steps.

  1. Grab your dark video

    To get going, head over to Clideo’s video brightener tool. This link will open in the browser of any device, whether that’s Windows, Mac, iPhone or Android, just make sure you’re connected to the internet!

    Upload a dark video you want to brighten from Android

    Now, it’s time to upload your dark video. In the centre of the tool’s homepage, hit the blue ‘Choose a file’ button and you can choose the file from your system. If you’d prefer to upload it straight from your cloud storage account, you can do this too! Just tap the downward-facing arrow on the right on the button and a drop-down menu will appear with the option to upload from Dropbox, Google Drive or even a video URL, which you can simply paste in there. Hit ok and the upload will begin, which you’ll be shown via a progress bar.

    Please note that the tool works with all major video file formats including MP4, WMV, MOV, VOB, AVI and will accept files of up to 500MB.

  2. Let there be light!

    Once your video is uploaded, you’ll be taken to the editor page where you can increase brightness, saturation, contrast and other settings via the help of the sliders on the right-hand side.

    Move the sliders to set the appropriate brightness

    The video will be previewed in the middle, in real time, so once you’re happy with the result, select an output format via the option on the bottom left. We advise converting the clip to MP4 if you want it to be played on your phone. All done? Hit the blue Adjust button on the bottom right.

  3. Download and enjoy

    Once your changes have been successfully processed, you’ll be given the option to play back your clip online - and if you like the result - download it back to your device. To do this, just tap the green Download button. Again, you have the option to save it back to your Google Drive or Dropbox if preferable.

    Download the bright video back to Android

    However, if there are some further changes you’d like to make, click the ‘Back to edit’ link and you can do so without starting over. And that’s it - in just three simple steps, your video is brighter and better than ever!