Change the brightness and contrast of a video

You can adjust the brightness of a video (relative lightness) and the difference between the darkest and lightest areas of a video (contrast).

(These adjustments only apply to videos inserted from your computer, not to online videos.)

  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. Under Video Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Corrections, and then under Brightness/Contrast, select the option that works best with your video.

    Tip: Move your mouse pointer over the recolor effects. The Live Preview feature in PowerPoint lets you see what your video will look like with that recolor effect applied to it before you click.

    Adjust the brightness and contrast of a video

    When you open the Corrections panel, you’ll see that the brightness and contrast are set to Normal. You can change that here.

Change the brightness of a video

  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. Under Video Tools (in version 2010) or Movie Tools (in versions 2007), on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Brightness.

  3. Select the brightness setting that you want.

    Tip: Move your mouse pointer over the recolor effects. The Live Preview feature in PowerPoint lets you see what your video will look like with that recolor effect applied to it before you click.

    Video brightness

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Change the contrast of a video

  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. Under Video Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Contrast.

  3. Select the contrast setting that you want.

    Tip: Move your mouse pointer over the recolor effects. The Live Preview feature in PowerPoint lets you see what your video will look like with that recolor effect applied to it before you click.

    Video contrast

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  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. On the Video Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Corrections, and then under Brightness/Contrast, select the option that works best with your video.

    Tip: Move your mouse pointer over the recolor effects. The Live Preview feature in PowerPoint lets you see what your video will look like with that recolor effect applied to it before you click.

    Adjust the brightness and contrast of a video

    When you open the Corrections panel, you’ll see that the brightness and contrast are set to Normal. You can change that here.

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