How can I improve the quality of a video? Explained in Instagram Photos

Videos are some of the best ways to capture moments. While a photo with a loved one or of a beautiful location is amazing, a video that not only shows motion but also audio can be truly incredible and a way to better relive that moment once again. 

If you need to use the videos for something like your channel or business then getting as high of video quality as possible is incredibly important and will greatly affect the viewing experience of anyone who interacts with the content you put out. 

This guide will hopefully help you better understand what affects video quality and how to improve it. If you are unsure if a video software is good then you can check out the reviews for it on an aggregator such as Truely.

What even would be low quality?

Before figuring out how to fix something it’s important to know what are the main things that could need fixing. Without knowing what the issues are, solving them would of course be far more difficult.

The main issues with videos in terms of their quality would be their frame rate and their resolution.

The frame rate would be how many pictures per second are shown in the video. For most intents and purposes 60 or above should be what you’re aiming for, although for certain cinematic purposes lower frame rates could be viable too.

In terms of resolution, it depends but higher is, for the most part, better, and although your setup will be the main thing that affects it some software can help with low-resolution videos so even if some videos might be low-res you shouldn’t disregard them just yet.

Equipment matters

The main way to affect video quality is the device that you use to record the content itself. The difference between an old phone, a new phone, and a professional camera is staggering. 

While you may not have access to each option or the budget to get one it is impossible to ignore how much easier it is to make a video look good if the recording itself is of a much higher quality. Make sure to use the best option you have and if you wish to take content creation seriously it may be worth investing in a better camera. 

Also remember that for the audio portion a good microphone is also required, however they are usually in a lower price range compared to cameras so it shouldn’t be as big of an issue.

How to improve quality before even recording

It’s far easier to improve the quality of a video before you make it than after you do. Make sure to check that the lighting is adequate for the purposes of the video and that you or whatever you are recording are well lit to make the later steps easier. 

A greenscreen can also go a long way as you can remove the background or change it to whatever you want later on very easily which you can use to your advantage and make it possible to record many different things in your room. It can also be used to make hilarious memes far easier which is a nice bonus.

Also, remember to keep the camera as stable as possible (unless you’re shaking/moving it as an effect), and if possible use a tripod as it makes the video far clearer when instability isn’t an issue.

Software is here to save the day

Thankfully for everyone aiming to make good-looking videos, there is a massive number of different software which has got you covered. No matter which software you decide to use you’ll be using all of them in pretty similar ways. Down below are a few notable ones:

  • Topaz Lab Video Enhance AI - this program is very simple to use and doesn’t require a lot of prior knowledge while the AI provides you with excellent enhancement quality. The only possible issues are the speed (slow if the video file is large) and the somewhat high price, but if you can get behind those it’s an incredible tool.
  • AVCLabs Video Enhancer AI - it’s often said that less is more and this software has taken it to heart. While the feature list may be quite small compared to others its simple interface and ease of use make up for it, as does the relatively low price compared to other options. If you don’t care for some of the more advanced features this one should be an option.
  • Adobe Premier Pro - Adobe is often seen as a standard of sorts and if your computer can handle it many can vouch for the quality and features. Many people use it for good reasons. The only real downside is the fact that it’s a monthly subscription and a relatively expensive one at that which can prove to be an issue, but if you would use it frequently anyway this is somewhat mitigated.

Remember that these are only some of the dozens of options and that there are many more amazing programs that we haven’t listed here for the sake of being concise. Search a bit and find the option that’s right for you.

A few post-production tips

Now that you have your software of choice we recommend starting with color correction or color grading as they are simple to do in most programs and immediately make a pretty massive difference. Even a dull area can be made more interesting with the proper use of these techniques.

Also, remember to try upscaling your video if the resolution is low and especially if the program you use for editing has an AI enhancer as the difference between 1080p and 4K is very large. If you’re only using your videos for youtube or something similar, remember that their compression can undo some of your work, especially in forests or grassy environments due to the way it works.

After you’ve done some or even all of these things you should be able to notice an improvement even at a glance and anyone consuming the content you put out will also certainly appreciate the extra effort. We hope this was of help and wish you luck in your video creation and editing journey.

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