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How to Add Effects to Video on PC

Catrina Jones
Catrina Jones

Catrina Jones is a qualified editor of this website aimed at multimedia software. She is a regular contributor of product tutorials, reviews as well as tips and tricks, helping all users edit, download or create enjoyable videos.

Shooting a video cannot get easier in these day and age with new digital camera and smart phone camera offer far better recording ability. Still, you would like to polish a video with effects, screen transitions or filters and make it more impressive to others. These can all be achieved through the power of a video editing program. If you're new to creating special effects in videos, here are a practical guide that helps you discover awesome new things about video editing.

This article provides two video editing programs in general and you can read through the tutorial and choose the one that suits you best for video editing.

Method 1 Create Effects in Videos with Video Converter Ultimate

Video Converter Ultimate – Enhance Videos with Special Effects

From volume, brightness, contrast, saturation to filter, there are lots of things you can do to improve your videos with Video Converter Ultimate.


Video Converter Ultimate is an easy-to-use video editing program equipped with basic editing tools and effects. So it doesn't matter if you're just beginners on editing videos. You are able to make your video without spending much time on learning and practicing. Apart from being a video editor, this program also serve as a professional video converter which allows you to convert video to more than 150 formats. What's more, it lets you enjoy video on diverse devices with no limitation because it can convert video to compatible format for multiplatform like iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Xbox, PSP and more.

Step 1. Add video to the program after launching it

Download, install and launch Video Converter Ultimate on PC. After that, click on "Add Files" to import video to the program. Or you can simply add video to the program with drag-and-drop feature.

Add File to Video Converter Ultimate

Step 2. Create special effects in video

Click on "Edit" button to enter the video editing interface. As you can see, you are able to trim, adjust, add effect, add watermark or add subtitle to the video file. Click on "Effect" to continue.

Create Special Effects in Video

Adjust Volume/Brightness/Contrast/Saturation

The volume, brightness, contrast and saturation of the video is set by default. But it allows you to change the settings by dragging the button from right/left.

Adjust Volume

Add Filters to Video

This program provides free filters templates so you can select the one you like and add it into your video by just clicking on the "+" button.

Add Filters to Video

Step 3. Apply effects to video

When you finished editing the video, click on "OK" to save the changes. Or you can remove all effects by taping on the "Reset" button.

Step 4. Convert and save video on PC

Finally, select the output format and output folder for your edited video and click on "Convert" to start creating your stunning video. Once it's done, you can go to "Open Folder" to view the file directly.

Convert Video to PC

Method 2 How to Add Effect to Video with Video Editor

Video Editor – All-in-one Solution for Editing Fancy Video

Video Editor has been designed for those who want to make videos more standout with impressive effects and creative options. Download the software to give it a try.


Note: Video Editor offers two modes for video editing: Easy Mode and Full Feature Mode. We recommend you choose "Full Feature Mode" to get more enhanced editing features and effects.

Step 1. Import video file

Click on "Import" > "Import Media File" or "Import from Camera or Phone" to add video to the program. Select and drag the video you want to edit to the Timeline.

Import File

Step 2. Add effects to video

There are multiple effects available: Music, Filters, Overlays, Elements, Transitions, etc. Let's go through them one by one.

Add Videos to Project

Add Music

Click on "Music" button above timeline and a series of music categories will be displayed in the playlist such as Young & Bright, Tender & Sentimental, Rock & Hipster Folk, etc. Preview and select the one you want to add into your video by dragging it into Timeline.

Add Music to Timeline

Add Filters

Go to "Filters", you will see all filter effects appear in the playlist in specific categories: Faux Film, Night Life, Lomography, Black & White, etc. Likewise, you need to select one effect and click on the "+" button to add it into the Timeline.

Add Filter to Timeline

Add Overlays

To make your video look fancier, you can add overlays into the video by clicking on the "Overlay" button. You have plenty of choices because there're over 97 overlays effect available. Click on each one of the categories to take a preview, and then select the one you like best to add into the Timeline.

Add Overlays

Add Transitions

If you are merging several videos together, adding transitions between them prevents cutting from one scene to another suddenly. To link one video scene to the next, you can click on "Transitions" and then select from the templates given in the playlist. There are three categories: Basic, Fancy and Favorite. Take a preview of all the transition effects and select one to add into the Timeline.

Add Transitons

Step 3.  Export video to computer

Click on "Export" and a pop-up window will appear. You can rename the file, and then select the output format and output destination folder. Finally, go to "Export" to save the video on PC.

Export Video to Computer


So, which editing program is your favorite? If you are an average user, you can start with a simpler one – Video Converter Ultimate. You can easily make your own video without taking a long time. Once you become more experienced, then go for the Video Editor to handle more advanced features like adding overlays, filters, music, etc. If you have any favorite video editing tools, share them in the comments below!

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