Gwyn writes:

I have several short video clips taken of family this Christmas with my Nikon camera. I use a PC with Winodws 7. Unfortunately, all the clips are very dark. When I view these clips using Windows Media Player, I can enhance the brightness, but I cannot save the videos with this enhancement. Is there a way to do this or is there free software to help me save videos with color correction. I really enjoy all your daily tips.

Gywn, try Windows Movie Maker. It may already be installed on your computer.  Type Movie Maker in the search box of the start menu to look for it.  If it’s not already there, you can download it for free by clicking on this link.

Once installed, open it and browse for the video you wish to import.

moviemaker

Select the video from the file where it is saved.

select video

Choose the Visual effects tab at the top.

visualeffectstab

You’ll have a choice of several filters and, to the far right, the brightness control.

brightness

Click it and you’ll see a slider bar that allows you adjust the brightness level.

brightnessadjust

You can view the results of your adjustments in the window to the left.

videowindow

When you are happy with the results, click the drop-down menu in the upper left and choose save movie. You can then choose from a variety of formats depending on the device you intend the movie to play on.

savemovie

I can’t promise this will improve the videos very much, there’s really no substitute for adequate light in the first place. But this should at least help brighten them up.

~ Cynthia