Rescue low-quality videos
Use VideoGrade to improve the colour and quality of your home movies
One problem with shooting videos is that the world can
be uncooperative. You might capture a perfect moment, only to later discover it looks like your video was filmed in a cave, or that a serene living room scene was set on the surface of the sun.
VideoGrade (£4.49) is a tool for applying colour grading to your video recordings that can radically alter the way they look. But along with going all ‘Hollywood’, you can use the app to make subtler changes: brightness, contrast and vibrance settings, removing colour casts, and improving footage by way of adjustments to shadows, highlights and sharpness.
This is a Universal app, but you’ll most likely shoot video on iPhone and then edit it on iPad. That means you’ll need to transfer videos between devices. If using AirDrop is not possible, another option is to use iCloud Photo Sharing. In Photos on your iPhone, go to the Albums tab, open the Videos album, then tap Select followed by the videos to upload. Next, tap the Share button, choose iCloud Photo Sharing and choose New Shared Album. Give this album a name, tap Next twice, then tap Post. If you’ve transferred the videos to your Mac, you can use the same process in its Photos app to get them onto your iPad.
Transfer clips another way
If a video imported to your iPad using iCloud Photo Sharing produces an error message when you export it from VideoGrade, there’s an alternative method for getting it into that app. Upload your video from your Mac to Dropbox, then select it in Dropbox on your iPad and tap the Share button, Save Video, then OK. The video will be exported to your Camera Roll, which VideoGrade can access.
Note that regardless of how you get videos onto your iPad, sharing and downloading them can take time when they’re longer than a few seconds, especially if you don’t have a fast internet connection. Don’t throw a load of videos to a cloud service and expect them to be immediately available to work with.
Besides going all ‘Hollywood’, you can make subtle changes to improve the look of videos