How to add special effects to video

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How to Add Special Effects to Video

If you’re looking for video effects software that gives you the opportunity to edit, enhance, and transform your videos, you’ve found it! Movavi Video Editor for Windows offers more than 60 filters to get your creative juices flowing. Applying various effects – Old Movie, Mosaic, Invert, Camera Shake, and more – will help you turn your video clip into a work of art.

Adding special effects to your video is not just fun and creative – it's as easy as 1-2-3! Open the Filters tab, select the effects you want to apply, and drag them onto the clip on the timeline. That's all there is to it. You can even combine multiple effects for unique results!

If you’re not sure how to do video effects using Movavi’s video editing program, or what effects to choose, check out our tutorial below – it will give you all the guidance you need, plus some creative ideas for using visual effects to enhance your home video.

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Apply and Manage Special Effects for Video

  1. Apply effects. After you’ve added your media files to the timeline, open the Filters tab and click on the video effect you want to apply. A preview screen on the right will show you how the effect will look like. When you’ve made your choice, drag and drop the desired effect onto the clip on the timeline. One more useful tip: you can use multiple effects from different categories on the same video segment.
  2. Manage effects. To see the list of effects you’ve applied so you can delete any unwanted ones, click on the small star icon on the clip, select the unwanted effect(s) and click Remove.

How to apply effects to a video: effect menu panel How to apply effects to a video: settings panel

Now you can continue editing your video. We’ve included a brief overview of available effects and suggestions for use below.

Introduce a Special Atmosphere with Flying Objects Filters

To create a romantic or joyful mood, check out Flying Objects – multiple animated effects for any occasion. Use cute Bunnies, Cupids, Hearts, or Love letters when you make a video for your special someone. Falling Snowflakes will bring a warm feeling for the winter holidays; funny Ghosts will be the perfect match for a Halloween video; Balloons and Gifts are good choices for a Birthday clip. Try these and other amazing effects to make your video really special.

Turn Your Video into a Retro Masterpiece

To make your 21st century footage look like an old video, try the effects in the Retro category. You can remove color by applying the Grayscale effect, which converts color video into black and white. Other options for fans of old movies are Retro, Sepia, or 70s filters. Add Vignette to softly fade the edges of your video, or Scratches to create the effect of a damaged old film..

Maybe you want to add a modern touch? The Retro category also includes stylish Pop Art filters – try them on your video to start channeling Andy Warhol!

Add Noise for a Lo-Fi Effect

Do you remember the pre-digital era with its heavy analog cameras and VHS players? If you want to reproduce a vintage tape recording or an old TV screen, try the filters in the Noise category, or the combination of Stripes and VHS filters in the Artistic category. You can use several filters on the same video segment to get really evocative results – feel free to experiment!

Create a Sci-Fi Movie in an Instant

You can turn your home video into a futuristic fantasy beyond all recognition just by applying the Invert effect from the Adjustments category. This inverts the colors in the video, making it look like a negative film. The results can be quite surreal!

You can see the complete collection of effects in Movavi Video Editor here


Once your movie is created and enhanced with visual effects, you can continue working with it by adding animated transitions and video text effects for captions, or overlay an evocative soundtrack. And if you want to really make a Hollywood masterpiece, follow the instructions for using the Chroma Key effect to change the video background or creating a split screen video.

When everything is done, save your video, complete with special effects, in the most appropriate format for your needs including HD by clicking the Export button.

See what else you can do with Movavi Video Editor:

Movavi Video Editor

  • Edit video on the timeline
  • Apply effects, use filters
  • Add titles, music, logo
  • Capture TV, webcam, VHS
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Movavi Video Suite

  • Edit video, create slideshows
  • Capture screencasts or streaming web
  • Convert media files and DVDs
  • Save video for viewing on mobile devices
  • Play back video and audio
  • Burn discs, share video online
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