4 Ways to Fix a Blurry Video - Make Video Clearer

By Cecilia Hwung - Last Updated: Nov. 25, 2021

Summary: Depending on the resolution, FPS and codec in iPhone camera settings, the iPhone video size per minute can vary largely. "High efficiency" usually goes 50% the size of the "most compatible" option. For videos already recorded, you can also use dedicated compression software VideoProc Converter to convert for smaller size at same quality!

"Blurry video uploads are common on social media. My problem is that whenever I upload a video to YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. the receiver sees the video very blurry/pixaled. So how to make a video clearer?"

There are lots of reasons that could cause video blurry and the main reasons are low resolution, different encoding, poor light and shaky videos. There is no doubt that you need to take steps to remove blur and improve video quality, and all those video blurry issues can be fixed with VideoProc Converter, an impressive video editor that's capable of making video clearer. Let's walk through this article and get 4 effective methods to sharpen video quality!

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Check 4 methods to fix blurry video with VideoProc Converter:

VideoProc Converter is an excellent video blur remover that helps you sharpen video quality easily, which is 100% safe and will never damage your computer or files. Just free download it to your computer and learn how to make a video clearer in 4 useful ways!

Method 1. How to Fix a Blurry Video by Adjusting Color

Step 1: Free download VideoProc Converter, get it installed on your Windows (10) or macOS, and then open the software.

Video Resolution Converter - VideoProc

Step 2: Click "Video" to enter "VideoProc - Video" editor/converter center, and click "+ Video" to load your blurry video from local folder.

Step 3: Choose "Effect", apply "Sharpen" filter, and then fine-tune the "Contrast" and "Brightness" value. For example, here we adjust "Contrast" to 1.3 to make it look clearer. Then "Done".

Step 4: Select a target format. MP4 H.264 is most recommended, for its high compression ratio. It ensures you high quality in small file size. Then press button "RUN" to start cleaning up the blurry video.

Fix blurry video

Question: Why Is My YouTube Video Blurry?

Answer: If your video seems Blurry after it is uploaded to YouTube, don't be upset. YouTube always reencodes and downgrades the uploaded video file for quicker display. So you would first see the lower-definition version of your video in your browser while the original HD/4K version is still being processed in the background of YouTube. But you will see and get the original HD/4K version at last when the processing/uploading is completed.

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Method 2. How to Make Video Clearer by Upscaling Resolution

Step 1: Import your video file in VideoProc Converter.

Step 2: Click "Codec Option", find "Resolution" under "Video Codec Option" area, and then choose your desired resolution from the drop-down list. You are also allowed to "Custom" video resolution. Then "Done".

Increase video resolution

Step 3: Choose an output format. Change the encoding method or not based on your need. Note that re-encoding a video would take you a little bit more time than remaining the original format. But when tackling some codecs like H.264 and HEVC, VideoProc Converter's level-3 hardware acceleration will boost the transcoding process.

Step 4: Specify the output folder to save your file and "RUN" the conversion.

1080p vs upscaled 4K

Method 3. How to Fix Blurry Video by Deshaking

Step 1: Drag and drop your shaky video into the main interface of VideoProc Converter to get it loaded.

Step 2: Switch to "Toolbox" tab in the bottom function area, and choose "Deshake".

Stabilize video to improve quality

Step 3: Click "Option" right beside the preview window, set the range of footage you want to deshake by inputting the "Start Time" and "End Time", and adjust the values of shakiness, accuracy, step size and minimum contrast. Then "Done'.

Step 4: Choose an output format and RUN the video deshaking process.

Video Tutorial: Stabilize Shaky GoPro 4K Video

Tips: the steps of video stabilization begin in 0:40. [0:00 - 0:20] shows you the effect of deshaking.

Method 4. How to Fix Blurry Video by Re-Encoding

Step 1: Load your source video by clicking "+ Video" and then move to the "Target Format" area.

Step 2: Choose an output format and click "Option" to go to the "Quality" center.

Step 3: Move the slider between "Default" and "High Quality". You will see the values of CRF and Target Bit Rate are changing accordingly. Note that "High Quality" needs comparatively more time to process the encoding. Then "Done".

Step 4: Click "RUN" to sharpen video quality.

Increase video resolution

Bonus Tip 1: How to Fix a Blurry Video in iMovie

If you want to learn how to make a blurry video clear on iPhone or Mac, iMovie is definitely an option to go. It does not provide a tool that makes blurry videos clearer in one click. The workable method for iMovie users is to sharpen blurry videos by increasing the contrast.

Step 1: Create a new project and import your video to iMovie. Then drag and drop the video to the timeline.

Step 2: Click the color correction button above the preview window. Drag the half-moon sliders in the multislider control to increase the contrast.

Sharpen Video in iMovie

Step 3: You can adjust shadows, brightness, highlights, and saturation along with the sharpness adjustment to make your video look more natural.

Step 4: Save and export the fixed video.

Note: It is impossible to fix the blurry video in a perfect manner. The lower contrast cannot sharpen a blurry video, while the higher contrast will increase unwanted noise to your footage. The best way is to keep trying and finding a proper contrast to make the video clear as much as possible.

Bonus Tip 2: How to Fix Blurry Video Online for Free

Online tools can free you from downloading and installing some programs on your computer. And to make video clearer, here we recommend you Clideo's Video Clearer tool. It is pretty much similar to iMovie in the way of fixing blurry videos. In it, you can adjust these parameters of the video file: brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, fade, and vignette, to make the job done.

But before we get into the detailed how-to steps, please note that there will be a Clideo logo on your finished video when you export it. By that you can use it for free, or you have to upgrade your account to Clideo Pro, which will cost you $9 per month or $72 per year.

Step 1. Go to this Clideo Video Clearer tool in your browser and upload your video by clicking on the Choose file menu. You can upload the files which are saved on your computer obviously, and also choose those files which are stored in your Dropbox and Google Drive.

add video to Clideo Video Clearer

Step 2. After importing finishes, then you will be in the editing page. There you can adjust the brightness, saturation, contrast, saturation, hue, fade, and vignette. Mostly, you can use brightness and contrast to make your video clearer.

When you're happy with your adjustments, click on the Export button.

adjust video settings in Clideo Video Clearer

Step 3. Choose the Download button to save the edited video on your computer or into your Dropbox or Google Drive account.

save clear video in Clideo
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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