If you often edit professional videos and publish your edits on various platforms like Instagram or TikTok, then you have probably dealt with the problem of low video quality. Most social networking apps reduce video quality due to file compression.
To publish a high-quality video, you will need to export a high-quality edit as possible before publishing. Since Video Star is an iOS-only video editor, the end result will not live up to that produced by editing apps on PC.
Fortunately, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve to help you avoid losing quality during the editing process.
1. Import HD videos
Before we get started, make sure you have the Video Star app downloaded to your iPhone (if you haven’t already).
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Using HD videos for your edits will lay the foundation for a high-quality editing. However, if you import a 4K video into Video Star, the video will be reduced to 1080p. This is because 1080p is Video Star’s maximum resolution. In other words, we always recommend sticking to 1080p whenever possible.
Lots of editors import videos from YouTube. The iPhone screen is recorded at 720p resolution. Try not to be less than that. Instead of recording the screen, it may be better to download the original footage from YouTube in its highest format.
2. Increase Sharpness
For this method, you will need to purchase a custom coloring package, or subscribe to Video Star Pro. Feel free to skip this step if you’d prefer not to make in-app purchases.
Increasing the sharpness does not increase the video quality. Instead, they give the illusion of a higher resolution by making the visuals clearer.
Here’s how to sharpen it:
- Import your video, and click new from the playback window. then select Conversion.
- Locate Custom Coloring From the Tools menu at the bottom, click Edit.
- At the bottom, you will see several sliders and a block that says Light. This is what the coloring window opens automatically. Click on Light and you will see many other editing tools pop up.
- Now, select Sharpen. You’ll see that there are two sliders: Density and Roughness.
- put a slider Intensity at any value between 70 and 100.
- Adjust slider Coarseness At a value of no more than 15, otherwise the visual elements will start to look unnatural and really “rough”.
- Drag the playback slider at the top to make sure the visuals look good enough across the entire clip, and tap construction in the top right.
3. Blending in multiple layers
This method is useful for optimizing videos that are too bright, overexposed and have a blurry “blooming” look that you can’t seem to fix. Getting rid of this appearance will give a high-quality optical illusion.
Before getting started, you will need to purchase a multi-tier package or get a professional subscription. Otherwise, you can skip this step.
To apply Blend:
- Open the video in a multi layer.
- Tap the block that has the number one in it, and select the clip you want to edit. Now, tap on the block with label number two, and select the same clip again.
- Make sure to select the second clip by clicking on the two blocks, because this is the clip you will apply the effect to. Then select the color at the bottom and locate Blend BG.
- When you hit Blend BG, it will make the video look very bright at first. Don’t worry, this is simply the default blend setting. To change it, click the up arrow in the bottom left, and select the preset of our choice as shown below (the third block down in the first row on the left).
You’ll notice that the video now looks darker, sharper, and more defined, but it might be a bit dark, so you can simply lower the clip’s opacity to avoid this:
- Select the second clip by clicking on the block with the second number, and select Edit Keyframes. When the clip’s main window editor opens, you’ll notice a white background and it might seem like there’s nothing. This is simply because the clip is hard to see on its own.
- To see what it would look like on top of the other clip, click Options at the top right, and choose Show Other Layers. Now, select the block you have imported the other clip into. In this case, it is number one.
- Before proceeding, make sure that the playback slider is at the start. This ensures that the change is applied to the entire clip, rather than the change in real time while it is playing.
- Locate the Opacity in the bottom left, and drag the slider down anywhere between the values 60 and 100.
- Hit Back in the top left, play your clip to check it looks the way you want it to, and hit Create at the top right.
For best results, follow step two in addition to this method.
4. Don’t set blur tracking too high
Blur Tracking is an effect that should ideally be applied to motion-edited clips. It prevents editing from moving like a PowerPoint view, and creates smoothness between transitions.
However, setting the Tracking Blur value too high will result in very blurry clips, so always keep the value below 50. You can change the value in the multi-layer window or by using the color slider in the keyframe editor to see the exact value.
5. Try to avoid merging clips
Splitting a video into clips is essential for video editing. Each time you stitch the clips back together again with the Merge Scenes tool, the quality drops slightly. However, merging clips is also necessary for things like adding a watermark, borders, or adding overlays on the entire video.
There is a way to keep the quality by merging:
- Go to the homepage and hover over the edit you want to merge.
- Tap the share icon at the bottom right of the video thumbnail, and select Send to Camera Roll. This will export the entire edit with all its clips as a single video to your camera roll.
- Hit the plus sign (+) icon at the top right and import the mod you just exported. You can now add everything to all clips, while maintaining their original quality.
6. Select the highest export resolution
Video Star allows you to export your edits in 360p, 720p and 1080p resolution. Always keep the resolution at 1080p as this is the highest resolution.
To change the resolution, click the Settings icon in the bottom left of the homepage, scroll down to New Project Resolution, and select 1080p.
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