How to Add Filters to Videos in 3 Ways (Online, PR, iPhone)

Last Updated: Jul. 19, 2022

Applying a video filter to your video is an easy and quick way to set the tone and emotions of your video. When used properly, adding a filter to your video can even make your video look more cinematic and engaging.

So, in this tutorial, we will walk you through how to easily add a custom filter to your video online, in Premiere Pro, and even on your phone (iPhone and Android). So, let’s get into it now!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

Here is a quick takeaway of how to add a filter to a video:

  • You can take a video filter as a pre-made video overlay. When a video filter is applied to your video, you normally need to adjust the details, such as intensity, contrast, color temperature, highlight, shadow, mid-tone, saturation, etc. for the desiring color tone that works best for your video.
  • If you want to add filters to a video in Premiere Pro, you can either use the built-in Lumetric presets effect in the Effects panel or add a Lut to color-grade your video.
  • Also, read how to adjust video brightness.

    How to Add Filters to Videos Online

    Well, though there are tons of video editors on PC that can add a filter to your video, none can beat the flexibility and ease of use of a versatile online video editor. So, the top recommendation for you to add a custom filter to your video is FlexClip.

    Feature-rich FlexClip online video maker.

    It’s a feature-packed online video maker with 20 fully-customizable video filters and multiple video aspect ratios for you to add filters to YouTube videos, TikTok videos, Instagram videos, Snapchat, etc., not to mention a wide array of video effects, free video templates, and 4M+ video assets.

    You can use its intuitive timeline to add a filter to your video and customize the details in clicks away. No software download and video editing experience are needed.

    Step 1
    Upload your videos to FlexClip from your PC or phone.
    Upload your videos to FlexClip

    Upload your videos to FlexClip.

    Step 2
    Click the “+” button to add your footage to the timeline. You may trim it or split the clips and delete the unwanted video moments.
    Add clips to the timeline and trim or split clips for the rough cut

    Add clips to the timeline and trim or split clips for the rough cut.

    Step 3
    Add filter to the video: Click the Filter button > select a filter, such as Vintage, Lomo, Retro, Chromatic, Moody, B&W, etc. Then, the video filter chosen shall be applied to your video automatically. You can drag the slider to adjust its intensity. If you don’t like the chosen filter, just click the none or undo button on the top left corner.
    Add a filter to a video and adjust its intensity

    Add a filter to a video and adjust its intensity.

    Step 4
    Refine the details: Click the Adjust button, then you can adjust the contrast, brightness, color temperature, saturation, highlight, shadows, vignettes, etc. to achieve the desiring color tone and video contrast for your video project.
    Adjust the details parameters to refine video filter effects

    Adjust the details parameters to refine video filter effects.

    So, let’s compare the difference before and after a video filter is added from the example above:

    Add filters to a video by FlexClip.

    How to Add Filters to Videos in Premiere Pro

    As a workhorse for video editing, the Adobe Premiere Pro offers you 2 ways to add filters to your video, i.e. Lumetric Presets and Luts. The Lumetric color-grading presets are built-in effects in Premiere Pro while Luts are imported video filters to color grade your videos.

    Option 1: Add Filters to Videos Using Lumetric Prests in Premiere Pro

    How to add filters to a video in Premiere Pro

    Step 1
    Add one clip to the timeline in Premiere Pro
    Step 2
    Add the filter to the video: Go to the Effects panel > open the Lumetric Presets folder; you have 5 filter categories, such as Cinematic, Filmstocks, Monochrome, Speedlocks, and Technical > click and drag any of the video filter effects to your clip on the timeline. Then the video filter shall be applied to your video.

    Option 2: Add Filters to Videos Using a Lut in Premiere Pro

    How to use Luts as a video fitler to color-grade your videos in Premiere Pro.

    Step 1
    Add a clip to the timeline in Premiere Pro
    Step 2
    Apply the Lut to the video: Click the Color tab on the top menu > On the right menu, go to Creative > Look > Browse > import your downloaded free Lut package to Premiere Pro > the Lut shall be automatically applied to your video as a video filter.
    Step 3
    Adjust the details in the Lumetric Color panel: You can adjust the video filter’s intensity, vibrance, saturation, and tint balance or even use the Color Wheels or Curves to refine the colors of highlights, shadows, and mid-tone, etc.

    How to Add Filters to Videos on iPhone/Android

    Well, if you want to directly add filters to video on iPhone or Android, another great workaround is to use the powerful app—Caput. It’s 100% free and abounds with lots of video filters and video effects.

    Add filters to videos by CapCut on your phone

    Add filters to videos by CapCut on your phone.

    Step 1
    Launch CapCut on your iPhone/Android and click the New Project to import a video to the timeline.
    Import your clips to CapCut

    Import your clips to CapCut.

    Step 2
    Add filters to the video: With the clip selected, tap the Filters icon > select a video filter from 9 video filter categories, such as nature, food, retro, movies, style, etc. > then a video filter shall be added to your video as a video overlay. You can drag the slider to adjust its intensity.
    Add a filter to a video by CapCut on your phone

    Add a filter to a video by CapCut on your phone.

    Now, It's Your Move

    Using video filters is the easiest way to color grade your videos without starting from scratch. So, what is your ideal way to add filters to a video? Share this post on Facebook or Twitter and leave your comments for us. See you there.

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