4. Drag the Brightness and Contrast plug from your video tab down unto your clip of the smiling girl. A blue line appears across the clip, and this prompts the effects dialogue box to open. Adjust the brightness and contrast sliders to your liking.
5. Another plug-in that can help you to lighten your dark video is the Topaz plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro. This can be downloaded on Topaz's website.
6. Let's make sure the clip is de interlaced before using the Topaz filter. To de interlace go to Video Effects>Topaz Enhance> Deinterlace option. Drag this effect on top of your video. Set it to Lower Field first, and now it's ready for the Topaz filter.
7. On the dialogue box choose DV NTSC and then change the fields to Progressive. Make sure your frame rate is set to 29.9 fps for video or 24 fps for film. For this tutorial, we will have the set the dimensions to 320 by 240.
8. Name the project select OK. Import the .avi clip by going to the File > Import command and selecting your clip. Now select it and go to Video Options. Set the Field Options to None and ensure that the frame blend is off. Select the quality button and choose the Highest quality. Now you are ready to apply the Topaz filter to lighten the video.
9. Drag the .avi into your Timeline. Let's brighten up the clip, focusing on the baby's face in the foreground. Select Video Effects>Adjust>Levels and put this effect on your video layer. Brighten up the image with the image sliders, experiment until it fits your liking.
So there you have it, you have successfully brightened up the baby's smile in this video with two key tools from Adobe Premiere Pro. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief, and use any of these tools to brighten up any video footage or scene.