Make A Video Negative

Applying an effect is a creative way to alter the mood of your film. Switching the color of your video from positive to negative is often done by using an “invert” video effect. Many video editing programs, however, don’t provide an “invert” effect. To add a negative effect to your effect, use a third-party video editor such as AVS Video Converter, Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe After Effects.

Instructions

AVS Video Converter

1. Download and install AVS Video Converter. As of the time of publication, the software costs $39. The company, however, offers a free trial version.

2. Open AVS Video Converter.

3. Click the “Browse” button to the right of the “Input File Name” field. Navigate through your folders, the video you want to edit and click “Open.”

4. Click the “Edit” button on the toolbar.

5. Select the “Effects” option in the Video Effects menu on the left side of the screen. Scroll through the available effects and locate the “Invert” option. Right-click the “Invert” option and select “Apply Effect.” The color of the video will be changed from positive to negative.

Sony Vegas Pro 11

6. Download and install Sony Vegas Pro 11. As of the time of publication, the program costs approximately $600. To test the software, download the free evaluation version.

7. Launch Sony Vegas Pro 11.

8. Click the “File” tab, highlight the “Import” option and select “Media.” The “Import Media” window will appear. Select your preferred video file and click “Open.”

9. Click and drag the thumbnail image to the events pane at the bottom of the screen.

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10. Click the “Video Output FX” button. The “Plug-In Chooser” window will appear. Select the “Sony Invert” option and click “OK.” You will then be asked to select an intensity level for the inversion effect. Use the “Blend Amount” slider bar to select your preferred intensity level. As you increase the intensity, you will be able to view the effect in the preview pane on the right side of the screen.

11. Click the “X” button to exit the window. The effect will be applied to the entire video.

Adobe After Effects

12. Download and install Adobe After Effects. As of the time of publication, the software costs $999. Adobe, however, offers a free 30-day trial.

13. Open Adobe After Effects.

14. Click the “File” tab, highlight “Import” and select the “File” option. Navigate through your folders and select the video file you want to edit. The video will be imported to the “Project” pane on the left side of the screen.

15. Click and drag the thumbnail image from the “Project” pane to the “Composition” pane.

16. Click the “Effect” tab, highlight the “Channel” option and select “Invert.” The negative effect will be applied to your video.