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Some Simple Ways To Improve Video Quality

Manisha Rawat
Manisha Rawat Published On - 22 Jun 2020

With the increasing shift of digital content from text and pictures to videos, we all have experienced various problems related to video quality. Sometimes the videos are too dark, or the colors are not realistic, or there is a lag between the audio and video.

Also, the increasing screen resolutions of our televisions, phones, laptops, and better phone cameras have made us accustomed to smooth videos. All our devices record high quality videos and also provide videos with higher resolution. As a result, videos that were recorded even a few years ago seem to be blurred, or lacking vividity or accuracy in color contrast. In this article, we are going to mention everything that is related to video quality and also suggest some ways to enhance a bad video.

How a bad video quality can ruin your experience?

If you are all set to watch your favorite movie with your family or to play your favorite song to cheer your mood up, but you end-up with the below-mentioned issues in the video, then you should consider fixing the quality of that video file.

  • The video has low resolution (or in other words you can say that the visuals are not fine).
  • Choppy video quality
  • Blurry or jerky video
  • Sluggish video playback (or you can say slow video playback)
  • Syncing issues in audio and visuals of the video
  • Either low or no sound in the video
  • Video playing in slow motion
  • Video is freezing multiple times
  • Multiple instances of black or white screen while playing the video
  • Distortion in the video
  • Video is flickering

Factors Affecting the Video Quality

Before we begin on how to improve video quality, we need to identify the factors that improve the video. There are various factors related to video quality which should be understood if you are about to shoot a video and want to ensure high video quality or if you have already shot your video and need to analyze and fix it’s video quality.

  • Video Resolution
  • Camera’s Frame Rate and Shutter Speed
  • Compression Algorithm
  • Video Codecs
  • Audio Quality
  • Encoding Settings
  • Noise Reduction

One should always try to capture perfect footage, instead of relying on post-production tools to fix video quality issues. Nevertheless, there are some options available to improve video quality after it has been shot.

How do you end up having a bad quality video?
So, how do you end up with a bad quality? There is no end to the reasons how a video may end up having the bad quality. Let’s know a few popular one of them:

  • Wrong video codecs or expired video codecs
  • Broken or incomplete video file due to interruption while downloading or file transfer
  • Issues in your device’s audio or visuals
  • Issues in display drivers
  • Downloading from suspicious websites
  • Virus or malware attacks
  • Corruption in the video file

How to enhance video quality?

Now when we have discussed how to identify a bad video, what all factors are responsible for the video quality, and how you may end up with a bad video. Let’s now discuss how to enhance the video quality.

Often you may come across a video which is not all bad in quality but there is a small issue that is impacting your experience. In such scenarios, you may not be eager to go through the hassle of using tools to fix the video quality. If this is the case, you can try to improve the experience by making small changes that can overcome the limitations of your video. If none of them solves your issue, you may try some full-fledged methods to improve the video quality.

  • Try switching to earphones or to external speakers
  • If the sound of your video is on the lower end and you are having trouble understanding the audio, you can try to switch the audio devices. You can try using headphones or earphones if you are watching it on your mobile or a laptop. If you are facing this issue while watching the video on a TV screen or a PC or a similar device, you can try to use external speakers. If you are watching the movie on a smart television or a similar device you can go for bluetooth speakers as well.

  • Use a device that suit your video resolution
  • For a good video experience, the device on which you are watching is important. If you are watching an action movie and the video resolution is HD or Full HD or 4K, then it is best to watch it on a Television instead of a Mobile phone or Tablet. Small size of your display device will often make you miss important details of the video even though the video quality is sufficient.

    Similarly, if you are watching a video which has low resolution, it is better to watch it on your mobile or tablet instead of watching it on your Television. The big screen size and high PPI of your television set will render the video with blurred pixels.

  • Adjust the lighting conditions
  • If you are watching a movie or video that is either not bright enough or is shot in dark or night, then you might face issues watching it when your surrounding environment is not conducive to the video. For such videos, adjust your display device so as to avoid any direct sunlight on it. Also, adjust your seat so that you don’t see the reflection of your room lightnings on your television or mobile screens.

    Additionally, cross check and adjust the brightness of your display device for better viewing of videos that are dark and need such adjustment.

  • Change video quality using VLC Media Player
  • If you use VLC Media Player for playing video files, then you can use its below mentioned method to improve the quality of your video.

    1. Start with running the VLC media player in your system.
    2. Now, make a right-click on the Tools option there and then select Preferences from the menu that appears next.
    3. Now, in the newly opened window, click on the Inputs/Codec category.
    4. Locate “Track Settings” in that section and from the drop-down list of Preferred Video Resolution, select the video quality that you would like to prefer. Let’s say, HD (720p).
  • Fix video quality using Windows Movie Maker
  • We can fix the quality of a video by using a video editor belonging to the Windows suite, Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker is the default video editor in Windows Operating Systems.

    Windows Movie Maker will optimize your video automatically. However, if you feel that you need to manually configure, improve or fix video quality, you can also do it on your own.
    Below are the steps on how one can fix video quality using Windows Movie Maker:

    1. Go to Windows search bar and type Windows Movie Maker.
    2. Once the Windows Movie Maker is open, click on the File option and select the video that you want to import and edit.
    3. After editing the video, click on the File button from the toolbar and choose Save Movie File.
    4. Now, click on the My Computer option and then click on the Next button to launch the movie settings window.
    5. Under the Best quality playback for your computer, it will show a default quality resolution. You can click on the ‘Show More choices’ link and then click on the ‘Other settings’ radio button.
    6. In the drop down menu of other settings, select the appropriate option as per the requirement. If you want the higher quality video, select the option ‘High quality Video (NTSC).’
    7. In the end, go to the File option on the toolbar and click on the Save button to save the changes made to the video file.
  • Fix the corruption in the video file
  • The video quality may get impacted if the video file is corrupt. Corruption may happen on several scales ranging from minor to moderate to severe. Be it any type of corruption, it is always a pain. If the reason behind your bad video quality is corruption, then you should fix it right away, before it ruins your video permanently.

Fix corruption with VLC Media Player

If it is a minor to moderate corruption, then you can try fixing it with VLC Media Player. VLC media player is a well known media player among users, due to its exciting advanced features. VLC media player has a feature to fix corrupt video, which can fix your issue. If it doesn’t work for you, try the next one to fix the corruption.

Fix corruption with a professional tool

If you are unable to fix the video file corruption with VLC Media Player as the corruption is severe, then you can try repairing the file with Kernel Video Repair Tool. It is a video repair tool that can fix the corruption in a video file. It can also fix broken and damaged videos ranging from MP4, MOV, MPEG, MJPEG, MTS, M4V, MKV, AVI, AVCHD, WEBM, ASF, WMV, FLV, DIVX, 3G2, TS, 3GP to F4V file formats. Apart from this, the tool has many other advanced features. Download the trial version of the tool to get better insights about the tool. With this demo version you can not only fix the corrupt video files, but you can also download the first 30 seconds of the video for free.

Conclusion:

In this blog, we have discussed video quality. Starting with various issues related to video quality we touched what can lead to a bad quality video. We mentioned the factors impacting a video’s quality. Then, we gave a detailed overview of how to deal with a problematic video with small hacks. We suggested switching to appropriate audio or display devices and adjusting the room lightnings or devices’ brightness. Then we discussed a few solutions to enhance the video quality – VLC (If you are using VLC to watch the video) and Windows Movie maker which can fix video resolution related issues to some extent.

However, if your video is corrupt, then none of these recommendations may be able to fix your video. In such a scenario, you would require to use a video repair tool that is aimed at fixing corruption in videos, ultimately enhancing the video quality. Hope this blog helped you improve the quality of a video.