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Video clipping - too dark background

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My friend took a video clip using a HP Slate 7 Plus but the background seems to be very dark.  Hope the experts can please suggest how to fix this.  The clip is attached.
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Must be on your system jegajothy, it looks fine on my windows 7 just a little grainy
here's snap, does that look different to you?
remember the light contrast from the front close and the rear further away and in shade.

If you wish to fix any problems click on Video below your channel art then click on this video  in that list and then  click on enhancements
see in my shot the screen shows before and after/drag the bar back or forth with each adjustment with full light/contrast/colour temps.
The saturation is probably the best for you to try as that will adjust the hues and darkness in the background, but it may also change the front colours as well. but play around with it, then just above these enhancements see the save as new video or revert.
Unfortunately as much as I'd love to help adjust it I cannot :) unless I have your permission to download it and then adjust it. I can upload to dropbox and post the URL back here for you.
cheers
YTB enhancements
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Thank u for your response.  As u may have guessed it, both myself and the videographer are plain amateurs without a clue of what is happening.  I give u permission to download and see if u can fix it,  but please document for me what u did and how u did it, so that I can learn in the process and also which software u used.  And then post it back again and let me know the location.  Thank u for your help.
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Thank u so much.
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Thanks!!!
You know taking this video with a  HP Slate 7 Plus  is a very good effort for such a small camera.. You can't really expect amazing. Maybe look at the manual if it has one about focus and aspect ratio, I had read from Cnet seems it has a known problem with washed out video and photos, describes it well.
http://www.cnet.com/au/products/hp-slate-7/2/
 I'm in the process of uploading it right now to Dropbox,, I adjusted it in Cyberlink Power Director 10 Ultra, using the enhancements.
There is a slight blur/ grainy which I tried to fix but not too successful, if it is not played full screen you don't notice it.
Enhancements Cyberlink Power Directorhere's how it looks now compared to original/ quite a bit lighter and clearer/ bit more colour
Before and after as a preview. It will take about 40 minutes to upload  as with quality size is increased,
it is now around 84 megs as I have saved it in High Def avc1 codec-  H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
 then I'll post the link

VLC also has some enhancements
 play your video pause it, go to tools effects and filters Video effects but of course it isn't as good as the professional tools, use copies!!!
VLC effects and filters
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Here it is jegajothy,
 As I adjusted the washed out look you will see the artefacts/ motion blur I'm talking about nothing can be done with that as that is the quality of the original and the lens in the small camera how it records and renders the background with the foreground movement., but it looks much better on the desktop with MPC-BE, remember when uploading to Youtube it converts it to flash as well.
What do you think?
In the bottom right corner is full screen and a smaller screen. Download is at the top right?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/j149je4k6fmtpgw/Occasional%20onlookers%20%20PDD%20adjusted.mp4?dl=0
Enjoy!!
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Hi Merete, u did an awesome job, but just how did u achieve this?  What software did u use and what technique u used.  Thank u.
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Hi jegajothy, .. glad your happy with it,
maybe you missed my comment above, I used Cyberlink Power Director 10 Ultra x 64, image provided above, with an image of VLC Effects and Filters below it. In PDD I clicked on edit Fix and Enhance, there I just selected the different lighting adjustments and increased or decreased each, tested it in the preview, played it, go back re-adjust
adjusted the video noise then added extreme backlight which took it from dull to bright. okayed it and PDD re-encoded it then I saved as mpeg 4 high def. The whole thing took about half an hour as the re-rendering and save took about 15 minutes.
Since Cyberlink is not free you can also do it to some degree using VLC but use copies,  add your video and pause it then click on tools> effects and filters, after altering them if you don't like the results unticking the  filters and effects will not modify the video. If you don't untick them those new settings will apply.
Power Director has a trial/ also you can login to Director Zone and get tons of stuff for effects and filters for free.
http://www.cyberlink.com/downloads/trials/powerdirector-ultra/download_en_US.html
http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultra/features_en_US.html
http://www.cyberlink.com/
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Hi Merete,
Thank u so much for sharing.  Did not have a clue how u did that magic.  Thank u again.
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Your Welcome  jegathogy,
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