The power of video retouching.

Learn how video retouching can help you make adjustments to your videos to correct blemishes, adjust colors, or blur objects.

Videos are made of hundreds of still images. If you want to do some retouching, you have to edit every single frame. Luckily, editing tools can drastically cut the time it takes to retouch a video. The key is masks and tracking.

What is video retouching?

Basically, it’s the art of making corrections to a video’s image. You can make any number of other changes to your video, including:

Videos are just a series of still images played consecutively at a fast rate. So, retouching a video is similar to retouching a photo — just hundreds of times in a row.

Video retouching tools.

Many video retouching tools are identical to the tools you’d use to retouch a photo. The two most important are masks and tracking.

Masks cover an item. They let you make adjustments to a specific area. If you want to remove a blemish, for example, you can cover the blemish with a mask that looks identical to the background. That way, it won’t show up in the image. One mask will only fix an issue in a single frame. How do you duplicate the mask in the rest of the video? With mask tracking.

Many video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro feature tracking tools which can duplicate your masks throughout the video with the click of a button. The software identifies where your mask is within the shot and follows it through all remaining frames, saving you time and effort.

Once your masks are placed and tracked, watch your video to identify any issues and make any final adjustments. When you’re happy with the final product, it’s ready to export.

Take a moment to discover more video tips and tricks that can help take your creation skills to the next level. Then, explore everything you can do with Premiere Pro to edit and retouch your videos today.