Give videos the retro treatment in seconds with VSDC’s Instagram-style filters

Get your clips ready to share with old-school film effects

VSDC Free Video Editor for Windows has just received a major overhaul, with a new suite of vintage filters that replicate Instagram’s best vintage effects. Simply download the software, import your video and you’re ready to get creative.

Unlike Instagram itself, which only lets you upload a minute of footage at a time, VSDC Free Video Editor can tackle videos of any length and export them in a format of your choice.

You can also create slideshows from photos, or projects using a combination of still images, video and audio, all arranged using the software’s intuitive non-linear editor, then give the whole project a retro twist.

You can import and convert a single video, or combine multiple clips, still photos and audio files

To give a video a quick vintage makeover, click ‘Import content’ and select the file. Give the new project a name, enter some basic details (including the copyright holder’s name and a description), and take a look at the video format settings. The default options will be fine for most purposes.

Once your video has loaded, click the Video Effects button towards the top left and select Quick Styles. Here you’ll find a set of filters to make your clip look its best, including automatic levels adjustment to enhance shadows and highlights, and temperature controls to eliminate color casts.

VDSC Video Editor's filters include all the classic Instagram effects you know and love

The Quick Styles list also includes all the classic filters you know and love from Instagram, including Earlybird, Toaster, and Hefe. Simply click your preferred effect and it will be applied to your whole video immediately. To see how it looks, hit the ‘Preview’ button underneath the playback window. 

Once you’re happy, click the ‘Export Project’ tab and pick a file format or playback device. If you’re planning to upload your video to YouTube, pick AVI, MPG, MOV, or WMV.

VSDC Video Editor Pro supports hardware acceleration for faster video encoding

VSDC supports hardware acceleration to dramatically improve the speed of encoding, but this feature is only available in VDSC Video Editor Pro; to disable it in the free edition, select the cog icon in the top right, click Acceleration Options and uncheck the box marked ‘Use hardware acceleration for encoding video’. 

VSDC’s developer Flash-Integro has made its own video tutorials to show off some of the updated app’s other new features, including a guide to creating a stunning ghost effect in color. Give it a try!

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