Video quality has changed a lot over the years – anyone can tell the difference between videos from today and, say, the 60's, and each older style of video has its own distinctive visual qualities.

If you want to make your own video look like an artifact of a different era, you probably have certain effects in mind: black & white, sepia, or yellowed coloring, grainy or blurry video quality – maybe even TV static, film imperfections, or rounded corners. You might think that high-level edits like this require professional and expensive video editing software, but you can make all the edits you need for free online! Here's how:

  1. Upload your video to the Kapwing Studio or start with a template
  2. Make it old-fashioned
  3. Process & download

Step 1: Upload your video to the Kapwing Studio or start with a template

Head to Kapwing.com and click "Get Started." If you're already signed in, click "New Project" and "Start with Studio." Now either right-click on the URL field and select "Paste," or select "Click to Upload" and find the video in your file browser. You can also drag & drop your file into the Studio window directly.

Film Template:

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VHS Template:

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TV Template:

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Step 2: Make it old-fashioned

Now that your video is in the Kapwing Studio, you can start making edits to make it look old-fashioned. I'd start by making it black & white, and make further edits with your color saturation at very low levels. Select the video layer and click "Adjust" from the menu on the right-hand side of the screen. In the video adjustment window, click & drag the "Saturation" button all the way to the left. To make it look just right, it might be a good idea to play with your video's brightness and contrast, as well, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

The other effect you add depend on the way you want your video to look. For a sepia-toned video, click "Shapes," choose a rectangle, and fit it over your whole video. Change its color to brown, and lower its opacity to somewhere between 20 & 50% for the best results. What was a black & white video now has a sepia tone! Similarly, you can give your video a 60's style by reducing saturation and increasing brightness by about half, adding a tiny bit of blur, and adding a mostly transparent yellow filter.

For an extra old-fashioned look, it's easy to add antique TV-style static animation and rounded corners. Just click "Images" and search using a term like "Static GIF PNG" – you'll be able to choose from many different static animations from the web to add to your video. Just cover the screen with the new image layer and reduce its opacity your video is clear enough. And to round your video's corners, select the video layer and drag the "Rounded Corners" slider to the right.

Step 3: Process & download

Once you've edited your video to perfection and made all the adjustments you need, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your old-fashioned video file will be ready to download in no time! When your video is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen.

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