A grayscale filter converts all of the colors in your video to something between black and white. Grayscale puts emphasis on the media’s contrast instead of hue or saturation and doesn’t change the intensity of light in the pixels.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to apply a grayscale effect to a photo, video, or GIF using a free online tool called Kapwing. Since Kapwing is a website, it works on both your phone and computer without requiring you to install software.

How to Grayscale Your Video Online

Step 1: Upload your video

Find a website to help you add a grayscale affect to your photo or video. I recommend Kapwing’s Studio because it’s free, supports photos and videos, and works on any device. You can upload a video from your device or import a clip from YouTube, Google Drive, or Vimeo.


Step 2: Apply the grayscale filter

Once your video loads, select the grayscale filter from the Kapwing filter library. You can preview what your video will look like once the grayscale filter is applied. Kapwing also has an “adjust” tab where you can change the fade, brightness, and vignette. Click “Create” to process your video once it looks right.


Step 3: Download and Share

After your grayscale video has been processed, you can download it to share with your friends or on social media. If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.


This same technique works for making grayscale GIFs and grayscale photos also. Upload any type of media to make adjustments in the Kapwing Studio.

I hope this article helps you create grayscale videos and GIFs on your phone or computer! For more tips and tutorials on digital content creation in 2021, check out the videos on our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on filtering videos online:

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