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Video Effects Software: How to Add Special Effects to a Video

Video effects, also known as filter or visual effects, are used to create all sorts of crazy visuals with clicks. It's easy to do and the results are stunning. This is why people love video effects.

Different from other video editing software hit on the market that only come with very limited video effects, Wondershare Video Editor (Video Editor for Mac) provides 300+ free effects, including Transitional effects, Picture in Picture, Intro/Credits, Titles, Sound, Jump Cut, Mosaic, and more. All of these make your video going into the next level. In the following, I'll show you how to add special effects to a video.

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Step 1: Add video files to the program

Before adding video files to the Timeline for editing, you need to import them first. There are mainly 2 ways: either through "Import" button on the main interface, or simply dragging and dropping files from Windows File Explorer to the User's Album. All popular video/audio/photo formats are supported by this video effect software.

Step 2: Apply video effects to video and photo files

Now it's time to add media files and apply video effects. First, drag the video file from the User's Album to the video Timeline.  And then switch to the Effect tab to right click your favorite template and select apply. You will see a sub-track just above video track, showing an "E" mark. Note that the added effect will only be applied to the overlayed video. If you want to increase the effect duration, just mouse over the "E" mark, and when  the "double arrow" cursor appears, drag it to any length you want.

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Step 3: Export video

When you are happy with the video effects applied to a video, click "Create" to save a video with effects. You can save video in all popular formats on the computer by clicking "Format" and specify some necessary settings. If you want to play your video on iPod, iPhone, iPad, click "Device" and select the thumbnail of your devices. It's also a good idea to share your videos on YouTube to share with your friends.

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What video effects are included in Wondershare Video Editor?

Up to 58 cool video effects are included. Other funny video effects such as fast motion effect, slow motion effect, picture in picture, etc. can also be achieved with Wondershare Video Editor. However, some other famous video effects like lightsaber, fire, and split screen are still not included at the moment.

  • 70s Effect
  • Ancient Canvas Effect
  • Balance Effect
  • Baltan Effect
  • Blur Effect
  • Brown Effect
  • Bubble Effect
  • BW Effect
  • Canvas Effect
  • Cartoon Effect
  • Cinnamon Effect
  • Color Sketch Effect
  • Cool Effect
  • Delay Grab Effect
  • Distort Effect
  • Emboss Effect
  • Enlarge Effect
  • Equalize Effect
  • Exposure Effect
  • Film Grain Effect
  • Fish Eye Effect
  • Flip All Effect
  • Flip LR Effect
  • Flip TB Effect
  • Giddiness Effect
  • Glow Effect
  • Hot Effect
  • Hue Shift Effect
  • Invert Effect
  • Linear Burn Effect
  • Linear Light Effect
  • Lomo Movie Effect
  • Mirror LR Effect
  • Mirror TB Effect
  • Mosaic Effect
  • Narrow Effect
  • Neon Effect
  • Nervous Effect
  • Old Paper Effect
  • Plash Effect
  • Purple Effect
  • Rain Drop Effect
  • Retro Effect
  • Ribbon Effect
  • Screen Effect
  • Sketch Effect
  • Snow Effect
  • Soble Effect
  • Square Blur Effect
  • Star Effect
  • Sun Shine Effect
  • TV Wall Effect
  • Video Wall Effect
  • Vignette White Effect
  • Warm Effect
  • Water Ripple Effect
  • Water Suffer Effect
  • Whirl Effect

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Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

disqus_mErLggdovB
u dont have registered software.. thats why watermark comes after export
Liza_Brown
You can click the "Download" button at the top of the program and then pick up the resource packages you need.
dannydalegarciaromuga
how to download some effects?
Liza_Brown
Yes, there will be watermark on the output video. Purchase the software to remove the watermark, or take part in our giveaway activities to win the free license.
ceciliebrochs
I have another free version of wondershare, but when I export it, it comes off with a big watermark.. If I download this version of wondershare for free, will there be a watermark when I export it as well??
Liza_Brown
Appreciate for your kind interest in our product. I am sorry that our product does not support to load extra video as the effect. You can only choose the provided effect templates in our product to use. It cannot be customized.
lucyboots
I have the 3.1.6. I am trying to add a Bokeh video as an effect. Is that possible or am I stuck with only what you offer? thanks
necherland
this is really wonderful program well done Liza that is exactly what i wanted thanks
necherland
well done Liza that is really useful and wonderful program tat is exactly what i wanted thanks
janaka perera
It's so nice and useful to have more transition and effects on video editor

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