How to Change Contrast Brightness in VLC

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VLC Media Player is a free, open-source audio and video player and converter for both Macs and PCs, available for download from In addition to its playback and export features, VLC supports a number of colour correction options with its Extended Controls, including changing the hue, saturation, contrast, or brightness of a video. It is recommended that users download and install the latest version of VLC Media Player, which as of spring 2011 is version 1.1.9.

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    Download the latest version of VLC Media Player at by clicking the "Download VLC" button. Double-click the installation package when download is complete and follow the on-screen prompts. Choose a install location on your hard drive, agree to the terms of use, and launch VLC Media Player.

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    Click the "File" tab at the top of the screen and select "Open File." Browse your computer via the pop-up search screen, locate the input video, and click "Open" to load it in VLC Media Player.

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    Click the "Window" tab and select "Extended Controls." Press the drop-down box at the top of the screen and choose "Adjust Image."

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    Click the "Enable" box on the left side of the window to enable your colour controls. Drag the Contrast and Brightness timeline cursors left or right until you reach the desired levels. Exit the Extended Controls screen.

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