Want to create special visual effects using your videos recorded on iPhone? Sometimes, the black and white may look more aesthetically pleasing than others since it can bring a classic look to your pictures or videos. In a related article, we showed you how to convert color photos to black & white photography on iPhone. Today, we will demonstrate how to convert a video to black and white on iPhone. The Photos app on iPhone provides us filters to quickly removes the colors from your photos and videos, bringing a fresh perspective while preserving the quality.
Duplicate video before rotating
It is strongly recommended that you backup a file before editing. That way if you directly modified the original video file in the photo library and made a mistake, you can revert to your saved copy.
Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find the video that you want to rotate. Tap on the video to open it, then tap on the More menu button, which looks like an ellipsis in a circle, in the top-right corner of the screen. Then choose Duplicate from the drop-down menu to create a copy of the original video in your photo library.
Here are the two methods to make a video black and white using the Photos app on iPhone.
Method 1. Convert Black & White videos with filters
Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find the video that you want to edit. Tap on the video to open it, then tap on the Edit button in the top-right corner of the screen. After that, you will see a row of editing tools on the bottom. Tap on Filters icon, then choose one of the three different Black & White filters as follows:
- Mono makes the image a simple black and white.
- Silvertone makes the picture black and white, while also bumping up the shadows
- Noir makes the pictures black and white, while dramatically increasing the contrast
You can also use the slider at the bottom of the screen to fine-tune the filter to the desired look and feel. Tap on the Recorder icon at the bottom to preview the video before saving. When you are satisfied, tap on the Done button in the bottom-right corner of the screen to save the edited video.
Method 2. Create Black and White videos via saturation
The Photos app also allow us to adjust many aspects of videos, such as Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Contrast, Brightness, Black point, Saturation, Vibrancy, Warmth, Tint, Sharpness, Definition, Noise reduction, Vignette, etc.
Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find the video that you want to edit. Tap on the video to open it, then tap on the Edit button in the top-right corner of the screen. After that, you will see a row of editing tools on the bottom. Tap on Adjust icon, then you will find many settings you can tweak as we mentioned above. Swipe left to reveal more option and choose Saturation. We can use the slider at the bottom to reduce the saturation to -100 and thus get a video in black and white.
Tap on the Recorder icon at the bottom to preview the video before saving. When you are satisfied, tap on the Done button in the bottom-right corner of the screen to save the edited video.
Method 3. Make black and white videos with iMovie
Except the stock Photos app, there is another built-in app on our iPhone that can help us easily make videos black and white. What’s more, it even allows users to split a video into clips and turn any part of a video into black and white.
Open the iMovie app on your iPhone. Tap on Start New Project > Movie to create a new project on the Project viewer screen and select the video you want to edit and add it to the Timeline. Tap on the video clip to select it in the Timeline. Optionally you can split the video into clips and edit each part of it separately. Select the video clip, then tap on the Filters button at the bottom of the screen.
Scroll through the filters until you find the B&W filter, and tap on it to apply it to your video. Preview your video to make sure it looks the way you want it to. Optionally use the slider, which is below the Timeline but above the filters, to adjust the black and white effect.
Once you’re happy with the result, tap on the Done button. Then tap on the Share button to export your black and white video in the desired format and resolution.