My caravan was recently broken into. The good news is I have a surveillance camera installed and I captured and recorded the breakin. The bad news is the footage is so underexposed that it is almost black.

Is there anyway I can lighten the footage in Premiere Pro? Is premiere pro even the best software for that? I am not after high quality stuff, just lighten and cleanup enough to be able to identify the suspect. I have tried adding a brightness and contrast filter to the footage, and I can see he goes right up to the camera, but there is just not enough detail to even tell if he is male or female.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • Of course, but I'd recommend denoising the clip first. Simplest way is using brightness/contrast tool, but this depends on your requirements.
    – p2or
    Nov 14, 2015 at 17:27
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    Underexposure is the worst! The problem is that some areas are just completely black, so there's nothing to be recovered in any way ... and the noise is particulary bad, making it hard to make out anything in the video. See my question here. In this case, I was able to recover the video to some degree using a combination of Premiere's color and luma effects, but it still looks kinda awful. Maybe post a screenshot of your video, so we get a picture of what you're dealing with ...
    – MoritzLost
    Nov 14, 2015 at 17:54

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You can brighten the footage, but it's doubtful you'll get anything out of the footage. Odds are, the areas you see as black are clipped which means they'll just turn into grey when you brighten the footage.

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