VSDC 7.2 Takes Its Color Correction Toolset to the Next Level (Plus, Other Updates)

It has been another productive couple of months for the VSDC team, and we’re thrilled to announce the release of VSDC 7.2 – the new version of our video editing suite.

Although the majority of updates fall under the color correction toolset category, VSDC 7.2 also includes several long-awaited features, such as a new visual Echo filter, advanced animation for coordinate-based effects, multichannel audio effect controls, group file editing, and more.

Let’s review each part of this update in more detail.

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Сolor correction toolset updates

As the number of color correction tools in the VSDC suite continued expanding earlier this year, it became apparent that we needed a single dedicated menu for all of them.

That’s why the first update we’d like to introduce is a new panel, named Color grading.

Color grading panel

Color grading is a new panel housing all the essential color correction controls:

  • Basic color effects: Temp, Tint, Contrast, Brightness, Gamma, Saturation, Hue
  • Lift, Gamma, Gain & Offset color wheels
  • RGB curves and sliders
  • HSL curves and sliders
  • YUV curves and sliders
  • Color twist settings (RGB color channel components)
  • Optimized version of the LUT editor

The panel is designed to help you perform a full cycle of color grading in one place, without having to switch between different effect layers and tabs. If you’ve been using VSDC for some time, you’re probably familiar with most tools in the panel, except for the newly-added one, called Lift, Gamma & Gain.

Lift, Gamma & Gain

The Lift, Gamma, Gain (and Offset) wheels will help you apply professional-level color correction on videos and images. Lift allows you to correct dark tones in the video (shadows); Gamma allows you to correct midtones; Gain allows you to correct light tones, and Offset allows you to work with the entire image.

VSDC Video Editor has received the LIft, Gamma, Gain wheels color correction

We suggest that you check our dedicated guide to working with the Lift, Gamma, Gain color wheels if you’d like to learn more about them.

Color grading effect

Finally, the new Color grading effect has been added to the Adjustments group of the Video effects menu. Essentially, this effect includes the same toolset as the new Color grading panel, however, since you’ll be able to add it to the timeline, it’s possible to control the starting and end point of the effect, its duration, as well as intensity.

New “Color grading” effect added to the Video effects menu in VSDC

Echo filter in sprite properties

Sprite properties have received a new option, called Echo filter. The Echo filter allows for making a beautiful visual echo effect by overlaying dimmed copies of past frames on the current one. Depending on the settings, you can achieve a long exposure look or a smearing effect.

The Echo filter becomes available only at the sprite level: to apply it, you need to convert a video into a sprite (Ctrl + P) and deactivate the “Use as container” option. Once applied, the filter allows for using the dynamic parameter change, so the effect can be increased or decreased over time.

Tracking animation for coordinate-based effects

Coordinate-based effects, such as Lens flare, Bokeh glare, and God rays, have received a point movement tracking feature. This means that you’ll be able to manually create a movement trajectory for the effect to follow.

Moreover, you’ll be able to bind other dynamic effects to the tracking point movement and create unique animations, perfect for video ads and intros. Below is an example of how it works with text effects. Notice how the text animation is perfectly synchronized with the movement of the Lens flare:

Multi-channel audio effect strength controls

The next update will bring joy to those who often work on music videos and take a precise approach to sound editing.

Audio effect settings now allow for adjusting strength for the right and left audio channels. In other words, you can control the intensity of audio effects for each channel and create a project with a unique sound.

Multi-channel audio effects settings in VSDC

This is an essential, long-awaited feature, and its next iteration is already in the works. For example, in the future, you’ll be able to also control audio effect strength for each channel over time.

Group file editing

Previously, VSDC users were able to select multiple media files on the timeline and perform the most basic actions, such as splitting, cutting, and color style application, to a group of files. Starting version 7.2, group file editing becomes more versatile.

Depending on the type of files you’ve selected on the timeline, VSDC allows for changing any parameters that are common for this group. For example, if you’ve selected several video files, you’ll be able to crop their borders or apply the same speed and audio settings. To make the feature more intuitive, non-common parameters that can’t be changed for the entire group will be highlighted in green:

Group file editing has become available in VSDC

The more files of different types you add to the group, the fewer common parameters they will have. For example, if you select multiple video, audio, and image files as a group, the only common parameters will be Object creation and Object duration settings.

Hardware acceleration mode for transition effects

To decrease processing times, we’ve added an option to activate hardware acceleration mode to all transition effects, as well as the Noise filter and Clipping mask effect.

Hardware accelerated processing has become available for transition effects in VSDC

Switching between processing modes is optional. Thus, users of the free version can activate the hardware mode to speed up preview processing times, and the users of the Pro version can take full advantage of hardware acceleration at the export level as well.

VSDC 7.2 is already out

Now that we’ve hopefully piqued your interest, it’s time to download the new version and test it for yourself. VSDC 7.2 is already available on our official website, and we can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

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