How to Remove a Watermark From a Video

By Erick Kristian

Watermarks are embedded graphics in a video. They are often used by TV networks to display logos. The watermark is generally small and unobtrusive to the viewer. Most broadcasters put watermarks in the lower right or left corner of the screen. Removing the watermark can be painstaking using pixel restoration techniques. Fortunately, zooming in a little on the video avoids having to do this, although some of the picture will be lost when this is done. No native windows program can remove watermarks.

Things You'll Need

  • Video editing program

Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1

Download and install Adobe Premiere Pro (see Resources). Adobe Premiere Pro has a free-trial download and the software can quickly eliminate watermarks.

Step 2

Open Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking "Start Menu," "Programs" and "Adobe Premiere Pro."

Step 3

Select a new project template file from the intro splash screen.

Step 4

Double-click the "Project Media" bin to open an explorer window. Locate the video file with the watermark on the hard drive and double-click it to import it to Premiere Pro.

Step 5

Drag the newly imported video file into the "Timeline. "

Step 6

Click the video file in the "Timeline." This will bring up the "Effects Control" window for that video.

Step 7

Click the "Zoom" effect in the "Effects Control" window.

Step 8

Increase the "Zoom" by moving the slider right. Zoom in until the watermark in the video is beyond the outline of the video and no longer visible.

Step 9

Click "File," "Export" and "Media." This opens the export media window.

Step 10

Select the "File Type" and destination for the new file. Enter a "File Name" and click "Render." The video will now be saved without the watermark to the hard drive.

Sony Vegas

Step 1

Download and install Sony Vegas (see Resources). Sony Vegas has a free-trial download and the software can quickly eliminate watermarks.

Step 2

Open Sony Vegas by clicking "Start Menu," "Programs" and "Sony Vegas." Select a new project template file from the intro splash screen.

Step 3

Double-click the "Project Media" bin to open an explorer window. Locate the video file with the watermark on the hard drive and double-click it to import it to Sony Vegas.

Step 4

Drag the newly-imported video file into the "Timeline. " Click the video file in the "Timeline;" this will bring up the "Effects Control" window for that video. Increase the "Zoom" by moving the slider right. Zoom in until the watermark in the video is beyond the outline of the video and no longer visible.

Step 5

Click "File," "Export" and "Media." This opens the export media window. Select the "File Type" and destination for the new file. Enter a "File Name" and click "Render." The video will now be saved without the watermark to the hard drive.

Adobe After Effects

Step 1

Download and install Adobe After Effects (see Resources). Adobe After Effects has a free-trial download and the software can quickly eliminate watermarks.

Step 2

Open Adobe After Effects by clicking "Start Menu," "Programs" and "Adobe After Effects." Select a new project template file from the intro splash screen.

Step 3

Double-click the "Project Media" bin to open an explorer window. Locate the video file with the watermark on the hard drive and double-click it to import it to Adobe After Effects.

Step 4

Drag the newly-imported video file into the "Timeline. " Click the video file in the "Timelin;," this will bring up the "Effects Control" window for that video. Increase the "Zoom" by moving the slider right. Zoom in until the watermark in the video is beyond the outline of the video and no longer visible.

Step 5

Click "File," "Export" and "Media." This opens the export media window. Select the "File Type" and destination for the new file. Enter a "File Name" and click "Render." The video will now be saved without the watermark to the hard drive.