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How To Remove Watermark From Videos (2020)

Edited By Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed By Gulshan

At least once you might have observed a faint message being displayed in the video you are streaming.

That is what is called a ‘watermark’. But what could be the reason for superimposing a light watermark in the video?

Any image, logo, signature, stamp, or picture superimposed in the video or any image or video with enhanced transparency is called a watermark. 

How To Remove Watermark From Videos

The purposeful increase in the transparency of the watermark is to ensure that the viewer is not even slightly distracted while viewing the primary content. But at the same time, the viewer recognizes its presence while streaming the content. It is the symbol of authenticity for the content. 

Origin

The origin of the water part in the word watermark goes back to the time when a watermark 

was only a part of the real paper. It was skillfully drafted by altering the thickness of papers and thus creating a lightness or shadow part on the paper. The whole procedure took place when the paper was in the wet condition, and thus the term watermark was derived.

Purpose

There are multiple purposes of watermarking a document, video, or image. 

  • In today’s world, downloading photos or content from the internet is just a matter of seconds. Anyone from any corner of the world can download your content and then use the same for either personal use or commercial use. While you cannot inhibit people from downloading your content of the internet, you can surely take appropriate steps to inhibit its misuse. By carefully watermarking the video would make it impossible for anyone to remove it, thereby protecting your content. 
  • Watermarking on photos can be used to provide the users with the necessary information. By doing so, you can give your photos a meaningful outlook for lasting time intervals. For instance, you may still be able to revisit the past moments captured in the photos.
  • Sometimes on social media, when you have a group picture with your friends, you may use gentle watermarking to tag your friends in the picture. Although the platforms already have a feature to tag members, sometimes people don’t like everyone to show their moments. In such cases, watermarking the pictures comes in handy.
  • These days making ‘memes’ has become an art. Making memes with those funny and witty comments is only possible with watermarking. Thus, watermarking may take you a long way if you are a content creator.
  • The mashing of photos to enhance creativity becomes possible with watermarking. You can superimpose a photo on to another one! This is called photo watermarking.

Having mentioned all the reasons, the most primary reason for watermarking is preventing misuse of the content. Watermarking can also be used for promotion. By adding watermarks to photos or videos, you can promote yourself and let people know about your skills.  

While it is really helpful to watermark the content, in some circumstances it becomes necessary to remove the watermark. While removing watermarks from photos is a roughly simple process, you might find yourself in a situation where the removal of watermarks from videos might suddenly become mandatory.

You might realize the inserted watermark was not the right one, and removing the same might become necessary.

Sometimes you may wish to remove the watermark to watch the video with better visual effects. Likewise, there could be innumerable reasons for removing the already superimposed watermark. 

Given below are the elaborate ways by which you would be able to remove watermarks from the videos smoothly.

  • Wondershare Filmora9

The software is a simple video editing tool with an extremely easy user interface and a versatile set of features and effects. One doesn’t need to be an expert in video editing skills to use the software.

It is fairly simple to use all the features, and with an exceptional library feature, you can import additional clips into the main video. There are three effective methods that could be used along with the software to remove the watermark.

  • Blurring the watermark:

This method would not completely remove the watermark but can be effectively used to blur the watermark. By doing so, the watermark would become less obvious.

The software’s Mosaic feature would enable you to blur the logos and all other on-screen graphics with just a few clicks.  

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    In the software, click on Utility on the left and then click on Mosaic to preview the effect.
  2. 2
     Once selected, simply drag and drop it into the track above the video.
  3. 3
    Once applied, a Mosaic square would appear. Adjust the size of the square or relocate it by dragging.
  4. 4
    Cover the area with the watermark. If there is more than one watermark, insert multiple Mosaic squares. You may choose Blur Amount and Type to customize the mosaic square. Once the adjustment is done, click on OK to proceed.
  • Removal Of Watermark by cropping the video:

While this method will enable you to completely eradicate the watermark, it would also remove a part of the shot that is wide as the watermark. In any editor, it isn’t possible to crop the area where the watermark is located.

So while proceeding with this method, the user must be prepared to lose a certain amount of the picture while the video is being streamed.

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    Once the footage which needs to be cropped is on the timeline, right-click on the clip and select Crop and Zoom
  2. 2
    The window which would enable you to crop the clip manually or with aspect ratios would appear.
  3. 3
    Drag and reposition the cropping rectangle so that you get away with the part having the watermark.
  4. 4
    Finally, click ok to execute the process.

One disadvantage of this method is that a certain part of the frame might be lost due to the cropping. Also, this process is thus practically only feasible if the watermark is located in the corner of the frame.

  • Replacing the watermark:

While there are certain limitations of the methods mentioned above, one alternative which could be employed to get rid of the watermark is by replacing the same with the more appropriate one. 

To do so, first, you will have to import a new logo using Import Media Feature and place it on the timeline. The next step is to set the duration of the new logo file to be as long as the original file, so the original watermark is covered completely during the whole run.

For this process to work, it is very essential for the new logo to be imported to have an identical size as that of the one to be replaced.

Although the software is one of the greatest tools to remove the watermarks, the methods mentioned above mostly work only if the watermark is not taking up the whole frame. Also, it is much simpler for the tool to execute the task if the logo is located in the corner. 

  • BeeCut

This video editor app is programmed to have basic editing features and is designed to have a simple user interface. It allows you to delete the parts which are not required, to adjust the frames, add text, insert audio files, add filters, transitions, overlays, and elements.

Also, the software supports multiple aspect ratios. There are two methods to remove the watermark:

  • Mosaic:

The function can be found in the editing tools. After installing the software and adjusting the aspect ratio, click on the “Import” option to upload the video file meant to be processed.

Move the uploaded file on the timeline. By selecting the Mosaic option from the tools, you would be able to place the box on the watermark. After proceeding with the “OK” option, the watermark will be removed!

  • CROP OUT WATERMARK:

After the work file is uploaded, right-click on the footage and select the option “Crop”. Adjust the aspect ratio. Once finished, click on Export. The results would be produced.

  • Video Converter Studio

The software isn’t primarily programmed to remove watermarks from the videos but is highly recommended for the task. Its primary function is to convert the video and audio in a variety of formats.

Along with it, the software comes with a set of multiple editing features such as movie trimming, video crop, video effect adjustment, and much more. It also allows the user to change and customize the video parameters such as frame rate, brightness, aspect ratio, effects, saturation, etc.

That being said, the feature of removing the watermarks from the videos comes in handy. The free version is limited in various aspects; the full licensed version comes around at $40. The software automatically detects all the watermarks and makes the eradication process almost effortless. 

The software, which would help you to edit and convert the video file formats in various other forms, is a valuable tool to remove watermarks for the users who aren’t professionals at editing the videos or at the removal of videos. The process takes less time, and the user interface is very easy.  

  • Pros
  1. 1
    Fast and efficient to remove watermarks.
  2. 2
    Editing videos is easy.
  3. 3
    Helps users convert audio and video file formats.
  • Cons
  1. 1
    The licensed version is cost-intensive
  2. 2
    Lacks advanced editing tools
  • Remove Logo Now

Specially designed to remove all sorts of watermarks from the videos, this tool uses special algorithms to detect all the watermarks available in the video. The software can be downloaded for free, but the complete version comes at the cost of almost $140.

Although sometimes the quality of the video may slightly deteriorate during the process. But, Remove Logo Now is probably the best software available in the market to effortlessly remove the watermarks. 

Down below is the procedure given to be followed for carrying out the operation:

  1. 1
    Import files you intend to edit from the ‘Add files’ icon.
  2. 2
    At the specific footage, find the logo or the watermark you intend to remove. To find the watermark, you just need to access the ‘Find Logo’ option. The software will automatically find all the watermarks in the frame.
  3. 3
    If the automatic algorithm fails to detect the watermarks, you may manually remove the logos using the Marker tool. You would be able to highlight the portion to be removed. Once the portion is highlighted, simply click on the ‘Clear Section’ button to remove the watermark.
  • Pros
  1. 1
    Special algorithms designed to detect watermarks.
  2. 2
    User-friendly interface.
  3. 3
    It is possible to manually set the watermark removal parameters.
  • Cons
  1. 1
    Pro version has a high cost.
  2. 2
    Exporting files can be time-consuming.
  3. 3
    Supports only Windows.

How To Remove Watermark From Videos

If you are not willing to use software to remove the watermark from the videos, there are options available online which would help you to do the task.

  • Video Watermark Remover Online:

This is a tool available online free of cost, which processes the videos and helps you remove the watermarks. Being an online platform, it is very convenient since you don’t need to download and install the program from the internet.

It thus helps the users to save an ample amount of time. All you need to have is a stable internet connection network.

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    Visit the official website of the tool by simply searching for Video Watermark Remover on the internet.
  2. 2
    Upload the video from which you intend to remove the watermarks.
  3. 3
    Once the video is completely uploaded, click on the Remove Watermark option at the right. The process would take time depending on its size.
  4. 4
    After the process is complete, you may download the video on your device. When you would open the video, all the watermarks would be gone!

While the tool is extremely useful, users can use the same platform five times to remove watermarks. The free version of the Video Watermark Remover offers limited options while on the contrary, standard and unlimited pricing plans offer a much richer toolset.

While the standard plan comes at almost a price of $50, the unlimited plan comes at $80. These pricing plans can prove to be of great use for the people who need to edit or remove watermarks from a large number of videos every month.

One other thing which user might encounter is that while downloading the processed video, he or she may have to go through a series of frustrating surveys! 

  • Pros
  1. 1
    Easy to use.
  2. 2
    Supports a variety of file formats.
  3. 3
    Watermark removal is done skillfully by the aid of special software.  
  • Cons
  1. 1
    Limited access for users.
  2. 2
    Standard and unlimited plans are expensive.
  3. 3
    Downloading may take time (and mental efforts!)
  • Apowersoft Online Video Watermark Remover:

The watermark removal tool by Apowersoft has a fairly easy user interface, and one doesn’t need to spend time providing personal details such as e-mail and other things. It is much recommended to use Google Chrome while opting for this online platform. 

Visit the site of the tool https://www.apowersoft.com/video-watermark-remover. Once you reach the home screen, upload the video you intend to process. It supports a variety of file formats.

Preview the video and then click on Add Boxes to select a watermark on your video. At max, you can add ten boxes in one go, and thus you may remove multiple watermarks at the same time. After selecting, you may go with the Erase option, and the tool would do its work. 

Main features:

  • Supports a variety of file formats (MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, MPG, TS).
  • Allows removing multiple watermarks in one go.
  • Helps process multiple videos in batches.
  • Keeps the processed video in original quality.

While the functioning is extremely easy, sometimes the downloads may take a long time.

ANDROID AND iOS

Not always you would have access to your personal computer where you could carry out the process of removing the watermarks. If in case you have videos stored on your Android device or iOS, there are certain applications that could help remove the watermarks on the phone itself.  

  • Remove Logo From Video:

This application is freely available for Android devices with version 4.3 or more. To remove watermarks from any videos on the phone, download this application from the Playstore.

  1. 1
    On launching the app, tap the start button to import the video.
  2. 2
    After the video is uploaded, select the watermark regions with an adjustable rectangle and tap Remove Logo.
  3. 3
    Tap the preview and check the produced results.

The app would blur the watermark to some degree to delete the same. The application thus works better for small watermarks if compared to relatively larger watermarks.

One disadvantage of this application is that it has a lot of advertisements, and thus it might be a time-consuming process to remove the watermark.

  • Video Eraser:

For iOS users, this is a free application which you can download from the App Store and remove the unwanted watermarks or logos.

The app can be downloaded on iOS 8.0 and above. For removing the unwanted add popups and to unblock the editing features, you will have to get a paid version. 

  1. 1
    Import the videos to be processed by tapping on the Plus icon on the upper right corner.
  2. 2
    Tap the video icon and select the option Remove Watermark.
  3. 3
    Select the area you wish to remove and Start the watermark removing process.
  4. 4
    Go to the Processed tab to see the result produced.

With the tools and methods that were mentioned above, the users would be able to remove the watermarks quite skillfully. Apart from these, though, there are many other options available on the internet.

You will just have to meticulously do the research and eventually you would come up with the most suitable tool for yourself! 

Having mentioned the methods to remove the watermarks, there are tools like uMark, Watermark Softwares which are specially designed for adding watermarks. You might even be able to add the watermarks through some of the editing applications. 

Advice on Watermarks

With so many tools available that could remove the watermarks, one might wonder if watermarking would be worth their time and effort.

While theft and piracy are very common and easy in the modern-day internet lifestyle, the best way to prevent any repercussions from taking place would be simply not to upload the content!

But that being an impractical solution to the scenario, the best method anyway would be to rely on the practice of watermarking the content. There are certain considerations that one must consider while watermarking the content.

  • The user needs to give a sensible thought about the design of the watermark. If worked out properly, the design of the watermark would simply enhance the beauty of the content. Or if in case the design fails to be impactful, the quality of content too might degrade.
  • Another thing to consider is the size of the watermark. While it should have an impact on the viewer, it must not be the source of distraction. The watermarks must not be minuscule, failing to establish its function nor they should be obnoxiously large, stealing the essence of the content.
  • The position of the watermark should be such that it should create a gentle focal point of its own! A bad position may lead the viewer’s eye on the course, which was completely different from the one which you intended. 

In a way, the correctly designed and perfectly placed watermark may turn out to be a unique signature for your content. 

Piyush

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About the Author

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush


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