Improve Zoom Video Quality for VOD in Premiere Pro

If you’re converting a Zoom or other conference recording for VOD distribution, here’s how to improve Zoom video quality in Premiere Pro before uploading

Many of us use conferencing systems like Zoom and others to produce interviews that we broadcast live and later on VOD. Often you can’t control the quality of the video coming in from the remote participant which leads to suboptimal quality during the live event.

However, you can, and should, improve the output for posting for VOD. In particular, Premiere Pro has very precise tools that let you adjust the brightness, color, and contrast of individual speakers in the conference.

The video below, produced for Streaming Media, shows you how. You’ll learn how to create a mask that specifies a region in the frame, and how to use Premiere Pro’s Lumetri Color, plus the waveform monitor, to improve the brightness of an individual speaker’s video so that it looks great in VOD.

This is the technique I used to improve the VOD quality of an interview with Telestream’s Jon Wilson (who graciously approved the use of the video in this tutorial).  Below left is the original video, on the right was after the adjustments. While not perfect, it certainly is vastly improved.

Improve Zoom video quality in Premiere Pro
Improve Zoom video quality in Premiere Pro

Here’s the video; the Streaming Media article also contains a full transcription.

About Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks and evaluate new encoders and codecs. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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