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How to Blur Faces/Objects in Video (3 Ways)

By Carrie Murray, Monday, June 03, 2019

To hide someone's faces or private information in a video, you may need to blur out part of a video, for example, blurring faces, an object or background in a video.

It is easy to blur faces or objects in a photo, but what about a video? In this article, you'll learn 3 simple ways to blur face, object or background in a video on Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android.

Method 1: Blur Face in Video with PawEditor

PawEditor is a video editing program that can add blur to your video to blur out people's faces or unwanted objects. Comparing to blurring faces in videos with Adobe Premiere or other professional video editing software tools, using blur effect in PawEditor is much simpler: just add a blur and move the blur to cover the part of the video that you want to hide.

Read on to learn how easy it is to blur out faces with PawEditor.


Step 1: Import a video to PawEditor

  • Launch PawEditor.

  • Create a new project if you are using it for the first time.

  • Import the video you want to edit by double clicking the media library.

  • Then drag the video to a track in the timeline.

Step 2: Select a part of the video to blur(optional)

The face or object you want to blur may appear in a part of the video. Therefore, you need to split the video into different parts to apply the blur effect to only the part with the unwanted faces or objects.

In the timeline, move the cursor to where you want to split the video. Click the scissor icon to clip it.

Clip Video Before Blurring

Step 3: Blur faces/objects in the video

  • Select the clip with faces or objects you want to blur out.

  • Go to Effect > Spot Remover.

  • Drag the effect to the video clip. Then you will see an area of the video clip is blurred out in the preview window.

  • Click Export Button to save the video with blur.

Blur Faces in Video

In the editing panel of the blur effect (you can access the panel by clicking on Edit the Effect on the track), you can choose the shape of the blur. To blur a face, choose a circle blur; to blur a rectangle object, choose a rectangle. You can also edit the intensity, size, location of the blur or rotate the blur to make it fully cover the unwanted faces/ objects in the video.

PawEditor also offers effects like blur, gaussian blur, Mask for you to blur out the part of the video you want to hide. The editor is an easy-to-use video editing tool for beginners and intermediates to make amazing videos with animations, filters, and effects.

Method 2: How to Blur Faces in iMovie

If you need to blur faces in a video on iPhone or Mac computer, you can use Apple's iMovie to do that. Although iMovie doesn't have a blur effect, here is a workaround: add a background overlay on the video and use the Picture in Picture feature to adjust the background to cover a face or object.

Step 1: Launch iMovie and import the video with someone's face or an object you want to blur out.

Step 2: Locate the frames with the faces or objects you want to cover in the timeline.

Step 3: Click Backgrounds and add a background above the frames you want to blur. Here we add a black background. Adjust the length of the background to cover all the needed frames.

Add A Background

Step 4: Click on the video overlay settings icon to adjust the background.

  • Select Picture in Picture;

  • Set the Dissolve to 0.0s;

  • Select a border and tick Shadow.

Step 5: Now adjust the size and position of the black background to fit the face/object that you want to blur.

Blur Objects in iMovie

Step 6: Click the keyframe icon to enable keyframe animation. Then use the arrow buttons on your keyboard to move the location of the background following the motion of the covered faces or objects to create a motion blur.

Method 3: Blur Something out in YouTube

If you are going to send the video to YouTube, or you have already uploaded it to YouTube, it will be perfect to use YouTube to edit and blur out part of a video.

Step 1: First, log in YouTube, upload the video, and click the avatar icon at the top-right corner.

Step 2: Go to YouTube Studio.

Step 3: On the left-hand side, choose Video. All the videos uploaded will be listed here.

Step 4: Find the video that you want to blur out, click the video and select Editor.

Add Blur on YouTube Videos

Step 5: Then you will see an online editor. Click the Add Blur button, which will open the video blurring window.  

Choose Blur on YouTube

  • If you want to blur out all the faces in the video, choose Blur Faces then all the faces will be recognized and blurred automatically. In the preview area, you can adjust the area to blur by dragging the line.

Blur Faces in YouTube Video

  • If you want to blur out an object or want the blur to follow the faces, click Custom Blurring. In the new editing window, you are allowed to hold up your mouse to choose an area. Then the faces/objects will be tracked automatically and blurred. Tracking multiple objects is available.

YouTube Custom Blurring

  • When you are done, click Save to save the video.

All the above are the three simplest ways to blur faces/objects in the video for Mac and Windows. Does this passage help? If so, share this passage with your friends.

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