Forget the Consent, Just Blur it Out

Hello Fellow Classmates,

Are you finding yourself wanting to incorporate people into your video but do not want to have to hassle with consent forms? Well with the blur effect on Adobe Premiere Pro you can do just that. Hopefully this saves all of you some trouble in your video production. This feature is pretty unique to this product and cannot be done in programs like iMovie. So let’s begin!

Start off by selecting the video you would like to use for your project. Once this is open in Adobe Premiere Pro you will want to drag the video into video track one. In order to get the best effects you will want to expand the increments of time. As shown below the video should be in the middle bottom section.

In order to avoid altering your original video footage you should make a copy of the video you uploaded. This can be done by highlighting your video in video track one and then click copy. Once it is copied it will appear next to the original video. You will then want to drag the copied video into video track 2.

Once that is complete a third track will need to be created but this one will require a title. This can be done by clicking the title option in the navigation bar and choosing new title. Rather than using the title tool to create a title it will be used to create a blurred object. If you are wanting to blur a face it would make most sense to draw an oval. This can be done deleting the text box with the selection tool and then choosing the blue oval shape on the right hand side. Once you have done this you will want to select where you want the image to be blurred and place the oval there. Make sure the title is aligned with the length of the actual video in the track section.

The title will appear as this but you will want to choose the oval option displayed on the left hand side.

You will then choose video track 2 and go to edit on the right hand side. This will be used to apply the mosaic effect to the video. Dragging this onto video 2 will make the whole video blurry. Once this is added you will want to add the track matte key effect to video 2 as well. In the edit menu you can than click the track matte key and apply it to video 3 without having to switch videos. This creates a blur where the oval was placed. This only allows video 2 the blurred video to exist where the oval exists.

Going back to video 3 you will want to go to the edit option and using the motion tool you can expand the time the blurred oval exists in the video. This done by dragging the blue arrow in the track section. It is up to you to decide how much of the video you want to be blurred and the path the blurred oval will take. By selecting these key frames and increasing the number of them you are securing the coverage of the face wanting to be covered. Using the key frames allows you to match the movement of the oval in video 2 with the movement of the face from video one. Once you have perfected the key frames your newly blurred faces will be ready to be displayed!

    This technique can also be used to brighten a face in the crowd or make other objects stand out from the rest. The only difference would be changing your selection from mosaic to whatever effect you are pursuing.

As you continue to work with your video take some words from one of the great movie makers himself, good old Walt Disney,

” If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Have a great rest of your week!

-Mary Kathryn Flood


~ by maf179 on November 7, 2012.

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