How to Blur a Video or a Part of a Video
How to apply blur video effects to an entire video
Step 1. Install Movavi Video Editor
Open the program file you’ve downloaded and follow the installation instructions. The video editing app will be ready to use in just a few moments.
Step 2. Import your video
Click Add Files and choose the video file you want to blur. Your video will be added to the Media Bin. Drag and drop the file onto the Timeline at the bottom of the program window.
Step 3. Blur an entire video
To blur a video in the editor, first click the Filters tab and open the Blur category. You will see a collection of different blur filters. To add your preferred blur effect, simply drag its icon onto the video on the Timeline.
To apply a basic video blur effect, choose Blur – mild or Blur – intense depending on the amount of blur you want to add.
To add an artistic touch to your blurring, try the effects in the Bokeh blur series. You can choose different bokeh shapes: hearts, diamonds, flowers, etc. Experiment with different shapes and choose the ones that work best for your video.
If you want to make your video more dynamic, try the Motion blur. This filter will intensify the sensation of rapid movement in your footage. Remember that you can add multiple filters to one video clip, so experiment away!
Step 4. Export the result
When you’ve finished applying the blurs, click the Export button. Choose the desired format and quality for your video and hit Start.
To learn how to blur a part of a video, check out the guide below.
How to blur a part of a video
Step 1. Install Movavi Video Editor
Download and install the program on your computer following the on-screen instructions. Launch the video editor.
Step 2. Add your files
Click Add Files and choose your video. It will be automatically added to the Media Bin. Next, drag and drop your clip onto the Timeline.
Step 3. Blur a part of a video
If you want to blur out only a part of your footage, select the target video clip on the Timeline, click the More Tools tab and choose Highlight and Conceal.
Select the appropriate effect. Adjust and move the orange frame in the preview window so that it covers the object you want to blur (e.g., the face of a person). Then click Mask Properties and adjust the settings. Open the Motion tab to change the tracking mode.
Step 4. Save your video
Click the Export button to save your file. Specify the exporting settings and finally click the Start button. As you can see, blurring videos with Movavi Video Editor is as easy as 1-2-3!
How to blur a video online
Best video blur apps
Blur Video by Alpha Project
BlurEffect by KALEIDOSCOPE
Movavi Video Editor
* The free version of Movavi Video Editor has the following restrictions: a 7-day trial period, a watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length.
Frequently asked questions
What is a blur?
In a video, a blur is an object or area that cannot be seen clearly. It has no clear outline and almost looks like a smudge or smear on the screen. Blurs are used in video clips to cover up certain areas or elements for various reasons.
How do I blur an object in a video?
There are many different ways you can blur an object in a video. We recommend using a desktop app like Movavi Video Editor for the best results. You can also use an online app like Kapwing and PickFrom or a downloadable app such as Blur Video by Alpha Project or BlurEffect by KALEIDOSCOPE.
How do I blur faces in a video?
If you need to blur faces in a video, you can use an online app or downloadable piece of software that has the ability to blur video elements or sections, like Kapwing or Blur Video by Alpha Project.
How do I blur something in iMovie?
iMovie doesn't have its own blur tool, but there is a way you can use the Picture-in-Picture effect in order to work around this problem. To do this, start a project and load the clip you want to blur. Find the item or area you want to blur and use the Picture-in-Picture tool (Shift+Command+4) to draw an area around it to get a screenshot. After that, you'll need to use some sort of image editing software to blur the screenshot, save it, and then drag the new image back into your iMovie project. This only works for stationery items, and it's much easier to use another video editor with a blur feature.
How do I blur text?
You can use various apps and pieces of software with blur effects to cover over text in your videos with blur effects. Examples include Movavi Video Editor, Kapwing, and Blur Video by Alpha Project.
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