How to blur a face with Avid Xpress

At certain times it may be necessary to blur a specific part of your video, such as a face or number plate of a car.

Adding such an effect is a little tricky as there are a few steps to follow.

Once completed the sequence will look like the image below.

Notice that there are 3 video tracks used. Follow the step below to create a blur on a face.

1. Splice in the video clip on to the V1 track.
2. Using the Effects palette add a blur effect such as Motion Blur (found in the Illusion FX folder)
3. Create a new video track. This will be labelled V2.
4. Add the same video clip on to the V2 track, making sure it is perfectly in sync.
5. Create a new video track. This will be labelled V3.
6. Place the blue playhead at the position needing the blur effect.
7. Open the Title Tool and draw a shape to cover the area needing the blur.
8. Save the title.
9. Edit the title on to to V3 track.
10. With only V3 track active go to the Fast Menu and select Remove Effect. The video will disappear leaving the white shape you created in step 7.
11. Using the Effects palette add a Matte Key effect (found in the Key folder) on to the title on V3.

Your blur should now be complete.

It may be necessary for the blur to move as the face or car moves across the frame. In this case a movement effect will also be needed.

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About shazmagill

I work as a Senior Technical Demonstrator and Lecturer in digital storytelling at Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University. I teach and support any tools necessary for our students to function as journalists or media practitioners. This means anything from audio recording techniques, video editing, photography and print and mobile publishing. I have recently completed MA in Arts Practice (Fine Art) at the University of South Wales exploring the subjective and objective view and community storytelling through art of the Rhondda valley.
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One Response to How to blur a face with Avid Xpress

  1. Ralovo says:

    Thanks Man really cool and easy to follow, Thank Sam

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