How to blur pictures in video

I recorded a personal video just a couple a days ago and have plans of sharing it. But the problem is that there are unfamiliar persons and unwanted things on the background that was captured on the video. I want to blur unnecessary images from my video clip; however I don’t have an idea on how to do it. I know it’s a little bit complicated to do, but can somebody help me to figure this thing out?

Methods to blur pictures in a video

There are some instances where in you want to get rid of some portion of your video that was taken unintentionally such as confidential matters like personal identity, social security numbers etc. This type of scenario happens most of the time on personal video recordings, and cutting a certain portion might affect the continuity of the video. In this case, the best solution is to blur the section that is not necessary.

However, how to blur picture on a video clip may be difficult for others to accomplish especially for beginners. Yes it’s a little bit confusing, but with the help of some programs it can be easily done without spending huge amount of money just to get expensive software to do the job. The most convenient way to blur image is by using video editing software which can create a blurred effect. And the most convenient video editor that can be utilized in this process is elaborated in two methods below.

Method one: windows live movie maker

In the first method we are going to make use of Windows Movie Maker, a known built-in video editor for all Windows OS users. This program has various effects for video editing, one of which is its blur effect.


Import video to Windows Live Movie Maker

To blur pictures using this video editor, the first step is to launch it, and import the video that you will be using with this project. You can do this by clicking the Add videos and photos button which is located at the menu panel at the top.


How to Add blur effects

When the video is on the tool’s board we can now start to add the blurring effect on the portion that we want to hide. Scan the whole videos and split those areas that we need to blur by hitting the Split function under edit menu. Once all done we can now finally apply the blur effect which can be found on the Visual Effect menu, just hit it and look for the Blur effect.

Make sure that the marker is set to place on the portion where blur will be applied. Repeat this process until you’re done with all the wanted areas is covered and save it afterwards.

In spite of blurring effect that can be done with this program, there are still some demerits that are tagged to it. One of which is the inability of the Movie Maker to blur on a specific area just like a person’s face of a certain item on the video, when the blur effect is applied the whole part of the video will be affected. And second, the blurring that in creates seems to be too mild that the portion that needs to be hiding is still a little bit visible.

Method two: Apowersoft video editor

Another blur picture editor that we can utilize is the Apowersoft video editor. This program is capable of providing you with the necessary effects and function that is needed in any editing project which includes image blurring.


Import your video

To begin with the project, all we need to do is to import the video that which will be using. Once importing is done, the video will be then showed at the left tray, the next step is to drag it down into the timeline.


Start blurring your video

Now on the timeline, right click on the part of the video that blurring is needed and hit select Power Tool and a window will pop up. In the Power Tool window the next thing is to click Mosaic tab and check the box below it that says Apply Mosaic to the clip, and hit Add. By this time a selection tool will now appear on the image that is located in a media player. You can now manually select the portion that you want to hide from the public view. When you are pleased, simply press Ok and it will lead you back to the primary window.

Blur picture


Create your blurred video

To save your newly created video opt for the Create tab and select for a setting that you want for your video output, when everything is set click the Create icon to start saving your project.

Blurring a specific portion of any video is a challenging task that we can experience every now and then. But it does not mean that it is not doable. By following the methods that is shown above, you can easily blur any video image that you want anytime you want.

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  • I can blur a face but when they move the face is not blurred. The original blue is still in the picture. Can you adjust the starting and ending time for a blur.
  • I have tried using the Apowersoft video editor to select a portion of the video, just for 5 seconds within a video clip, but the above mentioned method caused blurriness of the entire duration of the video, not just a portion of the clip. Please help..
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