Adobe Premiere Pro CC

How to blur a moving face with masking and tracking

Learn how to apply a feathered mask to protect a person's identity and then track that mask as it moves across the frame in a scene. (Try it, 5 min)

FromMaxim Jago

The Masking and Tracking feature in Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes it easy to creatively obscure or blur out a portion of a frame — such as a person walking across a scene or the license plate on a moving car. These features bring full masking and tracking abilities to all visual effects in Premiere Pro.

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In this video, see how easy it is to draw an effect mask over a portion of a frame, track it, and feather it. When more finesse is required, jump into Adobe After Effects CC to apply more masking control.

Download the sample files above and try it out for yourself.

Apply effect to clip (0:40); Create mask (1:40); Explore mask path options (2:30)

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Maxim Jago

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