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How can I blur (moving) faces in PE 11?

Nov 29, 2012 9:05 PM

Tags: #privacy #blur_faces #premier_elements_11

Funny story. (Maybe not!)

I have just upgraded from PE 9 to PE 11 because ... wait for it ...


I was told by the on-line chat lady that "blurring faces can be done easily in version 11"


So I bought it ... the Photoshop / Premiere Elements bundle.

I should know better ...

Do you know how to tell if a salesman is lying to you?

If their lips are moving ... they're telling you lies!


The very first thing I did was to check the "Help" file ... which is a JOKE BTW, as it is not version-specific at all!!!

Wading through it all, I get led down the garden path to a Youtube clip that shows how to make a thought baloon follow a cat using "Motion Tracking".


"OK" I thought, "I'll just use that idea with a mask and a mosaic effect, and have the effect chase the face.


Oh, wait a minute ... now I've now discovered that "Motion Tracking" was abandoned with version 10.

~Sigh~ OK ... well I do still have version 9 installed, let me try that.

I think I understand why it was abandoned!


So now what?

I also bought Magix Movie Edit Pro MX ... and it wants to lay down another complete track, make a mosaik mask, etc . Problem is that the mask doesn't follow the moving face either!


Doing further research on video editors in general, I've been introduced to a term called "keyframing".

Seriously? From my limited understanding, that sounds like an awful lot of work!


Perhaps I'm just a newb looking for a "silver bullet" fix?

Surely this must be a common concern in this day and age with FOIP (Freedom Of Information & Privacy) and being "politically correct" etc.


Do I have to wait for the NEXT release?

Pay ANOTHER $150.00 after another salesman that convinces me that "it's very easy in this version"???

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    Nov 30, 2012 5:15 AM   in reply to leverite

    Nope. You can pretty easily blur faces in any version of Premiere Elements, as long as you understand how the Track Matte works.


    The process is a bit long for me to explain in a forum post, but I do explain it in the sample chapter of my special effects book for Premiere Elements.


    The book is being updated for version 11, but the principles are still the same. You put two copies of a clip on your timeline, one directly above another. Then you blur the bottom one and place a Track Matte on the upper the punch a hole or holes through the upper track where you want the blur to appear. Once this hole is keyframed to follow the face around the frame, you're done.

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    Nov 30, 2012 7:46 AM   in reply to leverite

    Along with Steve's suggestion, you might want to take a look at this article:


    The concept in it is to "highlight" a moving object, but that "highlight" can be almost anything, such as a heavy Blur, a Moasic, almost anything.


    The beauty of Keyframing is that one only has to establish a few points, and then Frames ("tweens" in animation parlance) will be automatically created. Also, they are easily tweaked, if the tweens get off a bit.


    Good luck,



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    Nov 30, 2012 10:03 AM   in reply to leverite

    The first book (Cool Tricks & Hot Tips) is my special effects book.


    I'm a bit backed up with my writing now -- but I'm hoping to have it updated some time this spring.


    Thanks for your interest!

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