Can you describe how you're blurring a face and how you're following it around your video frame?
My book, "Cool Tricks & Hot Tips for Premiere Elements 14," available on Amazon, shows you step by step how to create this effect using the Track Matte and Mosaic effect. It's one of 50 special effects I show you how to create with the program.
But it sounds as though you've successfully created the effect but, when you output it, the blur isn't where you placed it. Is that the case? If so, then you're dealing with a different issue. And, if so, it would help to know which version of the program you're using and on what operating system -- and what model of camcorder your video is coming from and what the video's format and resolution is.
I have used the Track Matt with Mosaic effect method and I'm using Premiere Elements 14 on Windows 10. I also tried following the steps described in this video: How to Blur a Face in Premiere Elements and More - YouTube (the results were worse that way).
I have had this problem with video from multiple sources (an old Cannon digital camera through a current GoPro). Since the cameras have been different, the input resolution and formats have also varied.
Sorry, but it's still not clear from your post where things are going wrong.
Are you able to follow the face and blur it in Premiere Elements or not?
I got the idea from your initial post that things looked good in the program but the blur wasn't lined up right on your output.
But in your second post you seem to say that you're getting bad results using the Track Matte method.
Can you give us a more detailed description of what you're doing and where things aren't turning out the way you want them to?
The blur looks good in the program, but the bur isn't lined up correctly on my output.
I used the steps in Blur a Moving Face in Adobe Premiere Elements for Mac (MacMost Now 481) - YouTube, to create the Track Matte.
I would guess that it's the video format that's throwing the positioning off. MOVs and some MPEGs are notorious for this.
The video will look great when played on the timeline but, when output, things are out of alignment.
Have you ensured you have the latest version of Quicktime?
I don't use Quicktime. The movie I am working with at this moment, is an AVI. At least one of the other video files in an MP4.
If you are editing MP4s, MOVs or AVC video, you will need Quicktime, per the program's requirements.
I installed Quicktime Essentials (from QuickTime - Download - Apple), edited the video and found that the output still had the mosaic mis-aligned.
It seems to me that Quicktime should only be required if you are exporting to a Quicktime format. The requirements page (System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements) doesn't specify.
I noticed that when I export to Devices -> Computer -> MP4 - H.264, I see the mis-alignment problem. If I output to Quick Export, the mosaic lines up correctly (but the video quality is lower).
What output settings are you using when you're not using Quick Export?
I'm using the default settings for "Devices" and "Computer". That looks like:
- Resolution: 1280x720
- Format: MP4 - H.264
- Quality: slider in the middle
I'm sorry, I don't know what's going on. But most likely it's related to the mix of video you're using the compose your video.
You say you're using AVIs as your source footage. Are these DV-AVis captured from a miniDV camcorder over a FireWire connection? If not, open the AVIs in the free download Media Info and post to this forum the resolution, frame rate and audio and video codecs it displays.
Likewise, please also see what information you can find out about the MP4s: Resolution, frame rate and audio and video codecs.
The video I've been talking about most in this thread, was written directly to an SD card and copied to the computer.
The resolution of this video is 640x480@30 and it looks like the video stream is JPEG. The audio codec is PCM (705 kbps, 44.1KHz, 16 bits).
Another video exhibiting the same behavior is 640x489@30 fps FFmpeg MPEG-4 and 88 kbps, 22.05 KHz, 4 bits.
Those are all pretty non-standard video clips, mh.
MJPEG is a pretty iffy codec for a video editor to handle.
The MP4 might give better results, but the FFmpeg codec is also non-standard.
It could be that these non-tranditional codecs are shifting this just enough to throw thing off.
Try this as an experiment: Load the MJPEG clip into a project. Put the video on your timeline and use Export & Share/Devices/Computer and, using the 720x480 resolution, output an AVI with the DV codec.
Then load that DV-AVI into a new project and apply your face blur to it and output the results. The results -- no matter which output setting you use, should be right on the nose!