Blur or Mask a Video

Add annotations to hide portions of the video containing confidential or distracting content.
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Blur an Area

Add a blur to cover sensitive information in a video such as billing or personal information.

Some blurred numbers and text can be decoded. We recommend using other annotations, such as callouts or shapes, to cover confidential information. See Mask an Area.
  1. Click the Annotations tab.
    • Windows: Click the Special subtab.
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    • Mac: Click the Blur & Highlight subtab.
  2. Drag a blur annotation onto the canvas or timeline: 
    • Blur: Applies a standard blur effect.
      C2021-StandardBlurExample.png
    • Pixelate: Applies a square or pixel blur.
      C2021-PixelBlurExample.png
    • Spotlight: Dims the video outside the selected area.
      C2021-Spotlight_MagnifyExample.png
  3. Position the annotation on the canvas.
    • To move the annotation, drag the center of the annotation to the desired location.
      C2021-Move_Annotation.png
    • To resize the annotation, drag the handles in any direction.
      C2021-ResizeAnnotation_248x59.png
  4. To change the duration, drag an end of the annotation on the timeline in either direction.
    C2021-ExtendAnnotation.png
  5. Click Properties and drag the Intensity slider to adjust the amount to blur.
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Mask an Area

Add a shape annotation to cover up a pop-up, simplify a video, or hide sensitive content.

  1. Click the Annotations tab.
  2. Click the Shapes subtab.
  3. Drag a shape annotation onto the canvas or timeline.
  4. Position the annotation on the canvas.
    • To move the annotation, drag the center of the annotation to the desired location.

      C2021-Move_Annotation.png

    • To resize the annotation, drag the handles in any direction.
      C2021-ResizeAnnotation_248x59.png
  5. To change the duration, drag the end of the annotation on the timeline in either direction.
    C2021-ExtendAnnotation.png
  6. Click Properties to customize the annotation. See Edit Media Properties Overview.
    • To select a color, click the color dropdown and complete one of the following:
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      1. Click to select a theme color.
      2. Click to select a color from the palette or drag the color slider.
      3. Enter a RGB or Hex value.
      4. Click the color picker and click to select a color on the screen.

 

Blur or Mask a Moving Object

Add an animation to cover up or blur a moving object in your video.

  1. Add a blur or shape annotation onto the canvas or timeline. See Blur an Area or Mask an Area.
  2. Select Animations tab > Animations subtab (Windows) or click Animations tab (Mac).
  3. Drag the Custom animation onto the shape or blur on the timeline.

    • To position an animation, drag the arrow.
      C2021-MoveAnimation.png
    • To extend/reduce the animation duration, drag either end of the arrow.
      C2021-ExtendAnimation.png
  4. On the timeline, drag the playhead to the right of the animation arrow. To set the end location for the animation, drag the annotation to cover or blur the object on the canvas.
    C2021-SetAnimationMovement1.gif

The blur or shape annotation moves with and covers the location set in the video.

 

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