How to Blur Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

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January 29, 2013

How to Blur Video in Adobe Premiere Pro


In the past we’ve covered how to blur video background, images, and logos, in Final Cut Pro (using royalty-free stock footage from our library!) Blurring your footage can be a stylistic choice, or a necessary move to get logos out of your shot. Whatever the reason you want to use this tactic, we’re looking to dive into the same concept for Adobe Premiere Pro. Let’s get started.

How to Import Your Footage

1. Open up Premiere Pro, go to File>Import, choose your footage, and drop it into your Timeline.

2. Copy the clip and place it above the original clip on track two of the Timeline.

Sync Up Your Clips

3. With both clips selected, right click and choose to “Synchronize”. Select the option “Based on the Clip Start” and click “Okay” to sync the clips together.

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How to Add the Blur Effect to Your Video

4. Go the Video Effects menu and choose “Gaussian Blur” in the “Blur and Sharpen” folder. Drag that effect onto the clip on Video Track 2.

5. Go to the Effects Control Panel to manipulate the effect. Set the Gaussian Blur to the appropriate blurriness. We like to start in the 25-30 range.

6. Go to back to Video Effects and click “Transform” and choose “Crop”. Use the crop parameters to scale down the crop and move it to cover the desired logo or image. You can also create a Mask to crop your blur to an area.

Exporting Your Clips

7. Go to Clip and select Nest to merge your two clips together. Then go to File> Save As.. or Export your file to use in your next project!

It’s that easy! So the next time you’re reviewing your b-roll and you realize you’ve got some unintentional product placement—you know what to do. Or maybe you just want to add a touch of mystery to your project. Show us what you can create.

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