How to Blur a Video

How to Blur a Video

Blurring parts of your videos can be a great way to add privacy and eliminate distractions.

However, some video editing software can be tricky. Who wants to play with lots of overly complicated settings just to blur one small piece of information on a video?

Thankfully, there’s a solution. 

TechSmith Camtasia makes it easy to blur any element of your video, no matter how big or small.

We’ll walk you through a simple step-by-step guide on how to blur a video.

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Step 1: Record or import your video

If you’re looking to blur a video, you likely have some footage already. But in case you don’t, we’ll walk you through how to either import or record video.

Camtasia is a great solution for simple, yet professional-quality video recording and editing. With Camtasia, you can record videos directly within the program, or upload footage that’s been pre-recorded instead.

To record a video with Camtasia, open the application and click the red record button. You can choose to record your microphone, computer screen, webcam or other video source, and system audio at the same time if you prefer. 

How to record video in Camtasia.

When you finish recording, click Stop, and your video will automatically appear on the timeline for editing. 

To import a previously created video instead, click File > Import > Media and select the video you wish to import.

You can also use this method to import other assets, such as images, presentation slides, or video clips as needed. When you have all the files you need, drag them to the timeline for editing.

How to import media in Camtasia

Step 2: Add the blur effect

To blur a part of your video, click the Annotations tab and then the Blur & Highlight tab. 

How to blur a video in Camtasia.

Drag a blur annotation to the canvas. From there, you can adjust its size and position of the blurred area to cover the desired section. You can also change the intensity of the blur to make it more or less difficult to read.

How to adjust a blur effect in Camtasia.

How to completely block something in a video?

If you need to completely cover a piece of information, we recommend using the Shapes feature. Simply click and drag a shape to the canvas and adjust its size and position until what you’re trying to cover is completely hidden.

How to add shapes to Camtasia.

You can even customize the shapes to fit the color and style you’re looking for.

If you prefer to watch a video walkthrough of this process, check out the tutorial below.

Step 3: Share your video

When your video is ready to go, make sure it has a long-term place to live before uploading it. Camtasia gives you the option to export your video to several common sharing destinations, including YouTube, Vimeo, Screencast, and more.

Camtasia offers several sharing destinations.

Just like that, you can blur video like a pro!

No more worries about privacy issues or viewers seeing a part of your screen that isn’t relevant. Get out there and make some secure, professional-looking content!

Easily blur your videos!

Ready to create some professional-looking videos with blur effects?

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Frequently asked questions

How do I blur out an image in a video?

With Camtasia, you can easily drag a blur effect to any image in your video that you’d like to hide. You can also adjust the blur effect to cover as large or small of an area as needed.

How do I blur someone’s face in a video?

If you’re looking to hide someone’s face, Camtasia makes it easy to click and drag either a blur or shape effect to cover the person’s image and protect their identity.

Kara Swanson

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