How to Blur Faces in a Video Using VSDC Free Video Editor: 2 Methods to Try

Blurring out a part of a video is a common task. You may need it to keep the identity of a person anonymous, to make sure the GPS coordinates or the car numbers stay unseen, or just to cover an object that accidentally got into the scene although it was not supposed to. However, 3 times out of 5 what you need is to blur faces in a video.

VSDC Video Editor offers two ways to do it for free. The first one literally takes a couple of seconds and creates an instant “blurred mask” in the shape of a rectangle. It’s also ideal if you just quickly need to blur out such parts of a video as logos, watermarks, numbers, and other small objects. The second way will suit those who need to accurately hide an oddly-shaped object – say, a car or a person – without blurring the surrounding area. It takes a bit more time but provides precise coverage of any object in the footage.

Two ways to blur faces in a video with VSDC


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How to blur video parts in two clicks

For those searching how to censor a video quickly, there is a built-in filter called DeLogo. Technically it’s a ready-to-use blurred rectangle you place over the chosen object. Here is how to use it.

  1. Add a video to the scene
  2. Go to Video Effects, proceed to Filters and choose “DeLogo”. You’ll instantly get a blurred area in the video and a new tab on the timeline with the DeLogo filter – just as illustrated below.
  3. Click once on the DeLogo object on the timeline and you’ll notice the contour of the blurred filter.
  4. Move or resize the filter using its corners or the center point.

How to quickly add a pixel mask in a video

If you want to change the way the filter looks – for instance, you’d like to switch blur to pixels or mosaic – you can do that in the Properties window.

The Properties window is located on the right side. If you can’t see it, use the right mouse button to click on the DeLogo layer on the timeline and choose “Properties” – a window will slide in. Scroll down to “Delogo filter settings”. Choose mosaic, pixels, or any type of blur among filter presets and adjust the level of intensiveness according to your needs. See the illustration below.

How to blur an object in a movie using VSDC

This is it. Go to the Export Project tab and save the video to your PC in the required format.

Below, we’ll talk about how to blur faces in a video precisely following the shape of the object that needs to be covered.

How to blur video objects using a free shape tool

For this method, we’ll be using a vector drawing technique.

  1. Add a video to the scene.
  2. Add a Free Shape object from the menu on the left. It will look like a white rectangle at first.
  3. Open the Properties window and click the “Set the same size as the parent has” button. The rectangle will now cover the entire scene.
  4. Make a double-click on the Free Shape object on the timeline – a new tab with 4 “Shape Points” will be opened.
  5. Select all the Shape Points by clicking on each one and holding the Ctrl key. Then press Delete.
  6. Open the Free Shape tab in the top menu of the program, click “Insert points” – “Start new shape”.
  7. By carefully placing points across the object’s border, create a mask covering the required area.

How to create a precise pixel mask for free

Once you get the result looking similar to the illustration above, go back to the Scene 0 tab on the timeline. Use the right mouse button to click on the original video layer and select “Copy”. Then make a double-click on the Free Shape layer and paste the video in the Free Shape tab. Select “Source in” blending mode for the video you’ve just pasted – see the illustration below.

How to pixelate a face in a video

After that, just go to the Video effects tab, proceed to Filters and select “Pixelize”. Click “Yes” in the window that pops up. If you need to adjust the thickness of the filter, open the Properties window and adjust pixelize levels.

Check the video below to see how it works

If a person in the video moves, and you need the blurred filter to follow their movements (and keep the face hidden), you can do that too. Learn how to add movement trajectory from this tutorial. Please note that object movement is a Pro feature, and you’ll need to upgrade the free version of VSDC. The good news is, it’s just $19,99 per year.

Now that you know how to blur a face in a video using free software, you may want to check out other editing tutorials: