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How to Blur Faces in iMovie

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Jun 24, 2021• Proven solutions

Often many people are prone to identity theft or sometimes by showing faces of rape victims you disclose their true identity to the world which is to be kept confidential. Often when videos are aired on televisions, they make use of various tools that can blur faces and hence protect the identity of a person. This blurring feature is also useful for hiding sensitive details like car number plates, financial data and other related things which are not to be disclosed in the public domain.

Related: How to add mosaic/ censor effect in iMovie

Part 1: How to blur face using iMovie alternative -- Wondershare Filmora

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No version of iMovie is available for Windows till now by which you can blur the face in your video but you can get it done with the help of Wondershare Filmora. This software has a face-off function that will blur out the face in your image without requiring much effort. The steps that you need to follow for blurring face are the following:

1. Importing video to the program

The first step is to run the Wondershare Filmora and tap “Import” button for browsing file folder on your Mac and loading it to the program or you can also drag and drop your clip straight away to primary video. Once you are finished with file loading, drag and drop your required file to video track in the timeline panel.

Filmora Main Interface

2. Blurring face in the video

In Filmora, you can add the Mosaic effect or Face-off effect to blur the face in the video, both of them can be found on Effects -> Utility. In the following part, I will show you how to do add Face-off effect to blur faces in the video. For the detailed information about adding mosaic to video, you can check this tutorial: How to Blur Faces in Filmora.

Now, go to Effects, and find the Face-off effect under Utility, and then drag and drop it to the track above the video clip.

Filmora9 for Mac Face-off effect

Now you have to double click the Face-off effect in the track to pick the effect that you can use to blur the face so that Filmora for Mac can instantly put the Face-off effect on the detected face. You can choose the Mosaic effect or use funny cartoon faces.

Filmora9 for Mac Face-off effect adjust

After completing this task, you can hit the Play button to preview the video, and then click OK so that editing can be saved. After saving, return to the main interface.

3. Saving the video

The face will be blurred out successfully in your image. Now tap the “Export” button to export your finished video clip. You can publish it directly to social media or can save it to desktop.

The detailed steps of blurring faces in Filmora for Mac maybe a little different from that of Filmora on Windows.

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Part 2: How to blur faces in iMovie

Blur face in iMovie is difficult, but we will try our best to describe it in the following section. To blur face, you will need to use the picture-in-picture features. Below are the steps for you to follow:

Related: How to Use Picture in Picture Effect in iMovie

  • Firstly you have to launch iMovie software by selecting iMovie> preferences. After this, choose the general preference and enable Show Advanced Tools and then close the preferences of iMovie.

iMovie Show Advanced Tools

  • The second step begins with choosing the video clip that can be displayed on the license plate. After that, the clip will be shown in iMovie’s viewer.
  • Take a screenshot of the face by pressing Shift-Command-4. Once you are done with it, release the mouse button. You will hear a shutter sound which will indicate that the screenshot has been captured and saved on your desktop.
  • Now you have to open it in any of the image editors, like Photoshop and Gaussian, which have the ability to blur your image. You can make any change in it that you want to do. After doing changes, save your image to desktop.
  • Drag it over your iMovie clip and select Picture in Picture from the menu that appears. When you will complete this task, the blurred image will appear as a still in the viewer as well as iMovie’s project pane.

iMovie Blur Face

  • Now adjust the length of the clip in order to cover the license plate for the duration of the clip.
  • The last step is resizing the image and placing it on your desired location.

If the above step is not clear for you, you can watch the tutorial below to check how it works.

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FAQs About Blurring Faces in iMovie

1. Can I blur faces in iMovie?

Yes, you can, but this process is highly technical and it requires you to have access to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop where you can actually apply the blur effect to the still frame you exported from iMovie. You can then use the Picture in Picture feature to cover a face in your video. 

2. How to blur out multiple faces in iMovie?

The process of blurring one or more faces in iMovie is the same. You need to export still frames that contain the faces you want to blur out, then use a photo editing software to apply the blur effect over those faces, and use the iMovie’s Picture in Picture tool to blur out the faces in your video. The only trouble is that you will have to go through this process for each frame in which you want to blur out multiple faces.

3. How to blur faces in iMovie from an iPad?

The steps you need to take in order to blur a face in iMovie are the same on Mac, iPhone or iPad, which means that you will have to create a still frame, apply the blur effect to it in a photo editing software, and then use the iMovie’s Picture in Picture feature to cover a face.

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Shanoon Cox
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