Watch: How to Blur Someone's Face in Premiere Pro in Less than 5 Minutes

Here's a super simple and fast way to add a pixelated mask to your subject.

Whether you're hiding sensitive information or protecting someone's identity, using a pixelates mask is the classic way to go about doing it. If you've never gone through the process before, our own Jason Boone shows you how to apply and animate masks in this tutorial for PremiumBeat. The best part about it all is that the entire process, from start to finish, is going to take you less than five minutes. Check it out below:

In the past, applying a mask and then tracking it with your subject's movements in the frame was a tedious undertaking, requiring you to add keyframe after keyframe after keyframe while tracking your subject yourself. But the Mask tool is incredibly powerful and allows you to use the Mask Path option to make this process nearly automatic.

As you can see in the tutorial, it's just a matter of:

  • Adding a mosaic effect
  • Adding an ellipse mask 
  • Tracking the mask using Mask Path

Even though Premiere Pro is pretty powerful and accurate at tracking your subject, you may need to go back and adjust the mask and/or add a few keyframes yourself. Still, that's a hell of a lot better than spending hours doing all of this yourself!     

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This feature has been available since.... 2014?

October 28, 2017 at 12:58AM

Steadicam Operator/Owner

And it's one of the most easy to do things in Premiere.... so the NFS idea is to write it up like a new post so we click on it. Quality.

October 28, 2017 at 11:06AM


And not to mention this is like website incest. One guy makes a shit tutorial for another site but doesn't post it on the other site he writes for so someone else there posts it. How dumb are we readers?

October 29, 2017 at 7:50AM, Edited October 29, 7:50AM


Then NoFilmSchool posts it with lazy credit to the author and acts like they came up with the article on their own.

November 1, 2017 at 9:15AM