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!

Source: PremiumBeat