This article provides information on how to use features in Adobe Premiere Pro to blur out or hide faces and other objects in video.


  • A Windows or Mac computer running Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere is available to UNC faculty, staff, and students via an Adobe Creative Cloud License. See Adobe Creative Cloud: Getting Started for more information on obtaining a license and installing and using Adobe applications.

  • A basic understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere Pro features including:
    • Starting a New Project
    • Importing Media
    • Creating a Sequence
    • Basics of Working with Premiere Pro Panels
    • Exporting Media

If you need to learn the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, check out the Premiere Pro Beginner Tutorials from Adobe or the Adobe Premiere Pro Essential Training Course on LinkedIn Learning. Learn more about how to access LinkedIn Learning, a FREE resource available to all UNC faculty, staff, and students.

Using Effects to Blur Faces and Objects in a Video Clip

The video tutorial below provides step-by-step instructions on using the Gaussian Blur effect to mask out faces and other objects in a video clip and apply automatic motion tracking to the effect.