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11-28-2007, 05:41 AM
I just installed SpeedEdit to improve my productivity and do not know many of the features.

I am working on a video where my client wanted me to blur certain people faces as they come in and out of view.

Is there a simple way to do this with SpeedEdit? Or is there another software that would easily do this?

Thanks for your help! James

11-28-2007, 06:23 AM
SpeedEDIT is not an ideal tool for this sort of thing. About as close as you are going to get is as follows:

Duplicate the layer with a persons face in it on another layer below
Use the Control Tree's 'Positioner' tab to crop the lower layer to the area of the face.
Manually keyframe the sides of the crop to travel with the face as it moves in the scene
Set a Blur value for the cropped layer
Maybe set a Smoothing value, to provide a little feathering at the sides of the cropped rectangle
Turn on Overlay for the cropped layer, to show the original layer behind it.

11-28-2007, 06:40 AM
Yep, the way Steve described is about the most effective route to do it in SpeedEdit. It's a pretty quick process, the drawback it you're limited to a rectangular base shape for your blur, but softening the edges can help a bit with that.

Here's a tutorial on how to do it, including tracking the person as they move through the frame:

And the same concept in VTEdit (works the same) but a lot more verbose and more detail in the screenshots, since it didn't have the space limitations of print:

11-28-2007, 07:07 AM
Thanks Bill and Steve. I will give those a try.

Bill your tutorials are very good and clear. Thanks again! James

12-01-2007, 08:04 AM
Hi you can use the New
BobsSoftFX to do this!

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12-04-2007, 04:27 PM
I think your add-on and demo was great. I will purchase the add-on and report back once I get it done.

Thanks! james