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Learn how to blur or pixelate an area within a video segment using Final Cut Pro X.  Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X with a new interface.

Watch this 2 min video on using the Censor Effect within Final Cut Pro 10.3

Final_Cut_Pro_Blur_Face.pngIn Final Cut Pro 10.3, it's easy to create a censor effect to blur or pixelate areas of a video segment.

To demonstrate, I'm displaying default Final Cut Pro X interface here with a single clip segment within the timeline.

Make sure the playhead is at the front of the clip segment.

Click on the clip segment so it's selected.

With the clip still selected, right click and choose show video animation from the contextual menu.

Navigate to the Effects Browser Icon or press command 5 to bring forward the Effects Browser window.

Navigate to the Video / Stylize category and double click on the censor effect.

FCP_X_Effects_Browser_Window.pngInside the viewer window you will see on-screen controls for the censor effect.

In the Inspector Window, you can choose a method of either pixelate or blur.  

In this example, I'll choose the blur method.

Pixilate_Blur.pngAdjust the amount of the blur that you want.

Off to the right side of the radius and center parameters, click on these plus icons to create keyframes.

Place the censor effect onto the area you want to pixelate or blur.

Adjust the size of the area affected by dragging on this outer ring.

Move the position indicator forward a few frames using the right arrow key, and then re-position the on-screen controls for the censor effect.

In doing so, you are automatically creating new keyframes within the video animation area inside the clip segment.

Repeat the process until your finished.

It's that easy!  Check it out!

For other great tips like this, or to enroll in a hands-on or online Final Cut Pro X training class, visit GeniusDV.com

Learn how to create an automated droplet when you can create video effects using Photoshop!

Photoshop_Droplet_Tutorial.pngYou can also use Photoshop to de-interlace video. I recently encountered a situation where I had to de-interlace hundreds of video files that were shot in 1080i.

de-interlace_droplet.pngThe only difference from the tutorial above is to perform a de-interlace function from the Filter-Video Menu as part of an action.


Check out our next scheduled hands-on Adobe CC Video Editing Course at GeniusDV.com

The latest version of Photoshop CC has a great new feature called Liquify.  You can use this feature on full motion video! 

Liquify.pngWith an Adobe CC license, you can easily incorporate your Photoshop video into an Adobe Premiere sequence.

Check out this short tutorial from Multiple Emmy Award Winner 'Juan Carlos' on how the new Liquify feature works. If you're interested in learning the latest Adobe CC Design and Video Apps from Juan, contact us!


Learn how to trace around a subject (rotoscoping) within Avid Media Composer to create an amazing effect.


If Avid Media Composer is not your primary effects software package, you can still create this amazing effect all within the Media Composer software.

Key fundementals that you will learn in this video tutorial include:

  • Using the Paint Tool to RotoScope
  • Creating a Video Mixdown to create a black / white matte
  • Using the Matte Key to clone a subject


Here's a great tutorial on how to create a video watermark to protect your video content.

This tutorial is a bit unusual, because it was done by using Photoshop CC for windows on a Mac.  I record and edit all my tutorials in a software product called Screenflow which only runs an Mac OS X.  So, I decided to see if I could run Windows on a MAC and still use Screenflow to create this tutorial.

play_watermark_tutorial.pngIn this short video tutorial, you will learn the following:

  • Using a Screenshot to capture content to produce your video watermark
  • Configuring Google Images to display only high resolution image files
  • Creating a video watermark using Photoshop
  • Importing your watermark into your favorite video editing software

ScreenFlow.pngAs a Quick Side Note:  I teach an amazing hands-on class for learning ScreenFlow. Training options include 'online, on-site, or in a classroom'. If you're interested in creating the absolute best training videos, please contact me.

Also, if you are a corporate video producer / editor, check out a service called VideoBlocks.  It's invaluable for those in need of stock footage, AE templates, audio loops, and sound effects.  Their yearly pricing is a good deal considering the quality of footage and amount of content available.  They also offer a free trial!

GeniusDV offers classroom and on-site style Photoshop for Video training courses.

Click on the link of this tutorial to view a text and graphical version Video Watermark Tutorial.

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