Blur Techniques for FCPX

Create artistic or practical blur effects with ProBlur from Pixel Film Studios, the ultimate selective blur plugin for Final Cut Pro X. Use the blur areas to cover up unwanted logos or license plates or protect an eye witness’s identity. With over 40 blur presets, on-screen controls and customization options, ProBlur can help you create any selective blur effect in FCPX.

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Focus Tools with ProBlur in Final Cut Pro X


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Over 40 Blur Methods for FCPX

With over 40 blur presets to choose from, you can create endless artistic or practical blur effects inside of Final Cut Pro X. Create customizable zoom, radial, gaussian, prism, and defocus blurs along with many other in the click of a button in FCPX.


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15 Customizable Shapes

Don’t have the rights to show a brands logo? Have an actor who hasn’t signed his or her release form yet? Use ProBlur’s blur areas to cover up unwanted logos, license plates and faces using fully customizable blur shapes and types.


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On-Screen Controls

Take command of this plugin using the on-screen controls in the FCPX viewer. Simply grab control of one of the handles to adjust the position size and shape of your blur area, instead fumbling around with numbers in the inspector window.


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Includes Color Controls

Use ProBlur blur areas to create a selective focus on an area of your screen in Final Cut Pro X. Then draw attention to an area by leaving it in color while turning surrounding area black and white.


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Designed for Final Cut Pro X

ProBlur was created by the team at Pixel Film Studios to integrate perfectly with Final Cut Pro X to enhance your editing experience. Simply drag and drop one of the ProBlur presets on top of your clip and quickly create the perfect selective blur.


Installing ProBlur


How do I Install ProBlur in Final Cut Pro X?

Learn how to Install a Pixel Film Studios Effect.  

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ProBlur Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to control and customize professional blur techniques with the ProBlur Lesson.  
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Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

Let’s begin by selecting a clip or image in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline. Once, you have your image in the timeline, go to the FCPX effects library to locate the ProMotion presets. Scan through the blur shapes and select the one that best matches the look you want. Then, drag and drop the effect onto your media in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. For this example we will use the 8 point rectangle blur preset.
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Step 2 - Positioning the Mask

Once you have the timeline in place, let’s position and shape the mask. Select the media layer in the timeline and go to the viewer window. Right now, the box indicates the area of the image that is blurred, but we can invert that later. Use the center point to move the position of the entire box. Then use the arrows to scale the box horizontally and vertically. Next, use the handle attached to the center point to rotate the entire mask. Finally, drag and click the outside control points to fine tune the shape of the blur area.
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Step 3 - Customizing the Mask

Now that we have our mask setup, let’s customize the look of it. Go to the Inspector window. Check the Show Background box to see the entire image. If you want to blur the outside of the mask instead, you can check the invert mask box. Unchecking the Enable Mask box will blur the entire image evenly. Next, go to the bottom of the parameters and use the Soften Mask Edges and Mask Roundness sliders to make the edges of the mask less noticeable.
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Final Touches

Now for some Final Touches. Let’s make a few more changes to fine tune the look of our blur effect. Change the Blur Type and Color Style to your liking. The Blur types include different styles and strengths of blur.

ProBlur Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find ProBlur?

Once the installation is complete, you can find ProBlur in the FCPX Effect library.