How to Hide a Face in a Video Effortlessly?

Hiding a face in a video can be useful for maintaining privacy or anonymity. There are several ways to blur, pixelate, mosaic, or cover up a face in a video using desktop software, online tools, and mobile apps. This guide will offer step-by-step instructions to conceal a face in a video using different platforms.

Kevincy Kevincy | Jan 17, 2024

How to Hide Faces in Videos on Desktop, Online, and Mobile:

#1. Using WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

#2. Using Shotcut Video Editor

#3. Using iMovie on Mac

#4. Using Clipchamp Online

#5. Using PutMask App on Android

#6. Using Blur-Video App on iOS

Frequently Asked Questions

#1. Using WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a powerful and easy-to-use video processing tool suite. It provides two main ways to hide faces in videos - by applying a blur or mosaic filter over the face area, or by adding stickers/emojis over the face. Here's how to use it:

Free Download

Compatible with Windows

100% Clean & Safe

Free Download

Step 1. Install and runInstall and run the app. Click "Converter" from the startup interface.

Step 2. Click "Add File" to add the video that contains the face you want to hide.

Step 3. Choose an output video format like MP4 from 500+ configured presets.

Step 4. Click "Effect" icon on the editing toolbar to open a new window.

Step 5. Use the selection tool to narrow down and select the face area you want to hide in the preview window.

  • Choose "Blur" in the effects menu and apply a blur effect over the face.
  • Alternatively, choose "Mosaic" to pixelate the face area.
  • You can also click "Watermark" on the editing toolbar, select a sticker or emoji, and add it over the face to cover it up.

Step 6. Preview the results and click OK to apply the edits.

Step 7. Choose a save location and click "Run" to convert and save the video with the hidden face.

The process is quick and easy with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. The high-quality video converter ensures there is no loss of quality while editing and converting videos.

Using WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

#2. Using Shotcut Video Editor

Shotcut is a free, open-source, and cross-platform video editing software. Here is how to use Shotcut to hide a face in a video:

  • Download and install Shotcut on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.
  • Launch Shotcut and start a new project.
  • Click on "Open File" and select the video file that contains the face.
  • Drag and drop the video on the timeline at the bottom.
  • Click on the "Filters" tab. Click on the + icon to add filters.
  • Search and add the "Mask: Simple Shape" filter. Also add the "Blur: Box" and "Mask: Apply" filters.
  • In the "Blur: Box" filter settings, adjust the blur intensity as needed.
  • In the "Mask: Simple Shape" filter, use the shape tool to select the face area you want to hide.
  • Click on "Export" and select a video format for output.
  • Click "Export File" and choose a save location. Shotcut will render the video with the blurred/masked face.

Alternatively, you can add a transparent sticker or emoji image to a new video track above the main video to overlay the face. Select the image, go to "Filters" and search for "Size and Position", then adjust the size, position, and duration of the image accordingly.

Using Shotcut

#3. Using iMovie on Mac

iMovie also enables you to hide a face in a video in a roundabout way. The procedure is cumbersome and slightly annoying, but it works. Here are the steps:

  • Launch iMovie and create a new project. Click "Import Media" and select the video.
  • Drag the video to the timeline at the bottom.
  • Find and select the face in the video you want to hide.
  • Copy only the face section. Paste it on a photo editing app and apply a blur effect.
  • Drag the blurred face image back onto the iMovie timeline on a track above the main video.
  • Extend the blurred image duration over the face area.
  • For seamless blending, fix the dissolve time to 0.0 seconds.
  • Move the playhead to the start frame where you want the blur effect.
  • Go to "Overlay" and select the blurred face image as a Picture in Picture.
  • Adjust the size and position to cover the face area completely.
  • Insert a new freeze frame at the playhead. Click the keyframe button.
  • Use arrow keys to move between frames. Adjust the image position in each frame until the object is blurred in the entire video.
  • Preview the results. Export the video when satisfied.

Alternatively, you can add transparent stickers/emojis to hide the face instead of using a blurred image. The process involves tracking to cover the face in all frames.

Using iMovie

#4. Using Clipchamp Online

If you prefer an online solution without the imposed watermark, a free online video editor - Clipchamp won't let you down, which provides a quick and easy way to blur or cover faces in videos online without needing to install any software. Here's the walkthrough:

  • Click "Create a new video". Upload the video.
  • Drag the video to the timeline. Copy and paste the video track to create a duplicate.
  • Select the top track and click the "Crop" tool to select someone's face in the video.
  • Go to "Effects" on the right sidebar and select "Blur" to blur the face.
  • Click "Export" and choose the 1080p MP4 option to process the video.
  • Download the video when ready.
  • Tips. You can also add emojis or stickers from the "Content library" onto the second track to cover the face area.

Using Clipchamp

#5. Using PutMask App on Android

PutMask is a free Android app that makes it really easy to quickly hide faces in videos on your Android phone or tablet by applying pixelation, mosaic, or blur. Here are the steps:

  • Download and install PutMask from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  • Grant the required permissions.
  • Open the app and select the video from your device's storage. The video will open in the editor.
  • Tap the "Face Track" and then the "Detect Faces" or "Detect And Track All Faces".
  • It will automatically mosaic or pixelate all faces throughout the video.
  • You can also tap "Object Track" if it fails to hide a face in the video.
  • Tap "Settings", you're allowed to choose "Blur" and adjust the "Pixel-Rate".
  • Preview the video. If satisfied, tap "Export" to process the effect on the video.
  • Once completed, it will save the new video to your device gallery.

Using PutMask

#6. Using Blur-Video App on iOS

Blur-Video is a handy iOS app that offers the easy finger drawing tools, making it super convenient to quickly blur or pixelate faces in videos right from your iPhone or iPad. Here is how to use it:

  • Download and install Blur-Video from the App Store.
  • Launch the app and select a video that contains the face you want to hide.
  • On the preview, tap "Round" or "Rect", then use your finger to draw an outline around the face area.
  • Tap on the "Blur" icon to blur the face. Tap on the "Pixelate" icon to add mosaic effect.
  • Adjust the effect intensity and duration.
  • Tap on "Save" to process the changes and save the new video to your Camera Roll.

Using Blur-Video

All-in-One Video Processor

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, a great Swiss army knife of video processing, works as a novice-oriented video/audio converter, recorder, downloader, editor, compressor, GIF maker, ringtone maker, and more. Get the all-in-one app here!


Q1: How do I ensure the hidden face is unrecognizable?

A: Apply maximum blur or choose the smallest mosaic block size for best results. Completely covering the face with a sticker/emoji also works great.

Q2: How can I track a moving face throughout the video?

A: On desktop software, use keyframes and position the blurred image/sticker on each frame. Mobile apps like PutMask makes it easy to define blur duration to track moving faces.

Q3: How do I hide multiple faces in a single video?

A: Simply repeat the steps to isolate each face and apply the preferred effect like blurring, mosaics, or stickers. Most tools allow multiple effects.

Q4: Is it possible to hide faces in a video in real-time?

A: Real-time face hiding is more complex and typically requires advanced software or apps with real-time processing capabilities, which are not commonly available in basic editing tools.

Q5: Can I hide some faces in a video on YouTube?

A: Sure. Go to YouTube Studio, hover on your video, click "Details", go to "Editor", then click "Blur". You can choose "Face blur" or "Custom blur", adjust blur intensity and save changes. This blurs the faces directly on the YouTube video.

Wrapping Up

Hiding a face in a video is a valuable skill in our daily life, balancing the fun of video sharing with the necessity of privacy and respect for others. Whether you choose desktop software, an online tool, or a mobile app, the process is accessible and manageable. It's your move now!

All-in-One Video Processing Toolkit, Simplify Your Digital Life!
HD Video Converter Factory Pro

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

1. 500+ optimized presets for fast conversion in bulk.

2. Compress large-sized videos with no quality loss.

3. Trim, merge, crop, rotate, flip, watermark video.

4. Download HD/FHD/4K/8K videos from 1000+ sites.

5. Record live streams, gameplay, webinar, video call

6. Make animated GIFs from video or image sequence.

7. Make ringtones, extract subtitles & more...

Specialized in multimedia software solutions.
Since 2009

Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2009-2024 WonderFox Soft, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Back to Top