Easiest Way to Blur on CapCut: Step-by-Step Guide


With the rise in popularity and demand for short-form films on social media, many of you may be interested in learning how to edit videos before they are shared. If you’ve been using TikTok to post your films, you’ve probably came across CapCut, a video-editing tool.

CapCut is a free app developed by the same company as TikTok — ByteDance. It is accessible on both iOS and Android. The software has basic to intermediate editing abilities such as color filters, stabilization, masks, chrome key, soundtracks, altering backgrounds, and more, but the 3D Zoom effect and Green screen are the most popular.

If you’re seeking for a technique to blur a video on CapCut, the procedures listed below will get you there. However, before you go ahead and add a Blur effect to your video, make sure you have the Captcut software downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Let’s get started now that that’s out of the way.

 Blur an Entire Video on CapCut

CapCut is a tool that allows you to blur the entire contents of a video. Remember that blurring an entire movie will effect all of the film’s segments and objects for the life of the video.

To do so, open the CapCut app on your iOS or Android device and tap the ‘New project’ option on the Home Screen.

On the next screen, select the video you want to edit and add a blur effect to.

Once you have selected the video you want to edit, tap on the ‘Add’ button at the bottom right corner.

A new CapCut project will be created with the selected video. On this screen, from the bottom toolbar, select the ‘Effects’ tab.

At the bottom of the screen, an overflow menu will now display. All of the effects accessible on the ‘Trending’ tab at the top will be displayed by default. Find the ‘Basic’ category by scrolling through these tabs.

Scroll down in the ‘Basic’ menu, select the ‘Blur’ effect, then tick the tick mark if you’re happy with the type of blur.

You will now be returned to CapCut’s project timeline, where you should be able to see the Blur effect that has been applied to your film.

The Blur effect will only be applied to a part of your movie by default. To extend the effect to the entire duration of the video, tap on the purple “Blur” bar, drag its end pointer to the end of the video, and drop it there. This will ensure that your video is completely obscured by blur.

When the Blur effect and your main video have the same end time, it will look like this.

You can then save your video by following the instructions provided in the last section.

Blur a Portion of a Video on CapCut

If you only want to blur certain parts of the video, such as a face, the methods below should guide you through the process. To begin, add a video that you want to blur. Create a new project in the CapCut app to accomplish this.

Now, select the video you want to edit and tap on the ‘Add’ button at the bottom right corner.

When the video is added to a new CapCut project, tap on the ‘Overlay’ tab at the bottom.

On the next screen, tap on the ‘Add overlay’ option.

Select the same video you added first as an overlay.

The overlay video will now appear on top of your main video.

Pinch and drag the overlaid video to place it directly over your main video with your fingertips. This is important because CapCut overlays the second video within the borders of the original video for some reason. You must ensure that the first and second videos’ borders are exactly aligned.

Tap the left-facing arrow icon in the bottom left corner once you’ve positioned the second video on top of the first.

This will take you to the main toolbar, which is located at the bottom of the page. As in the last section, the next step is to apply the blur effect to the entire video. To do so, go to the bottom of the page and select the ‘Effects’ option.

When the Effects menu appears, select the ‘Blur’ effect from the ‘Basic’ category. When you’ve finished choosing an effect, hit the tick mark symbol.

You should be able to see your video with the Blur effect applied.

CapCut does not apply an effect over the complete time of the video for some reason. However, by moving its end pointer and dropping it at the conclusion of your video, you can expand it to encompass the entire video.

After that, pick the purple “Blur” bar and then hit the “Object” tab at the bottom.

You’ll need to decide where you want the Blur effect to appear. Select the ‘Overlay’ tile from the menu that displays, then tap the tick mark.

Now, hit the left-facing arrow icon in the bottom left corner to return to the main project timeline.

On the project time screen, go to the ‘Overlay’ tab once again.

Tap the second video you inserted as an overlay earlier in the Overlay screen. Select the ‘Mask’ tool from the bottom toolbar by swiping up from the bottom.

You can choose several shapes for your blur effect from here. If you’re trying to blur a face in a video, we recommend using the ‘Circle’ option on the screen. However, depending on what you want to blur, you can choose any shape for the blur effect.

Place the Blur at your chosen position and resize it using the arrows at the top and right before hitting on the tick mark. You may also change the blur strength by sliding the downward-facing arrow up and down until you find the right setting.

Tap the tick mark at the bottom to install your Blur mask after you’ve tweaked it.

If the subject you blurred is stationary, you can now leave the blur effect alone. However, because this is a video with a lot of movement, you might want to try blurring the subject as it moves. We’ll use Keyframes to shift the Blur mask to different positions as the subject moves to accomplish this.

Check when the subject travels out of the Blur area by seeking through the video as it plays. When this happens, look for the Keyframe icon next to the play button and tap it.

CapCut will then highlight the area with a diamond icon. If this indicator is red, it indicates that you have selected it. Tap the ‘Mask’ option from the bottom toolbar with a keyframe selected.

Next, reposition or reshape the Blur mask however you prefer.

Now, tap the tick mark at the bottom of the screen.

Within a video, you can add as many keyframes as you want, as long as they’re necessary. You should see numerous diamond icons on the seek bar when you add several keyframes, as shown in the screenshot below.

The Blur mask changes position and shape gradually as the video jumps from one keyframe to the next, ensuring that the video quality is not compromised.

That’s about it. You can proceed to export and save the video to your library by following the instructions we’ve explained in the last section.

Blur Sides of a Video on CapCut

You’ve probably encountered a situation where you need to upload a video in a specific aspect ratio but the video itself is in a different aspect ratio. CapCut allows you to change the format of your video and apply a blur effect to the sides that would otherwise be vacant.

Create a new project in the CapCut app to add blurred sides to a video.

Now, select the video you want to edit and tap on the ‘Add’ button at the bottom right corner.

When you’ve added the video to a new CapCut project, go to the bottom and click the ‘Format’ tab. After swiping left on the bottom toolbar, you’ll see the Format tab.

Choose your favorite aspect ratio next. You have a variety of alternatives to pick from, including 9:16, 16:9, 1:1, 4:3, 2:1, and more.

After you have selected a format, select the ‘Canvas’ tab from the bottom.

Inside the Canvas screen, tap on the ‘Blur’ option.

After that, select a Blur effect to apply to the sides of your video and hit the tick mark button in the bottom right corner.

You should now be able to see the video preview at the top of the page, which shows your movie with blurred top and bottom edges. The blur effect will be applied to the sides that would otherwise be black, depending on the format you choose.

The video has been blurred and is now ready to be saved. Learn how to export your altered movie to CapCut in the section below.

How to Save an Edited Video on CapCut

After you’ve blurred a video to your liking, you might want to save it right away. But before you do that, there’s one more crucial step you need to complete. When you export a video from CapCut, you’ll get an Outro with the CapCut logo at the very end. Fortunately, CapCut allows you to eliminate this section of the video if you so desire.

By looking to the conclusion of your edited video, selecting the Outro piece that plays the CapCut logo, and then hitting the ‘Delete’ button in the bottom right corner, you can erase the outro portion from your edited video.

Once that’s done, go to the top right corner of the screen and tap the Export symbol, which is signified by an upward-facing arrow on top of a dash.

An overflow menu should now appear, inviting you to choose your chosen video resolution and frame rate. We recommend setting the video resolution to 1080p and the frame rate to 60fps for the best video quality. If you don’t want your video to be saved in the best quality, you can lower either of these settings, which will also reduce the file size of your movie. To save the video to your collection, touch the ‘Export’ button at the bottom once you’ve picked your chosen video settings.

CapCut will now export your video, and you should see the message “Saved to device and projects” when it’s done. You’ll see options to share the video immediately on TikTok, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and other applications on the following screen.

That’s all we have on using CapCut to blur videos.