iMovie or FCP X - possible to make plate number not readable in video?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MacPat333, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. MacPat333 macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012

    I'm into automotive photography and since some time videography as well.

    I started recording certain videos of super sport cars where the owners are driving on empty roads outside the cities with speeds over the limit as well as drag races and burnouts. (we are making sure that noone is around and that roads are kept empty).

    To not get the owners in trouble by burning rubber and driving fast I want to make their plate numbers not readable.

    Can iMovie do that (automatically) once the plate number is selected and tracks that throughout the video or do I need FCP X? I hope one of the two can do that without hours of manual work and individual frame adjustment as this would take forever.

    I don't k know how you call this function, but I hope that you understand what I am looking for.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. Menneisyys2, Nov 23, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012

    Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    With FCPX, you don't need to do this on a frame-by-frame basis - just every keyframe and the whole (manual) blurring process is pretty fast. See the tutorial at

    (Sorry, don't know whether iMovie can do it. I bet it can't.)
  3. MacPat333 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Thanks for the link, I found a similar video about FCP X, but I still hope I can do it with iMovie as FCP X would be another Euro 200.00 that would need to be added to the already spend Euro 1075.00 for the new mid 2012 MBA 13".

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