Sometimes You Just Want to Hide

January 26, 2015 by Adam Dolan | Blog, Essentials 3

Once we found ourselves with an awesome shot only to find that we forgot to get a signed talent release. Panic ensued.

Then we remembered our secret weapon: The Pixelator plugin from NewBlue Essentials 3. Boom! With a click of a button, we obscured the face in question and the shot was saved.

NewBlue Essentials 3, part of the Essentials line of time-saving post production tools, provides video editors an easy and innovative way to fix some of their most complicated editing challenges.

What makes NewBlue Essentials 3 stand out? Essentials 3 includes 48 presets in 4 effects that enhance details in your footage, correct lens distortion and allow you to touch up your scenes. Compatible with all major NLEs (similar to all NewBlueFX), all Essentials 3 plugins integrate directly on your timeline.


Let’s take a look at some of the features that make Essentials 3 a great place to start when building your editing toolset:

Look Your Best With Selective Touch Up

Selective Touch Up instantly reduces distracting details and makes it easy to smooth specific regions of your image without losing key details. Just choose the area to affect with a four-point mask to remove blemishes or use a variety of the presets for your creative inspirations.

Like this:



Correct Lens Distortion

Quickly turn flat footage into a fisheye view with Lens Correction. With a couple of clicks, you can choose from an array of presets to fix concave or convex issues, focal center adjustment and zoom. Lens Correction can truly be a lifesaver.

Check it out:



Hide Their Identity With Pixelator

As we mentioned above, Pixelator is great for obscuring faces or creating that "caught on tape" look. Obscure any area in your video or just gently blur out a face to hide someone's identity. Get creative by choosing block size, blur, or a combo of both. To save time, use the included presets for a quick fix.

See for yourself:



Make Every Detail Count with Detail Enhancer

Use Detail Enhancer to make your subject pop out or create an HDR look. Easily sharpen and add structure to your footage using an array of presets. To explore the possibilities adjust the controls to vary the intensity and level of detail within the overall image.



NewBlue Essentials 3 is just the beginning. For an in-depth look into the entire Essentials line, take a look here. There’s lots more to explore.

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Adam Dolan

San Diego, CA

As an avid fan of all things technology, marketing and film, Adam serves as the marketing manager for NewBlueFX. He prides himself on his ability to discover the latest gear, tech and...