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Pixelan Blur-Sharpen effect plugins
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reviewstechnical supportBlur-Sharpen plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements, Sony Vegas Pro, Vegas Movie Studio, After Effects, CyberLink PowerDirector, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Magix Video Pro. Bundle savings on Pixelan video effects plugins convert prices to your currency Special deals for existing users of Pixelan plugins Click here to BUY Pixelan video effects plugins

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These blur-sharpen plugins are for Windows, including Windows 8 and 10. Sorry, we have no Mac versions currently, but may soon!
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BlurBlender Basic video blur effects plugin

Only want a basic blur blending effects plugin with 100+ presets and fewer controls (no style controls, title fx or randomization) but lots of everyday usefulness? Then consider the $24 BlurBlender Basic instead of the Pro version. Try our demo to compare the two.


Uniquely Powerful and Fast Blur-Sharpen Effects Plugins -- NEW!

Download the demo pluginDo you have any of the creative video editing needs below that your existing blur effects or sharpen effects cannot solve? If yes, our three all-new Blur-Sharpen video effects plug-ins below may help you.


• You have a creative vision in your project for a special blur effect that fades, blends, changes direction or shape, and organically/dynamically flows in compelling new ways that change over time.


• For HD or 4K footage, you need a smart blur effect for video that subtly smooths and blurs while retaining crisp edges and details.


• For a soft, slightly out-of-focus shot, you need an adjustable smart sharpen effect like Photoshop's (but optimized for video) that doesn’t add ugly artifacts.


Titles are important in your production. You need fresh title blur effects that are optimized for video text, lower-thirds, and other alpha channel elements.


• You want to easily leave certain areas untouched from your blur or sharpen effect -- a moving subject, the background, a color or color range, or just your model’s skin -- in an organic, evolving way that built-in mattes/masks tools cannot do.


• You are looking for terrific wind effects, flares, light rays, or accents. Or an easily controllable edge blur or miniature/diorama/tilt-shift blur for video.


• You want a random blur effect that pulses or randomizes within multiple constraints easily set.

• With a deadline, you must save time by easily comparing and choosing from hundreds of presets. AND not wait long for the effect to render.


Limited-Time Intro Deal: Get the BUNDLE of all 3 Pro plugins below for only $69
(or $59 for verified existing Pixelan users) AND you will also get the $19 Photoshop version of Smart Blur Pro for FREE. That's a $106 total value!


Introducing three powerful new effects plugins to solve the above needs...


BlurBlender Pro video blur effects plugin


BlurBlender Pro

Go beyond your built-in blur effects or other blur plugins. With GPU-fast speed, quickly and easily customize and blend blurs (choose from 650+ professional presets) to create unique soft looks for your project. AND easily control where the blur effect appears within your scene.

The BlurBlender Pro effects plugin also does much more:

Blur TITLES, lower-thirds or other alpha channel graphics in compelling new ways optimized for video.


• Keyframe blur direction/length for terrific wind effects, flares, light rays, and accents. Easily control spot, edge, and miniature/ diorama/tilt-shift blurs too.


Randomize any of the above blur effects when desired, within precise constraints and with independent variable control!


Smart Blur Pro video blur effects plugin


Smart Blur Pro

Finally... a GPU-accelerated, high-precision smart blur effects plugin for everyday video editing projects as well as special effect needs.


• Adjustably retain desired details, highlights, and edges yet smoothly blur areas between.


• Accomplish the above exactly where desired in a scene without complicated, time-consuming masking -- via Pixelan's uniquely easy organic and spice masking.


Remove subtle noise or grain but keep key details and sharpness (especially in HD or 4K). For example, smooth skin and wrinkles yet retain eye/hair sharpness.


• At extreme settings create compelling dreamy surreal video effects -- great for wedding videography, dream/fantasy sequences, music videos, etc.


Smart Sharpen Pro video blur effects plugin


Smart Sharpen Pro


Smart sharpening has long been popular for graphics. Now it is available optimized for video (especially HD or 4K footage) as a fast GPU-accelerated plugin. Smart Sharpen Pro is a great complement to Smart Blur Pro.


• Sharpen blurry or soft slightly out-of-focus shots without introducing ugly artifacts.


• Accomplish the above exactly where desired in a scene without complicated, time-consuming masking -- via Pixelan's uniquely easy organic and spice masking.


• Retain the smoothness of a moving model’s skin, for example, while attractively sharpening eyes, hair, background, etc.


• Easily smart sharpen a moving object within a scene. No need for complicated tracking masks!


ALL Pixelan blur and sharpen plugins have these important advantages:


Near-Real-Time GPU Acceleration. Render very fast (near-real-time on many systems) utilizing the speed of your GPU/video card.

LARGE Visual Effects Browser. Quickly compare, mark, and choose from a wide array of useful, well-organized blur presets in our large Effects Browser. No tiny thumbnails or name-only listings that make you guess. Save your favorites and organize them per project, client, or any other way.

Time-Saving Section Presets. Per section of controls, easily compare and choose from dozens of compelling variations to your blur or sharpen effect -- a HUGE productivity advantage and a Pixelan exclusive.

Powerful Keyframing. Variably adjust virtually all controls to create dynamic blur or sharpen effects that attractively evolve over time.

GREAT technical support. See our user testimonials. Fast, personal, in-house tech support is a key reason why Pixelan is one of the longest-established video effects plugin companies in the world. It’s our 18th year! :)

Example Movies

Fresh Title FX with BlurBlender Pro Smart Blur Pro / Smart Sharpen Pro effects to add depth

Fresh Title Effects with BlurBlender Pro

The BlurBlender Pro effects plugin in our Blur-Sharpen Tools bundle is a very versatile effect. One of its unique uses is to create fresh title effects / text effects in ways that the built-in blurs in your video editing program cannot do. You can use blurs to modify a title's visual look, or as an alternative to simple fading of a title in/out. This movie shows many examples from the almost infinite possibilities you can easily create with the BlurBlender Pro effects plugin.

Smart Blur/Sharpen Pro to Add Depth

Smart Sharpen Pro and Smart Blur Pro effects plugins in our Blur-Sharpen Tools bundle are very handy to add DEPTH to a scene. The "smart" aspect of the effects retain important details and clarity of your original shot. AND, highly-adjustable organic masking and shape-masking in these plugins allows you to place such effects exactly where needed. It's a terrific way to visually enhance many shots.


Blur-Sharpen Effects Plugins Tutorials and Cool Tips

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...for the Adobe Premiere Pro/Premiere Elements version ...for the Sony Vegas Pro/Vegas Movie Studio version ...for the Adobe After Effects version
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...for the CyberLink PowerDirector version ...for the Magix Movie Edit Pro/ Video Pro version  

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Which video editing software are these Blur-Sharpen plugins compatible with?

All are compatible with Adobe, Sony, CyberLink, and Magix video editing software. The Adobe Premiere version works in WINDOWS Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 or later (including CS6 and CC Creative Cloud) and Premiere Elements 10 or later. The Sony Vegas version works in Sony Vegas Pro 10 or later (including version 13) and Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11 or later. The After Effects version is compatible with WINDOWS Adobe After Effects CS5 or later. The CyberLink version is compatible with CyberLink PowerDirector 12 or later. The Magix version is compatible with Magix Movie Edit Pro 18 (or later) and Video Edit Pro X4 (or later). Sorry, we have no MAC versions currently, but may soon. Click here to be email-notified when a new version ships.


What about image-editing versions for Photoshop?
All three Pro versions of the Blur-Sharpen Tools plugins -- BlurBlender Pro, Smart Sharpen Pro, and Smart Blur Pro -- are available as Adobe Photoshop filter plugins (for Windows). Click here for details. Although Photoshop already contains some blur and sharpen filters, Blur-Sharpen Tools plugins provide many additional ways to customize and blend the effects, plus our industry-exclusive organic masking technology. Buyers of any video-editing version of the Blur-Sharpen Tools bundle (or our ULTRA Bundle of all plugins) receive Smart Sharpen Pro for Photoshop as a free bonus.

Pixelan user reviews & testimonials I have built-in blur and sharpen effects in my editing software... why buy these plugins?

See the top of this page above the product boxes. Blur effects and sharpen effects in most video editing software lack useful controllability -- especially for where and when the effect will occur within a clip. Built-in blurs also typically have limitations with built-in titling. A few systems can provide more control but require many tedious steps and much patience. Our plugins greatly exceed what any system can do, adds useful new capabilities to your editing effects arsenal, and does it at a very affordable price!

Do these blur and sharpen plugins have special hardware requirements?

All of our blur-sharpen effects plugins are hardware-accelerated via your computer's video/graphics chip to accelerate rendering. Therefore, a DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with Shader Model 3.0 support is required (also marketed more generally as a "DirectX 9c compatible graphics card"). A DirectX 10 compatible graphics card with at least 512 MB video memory is recommended for HD and high bit-depth editing. Even if you know you have a compatible card, we highly recommend you take a moment to check your system before buying by downloading our small Hardware Checker. (Here's the zipped Checker in case your browser's security software prefers that.) It will quickly show if your system fulfills the minimum requirements. Intel GMA 8xx and 9xx integrated video chips frequently found in low-cost consumer laptops are not supported, for example. Some users do have a compatible-sounding card, but the card does not fully implement DirectX. In that case, after you download/install the plugins you can easily switch them to use OpenGL instead of DirectX, which will solve the problem on most affected systems. (For the simple steps, see item 4 of our Technical Support FAQs.)

How is the DEMO different than the purchased version?

The demo overlays an X on the plugin’s output. Upon purchasing and installing the purchase version which you will receive as a download, the X will automatically disappear and the demo will be automatically uninstalled. No need to re-apply the effects in your project, saving you time.

Are these plugins only available as a download?

Yes. All of our blur-sharpen plugins are in one installer file, which is a single file that you double-click to run after it's downloaded. You can even download the installer file on a different computer, if necessary, then transfer it with a USB key or other media to your editing computer before installing. The demo installs four plugins (the three Pro plugins plus BlurBlender Basic). The purchased version installs only the plugins you've purchased and automatically removes any demo versions present.

What happens if someday my computer crashes and I lose the downloaded file or serial number?

Use our handy re-download form to get a FREE re-download anytime. There is no risk! :)

Can I install on more than one computer of mine?

Our license allows use in two different computers by the same user (such as a laptop "for the road" and a desktop at home) IF the two computers are not used AT THE SAME TIME. To edit on two computers simultaneously, such as for a video production business, a HALF-price second license is available from us on our special order form for new users (or our upgrade form for users who have previously purchased these plugins).

Will the After Effects version also work in Premiere Pro?

Sorry, no. Each plugin version has different code and only works in the video editing program specified. The good news is that any buyer/user of one NLE version of our plugins can buy an additional version for only half-price!

How can I buy these as a gift for someone else?

It's easy -- use our special order form. On the date you specify, they will receive an email from us with their download info and no price shown. You can even enter a custom message that will be included in the email.

Do you have educational pricing?

We offer nice discounts on school site or lab licenses. If you have such a situation, please contact us and mention how many editing stations you may want to purchase for.

What is Pixelan's return policy?

Most plugin companies insist downloadable products may not be returned under any circumstances. After all, there is nothing tangible to 'return'. At Pixelan, your happiness and satisfaction is very important to us and we treat you as a long-term relationship, not as a one-time buyer. Therefore, if you somehow become unhappy with your purchase within 10 days, we will do our best to resolve it to your satisfaction. Your best protection is to be proactive -- to download and try the DEMO before buying to see if this plugin will meet your creative needs and its hardware-acceleration is compatible with your computer. The demo is easy to install and is identical to the purchased version but shows an X over its output. Installing your purchase will automatically remove the X and uninstall the demo, or you can manually remove the demo anytime via your Windows control panel.

What is Pixelan's privacy policy with my order info?

Please see our privacy policy.

I feel uncomfortable purchasing on the Internet. Can I buy by phone?

Sorry, no. But please be reassured by the following: our customers have ordered online from us for many years and there has never ever been any problem of any type. We have been in business for 20+ years and are one of the longest-established visual effects plugin companies in the world. Our order pages are fully secure using all the latest web technologies. And your payment information (if paying by Paypal) is not even held by us, or (if paying by credit/debit card on our upgrade or special order forms) is held by us for only 30 days then discarded.

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