December 20, 2023 Linh Nguyen

How To Add Motion Blur In After Effects

Making a visual effects-heavy video look so natural takes a lot of work. Adding motion blur is one of the tools an editor may use to create stunning graphics. It gives your video more naturalness and realism, making viewers believe what they’re seeing happen. Additionally, using Adobe After Effects to add motion blur makes it simple to improve the film you’ve taken significantly. 

In this article today, let’s learn how to add motion blur in After Effects with iRender!

1. What is Motion Blur?

Motion blur is the visual effect created organically when things move and the shutter speed of the camera used to capture them combines. 

Watching motion on a screen without any blurring effect can be jarring and unusual, especially when things are moving quickly. Because of this, digital motion blur is frequently added to effects by visual effects artists to approximate what the audience would expect to see if that particular element were there in the scene.

Motion blur can be used in After Effects to make sure your video appears normal and natural to the human eye. There are many ways to add motion blur in Adobe After Effects using various visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing methods.

2. How to Add Motion Blur in After Effects

Using the motion blur toggle in your layer settings is the earliest and most straightforward method of adding motion blur in After Effects.

2.1. Enable Motion Blur

First, open After Effects and import your clip.

Choose the moving layer in your timeline to which you want to apply motion blur once it has loaded.

You can click the motion blur layer switch after selecting the layer.

In your toolbar, you will find this above the layer menu. To enable motion blur, adjust this option. Next, you may select Enable Motion Blur from the layer toolbar. After that, Effects will apply motion blur to the chosen layer.

Keep in mind that you can use this effect on material that isn’t limited to action or live action. It can also be used with animation or text elements. Motion blur can be applied to it as long as you choose it as a moving layer. Pixel motion blur is the most effective method for adding motion blur to computer-generated motion. 

2.2. CC Force Motion Blur Effect

Adding motion blur to your layers is easy with the Enable Motion Effect. CC Force Motion Blur is a useful effect if you want to add something a little more stylistic, or something that you have a little more control over.

Choose the moving layer to which you want to apply motion blur, just as you would do with Enable Motion Blur. Next, select Time and CC Force Motion Blur from the Effects menu. The dialog box for CC Force Motion Blur will then open after Effects.

You can adjust the amount of motion blur applied to your footage by using the settings below. These are the following:

  • Motion Blur Samples
  • Shutter Angle
  • Native Motion Blur

Additionally, there is also a check box called Override Shutter Angle.

2.3. Third-Party Plugins

Even while After Effects comes with two useful motion blur tools, you may get even more control over the motion blur you want to apply by adding third-party plug-ins.


A crucial technique for making action or fast motion on screen appear realistic and natural to the audience is motion blur. Although it’s simple to overlook, it can have a significant impact on how well your footage appears and convinces viewers.

Thankfully, motion blur can be easily added to any clip using After Effects, and you can easily modify the effects’ type and level of detail. All you need now are the ideal images to go with your style!

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Linh Nguyen

Hi everyone. I work as an Assistant Customer at iRender. I always hope to know more 3D artists, data scientists from all over the world.


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