Tip #605: Add Motion Blur to Animation

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Tip #605: Add Motion Blur to Animation

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Smooth animation and reinforce movement with Motion Blur.

In Inspector > Properties for a Project set Samples and Shutter Angle.

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Motion Blur smoothes animation and reinforces the illusion that an object is moving. Once your animation is complete, here’s what you need to do.

  • Select the project at the top of the Layers panel.
  • In Inspector > Properties set Samples to 16 and Shutter Angle to 180°
  • Finally, at the top right corner of the Viewer, in the Render menu, turn Motion Blur on.


  • Increasing the shutter angle increases the amount of the blur.
  • Increasing the samples increases the quality of the motion blur, but also increases render time.

You won’t be able to play this in realtime unless you render the project, or export it and play the resulting movie.


Here’s the YouTube video this article was based on.

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