fcp.co logo transparent
fcp clapperboard

Censor faces with a click with the Secret Identity plugin from Dashwood Cinema Solutions

seret identity dashwood

Some hot news that's not off the NAB show floor. Automatically track and censor faces within FCPX, Motion, Adobe After After Effects and Premiere with the new Secret Identity plugin. We are impressed, very impressed.

If you have ever worked in news or documentaries, you will have burnt many precious hours away censoring out faces. The new Secret Identity plugin from Dashwood Cinema Solutions does it all with a couple of clicks. If you ever have to do this on a regular basis, this is a complete no-brainer purchase.

For a limited time over NAB, the plugin is available for $79, discounted down from $99.

So with a personal apology from Tim for the fake British accent, this video runs through the plugin features in a very amusing fashion!


We got a hint from Tim a while ago that face detection was possible within the Mac OS and suggested to him that a censoring plugin using that technology would make a great product.

Well he's done exactly that and we have to say it's one of the most impressive and useful things we have seen on the plugin market for a while. A good candidate for plugin of the year 2014.

seret identity dashwood 2


As you have seen from the video, it looks super easy to use and does a lot more than just blurring out faces.

seret identity dashwood 3


The plugin is installed via FxFactory and isn't built in Motion, which means it will run in FCPX, FCP7 (yes 7) Motion and Adobe's After Effects & Premiere. You will also need to be running Mountain Lion or Mavericks and the 10.1 version of FCPX. Sorry PC users, not for you.

Tim's also put together a walkthrough video showing Secret Identity in Action.


Written by
Top Blogger Thought Leader

I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


Log in to comment