Let’s say you decide to conduct an outside experiment to show people how your new bike works and you upload that video on YouTube, but oops – there’s a car passing and you’ve just revealed that car’s license plate to the entire world.
How do you solve that problem without running into any legal problems? YouTube now has you covered with their custom blurring tool, which they just launched on Thursday.
This feature now allows users to hide any sensitive content inside their videos by blurring moving or still objects. This comes as a much-needed extension of the face blurring tool, which was introduced by YouTube back in 2012.
While the Blur Faces option basically offers users the possibility to keep certain people’s anonymity in a video, this new feature provides much more freedom in terms of the content you wish to hide.
Seeing how people have been complaining about this issue for a long time, it was high time for the company to make a move in this respect.
Video creators can now post clips without having to worry about people’s privacy being affected, since it allows them to blur anything from license plates, phone numbers, credit car numbers or other private content.
All you have to do is select the video you want to modify and then click on the Custom Blurring option from the Blurring Effects tab in the Enhancements tool. After you’ve done that, you can draw a box over any object you wish to blur and it will instantaneously become blurred, even when it moves.
You even have the option of moving the blurred portion, resizing it and determining the exact moment when it starts and stops.
There is also a “Lock” button which you can press in order to keep the blurred box in a fixed position when the object is not moving. After that, you just have to save your edited version and then you’re good to go.
According to Amanda Conway, who is YouTube’s Privacy Lead, the company decided to include this feature in order to maintain visual anonymity for its users.
They wanted to provide video creators with a possibility to hide sensitive content, such as people, financial data or contact information without having to delete and re-upload their material.
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