YouTube rolls out new Blurring Tool to let video creators hide sensitive content

YouTube rolls out new Blurring Tool to let video creators hide sensitive content

YouTube has rolled out a new tool for its publishers and content creators called Custom Blurring.  The new tool aims to provide a way to video creators hiding any sensitive information or any part from inside their videos that could also be unsuitable for viewing.

Using the new blurring tool creators can now hide any moving or still objects inside the videos. The new tool is an extension which YouTube had introduced back in 2012.

The new Blurring tool is only available for desktop version as of now. According to the company, the tool will help creators hiding a number of sensitive objects such as vehicle licence plates, credit card numbers, wardrobe malfunctions, and other sensitive content.

“While the use cases for this tool are vast, we built this feature with visual anonymity in mind. We wanted to give you a simple way to blur things like people, contact information, or financial data without having to remove and re-upload your content,” said Amanda Conway, YouTube Privacy Lead, in a blog post.

How to use new Blurring tool

To use the new blurring on your video just select the video that you want to edit and then select Custom Blurring within the Blurring Effects tab of our Enhancements tool.

Simply draw a box around the object on which you want the blur to appear, now the Custom Blurring tool will automatically blur that object as it moves throughout the video, using our new innovative technology that can analyze the motion of any video on the fly.

Creators will also be able to move the blurred area, resize it and choose when the blur starts and stops. There is also a “Lock” option to blur something that doesn’t move at all. After doing all the editing creators will be able to either save the changes as part of the same video or save a new copy, if they want they will also be able to permanently delete the original video.