YouTube is launching a custom blurring tool today that will let filmmakers blur out any object in their videos. The video platform has offered a face-blurring tool since 2012, but the revamped desktop tool now works on items that move, too, and it keeps them blurred as they travel around the video. The blurring tool is currently available only on the desktop version of the YouTube.
“This will help video creators hide information such as vehicle licence plates, credit card numbers, wardrobe malfunctions, and other sensitive content, the California based company said in a statement.
The new Custom Blurring tool will let you blur objects throughout your video, right within YouTube. Choose the video that you want to edit and select Custom Blurring within the Blurring Effects tab of our Enhancements tool. Simply draw a box around whatever it is you want to blur. The Custom Blurring tool will automatically blur that object as it moves throughout the video, using new innovative technology that can analyze the motion of any video on the fly.
At any time, you can 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. When you’re done making edits you can either save the changes as part of the same video or save a new copy, which also gives you the option to delete the original video.
YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video.