This week, Google announced a new feature for YouTube creators: the ability to blur anything in a video.
YouTube launched a blur tool for creators back in 2012, but this was limited to just faces. "Even then we knew we still had work to do: you didn't just want to blur faces — you wanted to blur literally anything in your video," said Amanda Conway, YouTube Privacy Lead, in a blog post on Thursday. "Today, we're launching a Custom Blurring tool on YouTube that lets creators do just that." With this new tool, available on desktop versions of YouTube, creators can blur any object in their videos, including moving objects. To use this new Enhancements tool, choose the video you want to edit and choose "Custom Blurring" from the Blurring Effects tab and draw a box around what you want to blur. The tool will then automatically blur this object as it moves using new technology that can analyze the motion of any video. You can adjust the blurred area at any time and choose when the blurring starts and stops. For stationary objects, there is a "Lock" option.
"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 Conway. "YouTube is proud to be a platform where people around the world come to share their stories, whether it's the first time a loved one learned how to ride a bike, or a first-hand recording of an important human rights issue. We hope this new tool helps you to tell your stories on YouTube, and continue to experiment with your creativity and expression. We have no doubt you will."
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