Published: Thu, February 25, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

YouTube Now Lets You Blur Random Objects In Videos

YouTube Now Lets You Blur Random Objects In Videos

YouTube today launched Custom Blurring tool for creators. YouTube says that it built this feature with visual anonymity in mind even though the use cases for this tool are limitless.

Good news, YouTubers: Now you can blur anything you want in a video. Well imagine you got someone's license plate, or maybe a phone number, credit card number, or something else sensitive.

You'll find it under Blurring effects tab Custom blurring Edit within the Enhancements tools in the video editor/uploader. A Lock button keeps the blurred box in the same place on the screen. Users can move the blurred area at any time and choose when the blur starts and stops.


If you're not in the business of interviewing witnesses, you probably don't think about blurring things in your videos that much. But now YouTube is going to make that process a bit easier for you. It can all be done through the web interface as well, which means you won't have to re-upload your video.


The Google-owned video-sharing site has let you blur faces in videos since 2012, but is now expanding this feature to let you blur out specific objects or people as they move in your video. And YouTube has more detailed instructions on using the new feature in a new support doc here. So if you decide you want to blur something out later on, you can do that quite easily.

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