YouTube has introduced a Custom Blurring tool for users looking to hide sensitive information in their videos. The new feature could come as a boon to people who’ve been forced to delete and re-upload a video because it reveals data like a phone or license plate number.
This isn’t the first time YouTube has launched a blurring tool. It had previously debuted a function to smudge faces from view all the way back in 2012. The brand new Custom Blurring effect takes this to the next level by allowing anything in a video to be shielded. It can be found under the Enhancements feature on the desktop version of the site.
To begin the process, a user has to choose the video they want to edit and select Custom Blurring within the Blurring Effects tab. They then have to draw a box around the visual they want to conceal. The tool won’t block it completely, giving a frosted glass look to the thing being hidden.
Interestingly, YouTube says the tool automatically keeps track of the object being blurred and moves along with it throughout the video. It’s introduced a new technology which analyzes motion constantly to make this possible. Motion tracking can be a notoriously labor-intensive process for videos. If it works as the company says it will, the feature could save a lot of time for uploaders.
YouTube members can shift the blurred area, decide where it starts and stops, and resize it while using Custom Blurring. There’s also a Lock option if the object being obscured stays in the same position. Once they’re done making changes, they can either save it within the existing video or save it as a new one.