YouTube gets smart blurring tool that follows your subject

YouTube gets smart blurring tool that follows your subject

As the video above demonstrates, one of the new enhancement tools allows you to designate a specific section of the video to blur. Today, YouTube wants to help fix that by letting you blur any part of the video before it makes it to the public Web. You can find just about anything on YouTube. It can all be done through the web interface as well, which means you won't have to re-upload your video. From there, you can simply click and drag a box over whatever you want to blur.

You'll be able to control the size of the box you're using to blur, change where it moves, and when it starts and stops being used. The edited video can be saved along with an original version.

The new feature, which is only available on YouTube for desktop right now, makes it easy to select an item within the video and blur it throughout. YouTube states that this uses their "new innovative technology" and can analyze the motion of any video on the fly. You may not need it very often, but when you do, it will be extremely handy. This tool was limited by the inconsistency of facial recognition software, which, as YouTube put it in 2012, is sometimes affected by "angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality".

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

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