Last month YouTube introduced face blurring – a new tool that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button – a useful feature for many non profits for whom anonymity may be an important consideration when it comes to broadcasting footage. Visual anonymity in video allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not.
As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them. Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.
Blurring faces on YouTube is simple. Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit within the Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the “Apply” button below Blur All Faces. Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. You will then be given the option to delete the original video.
We all know how important it is to thank our donors (although it’s a step that is surprisingly overlooked by many) and I just love the way Operation Smile (a charity which helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates all around the world) have decided to thank their donors through the medium of video. (Check out the donate button strategically placed on the page.)