Face Blur Tool: Youtube’s New Feature in 2012

You Tube is one of the most popular websites in social media. It is one of the pioneers when it comes to online video sharing. Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe. If you want to listen to music, listen to a university lecture or maybe share a video with friends, You Tube is the right place for you. This is the reason why You Tube currently has more than 4 billion daily visitors. While video share can increase your popularity, it can be source to tracking identities and privacy invasion. To reduce this, You Tube has recently introduced a new Face Blur Tool.
The main function of You Tube’s Face Blur tool is the Blur (Pixelate) the faces of people in a target Video. It is easy to access and even easier to use. All you have to do is,
1. Log in to your you tube account
2. View the video in which you want to BLUR the faces
3. Go to the ‘Enhancements’, visible just above the video
Youtube face blur

4. In Enhancement Page, SCROLL DOWN and you will see an ‘Additional Feature’ tab. CLICK!
5. This will open a menu with ‘Blur All Faces’ option. Hit apply and it will start processing.
Youtube face blur
When it is done, it will show a quick preview being run alongside the original Video. If you choose to keep the edited version, you can hit ‘Save’. BE CAREFUL, once saved, the blurring cannot be reverted. Though You Tube gives you can option of ‘Save as’, so that your blurred video is saved separately.
Now, some of you might not be satisfied with the blurring tool. Don’t worry, it’s just been introduced and You Tube itself mentions in its website,
“While our face blurring feature is not perfect, it is a first step in the effort to allow you to protect your identity and the identities of others. Please make sure you are satisfied with the facial blurring before making the video public.”
Personally I think it works quite well if there are 2 to 3 faces in the video and they are not moving very fast. An increased no. of faces or rapidly moving faces can cause problems, but for starters, its results were quite satisfactory.
Here is a video I tried to edit with this option. Although faces got blurred of most the people in this video, they were momentarily visible, for like 2 to 3 seconds. The face person in the right side of the video wasn’t blurred at all due to this side view of his face.

There will be several advantages of this tool. Not only will it help in providing a safer environment for video sharing, but it will also help in protection of identities, esp. of people who want to convey a message that some people don’t encourage.
In a company statement, YouTube sees this as a tool to protect protesters and advocates, as well as the identities of children.

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