Is video redaction too expensive and time consuming for schools to do?
After a recent question regarding video redaction (blurring faces etc) and GDPR, we decided to take a look into the different options that are available to schools, and ask that very question.
This article is not a review or endorsement of any of the software mentioned within (we shall be doing a test drive and review of the most popular options at a later date), we just want to show what options are available to schools.
Filmora is a simple video editing piece of software that also supports face blurring.
It features a face-off function which automatically tracks the position and rotation of the face in your picture or video, which lets you blur out faces with minimal effort.
Filmora has a free trial version and paid options (approx US$45 – $105 at time of writing, depending on features), they also have educational discounts.
Yes, you read that correctly, you can use YouTube to blur faces in your videos using their built-in tools.
There is an automatic ‘Blur Faces’ option and a manual ‘Custom Blurring’ option which both work very well.
Here is a good video tutorial showing this in action:
YouTube is a great free option but obviously there will be privacy concerns, so you need to make sure that your videos are set to private.
“Private videos and playlists can only be seen by you and the users you choose. Your private videos won’t appear to others who visit the ‘Videos’ tab of your channel page and won’t show up in YouTube’s search results. You can share a private video with other users over email.
Comments are not available on private videos. If you want to allow comments on a video that’s not publicly available, change the privacy setting to unlisted.”
VSDC Free Video Editor
VSDC is a free editor that allows you to edit video files and create videos of all types. It supports the most popular video/audio formats and codecs, including DVD, HD and GoPro videos.
The video editor offers a number of versatile features both for home and business use: text and audio overlay, an array of charts and diagrams as well as a slideshow maker.
Here is a tutorial video showing how to blur a face:
Adobe After Effects
This industry leading video editing software may be out of the reach for most people (both in terms of cost and also the technical skills required to use it), but if your school already has a copy and you know how to use it, Adobe After Effects is by far the most powerful piece of software on this list.
Adobe After Effects is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes all Adobe apps for £16.50 per month (Teacher/Student price).
These are just a few examples of the many pieces of software on the market that can be used to blur faces, license plates etc. And as you can see, cost and technical ability to use can vary immensely, from feature-film standard editing to free online tools.
It is about finding what is appropriate for your schools budget and time-constraints. All of the above are either free or offer free trials, so there is no cost involved in finding the right solution for your school.