Does anyone know any free or inexpensive video editing software that can blur out faces?
I work for a drug and alcohol rehab where confidentiality is at the utmost importance. It is this reason that I need to edit videos where client's faces are present with a blurring effect.
I can only suggest not video but photo software "Luminar" that actually can do both: add some blur to your picture or conversely enhance it and sharpen the details. Luminar can be proudly called a photo restoration software, as one of its features is AI restoration of an old photo.
Here is how you could do it:
1. Use this software:
2. Because it is for images, not for video, you can do following processing by batch:
- burst your video into images
- process images
- put images together back into the video format
I agree with Garrett. If you use Mac, Final Cut Pro is an excellent option - far higher spec than Camtasia (but steeper learning curve) for comparable price. If you learn FCP, here's how to do the blurring: http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2013/10/final_cut_pro_x_blur_face.php
If you are on Mac, and wannt something cheaper and easier to use, the other tool - equivalent to Camtasia but a lower price point - is Screeenflow. Here's how to do the effect with that: https://youtu.be/NePwVBfezOc
There are limits to what the low end software can do. I also have to do this sometimes for my work in elementary schools. It will drive you crazy since even with extreme luring it is oddly easy to still know who it is. And if they move around you might need more powerful software. Better bet is to shoot the video avoiding faces, but silhouettes and other strategies can get old.
And Camtasia at $299 isn't exactly cheap. And they have slightly different features on mac or PC. Which platform are you on? Adobe After Effects might be "cheap" if you have any need to sign up for the Creative Cloud program. You get all their apps for a monthly cost. If you're on a Mac Final Cut Pro might be the way to go. A little more than Camtasia but also a different app.
Hire someone to edit the video and add that effect for you. I'll provide you with a quote in case you're interested :)
TrakaxePC is around £18-£25 (DEPENDING) depending on what offers they have in. This is possible in the software, though will require some editing skills.
Check out RendrFX.com Ask to participate in the beta. I, totally inexperienced, created a pretty decent one in less than an hour today.I don't know about the blurring option, but you could ask them to add that as they are really listening to us beta testers!
Camtasia is a low cost video editing/production tool that allows blurring of any area using the "blur callout" (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html)