Rodney, typically video editing software allows adding such overlays to blur/mask specific objects. The question, then, becomes which one is the easiest to use for you?
Also, one other consideration would be if that impacts its admission into court. This probably can be handled simply by keeping two copies - an original unmasked / unblurred one and the second produced one.
Thanks for the response John. Most of the masking I have seen is engineered to occur prior to pulling the video. This is effective if you are trying to blur out a specific object etc but is typically not helpful when trying to blur a lobby full of customers. My hope is to find something that will allow us to pull (export) and then blur specific areas (faces) after the fact.
Regarding the watermarking issues, we do plan on using two different copies. One would be the intial WMP or VLC blurred version that Law Enforcement would use to get a description out and the other, watermarked version would be used in court.
YouTube has an online video editor that's actually quite functional, and it includes the ability to blur faces automatically (see article here). If the cops are going to release clips via YouTube, might be an idea to work with them that way, either posting and blurring yourself and giving them the link, or just giving them the clip and letting them do it.
You can also upload the video privately, do the blurring, then re-download it and pass it on.
IPVMU Certified | 11/19/13 06:30pm
I was digging that YouTube suggestion Matt, but looks like that blurs ALL faces not just the ones you choose.
Matt/Ross - thanks for the feedback. I tried the YouTube option but agree with Matt that it is an all or nothing solution. In reviewing further, I did found a potential solution via Adobe Premier Pro but, as you can see by the instructional video, it is quite an extensive process to blur a face in a video clip.
I am a bit surprised that there is not an easier solution as this seems like a logical need for retailers sharing video with LE.
Thanks again for the responses.
I have just come accross a bid that requires exactly this function - they want to blur the video of innocent bystanders post-pocessing.
Does anyone know of a VMS that has this ability built-in (where you do not need to use third-party video editing software)?
Perhaps there is a video analytics add-on that could do this to an exported video clip?
Maybe this software would work? Besides blurring, it also can track and label suspects, see below. Also offered as a ftp upload service...
IPVMU Certified | 12/18/14 07:53pm
If the product seems reasonable and you get pricing please let us know.
If you want to blur everything what's moving (cars, people, ..), that we've simple app for that, check www.angelcam.com/apps/anonymizer. The app is currently in beta version, provided for free to our current customers to get a feedback what's needs to be done.
I would be happy to hear your specific request so we can add them to the next version release.
At the risk of self promotion, if you need any advice on this or want a solution to take in video post event from various sources, search it, storyboard, annotate etc etc with Kinesense LE. See http://www.kinesense-vca.com/tech/videos/#Report
We also offer services if you do not want to invest in the solution yourself
When I worked in the Transportation vertical, I cam across a product from Amped Five software that could forensically enhance video, including masking a face or object after the fact. It can also de-blurr video, adjust backlighting and other usefull features. I lost track of them about 2 years ago but here is their web site.