Total newbie needs help with "pixillating" face!

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Steve D., Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Steve D.

    Steve D. Guest

    I know nothing at all about video editing, but I have a short 2.5 minute (10
    meg) AVI file which has a Sky News article showing an item featuring a
    friend of mine. I want to be able to 'pixellate' his face when it appears
    on screen so that I can upload the video and keep his identity secret.

    Are there any experts out there who could perhaps take a look at this AVI
    file and do a quick edit on it to cover up my friends face? I really
    wouldn't have a clue where to start. This will probably be the only piece of
    video I will ever need to edit, so it isn't really worth it to go to the
    time and expense of purchasing complicated editing software and learning how
    to use it simply to edit 2 minutes of video.

    If anyone can help, the raw footage is already online, so if you email me on
    steve @ I can give you the details.

    Steve D., Sep 10, 2004
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  2. Steve D.

    :::Jerry:::: Guest

    Seems pointless to me, if it's a Sky news report you need copyright
    clearance from Sky, pixellating does not always hide the ID of the person
    (and certainly not from those who know the person) and last but not least,
    what if Sky news has the same story in their video archives in an uncensored

    If you don't want your friends ID known you really need to think about if
    you should be placing the details online at all. Sorry.
    :::Jerry::::, Sep 10, 2004
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  3. Steve D.

    Steve D. Guest

    Well, of course, the item has already been broadcast on Sky News, so
    potentially millions of people have seen his face, but I just want to put of
    this small clip on a nondescript little website for a few days do that maybe
    50-100 people can see the clip and the points raised. I have the full
    permission of the person appearing on the clip to use it. Of course,
    technically I would need the permission of Sky New to display it, but
    really, for such a shot bit of video, I can't see why the entire world order
    should collapse if I put it on without their permission. I'm willing to
    take the flak, if any.
    Steve D., Sep 10, 2004
  4. Steve D.

    :::Jerry:::: Guest

    Copyright issues aside...
    So you place this clip on the web with your friends face censored, people
    know who he is and were he is in the clip, they then go onto the Sky news
    site and search for the story, if Sky have a video clip available all
    someone needs to do is play that and look so see your friends true ID !

    As I said, if the ID is already out there then it's a bit pointless trying
    to hide it.

    If you still want some advice then this subject was discussed not that long
    ago on the group, do a Google groups search using the subject heading of
    "Masking??? Censoring".
    :::Jerry::::, Sep 10, 2004
  5. Steve D.

    :::Jerry:::: Guest

    Not really, not now. The right to film the event (what ever that was) is
    covered by either being in a public place or by what ever arrangements Sky
    (or their agent) made to allow the filming, that would have been the time to
    object. The news item (clip) is now covered by News Internationals copyright
    and possibly the camera persons own. It is possible to use clips of Current
    affairs but it's a fine line between fair use and copyright infringement.
    :::Jerry::::, Sep 10, 2004
  6. Why does he want his identity concealed? Is he ashamed of what he
    Laurence Payne, Sep 12, 2004
  7. He has the rights to his opinions. You seem to find value in
    distributing Sky's recording of them. Sky have rights to that media.
    Laurence Payne, Sep 12, 2004
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