Learn how to hide sensitive or personal information in your Camtasia 9 screencap, even if it's moving.
- (voiceover) You probably already know how to blur an area. An email address, a password, a sensitive image, whatever, but what if the area that you need to blur is moving like this clip here? Things start getting a little tricky. Now, there's not a tracking feature in Camtasia, so if you have areas you need to blur that are moving, you're going to have to animate them by hand. I'm going to back up here just a little bit and let's say I need to blur out these two videos here, the "Overdubbing with the H6" and the "How to Import Files to Your Computer." Okay now, in addition to the scroll up here, there's animations here.
So, my first tip is add your animations after you've done your blur, like this second clip here. It's the exact same clip, but there are no animations yet. I will add those in after I do the blur. I'm going to show you how that works. First, I need to blur it. I'm going to go up here to annotations and I'm going to go to the blur and highlight tool. You can use the blur callout or the pixelate callout. They both work great. I've come to really like the pixelate one for things like this. And so, I'm just going to drag it down here to the timeline and extend it out for the duration of the clip.
I'm not quite sure how long it needs to be yet. Next, I'm going to reposition it and resize it over the videos just using the handles. And I also can adjust the intensity here. All the way to the left, very little blurring or pixelating and all the way to the right, completely gone. I just to obscure the sensitive info and there is a similar option with the blur tool. Okay, so next, I need to start to animate this pixelation, or blur.
I need to find where it starts, so I'm going to scrub through here real slowly. I can also use the "Next Frame" button or the keyboard shortcut. And right there, it starts to move. That's where I need to start animating my blur. Alright, so I need to add a custom animation beginning right there, at 13 seconds and 10 frames. I'm going to go up here to animations and drag a custom animation down that starts right there.
Alright, so my blur starts here and about right there, my videos are off the screen and I don't care about them anymore. So, I'm going to extend the animation all the way to there. Alright, obviously it's not following it. I need to animate it. So, I'm going to start here and I'm going to step through and I'm just going to follow the videos as they scroll up. Take a step, videos move a little. So, I'm going to use my arrows on my keyboard to reposition my pixelation so it fits.
Actually, I don't want to blur that out, so I'm going to resize that just a little bit. I'm going to step through again. I don't have any movement. Right there, I've got some more movement. I'm going to use the arrows on the keyboard to adjust the pixelite. Take another step, adjust again. And I'm going to repeat until the videos leave the screen. Okay, now that that's done, I'm going to scrub through and kind of double check and if I need to, I can make any adjustments.
Like right there, it looks like it's off a little bit.` I'm just going to bring it down. Scrub through again. Sometimes it just gets off a little bit. And there we go. Let's see that in real time. Okay, so maybe not as good as if I had a tracking tool, but it gets the job done. No sensitive info was shown during this video. Okay, so now I want to add my animations in. But I don't want to add them here because then it won't follow the blur.
So what I'm going to do is group these and then add the animations. I'm going to select all my clips including the pixelate, right click, and group. And now any animations, transitions, or properties adjustments will be applied to the whole group. Of course, the best way to not show sensitive info is to not show the sensitive info when you record.
But if it's unavoidable, or you're given a clip created by someone else, now you know how to animate blurs.
- Adding transitions
- Changing speed after recording
- Removing or replacing a green screen
- Reframing a shot
- Creating advanced animations
- Fixing audio gaps with room tone
- Removing noise
- Leveling volume
- Including music
- Adjusting color
- Adding closed captioning
- Publishing closed captions
- Archiving an entire project