Help Please? Censoring nudity

jaydeeee wrote on 11/4/2005, 4:14 PM
Hi, hope you can help.

Can anyone walk me through the process of censoring nudity for some videos (several .mov files in need of censoring)?

Ideally, I'd like to use a graphic (heart, star, any symbol) to insert over say the crotch or nipples of a nude model, rather than a blur or other.

What's the process in doing this? Would you mind walking me through this?

thanks so much


Chienworks wrote on 11/4/2005, 4:34 PM
Put an empty track above the video, add a text event, use a font like WingDings with a star symbol, move it around using the placement tab or track motion and keyframes. If you want multiple symbols use multiple tracks. You can also use any graphic with a transparent background instead of a font.
B.Verlik wrote on 11/4/2005, 9:20 PM
As Chienworks said, and pay attention to the contrast. I've found that most of the time, when I add text to cover things, depending on the size, that sometimes the contrast starts to lighten up. It's very inconsistant and if you use a small enough individual text, you may not see anything. But I tend to like completely covering TV station logos and ad or news scrolls with text and that's when I run into trouble. (I'll blow up a hyphen or whatever to the size I need, even if I have to type in the numerical value to get the size I want.) I use wingdings and webdings too.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, the reason I use text is because it renders much, much faster than blurs or cookiecutting. If I could only figure out this contrast thing. If you use small enough text characters, you should be fine.
jaydeeee wrote on 11/7/2005, 5:06 PM
Is there an easy way to lock the image/icon to movement?
I have two tracks with a webding on each covering the breasts at the first frame you see it.
How do you get a webding/wingding or image to stay over (lock on), to ...let's say just the nipples if she's moving a bit? What are the steps I should take in this case.

Right now I'm using a black bar censor which is working, but I'd like to use two icons or other instead.
How do I motion track those webdings.

aspenv wrote on 11/7/2005, 5:35 PM
You can also insert and image (png) with transparent background on a new video track, and then use keyframes to move it around.