Redacting video manually in Genetec Clearance™

You can manually mask or redact faces or other sensitive content in a video file scene to conceal a person's face or other identifiable information.

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What you should know

  • If the source file contains audio, audio is on by default.
  • The timeline contains thumbnail previews of the complete evidence file.

To redact a video file manually:

  1. From a case, click the icon after the filename ( ) in the Files field, and click Redact video.
    TIP: You can also start a redaction from the file edit page or from the Evidence preview window when previewing evidence in a case.

    1. Use the timeline slider, zoom controls, or your mouse scroll wheel to position the timeline slider at the section of video that you want to redact.
      TIP: Use the thumbnail previews in the timeline to help identify the exact point in the video that you require.
    2. In the video editor, click Mask video ().
    3. In the Masking pane, click New mask.
      A mask layer is created on the video preview, and the duration of the mask is shown along the video timeline at the bottom of the video.
  2. (Optional) Click Mask settings () to specify the mask type that you require.
    1. Select either Black box or Blurred.
    2. If you specified Blurred, select a blur level. Click or drag the slider to either Low, Medium, or High to preview the blur level.

  3. To resize the mask, use your mouse at the lower-right corner of the masking box.

  4. If the person or object you must redact is moving in the video scene, you can adjust the mask location using the tracking tool, as follows:
    1. In the Masking pane, increase or decrease the Tracking speed.
      You can select values in the range 0.1x to 10x.
    2. Next to the masking box on the video preview, click and hold the tracking button ().

    3. As the video plays, move the masking box to keep the mask covering the person's face, the object, and so on.
    4. When the mask is no longer required on the video, release the tracking button ().
  5. To change the duration of the mask, adjust the start and end points of the mask in the timeline.

    TIP: You can also adjust the start and end points by dragging the timeline bar to a specific point in the video and clicking Start mask at current time () or End mask at current time ().
  6. (Optional) Modify your masks if required.
    1. Rename masks.
    2. Click New mask to create additional masks.
    3. Click delete () to remove any masks that you no longer require.
  7. Click Create video to save all mask layers that you have applied to a clip.
    1. (Optional) Click View details to track the progress.

    2. (Optional) Click Hide details to close the progress dialog.
  8. After the redacted video is created, choose one of the following:
    • Save the redacted video to an existing case.
    • Save the redacted video to a new case.
  9. (Optional) To save the redacted video to an existing case.
    1. Enter a case ID or name in the Search field or click enter to see a list.

    2. (Optional) To check that you have the correct case click View case.
    3. (Optional) Click Continue editing to return to the video editor and make more changes.
    4. Click Save to create a redacted copy of the video file.
      TIP: Click View file to change the file name before closing the dialog, so that others can easily find the file.
    5. Click Close.
  10. (Optional) To save the redacted video to a new case. For example, when you want to share redacted evidence with someone who must not have access to the original case.
    1. Click Create a case.

    2. Enter a name for the new case.
    3. Select a department from the Department list.
    4. (Optional) Click Cancel to return to the previous dialog panel.
    5. (Optional) Click Continue editing to return to the video editor and make more changes.
    6. Click Save to create a redacted copy of the video file.
      TIP: Click View file to change the file name before closing the dialog, so that others can easily find the file.
    7. Click Close.
  11. (Optional) Click Continue editing to return to the video editor and make more changes.
  12. (Optional) From the video editor, click View created video to return to the redacted video.
The redacted video is saved as a separate video file.

After you finish

Before sharing the case with third parties or guests, restrict access to the original file by changing the access policy for the file.