Hello. I joined this forum before noticing it is for those who are a lot more serious about the subject of this forum than I have the aptitude or time to ever belong here. Anyway, now that I'm here, I apologetically request some information or suggestions regarding the following: I need to do this one edit in one 'home' video (for someone else, in fact). I need to 'censor' it. Let me explain. I agreed to help a co-worker at the psychiatric hospital where I work who asked me to make a digital copy of an old VHS tape recording, and transfer this to several DVD copies for private distribution (to various co-workers who appear, or know those who appear, in the video'd event). Fine, no problems... until an administration person viewed a copy and noticed a problem: There's a patient who had somehow wandered in and lingered in the background within view of the camera when this video was taken. Now both the law and this hospital's policies are very clear regarding psychiatric patient confidentiality, etc. This patient's identity must be hidden or removed from the video. To accomplish this without deleting several minutes of otherwise valued video footage, would simply be to 'blur out' or 'pixelate' this person's face. Should be easy, right? Problem is my video editing software doesn't feature any tools to do this kind of editing, and I'm not in a position to invest in professional grade/equivalent video-editing software that does. Perhaps if I could know what key words to best use to describe this particular editing function I might successfully Google for and find some freeware program that would allow me to perform this one task. Or, failing that, if I could know what choice of for-purchase software would be most economical whilst suitable for my purpose here, I could at least then address the matter of cost (and/or its defrayment) with the co-worker(s) requesting finished copies of the video.
Any suggestions, advice, feedback (except for deserved expletives) would be much appreciated.