How to redact videos in the watcher instantly


How to redact videos in the watcher instantly


The Watcher AI Redaction feature monitors a specific folder and redacts from assigned objects from any video or image added to it.  Using the Watcher, videos can be redacted and processed indefinitely without performing any work inside of CaseGuard.

In situations where deadlines are tight or the redaction team is small, the Watcher can streamline the workflow effectively. For example, picture a police department with a steady stream of FOIA requests for body-worn camera footage. After setting up the Watcher once to perform face and license plate redaction (as per their needs), new videos can be placed in the input folder and fully redacted versions will populate in the output folder without any manual work. This eliminates the need to have multiple people working inside CaseGuard Studio non-stop to redact videos.

Follow the steps to Redact using AI Automatic Video Redaction in The Watcher!

  • Click the “Watcher” Watcher Eye Icon icon on the right side of the screen to pin the Watcher.
  • Click Add Folder to Watch icon Add Folder  to set up the Watcher.

Add folder to watcher

  • The CaseGuard Watcher window will pop up.
  • Add a Watcher Name.
  • Click “Browse” to add a folder to watch. This is the folder where all documents that need to be redacted will be input.
  • Click “Browse” to add an Output folder. This folder will contain all exported files after the Watcher processes and redacts the documents from the Watch folder.
  • Click “Next.


  • A Watcher window will appear, select Video for the operation you would like your Watcher to perform.


  • Select “Redact” to apply to your Watcher and click “Next.”


  • Click “Next” and then the “Select what to detect” window will appear.


  • Select one or more objects to detect, and then click “Next.”
    • You can make multiple selections, customizing this process for all your redaction needs.
  • Apply the shape and Effect per object. The default is an Elipse shape; add effects using the “Add Effect” dropdown.
    • There are over 30 redaction and enhancement effects to choose from including Blur, Pixellate, Magnify, and Sharpen. 
  • Click “Next.”


  • The AI Advanced options will appear, once configured to your liking click “Next.”


  • Click “Next” and a Summary window will appear, here you can edit your selection and decide if you would like to keep history files for manual review.


  • Once satisfied with your Watcher click “Apply” and your Watcher will appear in the Watcher Panel.

Watcher Panel

  • Under the Watcher progress bar, you have the option to open the settings Setting Icon, delete Delete Icon, or pause Pause Icon the Watcher.
  • The settings Edit Icon icon will open up the Watcher window.
  • Delete Delete icon will completely delete the selected Watcher.
  • Pause Pausewill pause the Watcher operation.
  • The process will begin automatically if your videos are already in the watch folder, otherwise, click the “Open Input Folder” Input folder icon and insert the videos you wish to be processed.
  • Once complete, your videos will have the desired objects redacted and they will be exported to your output folder. You can access your output folder by clicking “Open Output Folder” Output folder in the Watcher.
  • When you need to use The Watcher again, there is no need to open CaseGuard. Just add new videos to the Input Folder and the operations applied to that Watcher will begin. The completed videos will then appear in the Output Folder.

Let’s see it in Action!

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