A Short Guide to Choosing the Right Export Format For Your Images and Videos: Part 2

Dear tip crunchers, welcome to this week’s tip! Today we’ll finish the mini-series on exporting formats. Last week, we discussed the case of images: we saw some criteria to choose the proper kind of compression, and we reviewed the range of options offered by Amped products. Today it’s about video, so… keep reading!

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A Short Guide to Choosing the Right Export Format For Your Images and Videos: Part 1

Dear friends welcome to this week’s tip! A question we get very often from our users is: which format should I choose to write my enhanced video/image once I’m done? We’re thus happy to introduce a mini-series of two tips on this subject! Today we’ll introduce the topic and discuss the case where your final output is an image, next week we’ll deal with videos. So, keep reading! And see you back here next week for part 2!

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Helping Digital Media Investigators Understand Video Evidence

Join David Spreadborough from Amped Software at the Fourth National Digital Media Investigator’s Online Conference on Wednesday, November 18, from 12:40 pm – 1:10 pm (GMT) in our presentation entitled Understanding Video Evidence to learn why dealing with video in investigations is littered with challenges, many of which are hidden due to the evidence often being considered as, “just a video”. Providing an overview of the challenges investigators face when dealing with video and the knowledge they should have to make better early decisions with video evidence, David will discuss imagery evidence, the importance of correct recovery, playback, interpretation, and presentation.

​This year’s online conference follows the success of the previous three DMI conferences and aims to promote the status of the DMI role, featuring best practice presentations from experts from law enforcement, academia and industry around the digital strategy. It will also provide DMIs with the opportunity to network and debate key issues online in dedicated discussion sessions.

To register: Please send the delegate name(s), email address and purchase order to info@the-investigator.co.uk or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. 

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DVRConv Update 18959: New Formats, New Codec Variations and Increased Date and Time Decoding

With the simplicity of drag and drop conversion, it is no surprise that Amped DVRConv is used by so many labs to conduct quick and easy conversion for viewing and triage. Using the same powerful decoding, cleaning and conversion engine that powers Amped Replay and Amped FIVE, this standalone tool can be a powerhouse to prepare files for analysis in a streamlined forensic workflow.

Before we get down to the details of what is included in this update, we will take a more in-depth look at the workflow of DVRConv. Let’s first take a quick look at the initial setup to remind ourselves of the interface before going into more detail.

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How to Quickly Find Manipulated Objects With Amped Authenticate’s Shadows Filter

Dear Tip Tuesday addict, welcome to this week’s dose! Today we’re dealing with one of the latest features introduced in Amped Authenticate, the Shadows filter. We’ll see how the filter can help you identify the manipulated object, which is very handy when you’ve selected many shadows in the image. Keep reading!

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Learn How to Lock Annotations and Prevent Accidental Modifications in Amped Replay and Amped FIVE

Dear friends, welcome to a brand new tip, which covers both Amped Replay and Amped FIVE! It’s the kind of tip people love: very quick and potentially a lifesaver! We’ll show how you can protect the annotations that you make so that you don’t accidentally edit or delete them. Keep reading!

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Register For Free Webinar: Getting Started With Video Evidence

Get me the CCTV! Show me the suspect! Enhance that blurry face!

These phrases are very often heard in the numerous police shows we see on our screens these days.

Although we have come a long way since the days of the VHS tape, dealing with video in investigations is still littered with challenges, many of which are hidden due to the evidence being “just a video”.

Join David Spreadborough from Amped Software and learn about physical evidence, imagery evidence, locating, seizing, recovering, continuity, chain of custody, decoding, playback and review, interpretation, and presentation.

In this free information-packed session, you will learn about these challenges and gain an insight into examining video evidence, ensuring you have the knowledge to make the best decisions when reviewing videos.

If you are an investigator or detective, or just starting out with video evidence, this webinar is for you! If you are an experienced video analyst and know someone in your organization that can benefit from this webinar, please share this invitation with them.

At Amped we want to ensure that we assist our video analysts (our Amped FIVE users) to decrease their case backlogs in the forensic video labs, allowing you to work on cases that require your expertise and advanced technical skills. And we are doing this by empowering investigators with the knowledge and tools they need to properly handle video evidence.

Please share this invitation with any friends or colleagues who might be interested and who you think could benefit from this webinar.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM EST (4:00 PM CET) – 11:30 AM EST (5:30 PM CET)

Certificates:
After viewing this webinar you will be issued a certificate by email documenting that you have taken part in the session. Please note that a certificate will only be issued to those who request it and who have attended the entire webinar.

Amped FIVE Update 18800: Introducing Chain Folders, Assisted Annotation Tracking and Protected PDF Reports

We are super excited about this new update to Amped FIVE that brings great new things to the History panel, the Annotate filter and to the Generate Report feature. So, let’s get to it and dive straight in.

Chain Folders

At Amped we strive to make our powerful software as user-friendly as possible. A clean and uncluttered workspace is paramount in ensuring that everything is easily made available to the user. With cases now involving multiple sources and files, we wanted to bring this approach to the History panel with the addition of Folders.

When you start Amped FIVE, you will now see a New Folder option in the History panel.

This gives you the immediate ability to set up your project, ready for loading your files.

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Layered Perfection: Learn Different Ways of Adding Multiple Annotations With Amped FIVE

For a few months now, Amped FIVE features the new Annotate filter, which makes annotating your video so easy and effective at the same time. This tip is dedicated to the difference between adding multiple annotation objects using a single instance of the filter or adding one annotation per filter. It’s not the same! Curious? Keep reading!

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We have lots to say at LEVA 2020

Team Amped has a lot to say at this year’s LEVA Annual Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium.

Join us for one or all of these very exciting and interesting Amped Software sessions at VirtuaLEVA 2020 from October 26-30.

This online series of training events will be delivered via Zoom Pro and recorded sessions will be available until April 1, 2021. All session hours can be applied to LEVA certification renewal including the recorded sessions.

“See” you there!

Dealing with Deep Fakes
Presenter: Marco Fontani
October 26, 13:15 – 15:15, EDT

This presentation provides a basic understanding of what to look for in terms of image authentication and what can be utilized in the field of video authentication. Understand what is a Deep Fake. What are steps to authenticate images. How is video authentication different from image authentication.

Advanced File Analysis and Interpretation
Presenter: David Spreadborough
October 27, 10:45 – 12:45, EDT

Take an in-depth look at some of the information held within a video file and how it is interpreted. Look at stream timing, format differences and the old favorite of encoding reliability. What are the facts, what’s unreliable… and what requires further testing? Amped FIVE is featured to decode, convert, analyze and interpret the video evidence, but non-FIVE users will easily be able to follow on and gain valuable insight.

Trends In the Evolving Field of Forensic Video Analysis
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 27, 15:30 – 17:00, EDT

Based on data collected over the years of supporting the Forensic Video Analysis community, learn how trends in the FVA field are changing. The goal of this presentation is to examine those trends and volume to help agencies evaluate their needs in terms of systems and workflow.

FFmpeg Fundamentals
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 28, 10:45 – 12:45, EDT

This presentation will walk through the fundamentals of FFmpeg as described in the SWGDE document, with an emphasis with streamcopying proprietary file, and using some of the analysis features from the command line. Learn and understand some of the limitations of FFmpeg, but also many of the benefits for the daily toolbox and troubleshooting workflow.

Amped FIVE Workflow
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 28, 13:15 – 17:15, EDT

Get an understanding on how Amped FIVE can be the one tool for playing, converting, clarifying, and presenting video evidence. The focus of this course will be some of the newer features Amped has released in the last few years, but should be well suited for new and experienced users.

FFmpeg Fundamentals (repeat)
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 29, 15:30 – 17:30, EDT

This presentation will walk through the fundamentals of FFmpeg as described in the SWGDE document, with an emphasis with streamcopying proprietary file, and using some of the analysis features from the command line. Learn and understand some of the limitations of FFmpeg, but also many of the benefits for the daily toolbox and troubleshooting workflow.

Dealing with Deep Fakes (repeat)
Presenter: Marco Fontani
October 30, 09:00 – 10:30, EDT

This presentation provides a basic understanding of what to look for in terms of image authentication and what can be utilized in the field of video authentication. Understand what is a Deep Fake. What are steps to authenticate images. How is video authentication different from image authentication.

Advanced File Analysis and Interpretation
Presenter: David Spreadborough
October 30, 10:45 – 12:15, EDT

Take an in-depth look at some of the information held within a video file and how it is interpreted. Look at stream timing, format differences and the old favorite of encoding reliability. What are the facts, what’s unreliable… and what requires further testing? Amped FIVE is featured to decode, convert, analyze and interpret the video evidence, but non-FIVE users will easily be able to follow on and gain valuable insight.

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