Monthly Archives: July 2014

Forensic Focus: The Complete Workflow of Forensic Image and Video Analysis

One of our articles has just been posted on Forensic Focus. This is just the introduction.

In this article we’ll describe the complete workflow for image and video forensics. In fact, just like computer forensics is not only simply copying and looking at files, forensic video analysis is broad and complex and there are many steps that are commonly missed and rarely taken into account. It can be quite overwhelming if we think of all the tasks related to analysis. As a forensic video analyst, it is important to be aware of all the possible steps needed for a really complete analysis. This way, you can stay organized and minimize the possibility of skipping or missing steps. Also, if you do have to go to court, you have an outline that serves as the basis of your presentation.

It is important to remember that the job of a forensic video analyst does not start and end with viewing and enhancing a video. It’s more complex than that. You must identify the data, decode it properly, document the process, compare it with other material, and then go to court.  Since digital data is really just a collection of bits, below is an outline of a process around working with these bits what you need to do with the bits.

Read the full article on Forensic Focus.

High FIVE for Spreadys!

Our friend David Spreadborough, better known as Spreadys, has written a bunch of articles on different DVRs he tried at IFSEC 2014. The articles are packed with a lot of very useful technical insights, which system producers should take as a checklist to improve their products.

The good thing for us is that (as Spreadys notes) most of the proprietary video files produced by these systems are easily reproducible with Amped FIVE. Continue reading

It feels good to be responsive developers!

Jim Hoerricks of Forensic Photoshop wrote yesterday an interesting post where he compares the approach of Photoshop plus forensic plug-ins versus specific purpose built software.

This is just a small excerpt, but I suggest reading the full post:

All this being said, the developers at Amped Software have been very responsive to the Forensic community. If there’s something not in the program, and it’s a valid addition, they’ve found a way to get it in the next update. From Color Deconvolution to working with Channels, user submission and solutions to specific problems have found their way into the program sooner rather than later. Best yet, these additions are included in the price of the software – there’s nothing else to buy.

As an artist, I still love Adobe products. But as an Analyst, I find myself needing a more purpose built solution. Thankfully, I have one –FIVE.

We are very proud about this post because we really strive to be attentive to our users requests: bugs, improvements, new features and maybe even new products. We don’t promise that we will implement everything, but we take note of everything and sort it by priority, usually according to these factors:

  • how critical is the request (i.e. very common bug)
  • how common is the problem you face (i.e. proprietary DVR conversion)
  • how easy is it to implement the function (sometimes a very easy addition on our side, maybe half an hour of work, can save you days automating some easy task)
  • how many users ask for it
  • if I have to work on a case needing it Winking smile

Presently our features requested for Amped FIVE and Amped Authenticate are a few hundred items, so if you need something it’s very likely that we already have it there, and your request can help to push it to the top!