Monthly Archives: February 2016

Meet Amped Software at Security and Policing 2016


Visit our booth (B23) at Security and Policing 2016!

The event will take place at Farnborough FIVE (Farnborough International Venue & Events), Hampshire, UK from Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 March 2016.

We will be giving a presentation on Wednesday the 9th from 13:30 – 13:50 in the Cyber Zone of the event.

 Title: “Practical forensic image and video analysis”

Presenter: Martino Jerian, CEO and Founder.

This presentation will tell you the truth about forensic video analysis and provide a summary of all the steps needed to get evidence out of the source (typically a digital video recorder), extract parts of interest, forensically enhance them, take measurements, and prepare the results for presentation in the courtroom.

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New Command Line Interface (CLI) for Amped Authenticate

The quick just got quicker!

In the latest release of Amped Authenticate, 7644, one of the stand-out new features was the implementation of the Command Line Interface.

Utilizing the command line is a great way to automate tasks. I use it a lot to create batch files in order to complete some required and regular processes.

Amped Authenticate has a number of automation tools and methods to quickly analyze large amounts of files. These speed up the process of analyzing, sorting and listing evidential images. However, starting these processes requires user interaction. This means that you would have to open Authenticate and then run the required operations yourself.

Manually performing Batch operations within Authenticate

Manually performing Batch operations within Authenticate

Not anymore!

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Amped Authenticate Update 7661: Command Line API and more

The increased reliance on digital images within the justice system and media has resulted in a much greater need for authentication.

In the latest update to Amped Authenticate, a huge development has been made to speed up the initial assessment and reporting of images. With more enhancements to some of the key filters along with user interface refinements, you will want to be updating your software today!

Two of the updates require there own dedicated posts in order to give you more information and they will be following in the coming days.

Let me show you some of the exciting new features.

New display functions with ADJPEG/NADJPEG

New display functions with ADJPEG/NADJPEG

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Jim Hoerricks Joins Amped Software

Looks like this is the season for big announcements at Amped Software! After Spready joined us last year as our International Trainer, another pillar of the forensic video community is joining our team.

We are excited to announce that Jim Hoerricks is joining our US office as Director of Customer Support and Training, after retiring from the LAPD Scientific Investigations Department. Everybody in the industry knows Jim for his seminal book “Forensic Photoshop” and the popular Forensic Photoshop Blog. Jim is well known also for his direct, unfiltered and passionate style. I still remember when he requested a trial license of Amped FIVE from me a few years ago. I was very afraid of his review as he always expected a very high standard in his product reviews. But his first review of Amped FIVE was very good and he became so passionate about the product that he finally left Photoshop in favor of our tool, and later he became one of our trainers working on a case by case basis.

In the last year, our tools have been adopted en masse in North America. We needed a person who is a reference for the forensic community, but also one that we can fully trust for an industry as sensitive as  law enforcement and investigations is. Jim is a great expert, but even more he is a friend.

Welcome aboard Jim!


Custom Formatting on the Add Timestamp Filter

This post is a follow-up to the latest Amped FIVE Update (7620). In that report I highlighted the enhancements to the ‘Add Timestamp’ Filter, and its new flexibility. Let us now take a more in-depth look at it….

We must start with identifying our time parameters. In this example, I am using the details presented to me through the Samsung* .sec BackupViewer*.

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Amped FIVE Update 7620 – Features, Filters & Fixes

After all the excitement following the recent announcement of the partnership with Taser / Axon, it’s time to show off some of the great new features in Amped FIVE.

I have been looking forward to writing this post since my last visit over to the home of Amped, Trieste in Italy, a few weeks ago.

Whilst there, I saw some of these features in early development, and identified immediately how they are going to help us all. Remember, I am just like you – an analyst who uses Amped FIVE every day to interrogate, interpret and investigate video.

As well as a number of hidden refinements and minor bug fixes, there are some major advances… so, grab a coffee (a big one) and let’s go take a look!

Color Range

When you load an MPEG based video into FIVE, you will now see a new filter setting in the Video Loader Window. Color Range has three options as can be seen below…

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