On Friday, October 19, Amped will be attending the ONIF (The Italian National Observatory for Computer Forensics ) annual conference in Amelia, Italy.
Join Marco Fontani, R&D Engineer at Amped Software, for his presentation entitled “Enhancement and Authentication of Digital Images and Video” to learn how Amped products assist in the analysis of image and video evidence for investigations.
ONIF is the Italian National Observatory of Computer Forensics, created by a pool of professionals in the field of digital and computer forensics. Its main goal is to promote the role of the ‘digital forensic expert witness’ as the subject that is capable of implementing existing best practices for the identification, acquisition, and analysis of digital evidence.
Some of the new simplicities
afforded to us can, unfortunately,
cloud ones’ judgement when
dealing with images and video for
Technology has, in most parts, made things incredibly easy. Take the example of photographs and video. We all now love to quickly snap a memory or record some footage of an event. We can adjust the colour or light, crop out unwanted parts, or trim the end of a video. It’s then a simple click on the share button to immediately have that sent to friends or family via a messaging app or social media.
Some of the new simplicities afforded to us can, unfortunately, cloud ones’ judgement when dealing with images and video for legal use. Why do it one way, when it’s so much easier to do it another, perhaps quicker way?
In late 2016, at the conclusion of a
trial in Nottingham Crown Court,
for four men involved in the murder
of Aqib Mazhar, Judge Rafferty
stated, “there must never be
another case in this country where
those analysing CCTV don’t have
the best equipment.”
The quote stems from the fact that
it wasn’t until the trial had started
that video material was properly
reviewed and that significantly
changed the weight of the evidence.
Whether it is CCTV evidence, mobile phone video or a sequence of images, the software used to review that evidence can alter the viewer’s interpretation. It could be that the player drops or misses frames. The player could present the video too dark, or too light. The player could change the shape and size of the image or video, resulting in objects appearing smaller or larger. Many surveillance system players alter the image to make it look better, even though that is not what was originally recorded – scary, but true.
In 2015, a conviction of Indecent Assault was overturned at the Court of Appeal. Mr Mohammed Islam was earlier convicted at Flintshire Magistrates Court, where a CCTV image of a vehicle, alleged to be his, was used as evidence. After analysis and enhancement, it was proved not to be his vehicle and his conviction quashed. Mr Islam’s lawyer, Adam Antoszkiw, later stated the crucial evidence was not properly examined because of financial constraints.
Multimedia evidence, especially CCTV or low-quality mobile phone footage must be handled with care.
Video evidence, whether it is from CCTV, a mobile phone, or a body-worn camera, can be extremely valuable in establishing facts.
Amped FIVE has become the standard software for Forensic Image and Video Enhancement.
David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will show how video labs and CCTV units can expedite their workflow by utilizing this single application for an entire case. Finally, he will highlight some of the challenges faced by first responders and detectives when initially dealing with the evidence.
Don’t miss this Amped Software session entitled “Video – Everyone’s favorite evidence” on October 11 from 11:45 – 12:45, and more, at this year’s Digital Experience Event from October 9 – 11 in Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht, Netherlands, organized by our partner Data Expert.
This two-day event will feature Digital Forensics, Crime Analysis, and Training, exclusively for the crime combatting community from the Netherlands.