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Your Input is Needed for Windows XP Support! Keep or Kill?

One thing we are very proud of here at Amped is the efficiency and compatibility of our products. Although you will get the most out of Amped FIVE with a nice performing machine, you can also use it on any modern, and often not so modern, laptop. A few years ago we were able to deliver a decent training course in a location where users had a Pentium laptop with 1 GB of RAM. Definitely not something we really recommend, but it somewhat worked with most of our examples.

Most of our products are offered in the same installer in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.  Despite the discontinuation of Windows XP in 2014, 12 years after its launch, we are still trying to support it in our products, to guarantee maximum compatibility of our products with any system.

Over the years, however, keeping the compatibility with Windows XP has been an increasing struggle and every time we need to update external third-party libraries or tools some new issues related to Windows XP support pop up. We are at a point where we are not sure anymore if it’s worth still spending our precious development time towards this need. We hope none of you still need to use Windows XP as the main working machine, but there may be some cases where this is still helpful (for example controlled codec installation on a Windows XP virtual machine for legacy proprietary video formats). Furthermore, using Windows XP has become very dangerous since security updates are not even available anymore.

So, the question is, should we kill Windows XP support in Amped FIVE (and our other products) or there is a reason to keep it?

Please help us with this one-minute survey, or contact us if you want to discuss this with us.

We appreciate your feedback!

Come meet us at the IAI International Educational Conference in Reno

We are happy to announce that Amped Software will be presenting and exhibiting at the IAI International Educational Conference, taking place from Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Peppermill Resort and Conference Center, in Reno, Nevada, USA.

The IAI Conference is the largest organized event in the world that provides a full week of high quality, cutting edge education and hands-on training in forensic physical evidence examination and crime scene processing.

You will be able to join lectures on the latest technology, techniques, and research, sign up for limited space hands-on workshops to practice basic to advanced skills, and attend meetings and panels that provide an opportunity to discuss the latest professional topics and developments. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a full week of professional, scientific and technical lectures in the disciplines of Biometric, Bloodstain Pattern, Crime Scene, Digital, Facial Identification, Footwear and Tire Track, Forensic Art, Photography, DNA, Ten Print and Latent Print Evidence.

The IAI Conference is the best place for experts in these fields to stay up to date on the latest techniques, technologies, and issues in forensic science, and to learn more about quality assurance, standards developments, and the most comprehensive forensic certification program in the world.

Come see us at Booth 521 to learn about Amped Software’s latest technology for your forensic image and video analysis needs.

And don’t miss the following presentations from Amped Software’s Blake Sawyer, Technical Sales, Support and Training for North America.

W043 – Using FFmpeg for video playback and analysis
Friday, August 16
10:00 AM 

W047 – Digital video files under a microscope: Understanding the binary composition of digital video file formats
Thursday, August 15
8:00 AM

For more info and to register click here.

Amped Authenticate Update 13901: Introducing Projects and Report, PRNU with Multiple Reference Cameras, Improved Social Media Identification, and More

The extra-hot summer we’ve had in Italy didn’t stop our dev team! So here we are again this week with another release, this time for Amped Authenticate, maybe just in time for you to try it before your summer holidays!

Projects and Report

We are proud to introduce this widely requested feature: you have now the ability to bookmark results, add comments, organize bookmarks in folders, and finally generate a fully-detailed Report for your case. Below is how Authenticate’s new interface will look like at the end of an image investigation:

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Register to attend the Amped User Day in Denver, Colorado, USA

The Amped User Day is a unique opportunity to meet the team behind the Amped Software products, exchange ideas, ask questions, discuss product improvements and meet other expert Amped users from around the world. 

The Amped User Day will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019, in the “Mile High City” of Denver, Colorado at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 3203 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207.

For more info and to register, click here.

Amped Partners with the University of Colorado Denver to Help Students Analyze Image and Video Evidence Scientifically

Education is important for raising the value of video and image forensics. The more practitioners understand the correct way to process and clarify the evidence they receive, the better the probative value that evidence becomes. One group who has been working for many years to raise the quality and skill set of analysts is the National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF) at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to participating in research and assisting with best practices for the field, they have developed curriculum at the collegiate level to educate competent forensic scientists. Through their Media Forensics Master’s program, and training courses throughout the year, they are leaders in the education of current and future examiners.

We at Amped Software are happy to be part of the NCMF’s curriculum which focuses on teaching students to look at the evidence and learn the scientific ways to examine, clarify, and authenticate images and videos. Beginning this fall, in partnership with NCMF, Amped FIVE and Amped Authenticate will be available in their classroom where students will learn how FIVE can be utilized to examine the metadata of files, understand clarification tools used throughout the world, use forensically sound stabilization and measurement tools, and create understandable presentation pieces backed by a scientific report. They will also utilize Authenticate as a way of examining image structure, composition, and metadata in order to affirm whether evidence received is valid or altered. In doing so, students will be prepared with a wide breadth of tools to get the most detail and information from images and videos as they enter the workforce.

We are very excited that NCMF has chosen our products to help in their degree program. Together, Amped and NCMF will equip students to be well-prepared analysts using “methods and technology necessary to fight crime in the digital age”.

For more information on the NCMF Graduate Program, please click here.
To learn more about Amped Software’s Academic Program, contact us.

See you in Singapore at the Interpol World Event

INTERPOL World is a global co-creation opportunity which engages the public and private sectors in dialogue, and fosters collaboration to counter future security and policing challenges. INTERPOL World comprises of three interlinked activities:

  • 32 strategic Co-creation Labs to discuss the challenges and solutions for combating the crimes of the future
  • Exhibition that serves as a business and networking event for more than 160 manufacturers, distributors, and Research and Development organizations to offer innovative products and cutting-edge technologies
  • INTERPOL Working Groups (by invitation only) including the chief innovation officers group, artificial intelligence, drones, and the Darknet and cryptocurrency group

Visit Team Amped at booth M01 from 2-4 July at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, to learn why Amped products are the global leading solutions for image and video forensics.

Also remember to attend the following Amped presentations at the Interpol World Theatre found in the exhibition hall:

Amped FIVE: Forensic Image and Video Enhancement
July 3, 11:50 – 12:10

Video has become a powerful weapon in the fight against crime. It is, however, a very unstandardized and volatile media type that requires careful processing to ensure admissibility in courts. Amped FIVE is a stand-alone application to convert, interpret, analyze, bookmark, restore, enhance and output video and image evidence, all based on scientific methodologies and peer-reviewed filters. Using the software live, with real footage, this presentation will highlight the power of FIVE to the investigator, and how it enables the answering of questions and completion of tasks with unparalleled ease and speed.

Video and the Police: New Solutions to Old Problems with Amped Replay
July 4, 12:30 – 12:50

Police Officers, Investigators, Detectives and Major Investigation Teams all need to review and assess videos and images. This demo will introduce a new workflow to protect users and ensure that they can provide a forensic pathway through review, basic image enhancement and annotation, and then output to a standard format. The challenge of video within investigations will be explained through a live software demonstration on some casework.

To learn more visit: https://www.interpol-world.com/

Amped FIVE Update 13609: Introducing the Copy and Verify Tool and More Updated Features

We’re back with another massive update to Amped FIVE and this time we’re super excited to be introducing a brand new tool!

Copy and Verify

One of the core principles of working with digital data in a forensic capacity is ensuring that data remains unchanged during investigation and analysis. At Amped Software, one of our core values is that all of our products are forensically sound. Steps we take to ensure this include using only filters to apply enhancements, generating detailed reports providing the ability to reproduce and audit analyst actions and making sure the original file remains untouched during an import or conversion.

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Forensic Focus Interviews Blake Sawyer, Technical Sales, Support and Training for North America

Forensic Focus recently interviewed Blake Sawyer, our latest addition to the Amped team to support the North American market. We are reposting the interview Forensic Focus published on its website. To see the original post on Forensic Focus, click here.

Congratulations on your new role! Tell us more about your law enforcement career. How did you get into digital forensics?

Thanks so much! I am excited about the opportunity to come and work for Amped Software. I got into digital forensics in a kind of roundabout way. I earned a Computer Science degree in college and went to work for Apple. After several years of support and QA, I got involved in Audio and Video Production. That led me, eventually into working for the Plano Police Department in Plano, TX, USA in 2014.

At the time, there was no dedicated unit for video forensics, but the department knew there was increasingly more need for someone who understood video. Almost 6 months later, there was a major case involving a homicide where the majority of the evidence relied heavily on the video. Using Amped FIVE, I was able to help investigators understand what information we had on video, play and process almost 500GB of proprietary videos, and create analytic comparison and demonstrative charts. Since that time, the department has grown to have 3 full-time video analysts retrieving and processing 200-300 videos a month. Without FIVE that would have been almost impossible. 

How did you come to work for Amped? What about the role and the company excited you most?

I have been a user of Amped FIVE since 2014. I was impressed with the ease of use and deep analytic potential of the product. Once I purchased Amped DVRConv, I was a big fan. Through the years I have been an advanced user and helped suggest features and improvements. When Martino Jerian, the CEO and Founder of Amped Software, called me about the job, I was very excited about the opportunity. I have always enjoyed solving problems and helping people. Working in a role that allows me to help and teach people in a field that I care a lot about is one of the things I am most excited about. 

Being able to move from helping one local police department to helping Law Enforcement and Video Examiners throughout North America is something that I couldn’t pass up. The more people learn how to look at video and actually be able to get scientifically correct information from it is critical to the field. I am glad to be able to do my part.

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Amped Authenticate’s Smart Report: Making It Quicker and Easier for You to Report Relevant Filters

In Amped Authenticate Update 12336 we introduced a new and exciting reporting method designed to make it quicker and easier to report relevant filters.

The new Smart Report tool means users can now quickly produce an image authentication report as it automatically selects the most appropriate filters for each evidence image. This new feature allows for a more visual representation of evidence images and will allow you to quickly and effortlessly triage and share Authenticate results.

Check out this video to see the new Smart Report in action!