In a recent post, Larry Compton of DME Resources makes some excellent points about video format conversion.
Jim Hoerricks adds some further insights that are also related to Amped FIVE workflow, especially concerning our proprietary video conversion feature we are constantly improving.
The bottom line of the two articles is that, even if you have third party tools to decode the proprietary video formats, they are called “proprietary” for a reason. Thus you cannot be 100% sure of the results unless you test, verify, and analyze in depth.
I wanted to add something to the discussion. The following extracts are from Larry’s post, following some comments from my experience:
Dave Glover from our partner, GP Sift, will be at the MediaSolv booth #2407 showing the new workflow for converting and viewing proprietary video files in the latest version of Amped FIVE. If you’re in Washington D.C., come by and see it! GP Sift, MediaSolv, and Amped Software have developed an integrated workflow for homeland security specialists, investigators, intelligence analysts, and digital media forensic experts to provide the most effective solution in the industry.
If you happen to follow some forensic video analyst mailing lists, forums, and LinkedIn groups, you know that usually 9 out of 10 threads are variations on the theme “Who has the player (or codecs) for the XYZ format?”.
There are thousands of different proprietary video formats on the market, but most of them are not fully proprietary and employ standard codecs in a proprietary container.
About a year and half ago we introduced the possibility to convert some proprietary formats in Amped FIVE. When we tested that technology then, it working on around 20-25% of the formats we came across. Not a great percentage, but something is usually better than nothing.
With today’s release of Amped FIVE , we are expanding the compatibility to more than 70% of the formats we have in our database. As we cannot certainly have a sample of all the formats on the market, we expect that the user success percentage will be a bit lower, but should not be that much. Now instead of “something is better than nothing”, you have a fighting chance with conversion.