Dear friends, welcome to a new Tip Tuesday! If you’ve been following our tips for a while, then you know how much we care about saving your time. We know our users, so we’re aware of the enormous amount of cases they have to deal with every week. That’s why we’re dedicating this week’s tip to a very simple yet effective way to save time when using Amped FIVE: keyboard shortcuts! Keep reading, and you’ll find out that shortcuts may save you much more time than you think.Continue reading
Dear Amped blog loyal friends, welcome to this Tip Tuesday! Today, we’ll play the part of James Bond, and see what miraculous things he could have achieved if he only had Amped FIVE! Jokes aside, we’ll see how two rarely used filters can help you read very hidden writings on paper.
This tip really needs an example to start from. We are given this picture of an Amped Software pen (if you still don’t have one, visit our booth in one of the upcoming events we’ll take part in!), and we’re asked to “find the message in it”. And no, this is not a tip about metadata!Continue reading
Police worldwide are increasingly relying on digital information from various sources to help solve crimes, including security videos. In order to improve the safety of their citizens, the Chicago Police Department has opened two new Tech Centers that include several tools, including Amped Software products, to help fight crime.
Surveillance video can be one of the more impactful forms of evidence and oftentimes the only source of evidence in a case. It’s the first port of call for any investigator building a case. Time is often crucial and the quicker a detective can obtain and view footage the better.
With Amped FIVE, Chicago Police officers were able to analyze and process surveillance video from around a crime scene to help speed up the process of capturing the suspects. With FIVE they are able to improve the exposure of a video to get a better view of a vehicle in that video and with the 100+ filters available in one complete software package, they are able to restore the image in order to identify the vehicle model and the license plate.
“They went out and they processed every video,” Bureau of Detectives Chief Melissa Staples said. “They were able to play it and download it and review it. If it were not for the video and the license plate readers that our department has, we would not have gotten to where we were as quickly as we did with an arrest in that case.”
Click here to learn more about the new Area Tech Centers.
Contact us to learn more about our full line of solutions that have been developed to assist an entire organization with all investigations, starting from the field, up to the forensic lab, and then to the courtroom.
Dear Tip Tuesday lovers, thanks for being here in the heart of summer!
Today’s hot tip is about the Color Deconvolution filter, which is one of the (many!) “wow”-generating tools in Amped FIVE.
We had a case where a calligraphy expert was asked to authenticate a signature on a document. We can’t publish that image on the blog, so we’re using a home-made sample for this tip:Continue reading
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?
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Ciao dear Tip Tuesday friends! Have you ever noticed that, somewhat surprisingly, it is much easier to see that two things are different rather than the same? Proving two things are the same, indeed, requires checking carefully that they don’t have any difference even in the subtlest detail. Now, if you’re facing eight million pixels, that could take a while! That’s why Amped FIVE helps you to see whether two frames are exact duplicates in a second! Keep reading to learn how…Continue reading
Welcome, Tip Tuesday lovers! Despite being close to the year 2020, it is still quite common to meet people that refuse technology. This is especially frustrating in the judicial system, where the backlog is never-ending, and technology would surely help. Sometimes, you may be asked to provide “printed” frames of your video. Not just a couple of significant ones (that would still be reasonable): no, many of them. Will Amped FIVE ease your pain this time as well? Yes, of course. Keep reading to find out how.Continue reading
If you have attended an Amped FIVE training (if you haven’t yet, here is the list of upcoming classes), then you know how much stress we put on the “correct order of filters.” The footage you’re working with is the product of a long acquisition and processing chain, which usually introduced several artifacts. The most reasonable way to go is to compensate for these artifacts in the reverse order. If you like math, here you can find some reasons supporting this choice, which is also summarized by the drawing below. As you can see, if going from X to Z involves passing first through f and then through g, then going back from Z to X requires going through the inverse of g first, and then the inverse of f.
If you’re more on the practical side, it’s still quite intuitive: if you first put on your socks and then your shoes, you’ll have to take off the shoes first and then the socks. In this trivial example, “take off” is the inverse function of “put on”, and it is evident that you need to take off clothes in the reverse order of how you put them on!Continue reading
Dear Tip Tuesday lovers welcome to this new Tip! Today we’re digging into an Amped FIVE feature that almost no one knows: the logging system. You’ll discover that Amped FIVE keeps track of everything you do in every session, writes it to a text file, and stores it for your future needs. We’ll see how important this could be for repeatability.Continue reading
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.