It’s time to introduce another update to Amped FIVE, our one-stop toolkit for all your video and image enhancement needs, and we’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes to perfect our latest feature! Let’s dive right in…
The Audio Panel
Our user interface has a new look! Introducing the Audio Panel, allowing for the visualization of audio whilst simultaneously viewing your video files.
I am currently going through the last few years of Amped FIVE training and it has highlighted several useful points that I want to pass on. All the points can get wrapped up neatly under one word: Workflow! And where does this get used the most? In our Amped FIVE projects.
A workflow is a repeatable pattern of activity and processes through which work passes from initiation to completion. Having workflows is a core requirement of any Forensic Image and Video Unit (FVIU), ensuring that the quality of work is maintained through standard operating procedures. The challenge for FVIUs, though, is that they are starting with a non-standard product; with every case, video and frame being different. Therefore, any workflow set for a technician or analyst must be dynamic, placing the importance on their competency to select the right tool, method and/or process to complete the objective.
Let us say that two analysts are requested to complete the same tasks – to locate a vehicle in CCTV footage, enhance the license plate and then create a small video clip for use within a legal system.
Analyst No.1 starts by copying the data from a media exhibit and then uses the tool they know best to quickly screen capture the video within its dedicated video playback software. This creates a new ‘working’ video file. This can be imported easily into the court presentation software, which creates another file for presentation. The analyst uses the working file to create several still images. They do this by utilizing another piece of software, and then they import those still images into image editing software. Attempts are made to conduct restoration and enhancement but with no success.
Analyst No.1 has used six different pieces of software and has created several files, that will all need to be saved and documented. Although they have completed the tasks, the workflow is complicated, the integrity of the exhibits could be questioned, and the processes used have caused a loss in the visual information that resulted in the enhancement being unsuccessful.
How about analyst No.2?
They use Amped FIVE (of course). With FIVE’s ability to control
everything from ingest, through file analysis and into the restoration process,
a trained user is much more likely to avoid many workflow problems and get the
results they require.
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.
This year, the Amped User Day will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, in Birmingham, UK at the Radisson Blu Birmingham Hotel, 12 Holloway Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1BT.
Dear Amped fellows, welcome to this week’s tip! Like we did last week, we begin this tip with an Italian saying, which goes: “Le bugie hanno le gambe corte”. Literally, it translates to “Lies have short legs”, suggesting that, eventually, the truth will come out. And this is something Amped Authenticate users care a lot about! Today we’ll see how Amped Authenticate makes it easy to verify whether shadows in your evidence images are consistent with the declared time metadata. Keep reading to find out more!
Dear Amped blog habitués, welcome to this week’s tip! In Italy, we have a saying that goes like this: “Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte”. It basically means that “you should also please the eye”, as a way to say that the outer aspect of something is, all in all, pretty important. Translated for the forensic image and video enhancement world, it means you should invest in presenting your results, otherwise, even a brilliant piece of work could remain unexpressed. This tip shows how to annotate the results obtained in Amped FIVE with text macros, adding a lot to the usability and professional-feeling of your videos.
Dear Amped Blog fellows, welcome to one more tip! It’s Amped Replay‘s turn, and we’re digging a bit into one of the features that rolled out with release 15666! You may have noticed that, when you apply any annotation tool, the player bar now shows colored lines to indicate the range of frames to which the annotation is applied. This apparently simple feature will make things so much easier… keep reading to find out why!
From 18 – 20 February 2020, Amped will be in Frankfurt at the 11th edition of GPEC® (International Exhibition & Conferences for Internal Security). The GPEC® exhibition will be held at Messe Frankfurt am Main, Hall 11, Entrance Portalhaus, from 09:00 – 17:00.
Regularly held under the patronage of the Federal Minister of the Interior, the event will have more than 530 exhibitors from 31 countries. It is a closed specialized trade fair for police and security authorities. It is not open to the public – it is only accessible for visitors from national and international security authorities presenting a service ID card.
GPEC® comprises all subject and equipment areas of law enforcement, public, and homeland security. The event includes conferences, official working group meetings and practical trainings for top leadership personnel, procurers, technicians and end users on Federal and Länder level, from Germany and all over the world.
Remember to also attend our presentation to see for yourself why our latest solution, Amped Replay, is the software of choice for police investigators to conduct a quick first level analysis of their video, with easy conversion, correction, redaction and annotation functions.
Amped Replay: Giving Police Investigators the Proper Video Tools to Close
Wednesday 19 February, 15:30 – 15:55 in the Open Forum, Hall 11.1, upper floor.
Welcome, dear Amped blog maniacs! Digital image forensics people have a bittersweet relationship with metadata. We love them… but can we trust them? Today’s tip is about how you can cross-check Exif information about the camera model that allegedly created your evidence image. We’ll see that Amped Authenticate‘s JPEG Quantization Tablesis a great resource for that, making your integrity verification far more reliable. Keep reading to find out more.
It feels like it was only yesterday that we were releasing our first official update to Amped Replay, our enhanced video player for police investigators, and now we are thrilled to be showcasing our third update release! Let’s jump right in to what’s new in Replay.
Dear Amped blog followers welcome to this week’s tip! Today we’re getting to know a very useful, but often underestimated, filter in Amped FIVE: the Perspective Aligner. It can be a game changer when you have to integrate or compare two pictures that are captured from different perspectives, and thus impossible to align with simple scale/rotation transformations. We’ll see how it works with a practical, cool example… keep reading!