Learn to accurately determine measurements from CCTV at the OFVAA Annual Training Event

The Ontario Forensic Video Analysts’ Association (OFVAA) is holding its 6th Annual Training Event from April 30 – May 4, 2018, at the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The full week of training will focus on “Forensic Still Image Photogrammetry” and will cover a range of topics around height analysis from surveillance video and still images with practical hands-on training by field experts including Amped Software’s David Spreadborough. Students will perform and validate scientific height analysis using multiple methods including Reverse Projection, Laser Scanning, Computer Image Creation, and also Measure 3d in Amped FIVE.

This event provides a unique opportunity to use all these techniques to identify each one’s ideal use scenario, in order for officers and analysts to use the right technique in the right scenario, cutting costs and time.

For more information visit: http://www.ofvaa.com/training

Learn about the Forensic Video Analysis Workflow at Digital Experience Belgium

On Wednesday, April 25, Amped Software will be at Digital Experience Belgium held at the Van der Valk Hotel Beveren.

Digital Experience Belgium, organized by our partner DataExpert, is a one-day event for crime and fraud investigation specialists in Belgium. Digital Investigators, their Managers, and Crime Analysts from government departments and businesses are expected to attend this event. Workshops have been scheduled and topics range from CCTV Video and Image Analysis to Mobile Phone Forensics and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will present a workshop entitled The Forensic Video Analysis Workflow, scheduled from 15:15 – 16:00.  In this session, David will walk you through the FVA Workflow. From exhibit to conclusion, presentation and report, he will highlight how Amped FIVE has changed the way CCTV and video analysis is conducted by providing a complete toolset in a simple and clean application. Amped FIVE (Forensic Image and Video Enhancement) is a single application for the processing, analysis, restoration, enhancement, presentation, and reporting of CCTV, video and image files used in investigations. Utilizing a science-based workflow, each filter is documented and peer-reviewed to ensure complete compliance with local regulations ensuring accuracy, repeatability, and reproducibility.

For more info and to register for the event, click here.

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We just turned 10 – but there’s still so much more to do!

Today is the 10th anniversary of the foundation of Amped Software. In fact, I officially registered the business on 10th April 2008.

It feels like it was only yesterday that I started the company, but at the same time, it feels like ages ago.

It wasn’t always easy, but it has been an exciting ride so far. If there is something I am very proud of, it is the consistency of the company’s vision. Nowadays in the startup world, there’s this very common concept of pivoting. Start with an idea and then change the product, the market, or everything, until it works. Somewhat.

I, however, started with the same idea that is still driving the company today: to create the best tools for image and video analysis specifically for forensics and investigations. Doing something very specific for a very specific kind of customer, but being the best in doing it and making it become the world standard. Continue reading

What’s the Difference?

It was a slow week on one of the most active mailing lists in our field. Then, Friday came along and a list member asked the following question:

If I exported two copies of the same frame from some digital video as stills. Then slightly changed one. Something as small as changing one pixel by a single RBG value….so it is technically different…

… Does anyone know any software that could look at both images and then produce a third image that is designed to highlight the differences? In this case it would be one pixel …

To which, my colleague in the UK (Spready) quickly replied – Amped FIVE’s Video Mixer set to Absolute Difference. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have the winning answer! Let’s take a look at how to set up the examination, as well as what the results look like.

I’ve loaded an image into Amped FIVE twice. In the second instance of the file within the project, I’ve made a small local adjustment with the Levels filter. You can see the results of the adjustment in the above image.

With the images loaded and one of them adjusted, the Video Mixer, found in the Link filter group, is used to facilitate the difference examination.

On the Inputs tab of the Video Mixer’s Filter Settings, the First Input is set to the original image. The Second Input is set to the modified image, pointing to the Levels adjustment.

On the Blend tab of the Video Mixer’s Filter Settings, set the Mode to Absolute Difference.

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There’s More to an Image than Meets the Eye

When using an image as evidence during a court case, the point of view it represents acquires a resonance much stronger than the testimony of a witness. With video, this is even more true, as we may understand the dynamics even from the frames and any additional information which may be gleaned from the audio track.

Nowadays, there are many free and easy tools which can be used to modify pictures with ease, and thus the authentication of images is of paramount importance. But even more importantly, we need to understand how much data there is in an image, in addition to what we can already see.

Read the full article published in Lawyer Monthly.

Identify Social Media Files with Amped Authenticate

Amped Authenticate Update 10641 introduced the new Social Media Identification filter. It can be found in the File Analysis filter group.

The filters in the File Analysis group are generally looking at the file’s container to return relevant information about the file. The Social Media Identification filter examines the file for traces of information that may indicate the file’s social media source. The key word here is “may.”

The workflow that I will explain here is typical in the US and Canada. Take from it what you need in order to apply it to your country’s legal system.

Let’s begin.

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Come Meet Us in Florence and Bern!

We are on the road again next week to go meet customers, partners, and friends. Come see us in Bern, Switzerland at the IT Forensic Investigator Conference, and in Florence, Italy at the DFRWS EU Conference. We also have a workshop at each event, so don’t miss those! Read below for details on each event.


IT Forensic Investigator Conference

When: March 21, 2018

Where: Stade de Suisse, Papiermühlestrasse 71,3014 Bern, Switzerland

Why: This event is organized by the Swiss Federal Police and Arina AG for all government IT-Forensic Investigators in Switzerland.

Workshop: 

The Proper Use of Images and Videos as Evidence

Presenter: Stefano Bianchi

March 21, 14:15 – 15:00, Raum 3 Sky Lounge vorne (4. OG)

Photos and videos have always been valuable sources of evidence. Images from CCTV, body-worn cameras, dash cams and mobile devices can now be easily acquired and enhanced, but also manipulated. This can lead to breaks in the chain of custody or questions surrounding the admissibility. Relying on tools that follow a scientific methodology ensures the integrity of the digital evidence through the use of forensic workflows starting from the acquisition, to the restoration, enhancement, and the writing of the report for use in the courtroom. During this workshop, you will learn about some of these workflows, using Amped FIVE, a software for forensic image and video enhancement, identifying their compatibility within the image and video forensic community.


 DFRWS EU 2018

When: March 21-23, 2018

Where: Convito Della Calza – Oltrarno Meeting Center, Florence, Italy

Why: Amped Software is a proud sponsor of this event that fosters transdisciplinary approaches to address emerging challenges in digital forensics by bringing together innovative researchers, developers, and practitioners from around the globe.

Workshop

Image and Video Forensics: Enhancement and Analysis

Presenter: Martino Jerian (Amped Software) and Sebastiano Battiato (University of Catania)

March 21, 21:30 – 12:30, Room B

Video analysis is one of the most fascinating fields of digital and media forensics, but there’s much more to it than simply enhancing a picture. This workshop will introduce the attendees to the field of forensic image and video analysis and will provide a summary of all the steps needed to get evidence out of the source (typically a digital video recorder or a digital camera), extract parts of interest, properly enhance them, take measurements, and prepare the results for presentation in the courtroom. The attendees of the workshop will learn how to enhance and analyze images with the software Amped FIVE, using it on some practical cases. The argument of image authenticity will be briefly introduced at the end of the session with a few practical examples with the software Amped Authenticate. Requirements: Attendees of the workshop must bring their own computers for the hands-on practical exercises. A Windows system, either native or virtualized, must be available. The instructors will provide fully functional versions of the software and casework examples on USB drives.

Digital images – trust must be earned

The science behind forensic image analysis is growing fast and constantly evolving. Even within the last 5 years, the ability to take a photo, manipulate it to tell a different story, and circulate the misinformation online has become infinitely easier. The advent of smartphones, convenient digital image manipulation software and easy dissemination of information are throwing up new challenges that investigators and forensic technicians must adapt to.

Unfortunately, it is too risky to simply take digital images at face value. Instead, we must ask and have the tools to query, such as “Where did the image or video originate from?”; “Who provided it and is there any reason they might have modified it?”; “Is it a camera-original?”; and “Do I believe this is a true and accurate representation of events?”

To give a practical example, back in the summer of 2017, two images featured prominently in the initial reporting of Hurricane Harvey. The first was of a shark swimming along the Houston freeway. The second showed several aeroplanes virtually underwater at what was claimed to be Houston airport. These iconic images were circulated widely on Twitter and were featured on mainstream national media such as Fox News. There was just one small problem. Neither situation had actually occurred!

If this behaviour is widespread on social and traditional media, then why shouldn’t we believe it is also impacting police and legal investigations? After all, if members of the public are prepared to manipulate images for the sake of a few likes and retweets, what will they be prepared to resort to when the stakes are much higher?

Read the full article published in eForensics Magazine.

 

Amped Authenticate & Griffeye Analyze DI Pro: a synergy that empowers forensic analysts!

The partnership between Amped Software and Griffeye keeps growing and so does the integration between Griffeye Analyze DI Pro and Amped Authenticate. Analyze DI Pro is a media investigation software for handling large volumes of images and videos, filter irrelevant digital files, prioritize, correlate and identify the most pertinent material in investigations. It will let you scan and import data from a device or from a folder on your workstation. Once the import is complete, you can easily browse and intelligently sort/filter media.

In this post, we’ll take a look at what Griffeye Analyze DI Pro enables you to do when linked with the Amped Authenticate plugins. Let’s create a case and import a folder containing a few JPEG files.

Analyze DI Pro lets you look at image metadata, and Amped Authenticate users know how interesting they are, but, we also know that a single image may contain hundreds of Exif metadata, and reading all of them is quite a boring job. Luckily, from the very same panel above we can call in Amped Authenticate File Format Analysis to automatically spot suspicious metadata. Once you installed Authenticate and the corresponding plugin in Analyze DI Pro, this is just as simple as right-clicking on one or all the images and then hit the “Plugin” voice and select “Amped Authenticate – File Format Analysis” from the pop-up list as shown below.

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Come Meet Us in the UK!

The Amped team will be in the UK next week at these events. Come meet us at the Amped Software booth for a personal demo of our industry-leading products or contact us to set up a one-to-one meeting.

Forensics Europe Expo, Olympia, London

March 6-7

This event provides a definitive source of education, best practice, training, and networking. Essential for any forensics professional, Forensics Europe Expo is the must-attend event to learn about the very latest technology and connect with leading suppliers.

Come see us at Booth 1-D21 and attend our workshops presented by David Spreadborough, our Forensic Expert and International Trainer.

Workshop Schedule:

How to Save Time, Money and Effort when Dealing with the Complex Evidence of Videos and Images

March 6, 15:20 – 15:45, Seminar Theatre

The software that redefined forensic image restoration has evolved into the single, most powerful, application in a Forensic Video Analyst’s toolbox.

From a single image taken on a smartphone, to proprietary video from surveillance systems, Amped FIVE is there to manage, analyse, interpret, restore, enhance, present, disclose and report your visual evidence.

With the new ‘Assistant’ module, teams can create their own dedicated workflows to support and aid tasks, ensuring total compliance with ISO Standard Operating Procedures.

David will lead you through several cases, highlighting how Amped FIVE will save you time, money and effort when dealing with the complex evidence of videos and images.

Trust in an Image Goes Beyond Reading the Metadata

March 7, 14:10 – 14:35, Seminar Theatre

Amped Authenticate is the only application available that integrates every aspect of image authentication into a single, easy to use package.

Trust in an image now goes beyond reading the metadata. To rely on an image in court, the question of authenticity must be asked. Does the data compare with the story being told? Was the image taken by that device? Was it taken at a specific location? Has it been ‘photoshopped’?

The once dark art of image authenticity analysis is unravelled during a walkthrough of the software, highlighting how thousands of images can be analysed, sorted, and then compared to identify inconsistencies, before examining individual images for signs of manipulation.

With the functionality of automated scanning and reporting, you will quickly see why Amped Authenticate is becoming a must-have addition to Forensic Image Units worldwide.

For more info: https://www.forensicseuropeexpo.com/

Security & Policing, Farnborough

March 6-8

This official Government event is a world-class opportunity to meet, network and discuss the latest advances in delivering national security and resilience with UK suppliers, colleagues, and government officials. The event brings together visitors who have specific operational needs with exhibitors who have the relevant solutions, all within a secure environment. The unique three-day event also incorporates live demonstrations and immersive experiences providing the ideal setting for testing and collaborative showcasing.

Come see us at Booth D22 and have a chat with our CEO and Founder, Martino Jerian.

For more info: https://www.securityandpolicing.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing you soon!