Upcoming Amped Software Training: Book Your Seat Now!

Want to get hands-on training on the use of Amped Software products? Want to learn about the challenges in forensic video and digital multimedia evidence processing?

Book your seat in an Amped Software online training course to acquire in-depth knowledge of all software features including the technical and scientific background behind the implemented techniques, and learn the workflow that is compatible with forensic needs and constraints.

Check out the schedule below of our upcoming classes – we will be adding more dates soon!

New Course for Investigators and First Responders

We’ve just added a new training course for investigators and first responders.

INVESTIGATING VIDEO EVIDENCE TRAINING
Introduction To Video Evidence For Investigators

This is an entry-level course designed for investigators and first responders. We will focus on implementing a firm legal process for using and reporting on image and video evidence in daily investigations. Students will learn the basics of image and video analysis, be able to convert proprietary video files, apply basic corrections to images, and prepare the evidence for presentations with redactions and annotations. The challenges and pitfalls faced when using digital multimedia evidence in investigations will also be discussed. The course is a mixture of lectures and hands-on with practical or simulated cases using Amped Replay. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly examine and process image and video evidence, backed with a workflow that is forensically sound and courtroom admissible. Check out the schedule:

July 27-29, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Blake Sawyer
September 07-09, 20219 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy)Samuel Abbott
September 28-30, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Blake Sawyer
November 16-18, 20219 AM – 1 PM CET (Italy)Stefano Bianchi

AMPED FIVE TRAINING
Forensic Image And Video Enhancement

This is a beginner and intermediate-level course designed for users who are seeking to use Amped FIVE for their investigations. Students will learn the fundamentals of image and video analysis and the issues faced when using digital multimedia evidence in investigations. The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on with many practical exercises to solve real or simulated cases using Amped FIVE. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly analyze and process images and videos with a workflow compatible with forensic needs and constraints. Check out the schedule:

June 14-18, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Blake Sawyer
June 28-July 02, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy) Samuel Abbott
July 19-23, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York) Blake Sawyer
August 23-27, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York) Blake Sawyer
September 13-17, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy) Samuel Abbott
October 04-08, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy) Stefano Bianchi (Italian Course)
October 04-08, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York) Blake Sawyer
November 15-19, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EST (New York) Blake Sawyer
November 22-26, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CET (Italy) Stefano Bianchi

AMPED AUTHENTICATE TRAINING
Photo Analysis And Tampering Detection

This is an intermediate and expert-level course designed for users who are seeking to use Amped Authenticate for their investigations. Students will learn the techniques necessary to perform authentication analysis on digital images in a forensic science setting as well as to package, deliver, and present those findings in court. The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly analyze digital images with a workflow compatible with forensic needs and constraints. Check out the schedule:

June 21-25, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Stefano Bianchi
September 20-24, 20219 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy)Stefano Bianchi

Contact us today for more information about our training offerings and scheduled classes.

Multiplexing: The Cause of Many Seemingly Corrupted Videos

Dear friends, welcome back! Let me just say it was so nice to meet many of you at the Amped User Days last week, even though virtually. Ok, back to us: welcome to a new chapter of the Video Evidence Pitfalls series! Today we’re dealing with multiplexed videos: we’ll briefly look at different kinds of multiplexing, how to recognize them, and how to bring your video exhibit back to a “normal” form. So keep reading!

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Cognitive Bias: Steering Conclusions Irrationally

“Thou shall peer-review your analysis” is one of the well-known (and often ignored) rules of forensic reporting. Sometimes, this important principle gets poorly translated into: “let’s have a colleague peek into my results”. And so, it may happen that an investigator or examiner will ask a colleague for their opinion before submitting the results.

Issue: Being Objective Isn’t That Easy

Let’s imagine John calling Lucy to his desk and asking her: “Can you help me with this license plate? I can read BC 537 but I can’t seem to get the last two characters, perhaps they are “TT”, and I’m also quite uncertain about the first one.”

What should Lucy tell John?

  1. Sure thing! Let me help you with my independent review.
  2. Er… you’ve just burnt me as a potential reviewer of your work.
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Amped FIVE Update 20532: Introducing Variable Motion Deblurring, Freeze Frame, Annotation Keyframing and Much, Much More

We never rest here at Amped Software and this latest update to Amped FIVE has several popular user requests and important changes. Let us get straight down to business and see the new and exciting developments that will make your life easier when investigating images and video.

Variable Motion Deblurring

Most users will know how powerful Motion Deblurring is. The ability to correct a linear blur on an object that is moving past a camera enables you to bring the pixels back together again. It’s quick and easy on a single image but what happens when it’s on a video and the blur changes with every frame due to the position of the object you are attempting to restore? Well, it used to be a long process, now not anymore!

Variable Motion Deblurring allows you to add blur parameters on a frame-by-frame basis, making changes to size, angle, and thickness.

Here we have the filter settings for 3 frames of a vehicle caught on CCTV.

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Compression Artifacts: Hiding or Adding Details to the Scene

Dear friends, welcome to a new video pitfall post! This time we’re dealing with a very sneaky part of video analysis: can we trust what we see? Sometimes, distinguishing the real detail of an object from that of an artifact is not easy. Today’s post will review some of the most common video artifacts and their possible effect on your work.

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Timestamps: Not Always Showing the Right Time

Dear friends, welcome to this week’s video evidence pitfall! In this post, we’re focusing on a crucial element of forensic video analysis: timestamps. Timestamps allow us to locate in time what’s shown in a recording, or reference an event to a specific moment in time. Although virtually all surveillance systems do record timestamps, you should be aware of several pitfalls in accessing and interpreting them, so keep reading!

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Join Us at the Amped User Days 2021 in April

We’re excited to once again bring you Amped User Days 2021. This free virtual event is taking place from April 20-22, 2021 with a rich panel of speakers from Amped Software and experts from the industry. Register today and join us!

REGISTER NOW

It’s always such a great opportunity to catch up with our users from around the world and experts from the industry, to exchange ideas and get product feedback. In this three-day event, you will be able to meet the team behind Amped Software products, ask questions, discuss product improvements, and interact with other Amped users.

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Receiving Video Evidence: Usually It’s Not the Original

Dear friends, welcome to another video pitfalls pill! Today’s post concludes our mini-series about using the “best possible evidence.” In the previous weeks, we always assumed you had control from the beginning. Today, we focus on a different yet widespread scenario: you receive the “evidence” from someone else and are asked to work on that. Want to know the undercover pitfalls in this situation? Just keep reading!

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