Monthly Archives: October 2016

Amped FIVE Update 8678: Faster Redaction and Automatic Pattern Removal

Well, here we are again, with another exciting update to Amped FIVE.

Before we dive in and take a closer look at all the developments, I want to say a quick thank-you to the users of Amped FIVE who have suggested refinements and requested new functionality to help them and others in their Forensic Image and Video work. We develop this software for you. If you need it, we will deliver it!

OK, let’s get to it!

Dynamic Tracking

It is one of those tasks that, in small amounts, can be quite enjoyable. However, when you are constantly spotlighting or hiding people, it quickly becomes tiring. That’s when mistakes are made, and it’s easy to miss something that could be detrimental in an investigation. Dynamic Tracking has been in the Selection box for some time but it has received a very powerful ‘upgrade’.

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Amped is Making its Way to Indonesia for the Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum

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Indonesia is set to host one of Southeast Asia’s biggest expo and conference on defence, aerospace, and the marine industry – INDO DEFENCE, INDO AEROSPACE, INDO HELICOPTER, INDO MARINE 2016 Expo & Forum from 2 – 5 November 2016, at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran Jakarta, Indonesia. It will be a ground-breaking event that will spearhead the development of the defence industry, aerospace, security services, marine technology and applications in the region.

Join over 25,000 delegates and visitors at the biggest defence, aerospace and marine industry gathering of the year.

Come meet us in booth A241, together with our partner Omni Integer, for a personalized demo of our industry leading products: Amped FIVE, Amped Authenticate, Amped DVRConv.

What PC do you have handy?

Customers often ask us about the hardware requirements for our products before purchasing. While we have some recommendation, the reality is that many of our customers use Amped FIVE (or our other products) on unbelievably old computers. Sure, Amped FIVE would be slower, but for working on low-resolution CCTV videos, even a 10-year-old PC with Windows XP (not recommended!) still works mostly fine.


I recently taught one of our courses at a customer’s premises. Since the class was quite full and they didn’t have enough recent laptops to bring into the training room, about half of the students had pretty old laptops. During the training, we normally provide the software installer and training examples on USB drives. Some people claimed that their PC was not able to see the drive. We figured out that they were using Windows XP SP2, they were not connected to the Internet and had not updated in ages. Continue reading

Managing Digital Evidence in Courts with Amped DVRConv

The Joint Technology Committee (COSCA)(NCSC)(NACM) had released version 1 of their document Managing Digital Evidence in Courts.

“Technologies including smartphones and body-worn cameras are capturing an ever- increasing volume of evidence. The exponential increase in the quantity of digital evidence is challenging the court’s ability to receive, evaluate, protect, and present digital evidence. This report identifies potential challenges and recommends steps courts should consider.”

In its recommendations around the conversion of proprietary video file types, it noted the following:

  • Avoid creating arbitrary limitations on acceptable formats for digital evidence.
  • Work with law enforcement, prosecutors, and local labs to consider the tradeoffs
    between converting and not converting digital video evidence.

Interestingly, when the state of Texas (US) was considering a statewide standard for video sharing in its many court districts, Amped Software was the only company to be able to say: “Yes, we’re ready now. We can convert an overwhelming majority of proprietary file types into the proxy file type of your choosing.”

Want a .re4 file converted into a Raw MOV file? Done. Want a .SEC file converted into an MP4 or an AVI file? Done. Our standalone conversion tool is second to none. We’re converting over 80% of proprietary video file types found, with more being added as we encounter them.

Meet Amped DVRConv – our best-kept secret.

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File Conversion vs File Cracking

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We receive quite a few phone calls and e-mails from well-meaning customers wanting us to “crack” secure in-car or body worn camera video files. They get frustrated because our conversion tools in Amped FIVE or Amped DVRConv don’t “crack” files for them. The easiest explanation is that our tools aren’t designed to defeat security.

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TASER and Amped at IACP, October 15-18, 2016

IACP Conference 2016

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition is the largest and most important law enforcement event of the year — more than 14,000 public safety professionals attend the event to learn new techniques, advance their knowledge and careers and equip their department for ongoing success.

Attendees can choose from 200+ workshops in 12 targeted tracks, and learn proven strategies and crucial information that can be put to use right away. Participants can also attend live demos and hands-on exhibits to see new products in action — more than 700 exhibitors showcase their latest offerings to fully equip law enforcement professionals and help departments do the best job possible to serve and protect communities.

We will be showcasing the Axon Forensics Suite with TASER in booth 2239. Come visit us for hands-on demonstrations of our latest solutions: Axon Five, Axon Convert, and Axon Detect.

We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Expo hours:
Sunday, October 16,       10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 17,      10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18,      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

See more at: http://www.theiacpconference.org/exposition-hall/exposition-overview/#site-navigation.