Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Lifesaver: Convert Hundreds of Unplayable Videos in Batch and Save Hours and Headaches With Amped DVRConv!

Welcome, Tip Tuesday lovers! Those of you who are creatures of habit will be shocked: for the first time, we’re dedicating a tip to Amped DVRConv! For those who don’t know, DVRConv is Amped’s solution to the obnoxious problem of unplayable CCTV video files. It shares the powerful video conversion engine featured in Amped FIVE, so we have been asked from time to time “why should we get DVRConv if we already have Amped FIVE?”. This week’s tip tries to answer this question.

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Chicago Police Relies on Amped FIVE to Solve More Crimes

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.

Read Beneath the Lines! Learn How Amped FIVE’s Color Deconvolution Filter Helps You Take Out Relevant Elements from Color-Mixed Images

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:

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Zoom In On That! Amped Replay’s Magnify Tool Creates Impressive Magnifications That Boost Your Evidence Effectiveness

Ciao Tip Tuesday friends! This week we have a special surprise: we are pleased to dedicate the first Tip to our newest product Amped Replay. Replay is an enhanced video player designed to help even nontechnical users in their daily work with forensic images and videos. It covers the acquisition, triage, essential enhancement, redaction, annotation, and exporting phases. All of that served with Amped’s special seasoning, that is, forensic soundness. For a full product presentation, just visit this page, or watch this video. Today, we’re focusing on a great feature in Amped Replay: the Magnify annotation tool, which lets you create compelling and attractive zooms of selected areas in your frame.

Let’s imagine a case where a robbery takes place in a chemical factory, and the offenders drive away in a car. The stolen material could be easily weaponized. The ability to readily send out a video to the media showing the vehicle means that you can turn all citizens into patrols looking for the criminals’ car. But you need to do it quickly, in minutes.

The closest police patrol arrives on scene and the officers head to the CCTV recorder and grab a video showing the offenders’ vehicle. The officers get their laptop out, fire up Amped Replay, and the video is ready for inspection. The suspects’ vehicle is quite visible, as shown below:

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Your Input is Needed for Windows XP Support! Keep or Kill?

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?

Please help us with this one-minute survey, or contact us if you want to discuss this with us.

We appreciate your feedback!

Come meet us at the IAI International Educational Conference in Reno

We are happy to announce that Amped Software will be presenting and exhibiting at the IAI International Educational Conference, taking place from Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Peppermill Resort and Conference Center, in Reno, Nevada, USA.

The IAI Conference is the largest organized event in the world that provides a full week of high quality, cutting edge education and hands-on training in forensic physical evidence examination and crime scene processing.

You will be able to join lectures on the latest technology, techniques, and research, sign up for limited space hands-on workshops to practice basic to advanced skills, and attend meetings and panels that provide an opportunity to discuss the latest professional topics and developments. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a full week of professional, scientific and technical lectures in the disciplines of Biometric, Bloodstain Pattern, Crime Scene, Digital, Facial Identification, Footwear and Tire Track, Forensic Art, Photography, DNA, Ten Print and Latent Print Evidence.

The IAI Conference is the best place for experts in these fields to stay up to date on the latest techniques, technologies, and issues in forensic science, and to learn more about quality assurance, standards developments, and the most comprehensive forensic certification program in the world.

Come see us at Booth 521 to learn about Amped Software’s latest technology for your forensic image and video analysis needs.

And don’t miss the following presentations from Amped Software’s Blake Sawyer, Technical Sales, Support and Training for North America.

W043 – Using FFmpeg for video playback and analysis
Friday, August 16
10:00 AM 

W047 – Digital video files under a microscope: Understanding the binary composition of digital video file formats
Thursday, August 15
8:00 AM

For more info and to register click here.

Bet on the Net! Amped Authenticate Allows Searching for Reference Images on the Web for Better Integrity Analysis

Dear Amped blog fellows, welcome to a brand new Tip Tuesday! When you need to check the integrity of an image, nothing is better than having a reference picture to compare with. Unfortunately, it is common not to have it! That’s why Amped Authenticate lets you search for images from the same device model on the web. Keep reading to find out how!

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