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Register For Free Webinar: Getting Started With Video Evidence

Get me the CCTV! Show me the suspect! Enhance that blurry face!

These phrases are very often heard in the numerous police shows we see on our screens these days.

Although we have come a long way since the days of the VHS tape, dealing with video in investigations is still littered with challenges, many of which are hidden due to the evidence being “just a video”.

Join David Spreadborough from Amped Software and learn about physical evidence, imagery evidence, locating, seizing, recovering, continuity, chain of custody, decoding, playback and review, interpretation, and presentation.

In this free information-packed session, you will learn about these challenges and gain an insight into examining video evidence, ensuring you have the knowledge to make the best decisions when reviewing videos.

If you are an investigator or detective, or just starting out with video evidence, this webinar is for you! If you are an experienced video analyst and know someone in your organization that can benefit from this webinar, please share this invitation with them.

At Amped we want to ensure that we assist our video analysts (our Amped FIVE users) to decrease their case backlogs in the forensic video labs, allowing you to work on cases that require your expertise and advanced technical skills. And we are doing this by empowering investigators with the knowledge and tools they need to properly handle video evidence.

Please share this invitation with any friends or colleagues who might be interested and who you think could benefit from this webinar.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM EST (4:00 PM CET) – 11:30 AM EST (5:30 PM CET)

Certificates:
After viewing this webinar you will be issued a certificate by email documenting that you have taken part in the session. Please note that a certificate will only be issued to those who request it and who have attended the entire webinar.

We have lots to say at LEVA 2020

Team Amped has a lot to say at this year’s LEVA Annual Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium.

Join us for one or all of these very exciting and interesting Amped Software sessions at VirtuaLEVA 2020 from October 26-30.

This online series of training events will be delivered via Zoom Pro and recorded sessions will be available until April 1, 2021. All session hours can be applied to LEVA certification renewal including the recorded sessions.

“See” you there!

Dealing with Deep Fakes
Presenter: Marco Fontani
October 26, 13:15 – 15:15, EDT

This presentation provides a basic understanding of what to look for in terms of image authentication and what can be utilized in the field of video authentication. Understand what is a Deep Fake. What are steps to authenticate images. How is video authentication different from image authentication.

Advanced File Analysis and Interpretation
Presenter: David Spreadborough
October 27, 10:45 – 12:45, EDT

Take an in-depth look at some of the information held within a video file and how it is interpreted. Look at stream timing, format differences and the old favorite of encoding reliability. What are the facts, what’s unreliable… and what requires further testing? Amped FIVE is featured to decode, convert, analyze and interpret the video evidence, but non-FIVE users will easily be able to follow on and gain valuable insight.

Trends In the Evolving Field of Forensic Video Analysis
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 27, 15:30 – 17:00, EDT

Based on data collected over the years of supporting the Forensic Video Analysis community, learn how trends in the FVA field are changing. The goal of this presentation is to examine those trends and volume to help agencies evaluate their needs in terms of systems and workflow.

FFmpeg Fundamentals
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 28, 10:45 – 12:45, EDT

This presentation will walk through the fundamentals of FFmpeg as described in the SWGDE document, with an emphasis with streamcopying proprietary file, and using some of the analysis features from the command line. Learn and understand some of the limitations of FFmpeg, but also many of the benefits for the daily toolbox and troubleshooting workflow.

Amped FIVE Workflow
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 28, 13:15 – 17:15, EDT

Get an understanding on how Amped FIVE can be the one tool for playing, converting, clarifying, and presenting video evidence. The focus of this course will be some of the newer features Amped has released in the last few years, but should be well suited for new and experienced users.

FFmpeg Fundamentals (repeat)
Presenter: Blake Sawyer
October 29, 15:30 – 17:30, EDT

This presentation will walk through the fundamentals of FFmpeg as described in the SWGDE document, with an emphasis with streamcopying proprietary file, and using some of the analysis features from the command line. Learn and understand some of the limitations of FFmpeg, but also many of the benefits for the daily toolbox and troubleshooting workflow.

Dealing with Deep Fakes (repeat)
Presenter: Marco Fontani
October 30, 09:00 – 10:30, EDT

This presentation provides a basic understanding of what to look for in terms of image authentication and what can be utilized in the field of video authentication. Understand what is a Deep Fake. What are steps to authenticate images. How is video authentication different from image authentication.

Advanced File Analysis and Interpretation
Presenter: David Spreadborough
October 30, 10:45 – 12:15, EDT

Take an in-depth look at some of the information held within a video file and how it is interpreted. Look at stream timing, format differences and the old favorite of encoding reliability. What are the facts, what’s unreliable… and what requires further testing? Amped FIVE is featured to decode, convert, analyze and interpret the video evidence, but non-FIVE users will easily be able to follow on and gain valuable insight.

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Join us this week at the IACP Virtual Training Event and Expo

From October 21 – 23, Amped Software will be exhibiting at the IACP 2020 Virtual Training Event and Expo

Video evidence is becoming a crucial component of cases and official investigations, and two things have become ever apparent. First, it is crucial that agencies review these videos accurately to make sure they get the best evidence. Second, agencies need a fast and easy way to get relevant information out to the public or other agencies.

We are excited to be able to share with the attendees at IACP 2020 the tools we have, which are helping agencies worldwide, to convert and play video accurately from any source without the need for other applications, and to generate actionable images and videos with annotations and redactions.

Come and see more at the Amped Software “booth” in the virtual expo hall. Remember that the hall will be open a full day before programming so you have lots of time to come see us! Schedule meetings or “drop a business card” to interact with us once the platform is available. 

While you can explore the expo hall anytime, company representatives will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Thursday, October 22. 

See you there! 

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Register for Webinar: Image and Video Analysis for Mobile Phone Investigations

Mobile phones keep our secrets, and they’re especially rich with images and videos. These visual contents are a mine of information, going well beyond what we see in pixels.

In this webinar, we’ll show you the power of Amped Authenticate to investigate an image’s provenance and authenticity, and how to reveal the presence of manipulated/concealed areas. We’ll also see how Amped FIVE can enhance images and videos to make even more information accessible to investigators.

Join Marco Fontani from Amped Software and learn why Amped solutions are all you need when it comes to video and image forensics.

Certificates:
After viewing this webinar you will be issued a certificate by email documenting that you have taken part in the session. Please note that a certificate will only be issued to those who request it and who have attended the entire webinar.

Register for Webinar: How to Quickly Process All Your Videos (And Audio) for Release in Amped FIVE

Amped FIVE already plays and converts video from nearly any source: from bodyworn cameras to proprietary CCTV. FIVE has also become a standard tool for getting the best evidence from all your video sources: from analysis to enhancement. But once you have the video or image, and it is time to send it out of your office, what can you do to make sure personal information isn’t accidentally released as well? 

In this webinar, we will discuss how Amped FIVE can be used for everything: converting proprietary videos, enhancing a license plate or face, and also audio and video redaction. 

Join Blake Sawyer from Amped Software and learn why one tool is really all you need when it comes to video and image forensics.

Certificates:
After viewing this webinar you will be issued a certificate by email documenting that you have taken part in the session.

Please share with any friends or colleagues who might also be interested. 

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An Interview With Detective Steve Paxton From the Everett Police Department

This week we interviewed Steve Paxton, a long time and very enthusiastic user who is also quite active in the forensics community. After only having the opportunity to speak with him numerous times online, we finally met in person last year at the LEVA conference. His perspective is quite interesting since he is not only a sworn officer who performs daily investigations, but also a digital forensic examiner.

Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder

Steve, tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background and your current role at the Everett Police Department?

I have been a police officer for 24 years. During that time, I have worked as a patrol officer, crime prevention officer, property crimes detective, and more recently, a digital forensics detective. I have also been a crime scene photographer off and on for the past 20 years.

I work within a four-person digital forensics lab. We recover and process surveillance video, examine mobile devices and handle a wide variety of digital evidence. I regularly work with other investigators, prosecutors, and administrators to review search warrants as well as examine and prepare digital multimedia evidence for court presentation. Although my work is usually very technical, presenting it in an easy-to-understand, non-geeky way is critical and extremely rewarding.

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Introducing Amped FIVE Filter Friday Videos

We are happy to announce our new Amped FIVE Filter Friday video series on the Amped Software YouTube channel.

Every Friday we will publish a video that teaches you how to use the filters in Amped FIVE. Learn how easy it is to use the Video Loader filter to load a video from a file, how to use the Local Stabilization filter to stabilize a shaky video by keeping the current selection steady, and much much more.

We have more than 100 filters in Amped FIVE, so we’ll be busy creating these videos for you! Subscribe to the Amped Software YouTube channel now, so you don’t miss any!

Below is the first video in our series: Filter Group: Load – Filter Name: Video Loader.

Happy Filter Friday everyone!

Register to attend the Amped User Day in Birmingham, UK

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.

For more info and to register, click here.

Come See Us at GPEC 2020 Exhibition in Frankfurt at Stand D082

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.

Visit the Amped team in Stand D082 to learn why law enforcement and government agencies worldwide use our powerful forensic software solutions to analyze their digital image and video evidence.

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 More Cases

Wednesday 19 February, 15:30 – 15:55 in the Open Forum, Hall 11.1, upper floor.

Don’t forget to register!

To learn more about the GPEC event, please click here.

In Case You Missed It: See What Happened in 2019!

2019 was a very busy and exciting year for Amped Software! We set up a new business entity in the USA and have an entirely new team there. We launched Amped Replay, a new product for investigators. And products continued to evolve with numerous updates. Learn all about this and more in this 2019 Year in Review post.

In January we launched our Tip Tuesday blog series full of tips and tricks to help our users get the most out of the Amped solutions they already own or have on their wish list! You can find all of these tips on our blog here. We’ll be adding more in 2020, so remember to subscribe to get these directly into your inbox.

Quite a big and important change happened in February. We established a new business entity and a new team in the USA to better serve our customers in North America. The new business entity is called Amped Software USA Inc. and is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is a fully owned subsidiary of Amped SRL, the Italian headquarters. Our goal is to now work more closely with our customers in the USA and Canada and to offer them the level of professionalism and consistency that we at Amped Software have tried to foster throughout the world. So, for all software sales and training in North America, please remember to contact us through the new business entity above.

In February we also released Amped FIVE 12727 which included Timeline, Multiview, HEIC support and more. Read more about this update here and watch the video to see the new features in action.

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