Yes, you have read the title correctly! One of the most requested and anticipated features has now been built into Amped FIVE. We have been working on Undo / Redo for some considerable time and it is fantastic to make it available to you in this release. Along with this new ability, there are many other new tools and functions to introduce, so let us not delay any longer, let’s go!Continue reading
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Amped Replay Update 23579: Unload Timestamps, Audio Playback, Improved Crop, Resize, Annotations, and More
More and more officers and detectives are using Amped Replay, the enhanced video player for policing, within their everyday duties. With immediate decoding of proprietary CCTV, quick and simple enhancements based on forensic methods, and full annotation and marking capabilities designed specifically for use within a legal setting, it is easy to understand why it has become so popular.
User feedback has directly led us to make several advancements so let’s take a look at the new updates available today within Replay.
Amped FIVE Update 23195: Speed Estimation 2d
Your hard drive is still spinning after installing our latest Amped FIVE update a few weeks ago, and here we are with an exceptional extra release for you. We are indeed making an exception to our release cycle to deliver a new feature that users have been eagerly waiting for. Welcome to Speed Estimation 2d!Continue reading
Amped FIVE Update 22997: Blank Video, Audio Loader, Audio Muxer, Audio Sync, and Much More
“All I want for Christmas is…” another huge update to Amped FIVE!
It only seems like yesterday that we published the last update to Amped FIVE, announcing the release of many time-based tools and filters. Here we are again, bringing several very popular requests into the software, with another very important update.
To start with we have Blank Video, allowing the creation of video frames to be used for titling, or to fill gaps caused by missing frames in a timeline.
This update though has a large emphasis on audio. Digital Multimedia Evidence (DME) now often consists of both video and audio and it is becoming much more common to have CCTV, and private video surveillance, to include an audio stream. In-car systems may have multiple audio streams to playback sound better from different parts of the vehicle.
We have been monitoring this increase in connected audio and have therefore developed several new filters specifically to assist in its management.
Let us take a closer look at these and many more!
Amped DVRConv Update 22526: New Important Formats and Codec Variations
We have been working hard to support a number of user-submitted proprietary video files over the past few months so we have decided to get these into a new Amped DVRConv update to quickly benefit all users.Continue reading
Amped Replay Update 22229: New Timestamp Functions, Annotation Options, and Increased Admin Settings
We never stop here at Amped so here we are again with another software update. This time to the enhanced video player for everyday policing, Amped Replay.
Officers and police staff need to review and perform basic tasks with CCTV, dashcam footage, body-worn video, and footage from cell phones. However, they also need to do this quickly and, most importantly, adhere to forensic guidelines.
This is where Replay comes in. Using the powerful Amped Conversion Engine, allowing the lossless extraction of video from proprietary formats, and then utilizing an easy to use selection of forensic filters and annotation tools, users can expedite their video evidence, knowing that they are being protected with a science-based workflow acceptable within the criminal justice systems.
Let us see what’s new:Continue reading
Amped DVRConv Update 21854: More New Formats and Codec Variants
Hot on the heels after last week’s huge update to Amped FIVE, we now have another update to Amped DVRConv.
For those people not familiar with DVRConv, this is the stand-alone conversion tool that utilizes the powerful Amped Conversion Engine. Conversion is a small (but important) part when using Amped FIVE or Amped Replay but with Amped DVRConv, it is the sole purpose.Continue reading
How to Use the Convert DVR Fallback Procedures in Amped FIVE
With the latest Amped FIVE Update 21826, we introduced Fallback Procedures within Convert DVR. In this post, we detail all the options available to you.
As anybody working with CCTV evidence knows, there are thousands of proprietary video formats and variants. To preserve forensic integrity, the raw data must be analyzed and ‘cleaned’ before placing that data into a standard container for decoding.
Without cleaning, it is possible that any resulting video may have pixel errors, missing or duplicated frames, muxed video streams, or lack of audio and time files.
That is the main purpose of Convert DVR, a simple and easy tool to analyze, clean, separate, and output proprietary video into standard formats for forensic analysis.
Fallbacks now give you a powerful set of options to extend this process and attempt to find a ‘procedure’ that will result in visual information if standard conversion is unsuccessful, without the immediate need to send the file to support.
How to Use the Adjust Timestamp Filter in Amped FIVE
One of the most important additions in the latest Amped FIVE Update 21826 is the Adjust Timestamp filter. In this post, we look at its importance and go through all the adjustment types.
Timestamps are either supplied along with a video file or have to be extracted from a proprietary container during the cleaning and conversion process that happens within Amped FIVE. Timestamps relating to surveillance video are often wrong and/or incomplete, perhaps only displaying once per second. They may also display the same time for a series of frames.
To preserve forensic integrity, and allow various display options, we must complete any changes to this data within a new step, so welcome to the Adjust Timestamp filter! You now have the option of showing two timestamps: the original and the adjusted.
There are many reasons why you may need to adjust a timestamp so let us take a look at this valuable new filter and then go through some scenarios.
Amped FIVE Update 21826: Adjust Timestamp, Time Calculator, PTS Playback, Advanced Conversion Procedures, and Much More
Hi again everyone, and welcome to another HUGE Amped FIVE update. So huge, that we have decided to cover the new developments across three posts. This is an overview, and you will find links to separate pages on the new Timestamp Adjustment filter, and the new Fallback Procedures within Convert DVR.
Over the past 6 months, we have been working hard looking at timing information, and how we can help you in your analysis and presentation of this vital element in multimedia investigation. As a consequence, this update focuses heavily on the subject and you will identify that several of these new developments work and interact with each other.
We have a lot to get through and time is of the essence here so let’s move on quickly and take a look at the new developments.
When a video is loaded, and an associated timestamp is identified, we automatically load that file at the same time using the Load Timestamp filter (automatic loading of timestamp files can be controlled under Program Options). However, from this update, we now conduct a prior analysis of the timestamp file and warn you if there are inconsistencies between the frame count and timestamp values.Continue reading