Category Archives: Amped FIVE Updates

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.

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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.

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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.

Load Timestamp

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.

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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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Amped FIVE Update 18800: Introducing Chain Folders, Assisted Annotation Tracking and Protected PDF Reports

We are super excited about this new update to Amped FIVE that brings great new things to the History panel, the Annotate filter and to the Generate Report feature. So, let’s get to it and dive straight in.

Chain Folders

At Amped we strive to make our powerful software as user-friendly as possible. A clean and uncluttered workspace is paramount in ensuring that everything is easily made available to the user. With cases now involving multiple sources and files, we wanted to bring this approach to the History panel with the addition of Folders.

When you start Amped FIVE, you will now see a New Folder option in the History panel.

This gives you the immediate ability to set up your project, ready for loading your files.

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Amped FIVE Update 17338: Introducing Three New Filters! Annotate, Picture in Picture and Convert Frame Rate, Plus New H.264 Quality and More

We have a very huge update to Amped FIVE for you guys today! FIVE is our one-stop toolkit for all your video and image enhancement needs, and we’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes to perfect our latest features! We are extremely excited to show you the new features so let’s dive right in…

Annotate

The first new filter I would like to show you is the Annotate filter. Those of you who have used Amped Replay will recognize the features of this filter since it gives you access to the same annotations as in Amped Replay.

Applying the annotations is extremely simple and quick and provides users a reliable and efficient way to annotate your evidence. You can see examples of the annotations below:

Shape: Draw either square or ellipse shapes onto your videos and images.

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Amped FIVE Update 16112: Introducing the Audio Panel, Audio Redaction, H.264 Quality and More

It’s time to introduce another update to Amped FIVE, our one-stop toolkit for all your video and image enhancement needs, and we’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes to perfect our latest feature! Let’s dive right in…

The Audio Panel

Our user interface has a new look! Introducing the Audio Panel, allowing for the visualization of audio whilst simultaneously viewing your video files.

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Amped FIVE Update 15018: Customizable Reporting, Further Audio Support and More

We’re super excited to be here with another update to Amped FIVE and we’ve been busy working on a host of new features. Let’s take a look at what’s new!

Customizable Reporting

We’re now able to reveal to you our new Report Template options within the reporting feature in FIVE, allowing the customization of generated reports using pre-packaged templates or creating your own. This is fantastic for tailoring your forensic reports to suit your case or organization needs.

Let’s take a look at the new report style and the default templates!

As you would generate a report in previous builds, navigate to the Generate Report… option found under Project.

Here you’ll find the new options for the report template as well as the existing reporting features (which I’ll go through anyway, in case you are new to FIVE).

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Amped FIVE Update 13609: Introducing the Copy and Verify Tool and More Updated Features

We’re back with another massive update to Amped FIVE and this time we’re super excited to be introducing a brand new tool!

Copy and Verify

One of the core principles of working with digital data in a forensic capacity is ensuring that data remains unchanged during investigation and analysis. At Amped Software, one of our core values is that all of our products are forensically sound. Steps we take to ensure this include using only filters to apply enhancements, generating detailed reports providing the ability to reproduce and audit analyst actions and making sure the original file remains untouched during an import or conversion.

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