It’s here! The first update to Amped Replay and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you the new features!
Amped Replay is a universal player and converter for proprietary and standard video files, with basic enhancement, annotation and redaction functions, designed to be used by everyone from those on the immediate frontline of law enforcement to the more intermediate lab workers ‘behind-the-scenes’. Our work didn’t stop following the launch this past March, and we have had nothing but praise from police officers around the world who have been seeing the benefits of Replay in their case workflows.
Let’s not delay any further and take a look at what’s new!
We really enjoy hearing from our users. We want to learn about your challenges so that we can try to help you find solutions for those challenges, and we really like getting to know you on a more personal level, learning about your interests and hobbies. If you want to share your story with us, get in touch!
Blaine Davison, from the Norman PD, has been an enthusiastic user for many years. As a former President and board member of LEVA, he strove to advance the science and practice of video forensics for all of North America. Colleagues in the forensics community have often mentioned his name, referring to him as someone who is able to get really amazing results on hard cases with Amped FIVE. He’s one of those users who is able to take advantage of the full workflow of Amped FIVE: from conversion of video formats, to enhancement, analysis, and presentation.
Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder
Blaine, tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background and your current role at the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department?
I’m currently a Detective, Forensic Video Analyst and Digital Evidence Administrator for the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department. I originally studied Communications and Technical Journalism while at University and worked for a year as a reporter for the ABC affiliate station in Rapid City, South Dakota after graduating. I then relocated to Oklahoma and started working “temporarily” as a 911 Operator for the local Sheriff’s Department thinking at some point, I would resume working in television news. I’m proud to say that “temporary” position turned into a twenty-five-year law enforcement career.
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.
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 installerin 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.
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 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
The extra-hot summer we’ve had in Italy didn’t stop our dev team! So here we are again this week with another release, this time for Amped Authenticate, maybe just in time for you to try it before your summer holidays!
We are proud to introduce this widely requested feature: you have now the ability to bookmark results, add comments, organize bookmarks in folders, and finally generate a fully-detailed Report for your case. Below is how Authenticate’s new interface will look like at the end of an image investigation:
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.
The Amped User Day will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019, in the “Mile High City” of Denver, Colorado at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 3203 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207.
Education is important for raising the value of video and image forensics. The more practitioners understand the correct way to process and clarify the evidence they receive, the better the probative value that evidence becomes. One group who has been working for many years to raise the quality and skill set of analysts is the National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF) at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to participating in research and assisting with best practices for the field, they have developed curriculum at the collegiate level to educate competent forensic scientists. Through their Media Forensics Master’s program, and training courses throughout the year, they are leaders in the education of current and future examiners.
We at Amped Software are happy to be part of the NCMF’s curriculum which focuses on teaching students to look at the evidence and learn the scientific ways to examine, clarify, and restore images and videos. Beginning this fall, in partnership with NCMF, Amped FIVE will be available in their classroom where students will learn how FIVE can be utilized to examine the metadata of files, understand clarification tools used throughout the world, use forensically sound stabilization and measurement tools, and create understandable presentation pieces backed by a scientific report. In doing so, students will be prepared with a wide breadth of tools to get the most detail and information from images and videos as they enter the workforce.
We are very excited that NCMF has chosen our products to help in their degree program. Together, Amped and NCMF will equip students to be well-prepared analysts using “methods and technology necessary to fight crime in the digital age”.
For more information on the NCMF Graduate Program, please click here. To learn more about Amped Software’s Academic Program, contact us.
INTERPOL World is a global co-creation opportunity which engages the public and private sectors in dialogue, and fosters collaboration to counter future security and policing challenges. INTERPOL World comprises of three interlinked activities:
32 strategic Co-creation Labs to discuss the challenges and solutions for combating the crimes of the future
Exhibition that serves as a business and networking event for more than 160 manufacturers, distributors, and Research and Development organizations to offer innovative products and cutting-edge technologies
INTERPOL Working Groups (by invitation only) including the chief innovation officers group, artificial intelligence, drones, and the Darknet and cryptocurrency group
Visit Team Amped at booth M01 from 2-4 July at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, to learn why Amped products are the global leading solutions for image and video forensics.
Also remember to attend the following Amped presentations at the Interpol World Theatre found in the exhibition hall:
Amped FIVE: Forensic Image and Video Enhancement July 3, 11:50 – 12:10
Video has become a powerful weapon in the fight against crime. It is, however, a very unstandardized and volatile media type that requires careful processing to ensure admissibility in courts. Amped FIVE is a stand-alone application to convert, interpret, analyze, bookmark, restore, enhance and output video and image evidence, all based on scientific methodologies and peer-reviewed filters. Using the software live, with real footage, this presentation will highlight the power of FIVE to the investigator, and how it enables the answering of questions and completion of tasks with unparalleled ease and speed.
Video and the Police: New Solutions to Old Problems with Amped Replay July 4, 12:30 – 12:50
Police Officers, Investigators, Detectives and Major Investigation Teams all need to review and assess videos and images. This demo will introduce a new workflow to protect users and ensure that they can provide a forensic pathway through review, basic image enhancement and annotation, and then output to a standard format. The challenge of video within investigations will be explained through a live software demonstration on some casework.