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What is the Frame Rate?

This follows on very nicely from my previous post, ‘Where Is the Rest of the Video?’, where we had to analyze video metadata in order to answer questions about missing footage. In the case here, we have some discrepancies with the frame rate. Let us take a closer look.

The first thing to point out is that I have recently changed one of the Amped FIVE Program Options and I thought it was worthy of an initial mention.

I am coming across many more CCTV files with audio streams. Now, I am not saying that they all have noise, but they do have a stream. As such, I have changed my video engine default to FFMS with Audio.

This engine is now the default on new installations. However, if you have updated from a previous version, the old settings are retained.

Upon loading the video into Amped FIVE, I can see from the File Info tool that an audio stream has been detected, but the waveform envelope in the Player bar is empty.

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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!

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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Upcoming Amped Software Training: Book Your Seat Now for 2020!

Official Amped Software training courses for 2020, delivered worldwide, are already filling up! Book your seat now to guarantee your attendance at one of the upcoming classes – we will be adding more dates and locations soon!

Please note that official Amped Software training courses are only those listed on our website and conducted by Amped Software personnel. We do not endorse or certify other people or companies to perform training on our products.

We provide the following courses in the USA, Canada, Italy and at customer premises worldwide:

Forensic Image and Video Enhancement with Amped FIVE

This course is recommended for users who recently purchased Amped FIVE and for those who want to gain hands-on experience from Amped officials trainers. Students will learn the fundamentals of image and video analysis and the issues faced when using digital multimedia evidence in investigations. The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on with many practical exercises to solve real or simulated cases using Amped FIVE. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly analyze and process images and videos with a workflow compatible with forensic needs and constraints.

Amped FIVE Additions

This is a new and evolving course designed for analysts previously trained in Amped FIVE. Due to the speed of development at Amped Software, it has been identified that within 12 – 18 months, a user may require a ‘top-up’ to their training. This is a refresher course that allows users to better understand the newly released filters and functionalities of Amped FIVE to ensure the correct interpretation of data and learn to use the new tools to their full advantage. During the course, we look at advanced techniques and concepts for some of the original filters, such as aspect ratio correction and photogrammetry. In addition, we also look at particular cases and discuss, view and analyze challenges faced in forensic image and video analysis. The course is designed on a modular system, allowing a bespoke personalized schedule dependent on when the original training was received.

Forensic Image Analysis with Amped Authenticate

This course is recommended for users who recently purchased Amped Authenticate and for those who want to acquire training in the techniques necessary to perform authentication analysis on digital images in a forensic science setting as well as to package, deliver, and present those findings in court. The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly analyze digital images with a workflow compatible with forensic needs and constraints.

Contact us today for more information about our training offerings and scheduled classes.

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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Amped Authenticate’s Smart Report: Making It Quicker and Easier for You to Report Relevant Filters

In Amped Authenticate Update 12336 we introduced a new and exciting reporting method designed to make it quicker and easier to report relevant filters.

The new Smart Report tool means users can now quickly produce an image authentication report as it automatically selects the most appropriate filters for each evidence image. This new feature allows for a more visual representation of evidence images and will allow you to quickly and effortlessly triage and share Authenticate results.

Check out this video to see the new Smart Report in action!

Amped FIVE Update 12727: Timeline, Multiview, HEIC support and more

With the new year comes a new update to Amped FIVE with some exciting new features and a couple of brand new filters!

Timeline

If one of your regular tasks is producing video for presentation purposes, you’ll be excited to know that there is now the option in Amped FIVE to combine multiple video chains together in our new Timeline filter, found under the Link group of filters.

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DVRConv Update 12151: Admin lock down settings ability and more formats now supported

Yes, you heard correctly – we’re here with yet another update! We’ve added some highly sought-after features to Amped DVRConv, the fastest and easiest way to convert proprietary video formats.

Settings Lock Down Option

Sometimes system administrators need to lock down the settings of Amped DVRConv in order to avoid having users modify the settings accidentally, which could disrupt the workflow of the lab; for example setting a conversion to transcode instead of stream copy. Now it is possible to protect these settings, allowing only system administrators to modify them!

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