Category Archives: Training

Upcoming Amped Software Training: Book Your Seat Now!

Want to get hands-on training on the use of Amped Software products? Want to learn about the challenges in forensic video and digital multimedia evidence processing?

Book your seat in an Amped Software online training course to acquire in-depth knowledge of all software features including the technical and scientific background behind the implemented techniques, and learn the workflow that is compatible with forensic needs and constraints.

Check out the schedule below of our upcoming classes – we will be adding more dates soon!

New Course for Investigators and First Responders

We’ve just added a new training course for investigators and first responders.

INVESTIGATING VIDEO EVIDENCE TRAINING
Introduction To Video Evidence For Investigators

This is an entry-level course designed for investigators and first responders. We will focus on implementing a firm legal process for using and reporting on image and video evidence in daily investigations. Students will learn the basics of image and video analysis, be able to convert proprietary video files, apply basic corrections to images, and prepare the evidence for presentations with redactions and annotations. The challenges and pitfalls faced when using digital multimedia evidence in investigations will also be discussed. The course is a mixture of lectures and hands-on with practical or simulated cases using Amped Replay. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly examine and process image and video evidence, backed with a workflow that is forensically sound and courtroom admissible. Check out the schedule:

July 27-29, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Blake Sawyer
September 07-09, 20219 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy)Samuel Abbott
September 28-30, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Blake Sawyer
November 16-18, 20219 AM – 1 PM CET (Italy)Stefano Bianchi

AMPED FIVE TRAINING
Forensic Image And Video Enhancement

This is a beginner and intermediate-level course designed for users who are seeking to use Amped FIVE for their investigations. 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. Check out the schedule:

June 14-18, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Blake Sawyer
June 28-July 02, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy) Samuel Abbott
July 19-23, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York) Blake Sawyer
August 23-27, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York) Blake Sawyer
September 13-17, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy) Samuel Abbott
October 04-08, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy) Stefano Bianchi (Italian Course)
October 04-08, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York) Blake Sawyer
November 15-19, 2021 11 AM – 3 PM EST (New York) Blake Sawyer
November 22-26, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM CET (Italy) Stefano Bianchi

AMPED AUTHENTICATE TRAINING
Photo Analysis And Tampering Detection

This is an intermediate and expert-level course designed for users who are seeking to use Amped Authenticate for their investigations. Students will learn 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. Check out the schedule:

June 21-25, 202111 AM – 3 PM EDT (New York)Stefano Bianchi
September 20-24, 20219 AM – 1 PM CEST (Italy)Stefano Bianchi

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

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.

Training – We also come to you!

Many of you will have seen the recent Amped Training schedule, detailing some of the training events at our HQ in Trieste, Italy, and also at the Henderson training facility in the USA.

As we mentioned, we also come to you… and this is important in a number of ways.

Forensic Video Analysis and the enhancement of Digital Images and Video, is a relatively small sector in Forensic Science. However, the input, (the amount of product being acquired), and the output, (the amount of images and video presented as evidence), is huge.

As a result, those people doing the job are very, very busy people… but if you are one of those people – you don’t need us to tell you that!

At Amped Software, we understand this. That’s why, whenever possible – we will come to you… wherever you are!

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New Amped Training schedule. Book your seat now!

We provide complete hands-on training courses on the use of our products at our Amped Software Training Labs in Italy and in the USA. For some countries, we can also arrange for in-house training at your organization. The purpose of the Amped Software training is to:

  • Provide students with the theory and the basics of image processing
  • Understand different issues affecting images and videos in an investigative context
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of all product features
  • Work effectively on real cases and be able to testify on the results

Below is a list of some of the next scheduled classes. For more details and to register for any of these classes please click here.

Upcoming Classes

Amped FIVE

January 24-26, 2017 / Henderson, NV, USA
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks

February 27-March 01, 2017 / Henderson, NV, USA
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks

March 02-03, 2017 / Henderson, NV, USA
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks

March 14-17, 2017 / Trieste, Italy
Instructor: Stefano Bianchi

March 27-29, 2017 / Garland (TX) Police Department, USA
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Amped FIVE Additions Course

This week I have been delivering a new and exciting course in The Netherlands. At the request of some of our expert users, we designed a new course that focuses on the latest updates to Amped FIVE

Hosted by our partner, DataExpert, this three-day course has been designed for people who had their original Amped FIVE training over a year ago but want to learn about the new features that were added to the software since then.

Due to our unique and very fast development path, getting a good understanding of the updates, new filters, and increased functionality of the software is vital in today’s fast-paced world.

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The Value of Training

Think about anything dangerous that you’ve done on a regular basis in your life. It’s in this context that I want to talk about the value of training.

Think back to the beginning of your law enforcement career. You entered the academy with a limited set of skills and knowledge. You were handed your service weapon. What happened next? Did you receive your weapon on the last day of the academy? Were you handed your weapon and told, “go serve and protect?” Of course not. You received training on how to safely handle the weapon. You received training on how to safely maintain the weapon. You didn’t receive a single round of ammunition for that weapon until your instructor was comfortable with you and your proficiency with the basics. Then you drilled. You practiced. You went through scenarios. You qualified … and throughout your career, you re-qualified over and over again. Failing to qualify has serious consequences to your career. Continue reading

Amped FIVE UK Demo Days

Over the past few months, in between delivering full courses in Amped FIVE, I have visited a number of UK Forces to assist them in getting a better understanding of the software.

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These have been very successful in getting people from different regions together to discuss general FVA topics and to see how the software can help them in their analysis and investigations.

“We have just had a most excellent FIVE demo day provided by Mr Spreadbourough and are very impressed with the product” – UK Force Imaging Unit Manager

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Register for Amped FIVE and Authenticate Training

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Registration for our Amped FIVE and Amped Authenticate Training courses is now open. Students will learn about the techniques and skills necessary to perform examinations and analysis on digital multimedia evidence and how to present those findings in court. Our courses focus on practical usage of these technologies. If you are just starting out with Amped FIVE and Authenticate, or have been using these products without formal training, you will learn how to get the most out of the software. Contact us to book your seat at one of these sessions:

Amped FIVE and Amped Authenticate
Amped Headquarters
Trieste, Italy
March 23-27, 2015
Instructor: Martino Jerian/Stefano Bianchi
REGISTER HERE

Amped FIVE
Memphis Police Department
Memphis, Tennessee
April 21-23, 2015
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks
REGISTER HERE