Have a drink with Amped at the Pint of Science event in Trieste, Italy!

Pint of Science is a global science festival that brings scientists to local bars to discuss their latest research and discoveries over a drink or two. The festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest scientific research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars and pubs. This is the perfect opportunity for the public to meet scientists and ask questions.

Where and when?

The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May and simultaneously in hundreds of venues across the world. Each country holds their main events on the same days, bringing the scientific community together.

There are thousands of events in 300 cities around the world including Amped Software’s beautiful home city, Trieste! This year’s events will take place from 14-16 May.

Amped has been invited to have a talk over a beer (or a glass of wine, or the local spritz) on May 16 at the TNT PUB in via della Ginnastica 46, Trieste, Italy.

Martino Jerian, Amped’s CEO and Founder, is scheduled to talk at 20:00 on how Amped Software’s scientific research provides customers with innovative and science-based software solutions for forensic image and video analysis.

Why not come and have a drink with us?

For more info:
https://pintofscience.it/event/elementare-watson-e-grafene
https://pintofscience.it/events/trieste 
https://www.facebook.com/pintofscienceitaly/

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Working Scientifically?

On Tuesday, May 22, I will be in Providence (RI, USA) at the Annual IACP Technology Conference to present a lecture. The topic, “Proprietary Video Files— The Science of Processing the Digital Crime Scene” is rather timely. Many years ago,  the US Federal Government responded to the NAS Report with the creation of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC). I happen to be a founding member of that group and currently serve as the Video Task Group chairperson within the Video / Imaging Technology and Analysis Subcommittee (VITAL). If one was to attempt to distill the reason for the creation of the OSAC and its on-going mission, it would be this: we were horrible at science, let’s fix that.

Since the founding of the OSAC, each Subcommittee has been busy collecting guidelines and best practices documents, refining them, and moving them to a “standards publishing body.” For Forensic Multimedia Analysis, that standards publishing body is the ASTM. The difference between a guideline / best practice and a standard is that the former tend towards generic helpful hints whilst the latter are specific and enforceable must do’s. In an accredited laboratory, if there is a standard practice for your discipline you must follow it. In your testimonial experience, you may be asked about the existence of standards and if your work conforms to them. As an example, in section 4 of ASTM 2825-12, it notes the requirement that your reporting of your work should act as a sort of recipe such that another analyst can reproduce your work. Whether used as bench notes, or included within your formal report, the reporting in Amped FIVE fully complies with this guidance. There is a standard out there, and we follow it.

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Join us at the International Police Expo in New Delhi, India

From May 10 – 11, 2018 Amped will at the at the International Police Expo in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. You can find us at Booth B17/B18, together with our India partner, Forensics Guru.

International Police Expo is an interactive platform where police representatives from different nations meet to gather and exchange knowledge and worldviews as well as learn about new technologies and solutions. The Expo showcases the latest equipment and technologies for Defense, Homeland and Internal Security, Policing, Surveillance, Communication, Forensics, and more. The conference theme for this year is: “The Challenges in Combating Transnational Crimes and Terrorism”.

On Thursday, May 10, from 12-12:30 pm, in Hall 7ABC, Amped’s CEO and Founder, Martino Jerian, will present a keynote presentation on best practices for analyzing, enhancing and authenticating digital image and video evidence using software solutions that have become the standard worldwide.

Stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about our technology!

For information, visit http://internationalpoliceexpo.com/

Learn to accurately determine measurements from CCTV at the OFVAA Annual Training Event

The Ontario Forensic Video Analysts’ Association (OFVAA) is holding its 6th Annual Training Event from April 30 – May 4, 2018, at the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The full week of training will focus on “Forensic Still Image Photogrammetry” and will cover a range of topics around height analysis from surveillance video and still images with practical hands-on training by field experts including Amped Software’s David Spreadborough. Students will perform and validate scientific height analysis using multiple methods including Reverse Projection, Laser Scanning, Computer Image Creation, and also Measure 3d in Amped FIVE.

This event provides a unique opportunity to use all these techniques to identify each one’s ideal use scenario, in order for officers and analysts to use the right technique in the right scenario, cutting costs and time.

For more information visit: http://www.ofvaa.com/training

Learn about the Forensic Video Analysis Workflow at Digital Experience Belgium

On Wednesday, April 25, Amped Software will be at Digital Experience Belgium held at the Van der Valk Hotel Beveren.

Digital Experience Belgium, organized by our partner DataExpert, is a one-day event for crime and fraud investigation specialists in Belgium. Digital Investigators, their Managers, and Crime Analysts from government departments and businesses are expected to attend this event. Workshops have been scheduled and topics range from CCTV Video and Image Analysis to Mobile Phone Forensics and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will present a workshop entitled The Forensic Video Analysis Workflow, scheduled from 15:15 – 16:00.  In this session, David will walk you through the FVA Workflow. From exhibit to conclusion, presentation and report, he will highlight how Amped FIVE has changed the way CCTV and video analysis is conducted by providing a complete toolset in a simple and clean application. Amped FIVE (Forensic Image and Video Enhancement) is a single application for the processing, analysis, restoration, enhancement, presentation, and reporting of CCTV, video and image files used in investigations. Utilizing a science-based workflow, each filter is documented and peer-reviewed to ensure complete compliance with local regulations ensuring accuracy, repeatability, and reproducibility.

For more info and to register for the event, click here.

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We just turned 10 – but there’s still so much more to do!

Today is the 10th anniversary of the foundation of Amped Software. In fact, I officially registered the business on 10th April 2008.

It feels like it was only yesterday that I started the company, but at the same time, it feels like ages ago.

It wasn’t always easy, but it has been an exciting ride so far. If there is something I am very proud of, it is the consistency of the company’s vision. Nowadays in the startup world, there’s this very common concept of pivoting. Start with an idea and then change the product, the market, or everything, until it works. Somewhat.

I, however, started with the same idea that is still driving the company today: to create the best tools for image and video analysis specifically for forensics and investigations. Doing something very specific for a very specific kind of customer, but being the best in doing it and making it become the world standard. Continue reading

What’s the Difference?

It was a slow week on one of the most active mailing lists in our field. Then, Friday came along and a list member asked the following question:

If I exported two copies of the same frame from some digital video as stills. Then slightly changed one. Something as small as changing one pixel by a single RBG value….so it is technically different…

… Does anyone know any software that could look at both images and then produce a third image that is designed to highlight the differences? In this case it would be one pixel …

To which, my colleague in the UK (Spready) quickly replied – Amped FIVE’s Video Mixer set to Absolute Difference. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have the winning answer! Let’s take a look at how to set up the examination, as well as what the results look like.

I’ve loaded an image into Amped FIVE twice. In the second instance of the file within the project, I’ve made a small local adjustment with the Levels filter. You can see the results of the adjustment in the above image.

With the images loaded and one of them adjusted, the Video Mixer, found in the Link filter group, is used to facilitate the difference examination.

On the Inputs tab of the Video Mixer’s Filter Settings, the First Input is set to the original image. The Second Input is set to the modified image, pointing to the Levels adjustment.

On the Blend tab of the Video Mixer’s Filter Settings, set the Mode to Absolute Difference.

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There’s More to an Image than Meets the Eye

When using an image as evidence during a court case, the point of view it represents acquires a resonance much stronger than the testimony of a witness. With video, this is even more true, as we may understand the dynamics even from the frames and any additional information which may be gleaned from the audio track.

Nowadays, there are many free and easy tools which can be used to modify pictures with ease, and thus the authentication of images is of paramount importance. But even more importantly, we need to understand how much data there is in an image, in addition to what we can already see.

Read the full article published in Lawyer Monthly.

Identify Social Media Files with Amped Authenticate

Amped Authenticate Update 10641 introduced the new Social Media Identification filter. It can be found in the File Analysis filter group.

The filters in the File Analysis group are generally looking at the file’s container to return relevant information about the file. The Social Media Identification filter examines the file for traces of information that may indicate the file’s social media source. The key word here is “may.”

The workflow that I will explain here is typical in the US and Canada. Take from it what you need in order to apply it to your country’s legal system.

Let’s begin.

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