Welcome to this week’s Tip, dear friends! Today we’re sharing with you some useful hints to create compelling reports with Amped FIVE. We’ll see the advantages of using bookmarks, grouping them into folders, and how you can insert your own comments right in the first section of the report.Continue reading
Forensic Focus recently interviewed Blake Sawyer, our latest addition to the Amped team to support the North American market. We are reposting the interview Forensic Focus published on its website. To see the original post on Forensic Focus, click here.
Congratulations on your new role! Tell us more about your law enforcement career. How did you get into digital forensics?
Thanks so much! I am excited about the opportunity to come and work for Amped Software. I got into digital forensics in a kind of roundabout way. I earned a Computer Science degree in college and went to work for Apple. After several years of support and QA, I got involved in Audio and Video Production. That led me, eventually into working for the Plano Police Department in Plano, TX, USA in 2014.
At the time, there was no dedicated unit for video forensics, but the department knew there was increasingly more need for someone who understood video. Almost 6 months later, there was a major case involving a homicide where the majority of the evidence relied heavily on the video. Using Amped FIVE, I was able to help investigators understand what information we had on video, play and process almost 500GB of proprietary videos, and create analytic comparison and demonstrative charts. Since that time, the department has grown to have 3 full-time video analysts retrieving and processing 200-300 videos a month. Without FIVE that would have been almost impossible.
How did you come to work for Amped? What about the role and the company excited you most?
I have been a user of Amped FIVE since 2014. I was impressed with the ease of use and deep analytic potential of the product. Once I purchased Amped DVRConv, I was a big fan. Through the years I have been an advanced user and helped suggest features and improvements. When Martino Jerian, the CEO and Founder of Amped Software, called me about the job, I was very excited about the opportunity. I have always enjoyed solving problems and helping people. Working in a role that allows me to help and teach people in a field that I care a lot about is one of the things I am most excited about.
Being able to move from helping one local police department to helping Law Enforcement and Video Examiners throughout North America is something that I couldn’t pass up. The more people learn how to look at video and actually be able to get scientifically correct information from it is critical to the field. I am glad to be able to do my part.Continue reading
Hello, dear Tuesday Tip friends! This week we are talking about interlaced videos and how to deal with them with Amped FIVE. Wait! Don’t hit the “X” button yet! Even if you think you know everything about deinterlacing, stay with us! We’re not only going to see good rules, but we’ll also see an interesting exception that makes the rule. 😉
Those of you who attended Amped FIVE training classes know very well that when you load a video in FIVE and you see those “jagged lines”, you’re likely dealing with an interlaced video.Continue reading
Dear Tip Tuesday lovers, welcome to this week’s Tip! When you load an image into Amped Authenticate and click on the File Format filter, a lot of tests are executed to analyze your image’s encoding properties and metadata. When Authenticate finds something suspicious, it raises a warning to help you focus your attention. Today, we will briefly review what these tests do, and show how you can customize the parameters determining their behavior.Continue reading
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!
Hello, Tip Tuesday’s loyal friends! With all the enhancement and restoration tools featured in Amped FIVE, it can easily happen that you are undecided about which filter is better to use in a specific case, or which filter configuration is the best. This week’s Tip will show you how to visually compare the output of different chains and hopefully settle the question quickly.Continue reading
Hello Amped blog readers! Following last week’s Tip Tuesday idea that “simple things matter”, today we’ll show you how one of the most straightforward filters in Amped Authenticate, that is, the Thumbnail filter, can sometimes reveal interesting information.
First of all, what is the image thumbnail? It is (well… it should be) a much lower resolution version of the image, commonly in the order of 160 x 120 pixels. It is mostly used by file/image manager applications for efficiently creating image galleries: they just need to decode a few thousand instead of millions of pixels during gallery creation and browsing, while the full-size picture will be decoded when the user “opens” it. The Exif standard provides rules for embedding the thumbnail into the image file as a stand-alone JPEG object, allowing to decode it without having to process the full-sized image.Continue reading
We love learning about our users. We like to hear your views about the world of image and video forensics, what your challenges are, and also discovering your personal interests and hobbies. If you want to share your story, contact us for a chat!
Mario Ruiz Mateos, from the Spanish Guardia Civil, has been our user for many years and is probably our very first user in Spain. He’s a very skilled and enthusiastic user of Amped FIVE and a good friend who over the years has contributed with his ideas and feedback to the continuous improvement of the software. I’ve enjoyed his company in several training sessions and conferences in Madrid and other places… and also some nice evenings after the training sessions.
Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder
Mario, tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background and your current role at the Criminalistic Service in the Spanish Guardia Civil?
I am the Manager of the Forensic Image Area, one of the four areas of the Engineering Department of the Criminalistic Service of the Guardia Civil. I have been performing this duty since 2013 although I have been working in the Forensic Image Area since 2003, first as an Expert and then as Technical Director. During this time, I have been drafting expert reports and technical documents related to image and video enhancement and authentication cases, answering requests made by our investigation units and testifying in courts, here in Spain and, from time to time, in some international cases.
I joined the Guardia Civil when I was seventeen, willing to help and serve, but I soon realized that if I wanted to make a real contribution I would need to study and get some training. So I graduated with a Degree in Computing Sciences and then I continued my studies to earn a Master Degree in Forensic Sciences.
What made you decide to enter the field of multimedia forensics?
When I was in my first year of University, my unit got a call from the Engineering Dept and, since the requirements were mostly knowledge on computing, I thought that it was a good opportunity to develop my career in something really interesting. At that time, I was mostly doing static surveillance, where I could not perform any technical skill.
In my first year in the Dept. I mostly trained and worked in the forensic audio field, but since the image forensic group needed reinforcement, the Manager of the Dept. finally decided that my knowledge could be valuable to boost the development in that territory.Continue reading
Dear Amped Tip Tuesday fellows – welcome to this week’s Tip! Today we will show you how a very simple tool, the Reverse filter, can boost your results significantly. Ok, I can hear you say: “Oh dear, how will these Amped guys fill a Tip Tuesday with such a trivial filter?”. Keep reading and you’ll find out!Continue reading