Amped FIVE Update 9223: New Hikvision Loader, New Tool, New Functions

It’s a crazy busy time here at Amped Software, but that doesn’t stop development. Yes, it’s time for another update to Amped FIVE.

The craziness has meant that I have been a little quiet on here and I apologize for that. I really enjoy reaching out to you via the medium of this blog, so I do feel it when I don’t have the time to do so. Conferences, training, workshops, seminars and exhibitions—it’s fantastic that more and more people are seeing how Amped Authenticate, Amped DVRConv, and Amped FIVE can help them solve their video and image challenges.

With this latest update to Amped FIVE, more help is available today!

Let’s start things off with a big one! One that we have been working on for a while and one that shows the true power of partnerships really working…

Hikvision Video Loader

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CCTV is More Useful Than We May Perceive

One of the things that fascinate me the most in forensic video analysis is the relation between the subjective digital data and the objective human interpretation involved in any investigation. Psychological biases and the fallacies of human perceptions easily verifiable with any of the popular optical illusions are just some of the factors which must be taken into account while doing investigations.

But this time I want to look at things from a higher level and talk about the usefulness of video as evidence and our perception of it. Chances are you have already seen the very interesting article: “The Value of CCTV Surveillance Cameras as an Investigative Tool: An Empirical Analysis” (link).

The abstract provides some impressive numbers: “This study sought to establish how often CCTV provides useful evidence and how this is affected by circumstances, analysing 251,195 crimes recorded by British Transport Police that occurred on the British railway network between 2011 and 2015. CCTV was available to investigators in 45% of cases and judged to be useful in 29% (65% of cases in which it was available).”

For reference, this is the decision workflow used in the classification (image from the above paper).

This really made me feel good. It looks like what we are doing here at Amped Software is having an impact on society, and more than we expected. I think most people in our community would be surprised by the numbers. At Amped, we see hundreds of cases every year, and for more than half of the images and videos that we receive, we just say that they are useless. Continue reading

Amped in Rome for the Digital Forensics Meeting

Visit us at the Digital Forensics Meeting 2017 event, held in Rome, Italy on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

This one-day event is dedicated to computer forensics and mobile forensics experts to discuss the latest developments in digital investigations and intelligence. Guests will have the opportunity to attend presentations and interact directly with vendors and international experts. There will also be an exhibition area where participants can meet software vendors, including Amped Software, to receive personalized demos and exchange information.

For more information and registration, visit the event website.

An afternoon in Belgium learning how to improve CCTV images for digital investigations

Fifty Minutes Flanders Forensics is an event taking place in Belgium on Thursday, May 4, 2017, organized by our partner DataExpert. Four speakers from four different innovative companies will each present a fifty-minute presentation on important topics in digital forensics and investigations.

Agenda: 

12:30 to 13:00 – Welcome coffee

13:00 to 13:50 – Johann Hofmann – Griffeye
How to Handle Large Volumes of Images and Videos (EN)

13:50 to 14:40 – Martino Jerian – Amped Software
How to Improve CCTV Images for Digital Investigations (EN)

14:40 to 15:00 – Break & Networking

15:00 to 15:50 – Peter Smitskam – Cellebrite
The Cellebrite Analysis Platform and Cloud Analyzer (NL)

15:50 to 16:40 – Hans Henseler – Tracks Inspector
Digital Research by Non-Technical Investigators, is That Possible? (NL)

16:40 to 17:30 – Networking reception

You must be from a law enforcement or government agency in Belgium to attend this afternoon event held at:
Van der Valk hotel – Antwerpen
Luitenant Lippenslaan 66
Antwerpen
Belgium

To register or for more information contact DataExpert or visit the event website.

How do you handle digital multimedia evidence to be trusted in court? Visit us at Forensics Europe Expo to find out!

Forensics Europe Expo is the only international exhibition & conference that showcases the latest equipment and services as well as providing the definitive source of education, best practice, training and networking.

Visitor registration is free and allows you access to the exhibition, seminar and networking drinks reception. Essential for any forensics professional, Forensics Europe Expo is the must-attend event to learn about the very latest technology and connect with leading suppliers.

Visit the Amped team at Stand 1-D21 for your personalized demo and attend our seminars to learn how to properly handle digital multimedia evidence for it to be relied upon and trusted in court.

Amped Software Seminars

03 May 2017, Seminar Theatre

09:45 10:10
Scientific analysis, processing, enhancement, and presentation of video and images with Amped FIVE
David Spreadborough, International Trainer, and Certified Forensic Video Analyst – Amped Software

For evidence to be relied upon and trusted by a courtroom, it must be dealt with correctly. We must ensure that all work is reproducible and repeatable with any image or video submitted, portraying fact, and not fiction.

13:55 14:20
Image forgery detection and fast camera-image identification with Amped Authenticate
David Spreadborough, International Trainer, and Certified Forensic Video Analyst – Amped Software

Image manipulation can be performed on a standard smartphone. Thus, when images are submitted as evidence we must be able to validate that they are a true and accurate representation of what they purport to show. Manipulation may have been necessary, but malicious manipulation may change the interpretation of the image and therefore the evidential meaning.

Click here for more information and to register.

Why not contact us to book a one-to-one meeting with the Amped team while we are in London!

Setting the Standard for Image and Video Forensics in Poland

The Ogólnopolskie Wiosenne Spotkania z Informatyką Śledczą event (engl. The Polish Spring Session with Computer Forensics) held in Warszawa, on April 28, 2017, is dedicated to Polish law enforcement units and independent specialists, analysts, and IT security personnel using forensic tools.

This year the event will focus on topics related to the establishment of computer forensics laboratories, data extraction in the cloud, new solutions against cybercrime and the effectiveness of forensic analysis for mobile devices.

Marcin Grzywacz from Amped Software will be presenting a seminar entitled: Wyznaczanie standardów technik śledczych dla obrazów i nagrań wideo (engl. Setting the Standard for Image and Video Forensics)  from 12:20 – 13:00.

Location:
Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna, Zielna 37, building C, Warsaw, Poland
Click here for more information.

Is that image authentic?

With digital images, people are starting to ask the question – “is it authentic?”

My first digital camera was probably around 1997/8 – that’s nearly 20 years ago! It was a Canon and stored its tiny images on a CF Card. It was pretty heavy and bulky, but a huge step up from the first Kodak prototypes of the 1970’s.

Those had to store an image onto a cassette tape!

In 1990, a few years before my first adventures into digital imaging, Adobe released Photoshop for the Mac.

Take a look at the digital photography timeline to learn more:

http://www.practicalphotographytips.com/practicalphotographytips/history-of-digital-photography.html

This little trip down memory lane has revealed that for over 25 years, people have been able to easily capture and edit digital images. We have reached a point where high-quality images can be captured quickly, edited, and then shared within a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a screen. It’s no wonder then, that during this digital generation, people have also learned how easy it is to change that picture for unlawful reasons.

You are, most likely, from within the investigative community, so you can probably think of many different reasons why someone would want to, ‘tell a different story’. A digital image can be manipulated to reinforce that story, and up until now, many people have trusted that image as being a true and accurate representation. Continue reading

Amped Support Portal Available Now!

Normally, we release new stuff for your desktop, but this time we released a little new section on our website to help you with the management of your Amped Software licenses and training: the Amped Support Portal.

In the portal, you can find all the essential information about your software licenses and the training classes that you have attended.

Just head to https://support.ampedsoftware.com and you will see a typical Email / Password login page.

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If you are an Amped Software user and we have received your details when you purchased a license, you should already be able to log into the system. Just insert your email address and hit the button “Reset password”. Then check your email and follow the instructions to change the password and then log in. If you don’t receive an email, this means that we don’t have you in our records. But no worries, just send an email to support@ampedsoftware.com and we’ll create an account for you once we have identified your available licenses.

You can see all your licenses and their expiration dates, you can download the latest versions of the software, and you can generate license certificates that your administration or management may require.

Additionally, you will also see all the training classes that you have attended and download the related training certificate.

We plan to add additional features soon, for example, adding the possibility to receive email notifications before the expiration of your SMS (software updates). So, stay tuned!

As usual, feel free to contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about the new portal.

Working with Subtitles in Amped FIVE

Law enforcement officials have been sending out recordings of interviews to transcription services (or in-house transcribers) for decades. A complete and accurate text file of statements made in suspect / witness interviews has been a valuable aid to Detectives and Attorneys alike. Now that agencies have implemented new recording technologies (Body Worn Cameras, In-Car Video, & Interview Room recorders as examples), LEOs are looking to have the recordings made by these devices transcribed as well.

There are many services out there offering transcription for law enforcement. When choosing a service (when sending sensitive information outside of the LE agency), important considerations come into play. Not the least of these considerations are information security (CJIS) and standards compliance. There are plenty of services out there offering security and speed – both of which come at a cost. The most important consideration, however, is the format of the deliverable file. If the text is going to be used as subtitles for a video, it has to be formatted in a specific way. To be used as a subtitle file, It has to be formatted as a subtitle file. Not all transcription services offer this service. So it’s vitally important to choose a vendor that supports transcription that includes timing information and can produce a subtitle file. Without the timing information, synchronization of the text to the video becomes a manual (time consuming) process. With the timing information (see below), it’s fast and easy.

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The good news is, we’ve got you covered. In fact, we’ve been supporting the insertion of subtitles for years. Let’s take a look at how this is done.

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