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If you are interested in the basic Ocean Systems dTective Video Forensic Training 4 day class, please see our class schedule.

Forensic Video Analysis - FVA 101

Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis - 4 Days

Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis is 4 day course that provides a comprehensive approach to your casework with a primary focus on our stream-lined workflows and digital media processing. It is intended for anyone who is new to the field of FVA or persons who have not been formally trained using these tools.

Topics will include: workflow concepts, digital and analog video recover, capture & processing, image clarification, basic video editing and annotation, final output options, and media management & archiving.

The learning environment consists of lectures and hands-on exercises designed to allow the student to become familiar with video analysis and clarification while working with real cases.

Products & Tools Utilized and Discussed:
Omnivore, Omnivore Field Kit, Avid video editing, dTective Suite, Photoshop, ClearID, QuickDME

Prerequisite: Students are expected to have an average skill level with computers such as: creating folders, saving files, navigating through the Windows environment, basic troubleshooting skills, installing software, etc. Basic computer skills are not taught in the Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis course.

Certification: A certificate will be given to participants who complete this training and demonstrate a working knowledge of these techniques. Certificates are handed out on the end of the last day 4PM.

Class size = 14 students (max)

Day 1

  • Introduction to the forensic video analysis and workflow concepts
  • Understanding video formats
  • Digital video recovery and working with DVR players
  • Processing digital video with Omnivore ( start class project )
  • Introduction to ClearID image clarification workflow

Day 2

  • ClearID image clarification workflow (cont.)
  • Introduction to digital video processing and analysis using Avid Media Composer
  • Starting a case in Media Composer
  • Basic video editing and non-destructive workflows
  • Importing media and Avid AMA direct media file linking

Day 3

  • Converting time-lapse video to real time & time code stamping video
  • Investigating the video and documenting your observations - video markers
  • Using dTective suite plug-ins SPOTlight, MAGNIFi, dVeloper, arithMATIC
  • Using titles and other video labels
  • Final output for court ( finish class project)
  • Working with and preserving cold case video evidence

Day 4

  • Exporting evidence as video or still image files
  • Processing cell phone videos
  • Media management & project archiving using archive-R
  • Video Field Acquisition using Omnivore Field Kit Overview
  • Investigate audio files using Phrase Find text-to-audio word search overview
  • Forensic audio clarification overview using QE
  • FVA Ethics
  • Certificate of Completion issued

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Forensic Video Analysis - FVA 201

Case Work and Workflows - 3 Days

Prerequisite: Ocean Systems’ 4-day 101 course

This 3-day course provides instruction and a renewed understanding of the latest software solutions used by Ocean Systems for DVR recovery, image clarification, evidence sharing, and work-product management. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the importance of proper workflow and the software applications used when performing DVR recovery, Image Clarification, and Video Analysis based on current Best Practices.

This course will focus on the use of Proper Workflow, Omnivore, Omnivore Field Kit, Clear ID, and Media Composer as a day-to-day solution for digital media and image analysis while utilizing current video formats from various source media platforms as means of practical application in today’s multimedia driven world.

This course was designed to provide intermediate/advances skills and updated knowledge to attendees who have previously taken the FVA 101 - 4 day course. A Certificate of Completions listing 24 hours of training will be provided to all attendees who successfully complete this course. (This is a LEVA Recognized Accredited Course)

Day 1

  • Workflow/Concepts for Video recovery and analysis
  • Workflow for image analysis
  • Report Writing Concepts for Courtroom Presentations
  • DVR Recovery Review/ Techniques/ Best Practices
  • Omnivore and Field Kit (Refresher-Updates)
  • Clear ID Refresher/Updates/ (Hands On)
  • Image Analysis Using Clear ID Imaging Exercises

Day 2

  • Media Composer Refresher/Updates
  • Working with Common Video Formats in Media Composer
  • Importing/Exporting Video Evidence from Various Source Formats
  • Working with Multi Source Video Evidence
  • Creating Illustrative Video from your Multi-Source Evidence

Day 3

  • Image Analysis- Case Processing (Practical-Hands On)
  • Video Analysis Case Processing(Practical-Hands On)
  • Analysis and Final Report Preparation
  • Dissemination of Video-Image Reports /Peer Review using Archive-R
  • Case Studies and Class Review

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DVR Assessment & Video Recovery Course

DVR Recovery Course - 3 Days


Who Should Attend: This course is recommended for anyone who will be responsible for the recovery of digital video evidence from CCTV systems.

This 3 day class will provide students with an overview of the multiple challenges and issues that may arise or should be considered when acquiring digital video evidence using multiple techniques. It has been developed based on the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA)’s “Best Practices for the Acquisition of Digital Multimedia Evidence”, with consideration also given to various other industry related guidelines and best practices.

Students will perform evidentiary video recovery from multiple different DVRs using various methods and techniques, to include exporting the native files, copying of the originally recorded files, video capture, network connectivity & acquisition, and exporting. This 3-day course will also provide instruction on Ocean Systems latest solutions for DVR recovery and digital evidence management, to include Omnivore, the Omnivore Field Kit, and Ocean Systems’ soon to be released digital evidence management solution.

  • Be familiar with common technical and legal issues related to the acquisition and use of digital video evidence.

  • Be able to quickly and accurately assess the various types of digital video recording devices used for CCTV systems

  • Learn multiple methods of documenting a digital CCTV system recovery

  • Understand the proper application and use of Ocean Systems’ Omnivore and Omnivore Field Kit for DVR recovery

  • Have hands-on experience acquiring digital video evidence via multiple methods, techniques, and mediums.

  • Understand usage and application of LEVA’s Best Practices for the Acquisition of Digital Multimedia Evidence

The learning environment consists of lectures, real world examples, and hands-on exercises.

Products & Tools Utilized and Discussed:
9x different DVRs used for hand on recovery using various methods, Omnivore, Omnivore Field Kit, QuickDME

Anyone completing this course will be provided a certificate of completion (worth 24 hrs. of Vendor Training) which can be applied towards a LEVA certification.

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Image Clarification & Processing w/ClearID

Image Clarification & Processing w/ClearID - 2 Days

This 2-Day training course on using ClearID in your Digital Multimedia Evidence (DME) workflow was designed to equip students with the knowledge and hands-on experience for efficiently obtaining actionable information from their evidence in a forensically sound manner. The course is based on industry Best Practices and is comprised of both lecture and hands-on exercises.

Instruction will cover the importance of interrogating your DME in order to develop a proper workflow, provide an introduction to Photoshop and ClearID, and give students hands-on practice developing derivatives and deliverables. DME obtained from various sources, such as digital video recording systems, mobile devices, and in-car and body worn recording systems will be discussed and utilized in the practical exercises.

Level of Instruction: Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite:Students are expected to have an average skill level with computers such as: creating folders, saving files, navigating through the Windows environment, basic troubleshooting skills, installing software, etc. Basic computer skills are not taught in this course.

Products & Tools Discussed:Adobe Photoshop, ClearID, archive-R, QuickDME, MediaInfo, GSpot, FFprobe, VirtualDub, Adobe Acrobat

Day 1

  • Assessing & Interrogating DME
  • Introduction to Digital Image Workflow
  • Introduction to Photoshop interface
  • Using Scripts and Actions
  • Learning ClearID Plug-ins as they relate to the Digital Image Workflow (part 1)
  • Practical Exercises

Day 2

  • Learning ClearID Plug-ins as they relate to the Digital Image Workflow (part 2)
  • Printing Techniques
  • Preparing final output for court
  • Practical Exercises

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