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Forensic Video Analysis - FVA 101 (5-Day)

   Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis

Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis is 5 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 recovery, 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.

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.

Class size = 14 students (max)

Day 1

  • Introduction to the forensic video analysis and workflow concepts
  • Understanding video formats
  • Digital video recovery & Playback
  • Intro to Video processing
  • Exercises

Day 2

  • Omnivore & Uncompressed screen capture
  • Omnivore exercises
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  • Introduction to ClearID image clarification workflow (part 1)
  • ClearID exercises

Day 3

  • Introduction to ClearID image clarification workflow (part 2)
  • ClearID exercises
  • Introduction to digital video processing and analysis using Avid Media Composer
  • Starting a case in Avid Media Composer
  • Basic video editing and non-destructive workflows
  • Importing media and Avid AMA ( Link) direct media file linking

Day 4

  • 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
  • Day 5

    • Audio clarification overview using Quick Enhance
    • Exporting evidence as video or still image files
    • Media management & project archiving using archive-R
    • FVA Ethics
    • Certificate of Completion issued

    Products & Tools Utilized and Discussed:
    Omnivore, Omnivore Field Kit, PS/ClearID, Avid video editing and digital media processing, dTective Suite, QuickDME

    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.

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DVR Assessment & Video Recovery Course (2-Day)



Who Should Attend: This course is recommended for anyone who will be responsible for the recovery of digital video evidence from CCTV systems, from Patrol Officers to Certified Forensic Video Analysts. Class size = 18 students (max)

Ask our sales staff about bringing this class to your agency!

This 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. 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. Objectives include:

  • 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

Day 1

  • Digital Video Evidence Overview
  • Documentation & SOPs
  • Understanding Digital CCTV Recorders
  • Assessment & Preservation
  • Native File Recovery
  • Omnivore & Uncompressed Screen Capture

Day 2

  • Network Fundamentals for DCCTV Recovery
  • Omnivore Field Kit Setup & Use
  • Beyond the Basics - Storage Technologies
  • Verification & Integrity
  • Digital Evidence Management w/QuickDME

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 16hrs. of Vendor Training) which can be applied towards a LEVA certification. This course has also been approved by the IAI, and may be applied towards IAI cert/recert.

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Image Clarification & Processing w/ClearID (4hrs, On-line)


Training without travel! Our ClearID on-line instruction allows users to train LIVE and one-on-one with one of our certified instructors via screen sharing and teleconference. Students train on their own PC, at their own desk, and receive all course materials and content electronically. *Broadband Internet connection required*

This 4-hour online instruction covers the proper application and use of ClearID v3 in a forensic Digital Image Workflow. Students will be introduced to the ClearID v3 interface, and will learn each of the ClearID plug-ins through hands-on training & exercises.

  • Introduction to Digital Image Workflow
  • Learning ClearID Plug-ins as they relate to the Digital Image Workflow
  • Practical Exercises

Level of Instruction: Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite: Students are expected to have an average skill level with computers, and a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop & ClearID v3 must be installed on the student's PC (Assistance can be provided).

Anyone completing this course will be provided a certificate of completion (worth 4 hrs. of Vendor Training) which can be applied towards LEVA or IAI certification.

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NOTE: This is NOT a course on Adobe Photoshop. It is recommended that students new to Photoshop leverage Adobe's free on-line training resources available via Direct link to Adobe Photoshop Learn & Support


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