Audio and Video Forensics Training in UK

Hurry last few seats availableSeats still available – Oxford 27th Feb to 3rd Mar 2017

We still have a few seats available on the upcoming training here in the UK.

3 day course – Video and basic Audio

5 day course – Video and advanced Audio

Don Tunstall of Salient Sciences is coming over to take his popular 3 day Video or 5 day combined Audio and Video class.

Based on the latest VideoFOCUS Pro and CARDINAL MiniLab software from  Salient Sciences attendees get the opportunity to learn and put into practice the skills needed to effectively  process Audio and Video material.

If you still have some training budget left then why not get trained so that you can make the most of the software you may already have but didn’t know it was capable of a specific task.

You can find out more here or give Dave a call on 0845 226 3128

We just need a Purchase Order number to reserve your seat.

 

IMPROVED SUBSCRIPTION LICENSING NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIDEOFOCUS!

Perpetual or Subscription Licence

Since the release of Version 4.0 in 2012, both Perpetual and Subscription licensing have been available for all VideoFOCUS software products. As of Version 6.0, Salient Sciences additionally offers USB Dongle Activation for Subscription licences, allowing these date-limited licenses to be shared across multiple machines and operated without an internet connection in the same way as dongle-based Perpetual licenses – an important consideration for workstations housing sensitive data.

When a Subscription license is purchased with USB Dongle Activation specified, a special RTC dongle having its own real-time clock (or “RTC”) on board will be supplied at no additional cost. This independent RTC enables VideoFOCUS to reliably manage the subscription term, even when an internet connection to a trusted time server (e.g. nist.gov) is not available. For Perpetual licenses, which are not date-limited, a non-RTC dongle will be supplied. Pictures of the two dongle types are provided below.

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RTC Dongle (Black) – Used for Subcription Licenses
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Non-RTC Dongle (Purple) – Used for Perpetual Licenses

Perpetual vs. Subscription licensing:

With Perpetual licensing, the customer “owns and maintains” the software license. Analogous to buying a car, there is a significant initial investment to purchase the license, which includes an initial maintenance contract providing entitlement to all new versions that are released during that first year of ownership; thereafter, the customer can purchase a new maintenance contract each year to continue entitlement to the latest versions.

For most of our customers, Perpetual licensing is preferred, because they never have to worry about a critical forensics tool ceasing to work for them if budget is not immediately available to renew the maintenance. Even if the maintenance should expire at some point without renewal, the software continues to function indefinitely at the most recent version that was allowed under the last expired contract (also called the “last entitled version”).

But for smaller customer agencies who may find it prohibitive to absorb the larger initial cost for the Perpetual license, the “rent and maintain” model of the Subscription license may be more attractive. Like leasing a car, the initial cost is more modest – essentially, you pay for the first year’s maintenance contract and you can start using the software immediately with full entitlement to all updates while the contract remains active.

The main potential downside of Subscription licensing is that if the maintenance is ever allowed to expire without renewal, the software will simply stop working – possibly making for a bad day if the maintenance happens to expire in the middle of a critical case!

The other potential downside of Subscription licensing is the need for the software to have a trusted clock source to reliably enforce the subscription term. Traditionally, our Subscriptions have used Online Activation only, meaning that the computer had to have an internet connection or the software would not run – again, potentially a big problem for machines having sensitive data. However, this limitation is completely overcome in Version 6.0 with the USB Dongle Activation via the RTC dongle.

Renewals

To minimize any disruptions of Subscription licenses, and also to ensure that Perpetual license customers continue their entitlement to all the latest versions of VideoFOCUS, Salient Sciences starts e-mailing maintenance renewal pro forma invoices within 3-6 months of the maintenance expiring, which hopefully allows time to purchase the renewal and avoid any issues. Where necessary and appropriate, temporary maintenance extensions can be quickly granted by Salient Sciences sales (just e-mail us at sales@salientsciences.com or contact your local reseller) to keep VideoFOCUS running at the latest versions while the maintenance renewal purchase is being processed.

The above written by Don Tunstall originally appeared here

UK DAC School Forensic Video/Audio Training 27 Feb to 3 Mar 2017

DAC Training
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Held at the Holiday Inn Oxford Peartree Roundabout Woodstock Rd. Oxford, OX2 8JD

DAC School Forensic Video/Audio Training:

Based on the latest VideoFOCUS Pro and CARDINAL MiniLab software, this intensive training teaches how to clarify evidentiary video and audio recordings in a unified way. Techniques for importing and analysing the material, viewing the video frame by frame, clarifying the video and images, reducing noises and effects in the audio track(s), maximising voice intelligibility, and exporting the finished product, are taught through a combination of lecture, careful observation and analysis, critical listening, and hands-on practical exercises with state-of-the-art tools and real-world training materials. On the final day of the class, each student will be provided with a certificate for the attended training.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students, with all necessary equipment, software, and training files provided for use during the training.

Thumb drives for installing 30-day trial software and training files on attendees’ own Windows-based laptop computers will also be made available.

Two Training Options:

  • Full Forensic Video/Audio Training (all 5 days)
    or
  • Video Training and Audio Introduction (first 3 days only)

To enrol of find out more please click here

Salient Sciences updates to VideoFOCUS and Cardinal MiniLab

Salient Sciences have released updates across their range of audio and video analysis and clarification software tools. I will update the relevant product pages as soon as I can but in the meantime if you would like a copy of the relevant products data sheet please send an email to info@demux.co.uk stating which product(s) you would like further information on.

VideoFOCUS Version 6.0 Released

VideoFOCUS Version 6.0 is now in general release, and incorporates numerous improvements including:

  • Improved Combine and Track Timing functionality in VideoFOCUS Pro, allowing synchronisation of multiple videos to a time-coherent MultiView session to review, process, and export as a group;
  • The CARDINAL MiniLab audio filters in VideoFOCUS Pro have been updated to the version 2.5 standard, allowing multiple preset combinations (e.g. Reverberation Reduction, Muffling Correction, Hiss Reduction, etc.) to be previewed and applied at once;
  • Most video filters plus the QuickEnhance audio filter, which were previously available only in VFPro, are now included with the VFSource product, and;
  • Demultiplex function now included with the VFCapture product.
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VideoFOCUS Pro now with Multiview function.

All VideoFOCUS users who were current on maintenance or subscription as of 1 July 2016 are entitled to this update

CARDINAL MiniLab Suite Version 2.5

CARDINAL MiniLab Suite Version 2.5 incorporates several important improvements including:

  • Filter Chains can now be “nested”, allowing multiple presets to be previewed and applied in a single pass, and;
    Filter Chain now produces a comprehensive laboratory report describing all plug-ins used and their parameter settings, complete with screen shots, either as a Word document or an HTML webpage.
  • All current MiniLab license holders, including those who have previously purchased either the Advanced Suite or Forensic Suite, are entitled to this update.
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Cardinal MiniLab now with comprehensive Lab Report and ability to nest filters.

If you would like a copy of the relevant products data sheet please send an email to info@demux.co.uk stating which product(s) you would like further information on.

VideoFocus Pro Update V5.0

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NEW in VideoFOCUSPro 5 –Direct Integration.
with CARDINAL MiniLabAdvanced Suite! 

Salient Sciences have announced an update to their flagship Video and Audio Clarification Suite which includes;

  • Expanded Audio Clarification capabilities.
  • Dark interface.
  • Input and output windows can be locked together.
  • Snapshot feature.

VideoFOCUS Pro 5.0, the latest version of our video clarification software, now providing greatly-expanded audio clarification capabilities with the complete CARDINAL MiniLab Advanced Suite and QuickEnhance Plug-In both fully incorporated. Additional improvements include the new “dark” user interface, which is more suitable for use in the typical forensic video laboratory where lighting is reduced; improved synchronization of Input/Output players on all filter windows, enabling them to be explicitly locked together during scrubbing, panning, and zooming to better compare before and after; and the new “snapshot” feature, enabling easy capture of still images exactly as viewed on the screen. Please view the VFPro datasheet for further details. All VFPro users who were current on maintenance as of 1 May 2015 or who purchased the software thereafter, or who have a current subscription, are fully entitled to this update.

Salient Sciences VideoFocus Pro is supplied in the UK by Demux Video Services Ltd.