Salient Sciences Video FOCUS release V7.x

VideoFOCUS version 7

With this latest release, Salient Sciences are introducing new features and updates to assist examiners to work efficiently with their AUDIO and VIDEO evidence.

If you have a current support contract please download the latest version from here

If you would like to know more and request a trial version of the software please visit this page.

 Reporting

VideoFOCUS 7.0 can now generate pdf report documents describing video and image items in a project.

A report can be created by selecting the desired media items and choosing the ‘view report’ item in the view menu. Alternatively individual image or video items can be reported on by using the ‘view report’ menu action from the session or still list popup menus. A report can also be created by selecting the option in the export media dialog. In this situation a report will be created that includes sections for each media item that is being exported.

VideoFOCUS will automatically generate a full ‘steps to reproduce’ section for each item in the report and will provide a basic summary of the properties of each item that is being reported. In addition to the automatically generated sections the user can also add item specific notes to each media item using the session or still property dialog and these notes will be included in the report. The VideoFOCUS cases now offer properties than can be set, including agency and examiner names, case number and title and an overall notes section and these properties will also be used in the composition of the report.

Macros (VFPro only)

VideoFOCUS now supports the concept of macros. Macros are a way to apply a set of actions taken on one piece of media to other similar media, without having to repeat the actions in the user interface. Typically this might be used to apply similar processing to related videos that are determined to require the same sequence of modifications,filtering etc in every case.

There is no specific process to define the steps in a macro. All that is required is to select an item that is the product of processing and use the right click menu ‘copy macro starting at’. When this is menu option is selected VideoFOCUS will offer the various points in the processing history of the item as starting point for the macro action. The macro processing include all steps between that point and an the final step producing the selected media item

Once copied the macro can be applied to other items by simply selecting them and using the ‘apply macro’ popup action. When applied the macro application will produce a new item that are the macro steps applied to that item. It is also possible to apply a macro to a set of selected items as a single action. In his case a result will be created for each selected item.

Macro actions are full described in the report in terms of the original actions that compose the steps of the macro and then application of the macro. Macros of macros are also supported.

Under certain circumstances the application of a macro can lead to invalid output. Most commonly this will be when references are made to times or views that do not exist in the target media. VideoFOCUS is designed to detect such situations and will advise the user that the macro cannot be applied.

Unified Export

VideoFOCUS now has a single export dialog that supports the simultaneous export of images, video and audio. The items that are export depends on which export menu is used and what is selected. When the export is invoked from the session list popup the export is restricted to selected items in that list. Similarly when the export is invoked from the stills area popup the export is limited to selected items in that list.

If however the export is invoked from the main file menu the export will included all selected items in both the session and stills areas. When combined with the report option, this allows for a production of a single report including all items that a user may wish to export from VideoFOCUS. When there is a mixed set of media types in the export dialog the video, images and audio tabs provide for control over any configurable aspects of each specific type.

Other Changes

Item Labeling and Tooltips

VideoFOCUS has been updated to provide a more consistent methodology for the labeling of media items created by filters, modification, edits etc. There is now also a tooltip associated with each media item offering a short description of the process step that was used to create the item. The tooltip includes the label name of the item’s source to aid in locating the source item

Project Time Zone

Projects can now use timezone that is distinct from the system or default VideoFOCUS time zone. The time zone choice is available via the File menu item ‘project properties’. The timezone choice controls the presentation of times in both the interface and in and reports associated with items in the project.

UPDATE THE SOFTWARE

If you have a current support contract please download the latest version from here

If you would like to know more and request a trial version of the software please visit this page.

VideoFOCUS Screen Capture

Working with digital CCTV files in a proprietary format isn’t easy and sometimes you need to use screen capture, what Salient Sciences call the “Import method of last resort”, to get the video into VideoFOCUS so that you can then start to process the material.

In this video Don Tunstall, the General Manager at Salient Sciences, talks us through the process and provides some useful tips on good practice.

Screen Capturing into VideoFOCUS from Salient Sciences on Vimeo.

If you would like to know more about how VideoFOCUS software can help you to process both Audio and Video material please contact us using the form here make sure to select the software that you are interested in from the drop down list.

VideoFOCUS Pro Version 6.1 released

In addition to numerous improvements to the user interface and support for additional DVR formats, the new features include:

  1. Improved hierarchical visual organization of the sessions list;
  2. Ability to arrange views in the MultiView sessions in any desired arrangement, with independent zooming;
  3. Hashing (MD5, SHA1, and SHA2) for all imported and exported files;
  4. Explicit indication of key frames in all views;
  5. User-defined labeling of time regions across multiple videos within the same case;
  6. Better handling of footage gathered from across different time zones, and;
  7. New audio redaction function.

VFpro V6.1

read more here

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.

 

UPGRADE AMNESTY FOR OLD VIDEOFOCUS LICENSES

Amnesty

Bring your old version of VideoFOCUS Pro or Source up to date.

This is great news if your department has an old copy of VideoFOCUS Pro (aka VFPro) or VideoFOCUS Source (aka VFSource) and you no longer have a maintenance and support contract then you no longer have to miss out on all the great new features in the latest software.

Some of the new features include;
  • Direct import of more than 200 standard multimedia and numerous proprietary CCTV file formats;
  • Synchronisation of multiple videos to a common time base to review and process as a group (Pro only)
  • Create compilations with titles
  • Audio import and processing, Basic Channel Selection, Mix, and Synchronisation functions
  • Quickenhance filters
  • Cardinal MiniLab (Pro only)

But you don’t need to miss out

Salient Sciences have announced that as from 1st January 2017, all Perpetual licenses to VideoFOCUS may be brought current to the latest version and gain entitlement to all new versions for one future year simply by purchasing a one-year maintenance renewal.

Under this upgrade amnesty, all retroactive “upgrade” and “back maintenance” charges are waived entirely, providing an excellent opportunity especially for those who may have bought an early version of VideoFOCUS from the old Salient Stills company to get current again and take advantage of the expanded capabilities of versions 6.0 and beyond.

To find out if your old VideoFOCUS license qualifies for upgrade amnesty, please complete and submit the online form and we will respond as soon as possible.

NEW WAYS TO IMPORT FILES INTO VIDEOFOCUS

VideoFOCUS 6.0.5 adds new ways that media files can be imported so it is a good time to review the options for import in VideoFOCUS. Files can be imported in the following ways:VideoFOCUS new open commands

  • The import dialog.
  • Drag and drop.
  • The system “open with” (new).
  • Open from within DVR Examiner (new).
  • Drop on the VideoFOCUS app icon (new).

Read more on the Salient Sciences Blog 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.
VFPro V6 screenshot

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.
Cardinal MiniLab screenshot

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.

 

Salient Sciences Updates

VideoFOCUS Pro 4.5 Now with Audio Features!

salient-vfpro-audioThe latest release of VideoFOCUS Pro, Version 4.5, adds substantial new audio capabilities, including audio-only sessions, the ability to combine and synchronise separate audio and video sessions into a single movie, and a basic level of audio clarification filtering.

Please visit the VideoFOCUS Pro page for further details.