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iNPUT-ACE

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What is iNPUT-ACE?

The iNPUT-ACE and iNPUT-ACE|Lite software packages provide investigators with powerful tools to manage their digital video evidence.
The two dynamic software programs work alongside each other to expedite any case that involves video evidence: from video playback, to clip extraction, enhancement, analysis, report writing, and much more.

Solving Video Evidence Challenges

Video is among the most prolific sources of evidence available to the police investigators. But with the hundreds of proprietary digital video formats in use, investigators often waste valuable time simply gaining access to their evidence.

iNPUT-ACE allows your team to instantly view, access, enhance, and manage this critical evidence.

Give your investigators the full power of iNPUT-ACE with the purchase of a perpetual or dongle license. The full version of iNPUT-ACE is designed to streamline the video examination workflow of investigators, video analysts, and prosecutors engaged in Traffic, Homicide, Robbery, Fraud, Sexual Offense, Use of Force, and other Video Evidence related casework.

Features of iNPUT-ACE Full Version

Lite

Drag/Drop/Play

Video evidence does not generally arrive in standard formats like MP4 and AVI, instead the important evidence is more likely in proprietary formats like .DAV, .IRF, .EXE, .SSF, etc. With iNPUT-ACE, investigators can drag and drop this evidence into an intuitive interface and begin instantly playing their video files.Convert to Standard Formats

Convert to Standard Formats

iNPUT-ACE provides the flexibility to convert proprietary video files to any number of standard output formats such as AVI or MP4, all without changing a single pixel within the images. This allows investigators to deliver video evidence to court while adhering to local restrictions or disclosure requirements. Conversions can also be performed as a batch on hundreds of files at once – saving an agency time and money.

Expedite Video Investigation

iNPUT-ACE allows investigators to tag relevant images and clips into organized groups, helping to combine a variety of multimedia into a seamless chronological account of the events from any camera angle. Combine a variety of video sources, track suspects, and extract relevant images within a seamless workflow.

Report

The powerful iNPUT-ACE Narrative Report tool is the most effective method for investigators to present the content of their video evidence. Video evidence is visual, so why write a report with words alone? With the intuitive iNPUT-ACE Narrative Report tool, investigators can easily generate dynamic reports with auto embedded image and video files. All embedded video clips and images are contained within a single .PDF file, making it easy to share the reports with other investigators or attorneys without the need for specialized software.

Build Repeatable Workflows

Through the simple drag and drop actions on the iNPUT-ACE workflow tab, investigators can intuitively apply a variety of filters and advanced processes to their evidence. These filters include simple actions like crop and resize, as well as powerful functions like enhancements, producing demonstrative exhibits, stabilising shaky video, tracking suspects and much more.

Enhance

Within the iNPUT-ACE workflow tab, images and video can be enhanced with a push of a button, providing additional clarity to important evidence. Uncover hidden information in video images with powerful and easy-to-use clarification tools.

Sync

Video evidence is everywhere, and frequently multiple camera angles are available of the same incident. iNPUT-ACE provides investigators with a simple tool to automatically tile these cameras into a canvas, allowing the viewer to watch multiple camera angles at the same time.

Track Suspects

When a suspect is visible moving in and out of various camera views, investigators can quickly combine each of these observations into a single video file – allowing the viewer to track the suspects actions chronologically within a single clip. These “concatenated” clips provide the court with a thorough account of all the suspects actions from every camera view.

Camera Match Overlay

Leverage CCTV video and imagery to calibrate and accurately overlay onto 3D point cloud data. The Camera Match Overlay Tool enables calculations that will determine positions, distances, heights, and other key measurements with your native 3D scanning software. A faster, easier alternative to traditional reverse projection or camera matching processes for major crime and collision investigators. The process results in accurate, court-ready demonstrative exhibits.

Produce Demonstrative Exhibits

Investigators can expose regions of interest by tiling a clarified clip side-by-side with the original file – producing a demonstrative exhibit that highlights both the original untouched footage and the clarified results.

Stabilise

With a push of a button, shaky body-worn or hand-held video becomes smooth and easier to watch with the iNPUT-ACE Stabilise feature. As with every other tool in iNPUT-ACE the function is repeatable and can be batch processed on a large number of files.

Analyse

Compressed video evidence is often misinterpreted due to limitations in compression technology. Within iNPUT-ACE video analysts can expose these limitations by visualizing the amount of compression in every area on an image, and by highlighting regions that may not be reliable.

Validate

Through a combination of features such as metadata analysis, hexadecimal analysis, and hashing, iNPUT-ACE provides tools to ensure an investigator is prepared to testify accurately to all video evidence uncovered by the program.

Full

Drag/Drop/Play

Video evidence does not generally arrive in standard formats like MP4 and AVI, instead the important evidence is more likely in proprietary formats like .DAV, .IRF, .EXE, .SSF, etc. With iNPUT-ACE, investigators can drag and drop this evidence into an intuitive interface and begin instantly playing their video files.Convert to Standard Formats

Convert to Standard Formats

iNPUT-ACE provides the flexibility to convert proprietary video files to any number of standard output formats such as AVI or MP4, all without changing a single pixel within the images. This allows investigators to deliver video evidence to court while adhering to local restrictions or disclosure requirements. Conversions can also be performed as a batch on hundreds of files at once – saving an agency time and money.

Expedite Video Investigation

iNPUT-ACE allows investigators to tag relevant images and clips into organized groups, helping to combine a variety of multimedia into a seamless chronological account of the events from any camera angle. Combine a variety of video sources, track suspects, and extract relevant images within a seamless workflow.

Report

The powerful iNPUT-ACE Narrative Report tool is the most effective method for investigators to present the content of their video evidence. Video evidence is visual, so why write a report with words alone? With the intuitive iNPUT-ACE Narrative Report tool, investigators can easily generate dynamic reports with auto embedded image and video files. All embedded video clips and images are contained within a single .PDF file, making it easy to share the reports with other investigators or attorneys without the need for specialized software.

Build Repeatable Workflows

Through the simple drag and drop actions on the iNPUT-ACE workflow tab, investigators can intuitively apply a variety of filters and advanced processes to their evidence. These filters include simple actions like crop and resize, as well as powerful functions like enhancements, producing demonstrative exhibits, stabilising shaky video, tracking suspects and much more.

Enhance

Within the iNPUT-ACE workflow tab, images and video can be enhanced with a push of a button, providing additional clarity to important evidence. Uncover hidden information in video images with powerful and easy-to-use clarification tools.

Sync

Video evidence is everywhere, and frequently multiple camera angles are available of the same incident. iNPUT-ACE provides investigators with a simple tool to automatically tile these cameras into a canvas, allowing the viewer to watch multiple camera angles at the same time.

Track Suspects

When a suspect is visible moving in and out of various camera views, investigators can quickly combine each of these observations into a single video file – allowing the viewer to track the suspects actions chronologically within a single clip. These “concatenated” clips provide the court with a thorough account of all the suspects actions from every camera view.

Camera Match Overlay

Leverage CCTV video and imagery to calibrate and accurately overlay onto 3D point cloud data. The Camera Match Overlay Tool enables calculations that will determine positions, distances, heights, and other key measurements with your native 3D scanning software. A faster, easier alternative to traditional reverse projection or camera matching processes for major crime and collision investigators. The process results in accurate, court-ready demonstrative exhibits.

Produce Demonstrative Exhibits

Investigators can expose regions of interest by tiling a clarified clip side-by-side with the original file – producing a demonstrative exhibit that highlights both the original untouched footage and the clarified results.

Stabilise

With a push of a button, shaky body-worn or hand-held video becomes smooth and easier to watch with the iNPUT-ACE Stabilise feature. As with every other tool in iNPUT-ACE the function is repeatable and can be batch processed on a large number of files.

Analyse

Compressed video evidence is often misinterpreted due to limitations in compression technology. Within iNPUT-ACE video analysts can expose these limitations by visualizing the amount of compression in every area on an image, and by highlighting regions that may not be reliable.

Validate

Through a combination of features such as metadata analysis, hexadecimal analysis, and hashing, iNPUT-ACE provides tools to ensure an investigator is prepared to testify accurately to all video evidence uncovered by the program.

Automate

  • Easily drag, drop, and play hundreds of proprietary video formats
  • Automatically identify codecs, formats, hash values, and other metadata
  • Auto batch/convert to standard court-ready formats (like MP4) in the highest possible quality

Expedite

  • Immediately play, fast-forward, or rewind through almost any video
  • Mark and auto export an unlimited number of tagged video frames
  • Extract relevant clips from an original source
  • Edit multiple clips together, producing a single video clip

Enhance

  • Quickly redact, crop, resize, deinterlace, concatenate, and more
  • Stabilize shaky footage, adjust brightness level, and frame average
  • Sync and play multiple files in a ‘canvas’ for a picture-in-picture view

Report & Validate

  • Easily drag, drop, and play hundreds of proprietary video formats
  • Automatically identify codecs, formats, hash values, and other metadata
  • Auto batch/convert to standard court-ready formats (like MP4) in the highest possible quality

iNPUT-ACE | Lite

Simplifying Video Evidence Viewing

Investigators are constantly challenged by the hundreds of proprietary digital video formats that cannot be played correctly using traditional players. These files often require obtaining access to proprietary codecs and players to view visual evidence. Downloading players can introduce malware, jeopardising the integrity of a computer, or an entire network. iNPUT-ACE | Lite gives investigators a secure and proven tool to safely view, access, and manage their critical video evidence.

Give your investigators the power to instantly mark and extract images, make subclips, and export video evidence to universally playable file formats with iNPUT-ACE | Lite. Your officers will be able to share crucial evidence with an investigative and prosecuting team or to annotate video clips that need a more in-depth review by your video unit.

Features of iNPUT-ACE | Lite

Automate

  • Easily drag, drop, and play hundreds of proprietary video formats
  • Automatically identify codecs, formats, hash values, and other metadata
  • Auto batch/convert to standard court-ready formats (like MP4) in the highest possible quality

Expedite

  • Immediately play, fast-forward, or rewind through almost any video
  • Mark and auto export an unlimited number of tagged video frames
  • Extract relevant clips from an original source

Collaborate

  • Save and share an iNPUT-ACE Project so that any user can easily access all tagged images, subclips, and notes
  • Load a saved Project into the Perpetual or Dongle solution to seamlessly continue investigations with advanced processing and reporting options in an interoperable shared work environment

“Demux background and expertise in this field has provided me with the material to effectively investigate the offences and will reduce the time required to interview witnesses and suspects.”

Detective D. B.

Economic Crime Unit, City of London Police

Start Streamlining Your Workflow Today

In your workflow, you will have filters to blur, crop, deinterlace, adjust brightness, pad, and resize. And additional advanced processes like canvas editor, concatenate, extract frames, frame average, merge streams, stabilize, and many other analytic tools.

And if you need the flexibility of working on your laptop in the field and then switching to a workstation back in the office, you can have all of these tools on a single dongle license.

Video is among the most prolific sources of evidence available to the police investigators. But with the hundreds of proprietary digital video formats in use, investigators often waste valuable time simply gaining access to their evidence. iNPUT-ACE allows your team to instantly view, access, enhance, and manage this critical evidence. Give your investigators the full power of iNPUT-ACE with the purchase of a perpetual or dongle license.

iNPUT-ACE FAQs

Can I submit a request for a specific DVR model to be supported by DVR Examiner?

Absolutely! We are constantly looking to identify new models of DVRs that users are seeing out in the field. In an effort to better prioritize our list of DVRs, we ask that you submit a DVR Examiner Profiler Report. You can do this either directly in DVR Examiner when you create the Profiler Report, or by uploading the complete report to our Support Portal. Implementing a new DVR model is a very complicated task. Depending on the file structure and the proprietary nature of many DVR models, this can take some time. Once we receive your Profiler Report we will update you on the progress. If you have an immediate need for a new DVR implementation, we do provide a Prioritized DVR Implementation service. If you are interested in this service, please let us know and we can get you a quote.

What happens if I lose my DVR Examiner dongle?

Please contact us and we will provide a quotation for a replacement dongle, your original dongle will be deactivated.

Do you support [Insert Make/Model] DVR?

At this time we do not have a list of known makes and model that are supported in DVR Examiner. Please feel free to test our compatibility through our free trial and submit a DVR Feedback Report. For more details see the next question.

How many DVRs does DVR Examiner support?

We get this question a lot, and the simple answer is: we don’t know. DVR Examiner targets and supports a specific DVR filesystem, or DVR system board. Each board has its own unique way of processing and storing video, and a single version of a board could be found in multiple models by multiple manufacturers. For example, we have found a single particular board in numerous Lorex, Honeywell and Ganz models. As a result of this, it is very difficult for us to determine how many makes/models are supported. As of the version 1.6 release we support, in some capacity, over 75 unique DVR Filesystems. We’re estimating that will include over 500 individual DVRs, but as mentioned above, we can’t easily create a list of them. We have roughly 150 DVRs in our testing process so far and that number is always growing. We are constantly hearing success stories from users that have successfully recovered video from DVRs made by: Swann, Q-See, Night Owl, Zmodo, Lorex, GE, Vonnic, Veraz, GEN IV, and many other ‘black box’ and ‘big box specials.’

We ask for user feedback by submitting a DVR Feedback Report on our Support Portal in order to better capture this information so we can publish a ‘known supported’ list.

The software change log lists DVR brands and systems that are currently supported.

How will I know if there is a new version of DVR Examiner?

The software prompts you to download new versions as long as your workstation is connected to the internet. We understand that very often forensic workstations are not connected to the internet so we also publish a blog post detailing update news and this can be sent to you as an email.

Is it possible to try out a full functioning version for estimates on how long the complete process takes?

In an effort to provide you with a full experience during the free trial, we provide multiple sample files on the Support Portal that are full featured and give you a demonstration of all the functions of DVR Examiner. We feel this provides all the needed information for the evaluation process and as a result, we don’t allow fully functioning trials. Preview and Export options are restricted in the Trial Version to only previewing and exporting the first clip (Clip ID #1) on any hard drive. If you have a concern that is not addressed, please feel free to contact us.

What is the cost of "prioritised DVR support"? Is this a pay per file system service and if so what is an approximate turnaround time the process?

The priority service is designed for those times when it is imperative that a system is implemented as soon as possible. The time frame and cost to implement varies depending on the complexity of the system and what level of support is required (accessible vs. inaccessible data, for example). For an average system with accessible video support, a general estimate would be 1-2 weeks. We can give better estimates depending on the individual circumstances at the time. We usually try to acquire the same make/model DVR for testing purposes, but we may request to use your system (but not your evidence drive) to perform the testing if we can’t procure a suitable device. As always, if you are not in a situation where you need immediate implementation, you can submit a DVR Profiler report and we will work to implement that DVR filesystem into DVR Examiner.

The software is sold as a 1 year subscription. Does the software continue to function after the year is up?

If you haven’t already renewed at the end of your years subscription the Expired Subscription screen will notify you when the subscription for the connected dongle has expired. This screen will display the Dongle ID, the Subscription Start and End dates, and who the dongle is registered to.

New with DVR Examiner 2.x, once your subscription has expired you will only have access to saved cases with DVR Examiner 2.x all future software updates would not be available to you. Updates include new features within the software, but more importantly additional DVR filesystems and updates to existing filesystems.

If your subscriptions started before DVR Examiner 2.0 was released you will have access to DVR Examiner 1.x indefinitely and will only need to update your license database every 90 days to continue using it although it won’t include any new updates or features.

Is there an approximation as to how many updates could be expected in a year?

At an absolute minimum, we will have updates quarterly, or 4 times a year. There may also be additional bug fixes or patches released between feature releases.

Am I allowed to install DVR Examiner on multiple computers?

Yes, and we encourage this. The DVR Examiner dongle is your license key and must be plugged into the current system running DVR Examiner. We designed it this way to allow for the greatest flexibility, users can install DVR Examiner on as many computers as they need. If you wish to have DVR Examiner operate on more than one computer at the same time, additional licenses (dongles) may be purchased.

Is there training available for DVR Examiner?

Please see the VERA page for training.

Expert Training to Get the Most From Your Software

Online instructor led training is a must to give you the skills and information you need to get the most from your software.
Live training allows candidates to ask questions and get interactive answers from real people.

See all the training available for your iNPUT-ACE software

Free 30 Day Trial – Download DVR Examiner

DVR Examiner software recovers video from the hard drive of a CCTV systems DVR. Learn how you can download the software and test it to see how much time and effort it will save you. We just need a few details from you so that we can send you the link to the download page. If you are based outside of our territory we will forward your details to the developers’ team.

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