Video Forensics and How It Impacts Surveillance

Posted by Amy Hite on January 29, 2018

Video forensics is the examination and comparison of video footage for legal matters. The process enhances, clarifies, or identifies events as they naturally happen. This technique uses non-destructive methods that preserve pixel quality. The video footage is often used as evidence for a criminal investigation or a court case. Video evidence often comes from CCTVs, mobile DVRs, dash cams, body cams, and sometimes from witnesses. A trained expert can use the video analytics to increase the effectiveness of remote video security.

The Video Forensics Process

The video forensics process is unique to each video. It can include sharpening, adjusting brightness and contrast, highlighting on specific things, and zooming in on areas of interest. Each video forensics expert must be trained to understand the total system.

Video forensics processes need to show the enhancements that the forensics expert used. This documentation aids the local police officers and court officials in understanding the events on screen. Some videos may have up to ten enhancements. The final step in the video forensics process is to take a frame with the least amount of movement and use it for printed or digital display.

The Importance of Video Forensics

Video forensics and video analytics can help clients and local authorities understand what happens on a commercial property. Video analytics is used on surveillance video in real-time, while video forensics is used after the event occurred.

Video analytics can determine whether a movement is important or unimportant. A trespasser will be detected on the property and, in events of no-consequence, allowed to pass. Trained operators can immediately notify on-site security and police. In addition, Stealth’s IP-security cameras are able to digitally adapt to lighting conditions or adjust with a built-in filter.

Video forensics can include vehicle and people counters, access controls, information gathering technologies and license plate capture and recognition devices.

Stealth Monitoring and UCIT Online are the leader in live video surveillance in the U.S. and Canada with over 400 employees, 11 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. Stealth proactive video monitoring watches over 17,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth's remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information. Visit the Stealth web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.

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