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In qualità di responsabile del Laboratorio di Video Documentazione del Servizio Polizia Scientifica della Direzione Centrale della Polizia Criminale, tratto quotidianamente immagini che provengono da sistemi di video sorveglianza dislocati su tutto il territorio Nazionale. L'esigenza fondamentale per l'analisi di questi video è rappresentata dalla necessità di migliorare la qualità degli stessi al fine di poter rendere utilizzabili le immagini registrate in ambito giudiziario, poiché, purtroppo, spesso presentano caratteristiche di bassa qualità o comunque risultano viziate da disturbi che non rendono immediatamente fruibili le immagini stesse. Da ormai qualche anno utilizziamo il software AMPED FIVE il quale, nella gran parte dei casi, ci ha consentito di ottenere risultati utili per il successivo utilizzo in ambito dibattimentale. Ritengo pertanto di poter esprimere ampia soddisfazione in relazione a questo software, soprattutto in relazione alla sua versatilità che garantisce di avere raggruppate all'interno del software tutte le funzioni necessarie per ottenere i migliori risultati. Michele Mininni, Responsabile del Laboratorio di Video Documentazione, Servizio di Polizia Scientifica, Ministero dell'Interno, Italia

In relazione alla mia attività professionale nella Polizia Giudiziaria e a seguito dell'ottima collaborazione con la Polizia Locale nel campo della videosorveglianza cittadina, strumento ormai ritenuto indispensabile nelle indagini, si necessitava un software che fosse in grado di utilizzare dei filtri per migliorare le immagini. Dopo attente valutazioni degli strumenti offerti dalla tecnologia, le strutture istituzionali hanno optato per l'acquistato di AMPED FIVE. Questo passo ha permesso di utilizzare un software che, grazie ai filtri applicati ha reso nitide delle immagini e/o particolari che hanno poi portato alla risoluzione di reati e la condanna dei responsabili. AMPED FIVE si rende utile anche per semplici operazioni, quali estrapolare da filmati fotogrammi o snapshot quando tale funzione non è prevista dal programma originale. Tramite l'applicazione delle numerose funzioni disponibili è possibile risalire a dettagli che prima erano impossibili da decifrare. Sono molto soddisfatto del prodotto, tanto che lo uso quotidianamente da anni. Complimenti al team di Amped per il lavoro svolto. Giorgio Bottò, resp. Settore Anticrimine Commissariato di P.S. di Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italia

AMPED FIVE è stato utilizzato con profitto dagli studenti del corso di Computer Forensics presso l'Università degli studi di Catania che hanno potuto provare su casi reali (e non) le potenzialità del software. Da sottolineare per gli addetti ai lavori la vasta gamma di funzionalità implementate (filtri e strumenti di misura, ecc.) sia le utility ad uso forense (calcolo hash, reportistica, ecc.). Prof. Sebastiano Battiato, Università di Catania, Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Italia

FIVE was critical in my being able to "see through the dark" and establish the movements of the first of two suspects, which inevitably helped us determine how the second suspect became involved. It’s so rewarding and exciting to get positive results! Amped FIVE makes my job so much easier; I especially appreciate the way FIVE includes in my reports all of the processes I’ve saved. Meg Warm, CFVT, Leelanau County Prosecutor's Office, USA

Amped FIVE is powerful, intuitive and reliable... I've used Amped FIVE to process over 1000 video cases since I was first introduced to it in 2012. I'm continually amazed to discover how easily it handles almost even the most challenging proprietary video formats. Amped FIVE has helped me develop an efficient and speedy workflow to triage digital images and video and get processed evidence to other investigators when they need it fast! The new Assistant feature is intuitive and helps walk the beginning user through a reliable forensic analysis workflow that withstands challenges in the courtroom. It also helps the trained forensic analyst develop their own automated workflow customized to their specific needs. The reporting functionality in Amped FIVE documents every step and setting at the click of a button. It’s the best video processing tool I use and a must for any investigator who relies on video evidence. Detective Sergeant Blaine Davison, CFVT, Norman Oklahoma Police Department, USA

We have two licenses for Amped FIVE and found that it has dramatically sped up our workflow. A project that might have taken 2-3 hours with standard video editing software can be done in minutes. We use it for everything from quickly redacting video for public disclosure requests to getting tricky video to play (and creating a playable derivative for detectives) to extracting still images for bulletins. Of course, it does so much more than that. Money can be tight in government. We’ve found that Amped FIVE is the best bang for the buck for video forensic work Detective Steve Paxton, USA

Amped FIVE has brought the key clarification tools for both video and still images into a single package that is both fast and impressive. Whether one needs to deblur a single image or stabilize a video, it can all be done with the same application. The interface is different, but very intuitive, enabling users to be up and running in a very short time. Although I have many tools in my image processing toolbox, I have added FIVE and am using it often. George Reis, Forensic Image Analyst at Imaging Forensics and author of Photoshop CS3 for Forensics Professionals, USA

I'm an Amped FIVE fan. It's the first forensic tool I go to when I get a new case. Parris Ward, Biodynamics Engineering, Inc., USA

Throw it into Amped and you're done in FIVE. It's nice to finally have a robust, standalone piece of software designed with one sole purpose in mind by people who understand what we do: Forensic video analysis.
I was ‎blown away by how powerful and effective this software is at both ingesting different video formats and enhancing video. Enhancements I never thought possible are now possible. I have a lot of cold cases to go back and look at...
That was some of the best training I have ever received. The examples were real life cases and very relatable. The instruction was done in a clear and concise manner, and I now feel confident in my understanding of how the software works and explaining my processes in court. Derek Williams, Certified Forensic Video Analyst, Durham Police, Ontario, Canada

I never miss an opportunity to attend an Amped FIVE instruction with Spready. With the continual evolution of the product you can't help but be impressed by Amped FIVE's capabilities and support. Ron Schistad, Certified Forensic Video Analyst, Forensic Identification Support Services Investigation and Support Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada

We have been using FIVE for about two years. There is a wide range of functions and filters in one single software package and it's very easy to work with them. I have saved a lot of time in cases when I had to convert images to video that can be done only by "drag and drop" function. I also have very positive experience about technical support and suggestions from the “FIVE experts" (Amped company), which is very important in urgent situations. Tomislav Prijanovič, Forensic Expert, NFL (National Forensic Laboratory), Slovenia

I think that it is perfect software for the investigation of questioned material in several aspects - first of all it expands the possibilities of image examination, especially performing work with a sequence of images. But it should be mentioned that there is no limits for the further development! Kestutis Grazelis, Forensic Expert, Forensic Science Centre, Lithuania

Times are changing here at Engine Ears. Originally providing Forensic Audio services to Norwegian law enforcement, lawyers and private customers , we have increasingly been approached by these clients to assist with Video Forensic examination too. We have spent a long time evaluating Forensic Video Software, looking for a combination of powerful tools, ease of use, flexible workflow and most importantly documentation of process. Amped FIVE has a clear GUI, making experimentation fast, comprehensible and most of all repeatable. The continuous development has also brought us many new tools and filters. Amped FIVE has aided us to give quick and accurate answers in high pressure cases as to whether enhancement may work or not. Topped off with fantastic service and support from the main brains at Amped FIVE, you are on to a winner. Truls Birkeland, Forensic Audio and Video Examiner, Engine Ears, Norway

We've been using Amped Five for more than a year now. We all know that good results are not always achievable given initial recording conditions. Amped FIVE is always successful when allowing experts to know if something can be done without spending to much time on a case. If something can be done, then Amped FIVE gives accurate results efficiently. Major pros are the crystal clear workflow and the highly responsive team behind the product. Another pretty useful feature is the recording of the processing chain, including technical references. This definitely is a killer-feature when considering ISO17025 standard requirements. Major Guillaume Galou, Head of Signal-Image-Speech processing unit, Gendarmerie Forensic Science Institute, France

After just a few weeks of usage the results began to appear. Amped FIVE is a software that fits like a glove in the hands of investigators. Most of the offenses are captured by the CCTV cameras, so that the gathering of evidence will be closely linked to the video footage. The software provides a user-friendly interface and high quality filters that improve image rendering. It is to be mentioned that it integrates videos captured by Milestone platforms, which leads to avoid the loss of quality. One of the big pluses of Amped FIVE is that at the end of the work, it generates a report with the followed steps, the filters applied and scientific papers on which it was made. Mihai Teodorescu, Senior Inspector, Forensic Specialist at Cluj County Police Inspectorate, Romania

What if a street cop, investigator or crime scene investigator could run to the station or to their laptop in the car, plug a USB drive or CD into a department Windows PC based computer and evaluate video evidence to see if it's viable for enhancement and even enhance the video right on the spot? Now, that's what you'd call a real investigative tool. It would be instant gratification to be able to pull out a face obscured by shadows and say, "Hey, that's little Aloysius Farnsworth MacGillacutty, that little slime-ball hangs out over on Rose and Spruce. Let's go snatch him up and ruin his day."
If your department has Amped FIVE Software available, you just might be able to do exactly that. Full review on American Cop Magazine, USA