The first episode of the Netflix series ‘Exhibit A’ chronicles a nationally-recognizable case where questionable video testimony led to the wrongful imprisonment of an innocent man. As the show illustrates, these mistaken, life-altering court decisions have shaken much of the justice system’s faith in video evidence, and why it is often challenged during trials.
Unfortunately, the distrust has been rightfully so. Even with trained forensic video handlers, a case’s outcome is significantly influenced without the proper tools for a forensic analysis and accurate video playback during a proceeding or jury deliberation.
And for these exact reasons, developers went to work on a tool that’s proven to check all these boxes, every single time.
Blue-printed with competent, expert analysis, this one multi-media evidence tool assures it’s impossible to wrongly compress, misinterpret or otherwise alter video footage – producing only distilled, accurate footage from every file type. This is critical because, by their dated nature, traditional video players can’t handle the multitude of proprietary file types from various cameras, recording devices and downloaded video players, no longer defending respectable play-back standards and failing to uphold integrable justice practices.
When the access, review, and analyzation process of multi-media evidence is enhanced, integrity extends beyond just the file and lends itself the complete lifecycle of a case, including:
- Forensic tools for experts to render the most distilled recording possible
- Normalized content that is easily played back during investigations or proceedings thanks to a single player that handles all formats, including DVR, CCTV, body cam and cell phones
- Improved accuracy of evaluations for use or perception of force
- Ability to play various audio and video files with the court and opposing council thanks to pixel-accurate conversions to standard video formats
- Bolstered documents and trial exhibits that include highlighted areas of the respective video, enhanced images and revealed metadata that was previously hidden
- Simultaneous, time-synced playback of multiple videos
- Streamlined collaboration between law enforcement, investigative units, prosecutors and the courts with built-in workflows
Piecing together a scene could require investigators to look at footage from several different angles, cameras and file types, but traditional video players aren’t always compatible with the expansive range of footage files. With a multi-media evidence playback tool, prosecutors can solve for every type of file simply by normalizing the file. Users need only to drag-and-drop the footage onto the intuitive player interface and access to court-ready footage is instantly granted.
Redact and Edit
Maintain victim confidentiality by redacting and editing personally identifiable information and metadata from video and audio files before exhibiting them. Investigators can also maintain the original files, and secure one or both with authenticated permissions. And with auditable tracking, it’s easy to see who has accessed which files and how they were changed.
Standard Format Conversion
Normalizing video evidence for investigators is a huge first step, but taking that same file to court requires a little more elbow grease. Point-and-click conversion translates your proprietary video evidence to standard courtroom formats, such as AVI or MP4, without losing any pixel quality or time stamps. Hundreds of files can even be batched conversions at once before being stored in your electronic case file folder and ready for court.
Let incriminating videos speak for themselves by embedding high-resolution, normalized images and video files right onto your report. Interactive and easily shareable, our multi-media evidence playback tool generates pre-established templates to help investigators securely present evidence in a concise PDF file that can be shared with attorneys, other investigators, judiciaries and all appropriate parties.
Different video angles of the same incident have their own story to tell, so be sure to catch every detail and watch the entire scene play out from start to finish by tiling the various frames next to one another in a time-synced canvas display.
Once you’ve collected the data you want to bring to court, export all your images and video files in a normalized format directly onto your exhibit file. From there, you can add in text and graphics before saving your document as a PDF and send it on its way. Once the recipient opens your case, he or she will be able to play back the audio and video files, and see every area of interest as an original, untouched file showcased side-by-side its clarified clip. Doing so equips investigators with all uncovered video evidence for an undisputable testimony.
Crime-scene footage is rarely caught from a calm, collected disposition, which lends itself to shaky, difficult-to-decipher video that sometimes can’t even be deemed as evidence. But with stabilizing functionality, unstable body-camera or hand-held footage becomes smooth and comprehensible. Like most other features, stabilization is a one-click job that can be repeated or batch-processed for more than one file.
Such a key tool in serving justice must first be justified itself, which is why our multi-media evidence playback tool validates footage with metadata and hexadecimal analysis and hashing. Supported by a combination of these grass-roots authentication processes, investigators can give confident testimony about the details uncovered by the respective video evidence.
Not just the eyes and ears of homes and communities, video evidence surveillance speaks the truth about how crime has harmed homes, communities and innocent people. As an end-all-be-all protective tool that is supposed to ensure prosecutors, law enforcement, investigators and courts that crime will not go unseen or unjustified, it’s critical that multi-media evidence is not only accessible, but that the footage and audio it captures is presented in its most distilled, clarified, unmistakable form.
So when lives are on the line, will you be prepared to playback the moment of impact?