In this episode, Bradley Barkhurst, Forensic Specialist Supervisor at Ohio Department of Commerce, will discuss forensic video analysis with a focus on the challenges, workflow, and resources that can help you during a video forensics investigation.

Even if you know nothing about forensic video analysis, you will get some helpful tips and resources that can impact your investigations going forward.

Bradley stumbled into the digital forensics field almost by accident (he was formerly a TV producer in Cincinnati for a number of years). When he decided to move Columbus, Ohio in 2007, the Ohio Attorney General’s office had a job position open for a forensic video analyst. Bradley’s background in TV and his experience working with video editors helped him secure the job in digital forensics.

He worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s office for 10 years. In 2017, the Ohio Division of State Marshal’s Office approached him to assist with their lab activity in forensic video and audio analysis with a focus on mobile device examinations. Bradley also serves on the board of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Service Video Association (LEVA).

Right now, he is working on his Master’s Degree in digital forensics for law enforcement at the University College of Dublin in Ireland.

What Is Forensic Video Analysis?

LEVA defines forensic video analysis as: “the scientific examination comparison and/or evaluation of video in legal matters.” Bradley would summarize his role as a forensic video analyst as being “an audio and video problem solver.” He is often approached by examiners who are having issues with video files—either they can’t play them or they need the files enhanced. It’s his job to help solve those problems.

Find out more about the exciting and evolving world of forensic video analysis during the podcast.

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