How to Output Forensically Sound Video Evidence – Cellebrite Seeker
Videos are now estimated to be providing evidence in 80 percent of criminal investigations, making them a primary source for solving crimes. Until now, the challenge to investigators has been dealing with variations in literally thousands of different DVR systems that create evidence in thousands of different proprietary video formats. These formats can be challenging to play and can drastically slow investigations and delay time to evidence.
This is why Cellebrite has recently partnered with iNPUT-ACE to provide a solution to manage video evidence quickly and efficiently. With iNPUT-ACE integrated into Cellebrite Pathfinder, investigators can now combine video evidence sources with mobile device data and review the evidence in a chronological case timeline – unlocking previously hidden evidence.
In the courtroom
When I testify in court, I bring iNPUT-ACE with me. This way I can zoom into videos, loop areas of interest for the trier-of-fact, and keep an organized/chronological account of all of the important evidence that I can bring on-screen during questioning.
For disclosure purposes and for playback outside of iNPUT-ACE, there is often a need to convert proprietary video files into standard formats like AVI and MP4.
iNPUT-ACE solves this challenge by providing a standard output node. Investigators can use the standard output node to convert files into a standard court-ready format like MP4, without changing a single pixel from the original file. The results can be validated using the frame hash “CSV output,” which creates a hash of every single frame of video to confirm that the converted frames are identical to the originals.
These processes can also be performed as a batch within iNPUT-ACE to convert hundreds of files at once—saving an agency time and money.
Register to take the Cellebrite Video Forensics course here.
To learn more about Cellebrite’s Video Forensics, go here.