05/16/2007

Utah Sheriff's Office Conducts Video Forensic Processing with VideoFOCUS

The PoliceChief
Vol. 73, no. 12, December 2006

WEBER COUNTY, UTAH - Salient Stills announces that the Weber County Sheriff’s Office in Utah improved the speed and quality of its video forensic processing after using the company’s VideoFOCUS video analysis product. VideoFOCUS is designed to capture and export digital video, work with proprietary video data formats from security systems, and print images directly.

Weber County investigators frequently analyze video from banks and convenience stores where multiplexed video (a single video with several camera views) is common. Images from video taken during a criminal act can be damaged, noisy, poorly exposed, low-resolution, and shaky. Much of this video comes in a proprietary digital file format. These factors can create extra work for crime video analysts and reduce the likelihood that video evidence will meet the standards of prosecutors and courts.

VideoFOCUS is engineered to make it easier for analysts to solve these problems. Mitch Pillkington, a member of the sheriff’s office’s crime scene investigation team, said demultiplexing, processing speed, and image quality were the main reasons for the switch for Weber County to VideoFOCUS. “As far as VideoFOCUS goes,” Pillkington said, “the end result—the image—is better than our previous system, and from what I’ve seen, better than any of the others.”

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