Friday, April 24, 2009

Free Resources

More goodies from Dorothy at Resolution Video.

Free Publications - The following are a list of magazines that offer free subscriptions to forensic and law enforcement professionals:
  • Video Scene Magazine - In the latest issue we take a look at how social and video sharing websites are becoming critical tools for police in the article "". Article "Desert Heat" gives insight to how the Arizona Department of Public Safety is aiding in the fight against crime through an exclusive interview with Detective Patrick Smith. Also featured are tips on how to prepare for presenting evidence in court and tools for handling video evidence. Click here for more information.
  • Evidence Technology Magazine - This magazine is published six times a year and is distributed free of charge to qualified professionals in the United States who deal with crime-scene investigation, evidence collection and preservation, and forensic science. Click here to subscribe now.
Free Software - For the examination and management of video and image evidence, consider the following free software programs. Remember, each program should be reviewed and tested to ensure it meets your own usage requirements.
  • IrfanView - This program is a image viewer and thumbnail browser with impressive file format support and lots of extras. IrfanView is provided as freeware, but only for private, non-commercial use.
  • Gspot Codec Information Appliance - This video codec identification utility provides a variety of information about the files it analyzes. Gspot will analyze standard and proprietary video formats.
  • VirtualDub - A free video capture/processing utility for the Windows operating system. It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor (like Adobe Premiere) but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters.

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