Expediting Digital Video Evidence Recovery & Documentation

One of the most time consuming aspects of Digital Video Evidence recovery is often the process of documenting the recovery in compliance with Best Practices.  Documenting the recording system settings, in particular, can be ardous to say the least when dealing with proprieatry & often poorly designed interfaces.  Although photographing each screen of the menus & settings is faster than writting them down, it’s nowhere near as fast or as thorough as recording them with the Omnivore Field Kit.

Keeping It Simple

Field Kit Connection Diagram

Omnivore Field Kit COnnection Diagram

The Omnivore Field Kit can be used with any DCCTV or other video system that has VGA, DVI, HDMI, Component, Composite or S-Video output.  To use you simply:

  1. Disconnect the recording system’s monitor
  2. Connect the Omnivore Bridge to the system’s monitor port with the appropriate color-coded cable from the kit.
  3. Connect the Omnivore Bridge to the Field Kit laptop via USB
  4. Insert the Omnivore drive into the laptop & launch Omnivore
  5. Optimize & Record

The Field Kit laptop is now the display/monitor for the DVR

You can see & record exactly what the DCCTV system is outputting to it’s monitor, because your laptop is now displaying the system output…exactly as it is transmitted.  Within a couple of minutes of arriving on scene you’re connected, recording, and have documented every single screen, mouse movement and click. Of course, that is if you choose to, because you could also just save uncompressed screen capture images rather than record the entire recovery to video.

  • DVR in the back room & monitor out front?
    • No problem with our Field Kit, as your laptop becomes the system monitor.
  • Video stored at corporate, but can be played locally?
    • Get uncompressed images & video out on the street ASAP while you wait on corporate for the native files.

Best Practices for Digital Video Evidence Recovery

Earlier this week the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) released two new draft documents related to video recovery for public comment; SWGDE Best Practices for Data Acquisition from Digital Video Recorders and SWGDE Best Practices for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Video Acquisition from Cloud Storage.  We would encourage those involved in DME recovery to review these drafts, in addition to the existing SWGDE, LEVA, and other related industry group documents.

In the first of the two draft documents referenced above, you’ll find Section 8 – Recommended Equipment on page 6.  The Omnivore Field Kit addresses everything listed under “Devices”, with the exception of the optional write blocker…which we can also source for you if you’d like. 🙂

Hands-On DCCTV Recovery Training

There is nothing quite like putting your hands on some of these oddball DCCTV interfaces and learning every possible way to recover video from them.  Our DVR Assessment & Video Recovery training course is based on these and other industry Best Practices, and provides students hands-on experience with 9 different DVR devices.  Each student recovers video from each system via multiple methods, including native file, network recovery methods, and the proper application & use of our Omnivore Field Kit.

Check our Training & Events calendar for upcoming class dates…OR…contact us today to discuss bringing this course to your academy or agency!  Call us at 301-476-8015 or email sales@oceansystems.com


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