Forensic Video Analysis – FVA 101 (5 Day)


This 5-Day course is an introductory level course on leveraging Ocean Systems’ solutions for Forensic Video Analysis.  Lecture & hands-on with Omnivore™ & FFmpeg Convert for recovery & processing, ClearID® for Image & Video clarification, dTective® effects & tools for Avid Media Composer, and QuickDME™ to manage all of your digital evidence assets & workflows.

GSA Pricing available to Qualified Buyers upon request.



An Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis w/Ocean Systems is an introductory level course on leveraging Ocean Systems’ solutions for Forensic Video Analysis.

The first 3 days of this course is our Fundamentals of Video Evidence for Investigations (FVEI) course, the last two days provide an introduction to Avid Media Composer & the dTective® Suite.

Products Used Include: Omnivore/ClearID/dTective & Avid Media Composer/QuickDME/Various Freeware tools

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who recovers, handles, processes or disseminates Digital & Multimedia Evidence (DME), including administrative staff, patrol officers, detectives, investigators, as well as both new and experienced DME Technicians/Analysts.

Topics will include:

Forensic Video Analysis (FVA) overview & resources, workflow concepts, digital/analog video recovery & processing,  image clarification, basic NLE video editing and annotation, final output options, and media management & archiving.

The learning environment consists of lectures and hands-on exercises designed to allow the student to become familiar with video analysis and clarification while working with real cases.


Students are expected to have an average skill level with computers such as: creating folders, saving files, navigating through the Windows environment, basic troubleshooting skills, installing software, etc. Basic computer skills are not taught in the Introduction to Forensic Video Analysis course.


A certificate will be given to participants who complete this training and demonstrate a working knowledge of these techniques. Certificates are handed out on the end of the last day 4PM.

Class size: 14 students/14 Systems – 1 system per student

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to the forensic video analysis and workflow concepts
  • Understanding video formats
  • Digital video recovery & Playback
  • Intro to Video processing
  • Exercises

Day 2

  • Omnivore & Uncompressed screen capture
  • Omnivore exercises
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  • Introduction to ClearID image clarification workflow (part 1)
  • ClearID exercises

Day 3

  • Introduction to ClearID image clarification workflow (part 2)
  • ClearID exercises
  • Introduction to digital video processing and analysis using Avid Media Composer
  • Starting a case in Avid Media Composer
  • Basic video editing and non-destructive workflows
  • Importing media and Avid AMA ( Link) direct media file linking

Day 4

  • Converting time-lapse video to real time & time code stamping video
  • Investigating the video and documenting your observations – video markers
  • Using dTective suite plug-ins SPOTlight, MAGNIFi, dVeloper, arithMATIC
  • Using titles and other video labels

Day 5

  • Audio clarification overview using Quick Enhance
  • Exporting evidence as video or still image files
  • Media management & project archiving using archive-R
  • FVA Ethics
  • Certificate of Completion issued

Travel Info

Class Times

Ocean Systems classes run from 8AM to 5PM with an early dismissal on the last day, no later than 3PM typically. Please book return flight out of BWI after 5PM.

Airport (BWI)

Although the DC Metropolitan area has 3 major airports; Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is by far the most convenient to our facility. If you are arriving on a Sunday, traffic is usually not an issue but if you plan on traveling during the week, please account for our rush hour traffic, which can be a bit unpredictable.

Planning your flight home: Since the last day of class ends around 3PM, it would be challenging to make a return flight earlier then 5PM once you account for travel to airport, car rental return, shuttle to airport, and early check-in requirements. Please plan accordingly.

Car Rental

We are located between Baltimore and Washington, DC. If you are interested in venturing out to see the surrounding area or just want flexible transportation then we recommend you rent a vehicle. Most, if not all, car rental facilities for BWI airport are off site, so plan additional time for a shuttle to and from the airport to the car rental facility.

Hotel Information

Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbia/Laurel
7531 Montpelier Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723
Direct: 240-360-2725
Reservations: Click Here
Ocean Systems has negotiated a special corporate rate for our customers – $129 (plus taxes). This package includes breakfast and buffet style dinner (Mon.-Thurs).
Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North
2200 Broadbirch Drive
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Direct: 301-622-3333
Reservations: Click Here
Ocean Systems has negotiated a special corporate rate for our customers – $145 (plus taxes). This package includes cooked to order breakfast.
DoubleTree by Hilton – Laurel
15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20707
Direct: 301-776-5300
Reservations: Click Here
Ocean Systems has negotiated a special corporate rate for our customers – $109 (plus taxes).


From BWI Airport to Homewood Suites Hotel: Total 19 Miles ETA 23 minutes.
Take I-195 West to I-95 South and EXIT at MD-32W to Johns Hopkins Rd. Take esit 15 from US-29 S/Columbia Pike.

From Homewood Suites Hotel to Ocean Systems: Total 7 Miles ETA 9 minutes.
Head southwest on Montpelier Rd, turn left onto Johns Hopkins Rd. Use right lane to take ramp onto US-29 S. Make a U-turn. Turn right onto Blackburn Rd. Turn left on to Blackburn Ln.

From BWI Airport to Hilton Gardens Inn Hotel: Total 25 Miles ETA 30 minutes.
Take I-195 West to I-95 South and EXIT at MD-212 toward Calverton. MERGE onto Power Mill Rd. Turn RIGHT on Beltsville Drive. Turn LEFT on Calverton Blvd which turns into Broadbirch.

From Hilton Gardens Inn Hotel to Ocean Systems: Total 4 Miles ETA 7 Min.
Take Broadbirch to Tech Road then make a RIGHT on US-29 Columbia Pike for 4 miles. Do not exit onto any of the ramps once on US-29. As you approach Blackburn Lane you will see a traffic light at the top of the hill. Get in your right lane. Once at the traffic light, turn RIGHT once the light turns green, then make an immediate LEFT. This short access road leads down a hill to the Office Park. Turn RIGHT at the bottom of the hill. Take 2nd LEFT once in parking lot and get ready to park. Our door is on the right at 4016. You will see an Ocean Systems sign on the building.

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