New Website and Blog!

After several months of intensive design effort, we are pleased to finally announce the launch of the new Salient Sciences website, which is now fully live at www.salientsciences.com. This responsive site can be viewed by both desktop and mobile browsers, and provides efficient navigation to let you quickly access the exact information that you are looking for. Coupled with the website are the new blog and software support pages, which can be accessed either through the website or directly at blog.salientsciences.com and support.salientsciences.com. The website content is being continually updated with new software updates to our VideoFOCUS and CARDINAL MiniLab products, as well as useful application-related articles and other news, including upcoming trainings and conferences. Please check out the new site when you have a chance, and do let us know what you think!

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Fall 2016 NATIA Conferences

For Fall 2016, Salient Sciences will be exhibiting at the following regional conferences of the National Technical Investigators’ Association (NATIA):

11/01/2016 – 11/02/2016: NATIA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Fall Training and Exhibition, Cambridge, MD

11/30/2016 – 12/01/2016: NATIA Southeast Chapter Training Conference & Technology Exhibition, Jacksonville, FL

Please note that attendance at the NATIA conferences is strictly for NATIA members and exhibitors who are specifically invited by the NATIA organization. For further details, please visit https://www.natia.org/.

Next UK DAC School Training Announced

Our UK dealer, Dave Thorne at Demux Video Services Ltd, has confirmed that our next UK DAC School session will be held the week of 27 February – 3 March 2017 at the Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, Oxford , OX2 8JD.

FYI, this is the week prior to Security & Policing 2017, where Salient Sciences will also be exhibiting in stand P2.

For further details and enrollment information for the UK DAC School, please visit the Demux blog.

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Expanded DVR Format Support in VideoFOCUS

Starting with the release of Version 5.1 in 2015, in addition to supporting virtually all standard multimedia file formats, all three VideoFOCUS products (VideoFOCUS Pro, VFSource, and VFCapture) have also supported direct import of many proprietary DVR formats that previously could only be brought into VideoFOCUS through the real-time screen capture functionality.

Direct DVR file import is quickly and easily accomplished by the Import Media function in VideoFOCUS, through a combination of:

  1. Native parsing (via FFmpeg, licensed under LGPL), which opens perhaps 50% of these formats through a forced extraction of any video, audio, and images that are identified in the file, which largely ignores other metadata such as camera names, etc., plus;
  2. An integrated software component called DVRConverter, which additionally recognizes and interprets the metadata of many popular DVR formats and enables VideoFOCUS to correctly open these specific file types, achieving perhaps another 20% beyond what native parsing can achieve alone.

DVRConverter was first developed for VideoFOCUS under a commercial licensing arrangement with DME Forensics, Inc., and is based upon technology contained in its DVR Examiner product. DVRConverter continues to be improved on a regular basis by DME Forensics, with additional supported formats becoming available to all VideoFOCUS users having current software maintenance as new builds are released.

A complete list of the DVR file formats that are currently supported in VideoFOCUS by DVRConverter can be found here. For any questions related to importing and exporting specific file formats in VideoFOCUS, please contact technical support by e-mail at support@salientsciences.com, or by phone at +1 (919) 572-6767, option 2.

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Typical retrieval of multiple proprietary DVR files, as imported and synchronized by VFPro 6.0

DVR Examiner Now Supports VideoFOCUS!

With DVR Examiner Version 1.26.0, DME Forensics has added VideoFOCUS to its “Preview With” menu, allowing any video from DVR Examiner to be opened directly into any installed VideoFOCUS software version 6.0.5 or higher.

All VideoFOCUS users on current software maintenance may download and install the latest software at any time from our VideoFOCUS Downloads site.

For further details on this new feature in DVR Examiner, please visit the DME Forensics blog.

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Join us at LEVA 2016

On 15-16 November 2016, Salient Sciences will be exhibiting and training at the 27th annual LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ. The exhibit day is Tuesday, 15 November, and we will be in Booth #17. The entire event runs from 14-18 November, with numerous training sessions available throughout the week. Please see the LEVA website for official membership and other information; we hope to see you there!

 

CARDINAL MiniLab Suite Version 2.5

CARDINAL MiniLab Suite Version 2.5 incorporates several important improvements including:

  • Filter Chains can now be “nested”, allowing multiple presets to be previewed and applied in a single pass, and;
  • Filter Chain now produces a comprehensive laboratory report describing all plug-ins used and their parameter settings, complete with screen shots, either as a Word document or an HTML webpage.

All current MiniLab license holders, including those who have previously purchased either the Advanced Suite or Forensic Suite, are entitled to this update, which can be downloaded at:

CARDINAL MiniLab Suite Downloads

Upon installation, a valid ID issued by Salient Sciences must already be present or provided when prompted for the software to operate. If you were originally issued a 37-character Serial Key for your MiniLab Advanced Suite or Forensic Suite, please enter your Serial Key at this page to receive your new installation ID, which will be needed to activate all new versions from 2.5 onward.

If you would like to receive a 30-day trial to the CARDINAL MiniLab Suite, or receive a quotation, please send an e-mail with your contact details to sales@salientsciences.com.

VideoFOCUS 6.0 Released

VideoFOCUS Version 6.0 is now in general release, and incorporates numerous improvements including:

  • Improved Combine and Track Timing functionality in VideoFOCUS Pro, allowing synchronization of multiple videos to a time-coherent MultiView session to review, process, and export as a group;
  • The CARDINAL MiniLab audio filters in VideoFOCUS Pro have been updated to the version 2.5 standard, allowing multiple preset combinations (e.g. Reverberation Reduction, Muffling Correction, Hiss Reduction, etc.) to be previewed and applied at once;
  • Most video filters plus the QuickEnhance audio filter, which were previously available only in VFPro, are now included with the VFSource product, and;
  • Demultiplex function now included with the VFCapture product.

All VideoFOCUS users who were current on maintenance or subscription as of 1 July 2016 are entitled to this update; latest versions for all products can be downloaded at:

VideoFOCUS Downloads

Upon installation, a valid ID issued by Salient Sciences must already be present or provided when prompted for the software to operate. If you would like to receive a 30-day trial to any VideoFOCUS product, or receive a quotation, please send an e-mail with your contact details to sales@salientsciences.com.