When arriving on the scene and finding a DVR, your main task will be to get usable video evidence from the device. But what is the best way to do this? There are a few ways to export video from a DVR, and each can be a viable path to your evidence. Each method has its strengths.
You are frustrated with the time it takes to process DVRs and you need a way to access DVRs that are broken or have unknown passwords. You learn about DVR Examiner and you think that it is the perfect solution. You tell your supervisor you are going to buy new software and they give you the go ahead just like that. It’s that simple, right? We all know how challenging it can be to convince your agency to make a purchase. Before approaching the decision-maker in your department, put yourself in their shoes by asking the questions that will matter the most to them.
Training dollars are one of the rarest forms of currency in the world. More elusive than grant funds, harder to get than a pay raise and about as predictable as the Mega Millions lottery!
So, how can one stretch this rare and valuable resource? Have you considered hosting and/or sponsoring training at your department/office?
As most of you who have had interactions with surveillance DVRs have probably experienced, DVRs are a pain in the butt. Ignoring the physical conditions of where the DVR is located (the attic/drop ceiling, next to the grease trap in the kitchen, under 5 inches of dust), the DVRs themselves can be really finicky, really slow, and they all behave a little differently. While we have designed DVR Examiner to work with the DVR hard drive directly, bypassing the need for the DVR itself, it may still sometimes be necessary for you to work with the DVR itself to export video or determine the DVR settings.
We are happy to announce that DME Forensics has become a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. As a company that was co-founded by a veteran, we understand the struggles and impacts that our wounded warriors and their families face as a result of their service to our country and we are honored to be able to support such a noble cause.
Ever since I’ve been involved in digital & multimedia evidence, the traditional computer forensics community has been engaged in an ongoing debate. When you arrive on scene to a running computer, do you pull the plug or do you conduct an orderly shutdown of the computer?
Have you ever been at the scene of a crime looking to recover video and found the DVR wasn’t recording at that time, or the owner didn’t even have a DVR yet?
We have all heard the saying, “not all that glitters is gold” and when it comes to selecting and retaining a forensic expert, you want the real deal, not just a shiny pretty rock! Everything we discuss in this series is relevant when you are hiring any type of expert – forensic or otherwise. You should thoroughly vet any expert you wish to retain – and that includes us as well.
So, you’ve just been handed a hard drive from your boss who gives instructions to find all the vital information on a storage device. You are immedietly excited for your first solo assignment, until you look down at the hard drive and think: “Now what do I do?” Do you plug it in to your computer and start to investigate? Do you use one of the tools that you find in the lab to interrogate the hard drive? Let’s discuss the options available that may come inhandy if you ever find yourself stuck in this position.