2023 Investigation Seminar
Seeing Is Believing: Making and Analyzing Videos
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 12
Lewis & Clark Law School
McCarty Room 2
Parking will be in the Main (Employee) Parking Lot
8:00 a.m. CHECK IN / REGISTRATION
8:30a Surveillance and Video Ethics
James Comstock, Investigator, Portland, Matt McHenry, Attorney, Portland, and Steve Wilson, Investigator, Portland
9:30 Reframing the Sentence: A Quick Guide to Producing Effective Sentencing Videos
Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm, Documentary Filmmakers
Effective sentencing videos can provide powerful advocacy for your client even without hi-tech gear or extensive filmmaking knowledge. By employing basic cinematic tools, you can produce persuasive “mini-documentaries” that portray your client with emotional resonance and authenticity. We’ll look at character development and story arc, location, aesthetic lighting and sound, documentary-style interviewing, gathering of additional elements, and editorial design as intertwined components making up an efficient and successful short video.
10:45 Discovering Visual Stories: Using Video Evidence and Drone Footage to Investigate a Case
Billy Lopez and Joshua Cohen, Fat Pencil Studios
We've all heard the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words," but how does this really play out in the investigation process? Using a combination of tips and case studies, this presentation will focus on the following issues:
1. The value of visual tools in understanding technical and complex issues.
2. Reviewing video evidence: best software and best practices.
3. Adding 3d visualization to see the scene from a different perspective.
4. Drone capabilities, rules and regulations.
11:45 LUNCH (included)
12:15 Video and Image Analysis: Examples of Video Analysis, Photogrammetry, and Reverse Projection
Sergio Perez, Forensic Video Expert, Tigard
1:15 Forensic Video Analysis 101: Why You Need a Certified Video Analyst
Ed Baker, Video Consultants NW, Milton WA
Examples will come from real cases and will cover a range of the common video sources and video types—body-worn cameras, in-car cameras, cell phone cameras. This presentation we also cover:
- Field of Views vs Perception
- Aspect Ratio vs Reality
- Interpolation vs Artifacts
- Limitations of Video Evidence
- Human Performance Factors using video analysis
- Resources for Video Analysis Experts
2:30 Mobile Devices & Social Media: How they store (or don't) multimedia files and how to best craft your investigative strategy when investigating these sources
Josiah Roloff, Roloff Digital Forensics, Spokane WA
- Different mobile extraction types and the datasets they produce.
- Which mobile devices and extraction types create an ability to recover deleted content.
- Social media sources and the methods in which they store and produce content.
- Artifacts that can demonstrate you are missing content or that the content has been modified from its original format.
- The language required to effectively communicate your requests for data regardless of the source.
Speakers, program topics & times subject to change.