Surveillance is an important skill for environmental and natural resource law enforcement officers. It is probably the most common method of gathering evidence of the illegal taking of fish and wildlife. A common aspect of surveillance is the use of video cameras. This may involve camcorders or increasingly the video function on DSLR cameras.
Environmental and natural resource officers generally don't have a video or photo expert to process and edit their video footage, so they have to be able to do it themselves. Many agencies are also facing reducing budgets, so the $1,000+ price of Photoshop software is out of the reach of most. Even wealthy agencies would struggle to justify buying Photoshop for each officer.
Forevid is a free software application for the forensic analysis of surveillance videos. It has been developed at the Forensic laboratory of the National Bureau of Investigation, Finland
The objective of the Forevid project is to offer a free and easy-to-use tool for the law enforcement and forensic community, containing similar features as the corresponding commercial software.
Using Forevid you can:
- Analyze videos frame-by-frame
- Open a variety of video formats
- Document your analysis results
- Apply different video processing operations
- Capture and print still images from video
- Pixelate faces in still images
Take a look at the demonstration video below and download the software for yourself at the project website.