The team at iNPUT-ACE is very excited to announce our next major release, Version 2.6! Based on customer conversations and use cases, we have created a completely new playback experience, added 75+ new video formats, introduced an API for third-party integrations and much more. Take a look at what we’ve been up to.

An Enhanced Playback Experience with New Controls

For the past several months, our team has been redefining the playback experience, and the new iNPUT-ACE playback engine will not disappoint. Users can now take advantage of instantaneous playback and smooth frame stepping for a dramatically improved experience. When loading large video files, you no longer have to wait on indexing to start reviewing your video evidence. With our unique indexing, you can now jump right into playing and frame stepping through large files There is no more waiting, allowing you to start your video interrogation immediately.

New Full Screen Button

We’ve added a new Full Screen Button to the standard controls on the playback window. You can now easily pop out a separate, moveable window to maximize the evidence viewing area. This set up is essential whether working with multiple monitors or examining evidence in detail on a single monitor or laptop. When testifying in court, you can now pop out and maximize your playback window for the jurors while simultaneously queuing up the next video on your computer.

Nearest Neighbor/Smooth Rendering Button

The rendering button switches between Nearest Neighbor and Smooth Rendering. Nearest Neighbor rendering maintains the hard edges of the original pixels for a forensically sound playback. It is critical in understanding how many pixels make up an object, such as a license plate or weapon, and it allows you to quickly determine what can be enhanced right from the playback window. Smooth rendering draws smoother edges and color transitions for more visually appealing renderings. It is especially helpful when displaying demonstrative video evidence that focuses on actions or movement. 

Convenient Resizing Options

We’ve made the resizing of your evidence easier than ever with the addition of these convenient buttons. Increase the size of your playback by 100%, 200%, etc. Automatically fit the evidence to your screen or move to a specific area while zoomed in. Then, when you’re done examining in detail, snap the playback back to 100% with the click of a button.

Simplify Your Workflow With Auto Name Markers

We’re always thinking of ways to help you accelerate your investigations, and the new Auto Name Markers option does just that. By allowing iNPUT-ACE to automatically name Markers, investigators can quickly tag relevant frames without needing to pause to type in a name or other details. Marker names and metadata tags can always be added at any point, plus the setting can easily be turned on or off for maximum flexibility. 

Select “Auto Name Markers” in iNPUT-ACE Settings
Use the “M” Key to Mark Frames Automatically

New Automated Options for Syncing Date/Time

Investigators are often frustrated when trying to synchronize time between multiple pieces of video evidence. In order to simplify your workflows, we’ve added easy-to-use options for syncing your time. Enter a known date/time or calculate the offset by using the new “DVR Time” and “Actual Time” options for a single file or a group of files/streams.

75+ New Video Formats

We’ve added 75+ new video formats to iNPUT-ACE 2.6. That’s the largest addition of formats to a single release yet. It’s all possible because of a completely overhauled method for decoding proprietary video files that we launched with iNPUT-ACE Version 2.5 and thanks to a heroic effort by our support team to meet the needs of investigators.

New API for Integrating into Cloud Solutions

The powerful iNPUT-ACE format conversion engine is now available to use with cloud and on-prem software environments. Since launching this API service, we’ve seen significant interest and completed integrations with Digital Evidence Management Platforms, Analytics Solutions, Redaction Solutions and others. If you are interested in using iNPUT-ACE’s API to batch convert proprietary video files into lossless court-ready formats, contact us at info@input-ace.com.

Ready To Update?

Most users will be prompted to update the next time they open iNPUT-ACE. Offline users can get the latest version from:

New Training Options!

Join our certified instructors with decades of experience in a virtual, hands-on environment. Train on evidence from real case files using your own computer, no software license necessary.

Additional Content and Training

The Democratization of Video Evidence – On-Demand Webinar

We talked with our friends from Chicago PD and the Toronto Police Service about equipping investigators with the tools and knowledge needed to properly interrogate video evidence. You can watch the full recorded webinar at any time. Please share!

Online Video Evidence Training Symposium – On-Demand Training Sessions

Earlier this month, we joined with other leading experts to offer our first online training symposium. This live event was a huge success and now we are preparing to make all ten, 90-minute sessions available for on-demand training. Register today to make sure you get full access.
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