We have another exciting update available for iNPUT-ACE! Version 2.6.2 builds on the fundamental playback and decoding features that were established and released in our previous updates this year.
The latest version includes the following updates:
- Faster indexing speeds
- Brand-new architecture that enables the playback and conversion of proprietary audio
- New audio file formats
- Automatically Open Video Files with iNPUT-ACE
- Improved 4K resolution support
- Updated templates in the Narrative Report tool
- Ability to set file types to open with iNPUT-ACE by default
- More Metadata Available in the Video Integration Suite (VIS)
Additionally, our online training portal has officially launched and is now being used for every live training class. You can also watch on-demand training symposium content through the portal once you have been granted access.
Learn more about our latest update below:
Faster Indexing Speed
You may have noticed that some video files (most commonly mp4 files) included a processing indicator during the initial playback. In the past, users experienced some limited functionality while the file indexes. For instance, some frame stepping was marginally slower during this indexing process.
Good news: In Version 2.6.2, the processing bar indexes files 50-60 times faster! This new feature is another way in which iNPUT-ACE helps enhance efficiency for investigators.
New Proprietary File Formats Added (including Audio!)
As usual, many new file formats have been added to the expansive list of files that can be dragged, dropped, and played by iNPUT-ACE. New formats for this release include QBX (with audio), several EXE formats, new PSF and SEC variants, and more.
We’re also excited to announce the presence of new proprietary audio formats that can now be played and converted through iNPUT-ACE. This fundamental new architecture currently supports a dozen new formats, but more importantly, it enables our development team to support new audio formats in the future with our .AceFormat file decoders.
How do .AceFormat files work? If you encounter an audio (or video) file that you cannot play in iNPUT-ACE, just send our support team the file. Our development team will review the file quickly and create a new decoder that will be sent back to you as an .AceFormat file. This file can then be loaded into iNPUT-ACE and it will teach your system how to play the file.
Automatically Open Video Files with iNPUT-ACE
When you double click to open a file on your computer, the default application will open that file. For instance, if you open a .docx file, then Microsoft Word will open the file.
Users can now set iNPUT-ACE as the default program to open any video file type. For instance, if you regularly need to review .MP4 files or .QBX files or .G64X video files, you can right click the file, choose “open with,” and select iNPUT-ACE as the default program to open and play those video files.
Improved 4K Screen Resolution Support
Do you review video evidence on a high-resolution screen? We’ve updated our scaling on every tab so that fonts, objects, and menus are more legible, regardless of the resolution of your monitor.
In this field, every detail matters. You can now take greater advantage of your 4K screen!
New Templates for the Narrative Report
The Narrative Report tool is one of the most powerful features of the iNPUT-ACE application. It allows you to create shareable PDF reports that contain embedded images and video.
We’ve added additional templates that can expedite your report writing by starting from pre-built layouts. Check out all our templates by toggling to the Narrative Report Tool and selecting File > Load Template. You can jump-start your next report or save your own customized template complete with all the standard information your agency requires. Another way iNPUT-ACE saves you time!
More Metadata in VIS
The Video Integration Suite (VIS) is a powerful tool that integrates with Digital Evidence Management Systems (DEMS), Video Analytic Solutions, Redaction Software, or any other solution that encounters video evidence. VIS provides access to the iNPUT-ACE decoding and conversion technology through a simple .NET API, integrating our lossless conversion engine directly into a variety of solutions.
In this release, VIS provides external solutions access to additional metadata during the conversion process (including surveillance video date/time) making it easier to align multiple sources of evidence in external solutions.
In version 2.6.2, VIS now provides the third-party date and time as metadata for each video file. For example, if your agency uses Axon body cameras and Evidence.com (a DEMS solution that has integrated with VIS) to store a variety of file types, historically, you could only see the metadata for Axon body camera video files. Now, you can see that time and date information on any video file type, including proprietary CCTV files.
Ready to Update?
If you want to take advantage of these new features, then make sure you update your version of iNPUT-ACE. Most users will be prompted to update the next time they open iNPUT-ACE. If you are an offline user, you can download the update from the iNPUT-ACE Portal.