The team at iNPUT-ACE is thrilled to announce the release of version 2.6.3!
If you want more information on the lightboard, make sure you register for the In-Depth VFR Lightboard Webinar.
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2.6.3 New AceFormat Features
AceFormats were introduced in version 2.5 to help iNPUT-ACE users who interact with our support team. When a user encounters a video file they cannot play, they simply need to submit a support ticket that includes the unplayable video.
Our world-class support team puts the file into our patent-pending developer tools to create a custom AceFormat decoder that can be sent to the user. This AceFormat file teaches the user’s iNPUT-ACE how to play the file. Our team leverages the work that goes into creating all the different AceFormat files by packaging them into our next release, therefore benefiting all users.
In version 2.6.3, we have added a new messaging component for all files. This allows our support team to communicate specific information about files and offer helpful tips to improve your success with playback on a variety of file formats. Below is an example of this new feature:
Introducing the VFR Lightboard
Did you know that video files often lie about their timing?
A file’s frame rate and other timing metadata are often inaccurate. If a file says that it is “25fps”, this does not necessarily mean that every frame is actually 1/25th of a second apart. Many of these files have variable frame rates, and some actually have different frame rates than the one reported in the file – making it impossible to accurately calculate vehicle speeds from file metadata alone.
It is not uncommon to see comprehensive scientific presentations get entirely dismissed over a single critical element, like misrepresenting speed through a frame rate calculation.
Fortunately, the new VFR Lightboard solves this problem…
What is the VFR Lightboard?
The highly anticipated Variable Frame Rate (VFR) Lightboard was designed to provide an easy workflow to accurately calculate vehicle speeds from any surveillance camera device within a reported margin of error.
The VFR Lightboard includes both the hardware (the lightboard itself) and the software (a tool inside iNPUT-ACE 2.6.3) that enables speed calculations.
To get started, investigators simply place the Lightboard in front of the camera in question and record the Lightboard’s light pattern.
Next, the recorded video is added to the VFR Lightboard tool inside iNPUT-ACE, allowing the software to analyze the precise LED light pattern and produce a report that articulates the minimum and maximum timing that can be applied to calculate speed.
With the VFR Lightboard, you can avoid making any assumptions or speculations on the reported frame rate.
Want to Learn More About the Lightboard?
Go even deeper by joining us for an in-depth webinar with iNPUT-ACE Technical Director Andrew Fredericks. You will learn more about the Lightboard and how it has revolutionized the way we calculate speed and force.
We’ll speak with investigators who are currently using the Lightboard, explain the workflow, and look at some cases where the frame-by-frame analysis was essential.