The Legal Investigator Vol.37, Issue 4 Winter 2013 : Page 2

forensics focus by Bryan Neumeister “ Surveillance Systems Reality vs. The Truth About TV There is no one product of software that is good for every job and the computer only gets you in the ball park much of the time. Very often it comes down to sub pixel blending and averaging by trial and error to get the best results. We’ve all seen the TV crime shows where the forensic technician opens the grainy surveillance, then zooms in on a tiny face, license plate or scrap of paper, hits the enhance button and, magically, the image becomes sharp and clear (accompanied by appropriate background music). We know that’s TV, but the question is, what can be done realistically to enhance surveillance video and what are limitations? 4 the legal investigator

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