Digital Video Evidence Recovery

This three day workshop provides clear guidance and procedures to follow when retrieving video evidence. Utilizing the latest Best Practices documents from the Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE), students will gain an understanding of the methodologies presented and the tools required for retrieving video evidence.


The Digital Video Evidence Recovery workshop will assist the investigator in recovering video evidence from Digital Video Security Systems. Best practices and guidelines will be discussed as well as the appropriate toolkit for working with digital video security systems. Hands-on exercises will be utilized to assist in understanding recovery techniques. This three-day workshop is available for $895 per student registration.

General Information

Dates: March 9 - 11, 2021

Location: Kent County Sheriff Department
701 Ball Avenue
Grand Rapics, MI 49503

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Cost: $895.00

Class Outline

In 2016, on Saturday September 17 at 8:30 PM an explosion occurs on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Twenty-nine people were injured in the explosion. A second potential device was located on West 27th street which was safely removed and analyzed. Video surveillance was retrieved from the surrounding areas and released with requests for the public's assistance in identifying an individual that was seen in the area where the explosion and second device was found. Shortly thereafter, a bar owner sees and recognizes the person in the released images and calls police. The suspect is arrested Monday, September 19.

Video surveillance has been helping law enforcement agencies around the world investigate, identify and prosecute suspects in a wide variety of cases.  Today Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) used in Digital Closed-Circuit Television Systems are the recorder of choice. These systems record and store digital video on to hard drives as opposed to analog video tapes and while digital systems do offer advantages, many law enforcement agencies are having a difficult time collecting this digital video evidence. Without the proper tools and the appropriate procedures for recovering digital video evidence, the video may be ineffectual, degraded in quality, or simply lost.

Digital Video Evidence Recovery Seminar presented by Resolution Video is designed to aid the investigator in understanding the best practices for recovering video evidence from DVRs. Methods of recovering digital video evidence will be discussed and demonstrated. Additionally available tools for recovering video evidence will be shown as well as the must haves for a digital video evidence retrieval kit.

This workshop is appropriate for first responders, crime scene specialists, criminal investigators, and forensic video analysts who recover, review and/or analyze video evidence from Digital Video Security Systems.

Learn how to be prepared for the next case with digital video evidence. Attend the Digital Video Evidence Recovery Seminar presented by Resolution Video to find out how!

In this course students will learn:

  • Basic technology of digital video security systems
  • Recovery guidelines and best practices for working with digital video systems
  • Tools available for the recovery of video evidence
  • Evidence recovery workflow

Topics Include:

Day 1

  • Understanding digital video technology
  • Understanding digital video security systems
  • Guidelines for the recovery of video evidence

Day 2

  • Assessing the digital video security system
  • Downloading video data directly to removable media
  • Utilizing the display connection to copy video evidence
  • Retrieving video via the network connection

Day 3

  • Organizing a toolkit for the recovery of video evidence
  • Techniques for maintaining the integrity of video data
  • Understanding retrieval methods for cloud camera systems
  • Scene considerations and legal issues

Computer Skills
Basic computer skills are required to complete this training.

Multiple hands-on exercises will be included during each module. Class participation is required in order to achieve successful completion of the class.

Hotel Information

A car is recommended to commute to the Training Center from all listed hotels. 

The following hotels are recommended for their convenience to the training location:

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
310 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Hampton Inn and Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
433 Dudley Pl NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Dorothy Stout is owner of Resolution Video Inc. which provides training on Forensic Multimedia Analysis and services for the examination and analysis of video, audio and image evidence. She has been involved in Forensic Video Analysis since 1998 during her career with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and also performed as a Forensic Video Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory (DCFL). She has worked with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) as a forensic video/digital video technical consultant. Ms. Stout has been qualified as an expert and testified in all levels of the United States Courts and continues to offer expert testimony in civil and criminal cases involving video evidence. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University, in Washington, DC, the University of Indianapolis, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ms. Stout holds a Masters Degree in Forensic Science and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology.

March 9th, 2021 8:30 AM   through   March 11th, 2021 4:30 PM
Kent County Sheriff Department
701 Ball Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
Phone: 703-759-7803
Event Registration $ 895.00

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