Software and tools
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Commercial FIVE hardware and software tools
This section provides an overview of the commercial tools that are most often cited when considering a Forensic Image and Video Enhancement workflow.
The companies or tools have been ordered alphabetically; i.e.:
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- Amped/Five http://ampedsoftware.com/features
- Cognitech/Video Investigator http://www.cognitech.com/
- Daetech Systems http://www.daetechsystems.co.uk/
- Foclar Impress; http://www.foclar.com/impress.html (formerly IMIX/Impress http://www.impress4video.com/ or http://www.imix.nl/impress/products.htm) (Update Feb. 2017)
- Input Ace Video Investigation Software https://input-ace.com/(Update May2019)
- Intergraph/Video Analyst http://www.intergraph.com/sgi/products/default.aspx or https://www.intergraph.com/assets/pdf/forensic-video-analysis.pdf
- MotionDSP/Ikena http://www.motiondsp.com/
- Neat Video: video noise filtering: http://neatvideo.com/
- Ocean Systems/dTective http://www.oceansystems.com/dtective; module “ClearID”.
- Salient Stills/VideoFOCUS http://www.salientstills.com/
- SmartDeblur http://www.smartdeblur.net/index.html
- StarWitness / Signalscape http://www.starwitnessinfo.com/forensic-video-analysis.html or http://www.signalscape.com/ (Products tab)
- Xsight Technologies Magic Picture (deblur/compress): https://www.magic-picture.com/ (added Jan. 2017)
- YUVsoft/Superresolution: http://www.yuvsoft.com/2d-technologies/super-resolution/
Tools with source code ("free" and "non-free")
For information about the references cited below, see the Scientific literature page.
- Virtual Dub http://www.virtualdub.org/
- excellent overview of reproducible research and data: http://reproducibleresearch.net/index.php/Super-resolution
- matlab/c/MEX code for [Takeda:2009]. http://www.ece.lsu.edu/ipl/Software.html : see also
[Gunturk:2004], [Gunturk:2005], and [Gunturk:2007]
This method is also cited by the commercial Amped software package in its reporting facility.
The tool includes:
- Super-Resolution GUI: This is a super-resolution image restoration software developed in C. It includes an aﬃne motion estimation module and a maximum a posteriori (MAP) image restoration module. The software uses the CImg C++ image processing library and the ImageMagick package.
- Denoising: This is a Matlab implementation of the multi-resolution bilateral ﬁlter based image denoising algorithm.
- Demosaicking: this is a Matlab implementation of the alternating projections demosaicking algorithm
- Non-uniform Deblurring for Shaken Images: http://www.di.ens.fr/willow/research/deblurring/ ; see [Whyte:2010][Whyte:2011]
- Robust And Fast Super Resolution http://www1.idc.ac.il/toky/videoproc-07/projects/superres/srproject.html ; it refers to/is mentioned as being based on [Farsiu:2003]
- Elle Super-resolution code: http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~elle/SRcode/index.html. This code is based on [Pickup:2008]
- EPFL Super-resolution tool: http://lcav.epfl.ch/software/superresolution/index.html ; Super-Resolution is a Matlab program with graphical user interface that implements several image registration and reconstruction algorithms for super-resolution imaging.
- deblurring: http://ai.stanford.edu/~schuon/deblur.htm; this website mentions the following existing deblurring methods: Wiener Filter deconvwnr (IPT) , Regularized Filter deconvreg (IPT), Richardson-Lucy Deconvolution deconvlucy (IPT), Maximum Likelihood Estimation de-convblind (IPT), TU Berlin deconv_tuberlin, Sondhi deconv_sondhi, Advanced Landweber de-conv_alm; IPT is the Image Processing Toolbox by Mathworks. The last three algorithms are available for download.
- Forevid http://sourceforge.net/projects/forevid/ (the main website http://www.forevid.org/ seems to have become unavailable) is "the world’s ﬁrst free, open-source software for the forensic analysis of surveillance videos". It contains various (basic) ﬁlters; the main developer was a former member of the ENFSI DIWG group (Hi!)
- Refocus-it: http://refocus-it.sourceforge.net/; deblur tool for GIMP http://www.gimp.org/; general OSS photo editing tool
- a Matlab-based software package for resolution enhancement from video,
developed at the Multi-Dimensional Signal Processing (MDSP) research lab at
the University of California at Santa Cruz. The main objective of this
software tool is the implementation of several superresolution techniques; http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~milanfar/software/superresolution.html.
This software is based on or related to: [Farsiu:2003], [Farsiu:2004], [Farsiu:2006]. Three software patents seem to cover these methods.
- (link suggested by ZG): Matlab based
super-resolution software and manual; http://decsai.ugr.es/pi/superresolution/software.html ;
- S. Villena, M. Vega, D. Babacan, R. Molina, and A. Katsaggelos. "Bayesian combination of sparse and non sparse priors in image superresolution,"Digital Signal Processing, vol. 23, no. 2, 530-541, 2013.
- S. Villena, M. Vega, R. Molina, and A. K. Katsaggelos, "Bayesian super-resolution image reconstruction using an l1 prior," in 6th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA 2009) Best paper award, Image Processing and Analysis Track, 2009, pp. 152-157.
- S. Villena, M. Vega, D. Babacan, R. Molina, and A. Katsaggelos. Using the Kullback-Leibler divergence to combine image priors in super-resolution image reconstruction. In IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, pages 809-812. Hong-Kong (China), September 2010.
- S. D. Babacan, R. Molina, and A.K. Katsaggelos. Variational Bayesian super resolution. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 20(4):984-999, 2011.
- and other common SR methods.
- http://www.videocleaner.com/ all source code, along with their respective GPL license are in "Complete plugin zip folder.7z" located in the support folder of C:\VideoCleaner (updated post EAFS2015, source: e-mail DG).
- ffmpeg: http://ffmpeg.org/ a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video
"Free trial" or "research only" executable tools
- blind image deconvolution and super-resolution http://zoi.utia.cas.cz/download_toolbox ; this software is related to [Sroubek:2003] it is available only after submitting a formal request via the webpage, another page, http://staff.utia.cas.cz/sroubekf/research/bsr_gui.html indicates that an NDA needs to be signed.
- http://www.infognition.com/super_resolution_vdf/: Infognition Super Resolution plugin for VirtualDub resizes video using Super Resolution approach: by accumulating information from previous frames it can provide much more details than any other resizing method.
Cited: "This paper presents a fast debluring method that produces a debluring
result from a single image of moderate size in a few seconds. . . . GPU
implementation facilitates further speed-up, making our method fast enough for
They also state that: "Please send e-mail to Sunghyun Cho (sodomau at postech.ac.kr), and he will send you the executable. Please note that the usage of the executable is permitted only for academic purpose."
- http://appsrv.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~leojia/projects/robust_deblur/index.html; see also [Xu:2010]: Two-Phase Kernel Estimation for Robust Motion Deblurring, software: http://www.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~leojia/deblurring.htm; paper and code (with/without CUDA available)
- Single-image Deblurring (Motion PSF Estimation): http://appsrv.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~leojia/programs/deblurring/deblurring.htm: and
- Image Non-blind Deconvolution: http://appsrv.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~leojia/programs/deconvolution/deconvolution.htm The algorithms are based on [Shan:2008]