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BlindSpot: An Introduction to Forensic Science and Expert Witnes

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My forensic philosophy is that authentication and clarification of audio/video media combines art as well as science. The methods that I use require attention to detail and scientific principles, complemented by an appreciation for clarity and aesthetics. My techniques are derived from both a formal education and the application of skills gained by working in many forensics situations.

My forensic philosophy is that authentication and clarification of audio/video media combines art as well as science. The methods that I use require attention to detail and scientific principles, complemented by an appreciation for clarity and aesthetics. My techniques are derived from both a formal education and the application of skills gained by working in many forensics situations.
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Rochester Hills, MI

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My forensic philosophy is that authentication and clarification of audio/video media combines art as well as science. The methods that I use require attention to detail and scientific principles, complemented by an appreciation for clarity and aesthetics. My techniques are derived from both a formal education and the application of skills gained by working in many forensics situations.

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English


Episodes

22: Audio Enhancement – Equalization

7/1/2015
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Equalizers can be one of the most important tools to any audio engineer, and especially an Audio Forensic Expert.There are many different types of equalizers with different capabilities, but the core functions are always the same. Equalizers allow the user to increase or decrease the level of different frequency ranges or ‘frequency bands.’ Each frequency […]

Duration: 00:11:12


21: Audio Enhancement – Compression

5/28/2015
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As an Audio Forensic Expert, knowing what tools are available to me and how they work is extremely important. While compressors are often thought of as tools for music production, they serve many functions in the Audio Forensic world. Like with most audio signal processors, it takes training and experience to operate compressors properly and […]

Duration: 00:09:03


20: Body-worn Cameras with Sgt. Bill Tilson

4/27/2015
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Sgt. Bill Tilson is a police officer with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He has been working in the department since September 2002 and began working with body-worn cameras in 2012 when the department began issuing them to officers. He received a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Corrections from Lewis-Clark […]

Duration: 00:24:02


19: Audio Enhancement – Noise Reduction

4/3/2015
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Most recordings that I come across as an Audio Forensic Expert are made in poor condition and their biggest problem is an abundance of noise. Though there are many ways to reduce the noise floor in a recording, there is no guaranteed method.The noise floor can be defined as a sum of all of the […]

Duration: 00:11:51


18: Creating Video Work Product as an Audio Video Forensic Expert

2/27/2015
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Video work product is a way to document forensic investigations, like evidence recovery, for reference at a later date. Processes and procedures are documented using a video camera by a forensic expert during a forensic investigation for future use. I have referred back to my video work product many times during the course of a […]

Duration: 00:09:12


16: VIEVU Body Cameras with Steve Ward

1/22/2015
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Steve Ward is the CEO and founder of VIEVU. He worked as a police officer in Seattle for 13 years, including 6 years on the SWAT team. Afterwards, Mr. Ward became the Vice President of Marketing and International Sales for Taser International. He has an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, a Certificate from the […]

Duration: 00:16:42


15: A Step-by-Step Approach to Forensic Audio Enhancement

1/19/2015
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One of the most common jobs for an Audio Forensic Expert is enhancing a digital audio recording for intelligibility and clarification. Audio evidence is often recorded in less than optimal situations with poor quality equipment. This evidence can be vital to a case and when the content of the recording cannot be heard, the evidence […]

Duration: 00:13:22


13: Voice Identification with Maria do Carmo Gargaglione

12/4/2014
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Maria do Carmo Gargaglione is the Director of the Division of Digital and Technological Forensic Evidence at the Public Ministry of Rio De Janeiro. She has beena speech-language pathologist for over thirty years. She is an expert in voice identification, facial identification and handwriting analysis. She began working in forensics in 2000 and began working […]

Duration: 00:16:00


12: Video Forensics with Dorothy Stout

12/1/2014
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Dorothy Stout is a Video Forensic Expert and owner of Resolution Video Inc. She has been analyzing video since 1998 and has testified in all levels of courts in the United States. Dorothy received her Bachelor degree in Psychology and her Masters in Forensic Science and began her career at the US Postal Inspection Service. […]

Duration: 00:18:38


10: How to Authenticate Digital Audio Evidence

11/14/2014
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Authenticating digital audio evidence and the importance of the authentication process for use in court. The chain of custody is the first step in the authentication process but does not in and of itself authenticate a piece of evidence. I have seen audio evidence that was not authentic and was stored in the original digital […]

Duration: 00:13:06


8: How to Give an Expert Deposition

10/30/2014
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Depositions are one of the most important activities performed by forensic experts, second only to the final testimony. A deposition is the process where the opposing lawyers question the forensic expert, under oath, about what they are going to testify during trial. These questions are designed for the opposing lawyer to gain information about the […]

Duration: 00:11:06


7: Importance of the Chain of Custody for Digital Media Evidence

10/27/2014
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Establishingchain of custody when authenticating digital media evidence for use in the courtroom is extremely important. The chain of custody must account for the seizure, storage, transfer and condition of the evidence. Without this chain of custody, evidence used in the courtroom will be challenged and may be ruled inadmissible. Importance to the expert My […]

Duration: 00:08:58


6: Continuing Education as a Forensic Expert

10/9/2014
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As a forensic expert,continuing your education in your field of expertise is extremely important in remaining a credible forensic expert. I practice audio and video forensic work and at the rate that technology is evolving, it’s important for me to stay up to date on all of the latest advancements in the field. This is […]

Duration: 00:08:58


5: How to Perform a Voice Identification

9/29/2014
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Voice Identification (also known as Speaker Recognition) plays a very important part in the forensic world. I practice voice identification regularly as an Audio Forensic Expert and I believe it is a viable and often crucial science when working on a forensic assignment. I chose this topic for this podcast because I just released my […]

Duration: 00:12:14


4: Forensic Science – How to Prepare to be an Expert Witness

9/16/2014
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Becoming an expert witnessis a challenging step for a forensic expert. In an earlier post we talked about putting together your CV and its importance in building your credibility as a forensic expert. Now, we will go over the how to prepare yourself and your team for trial and what to expect when testifying in […]

Duration: 00:14:38


3: Forensic Science – Writing Your Forensic Report

9/5/2014
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The forensic reportis a forensic experts full report of their work on a case for court. It includes everything the forensic expert did while examining the evidence along with their findings throughout the investigation. In this post, we will briefly talk with Chicago trial attorney Shawn Warner about the importance of the forensic report and […]

Duration: 00:08:04


2: Forensic Science – How Attorneys Select Forensic Experts

8/29/2014
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Shawn Warner is a25 year veteran Chicago trial lawyer. In this post, we are going to discuss the role of the forensic expert. Why hire a forensic expert? What do lawyers look for when hiring a forensic expert? Shawn Warner is licensed in Illinois but also works on cases across the United States. He has […]

Duration: 00:09:43


1: Forensic Science – How to Build Your Expert Witness Curriculum Vitae (C/

8/29/2014
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My name is Ed Primeau and I am an audio video forensic expert. I develop or process audio and video evidence to better hear and see the events as they occurred in the audio or video recording. I also authenticate audio and video evidence to learn if the evidence presented is real and can be […]

Duration: 00:11:50