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Audio - Video Forensic Analyst  Doug Carner
  Criminal & civil audio-video-image clarification, enhancement, and authentication expert. A respected industry educator skilled in metadata, editing, restoration, analysis, filtering, extraction, isolation, photogrammetry, videogrammetry and consulting. Mr. Carner's forensic lab has processed evidence in over a thousand cases and millions of dollars in favorable verdicts. Mr. Carner's work is accepted worldwide by courts and news agencies. Skilled in authentication, metadata, editing, restoration, analysis, filtering, extraction, isolation, photogrammetry, videogrammetry and consulting.
 

Doug Carner DABRE,CPP,CHS

Board Certifications & Positions
Los Angeles Superior Court Panel of Experts (ICDA), Certified Protection Professional (ASIS)
Executive - American Board of Recorded Evidence (ABRE), Certified in Homeland Security (ABCHS)

On-line Positions
Owner: "Forensic - Audio Video Innovations and Solutions" (6,000+ members, Linkedin id#2461639)
Manager: "Law Enforcement Professionals..." (15,000+ members, Linkedin group id#44211)

Certified Training
Video capture enhancements, image analysis and enhancement, noise reduction, Photogrammetry, Fourier transformation, color deconvolution, Adobe Photoshop forensics, surveillance video screen capture, analytical comparisons, video de-interlacing, enhancing latent prints, and court admissibility.

Manufacturer Training (partial list)
American Dynamics, ArcVision, Bosch, Dedicated Micros, Genetec, Panasonic, Pelco, TYCO, Verint

Innovations (partial list)
VideoCleaner (lead programmer): world's most popular forensic video enhancement software
Video Error Level Analysis video tamper detection and RGBamplifier motion detection filters/methods
Software filters for motion extraction, light amplification, desequencing, motion blur, and camera age 
Invented several security cameras, "Pay-at-the-gate" kiosk, and a wireless alarm (patent#6400267

Development Contributor
Forensic (ver 8 and 9) Forensic audio enhancement & authentication software
Blurity Forensic blind deconvolution image focus-motion corrective software

High-Profile Work
George Zimmerman - Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL) 02/26/12 (aired 04/02/12) (Link)
Matthew Clark (Chicago, IL) 02/07/10 (aired 03/21/11) Link

Recent Testimony & Depositions
05/08/15 Llamas v Twelve Sixteen (39-2013-00305497-CO-PO-STK) - San Joaquin County Superior
.............. civil - video clarification - Deposition - Plaintiff
04/03/15 Handgis v. Waterfront Hotel (30-2013-00645003-CU-PO-CJC) - Orange County Superior
.............. civil - video clarification - Deposition - Plaintiff
03/23/15 Nevada v. Julian Acox (CR13-0446) - Washoe County Superior
.............. criminal - video clarification - Testimony - Defendant
11/17/14 Wendy Banderas v AMR (CIVDS1211607) - San Bernardino County Superior
.............. civil - video tamper analysis - 402 hearing - Plaintiff
11/10/14 Chapman v CDN Logistics (S-1500-CV-2752580 SPC) - Kern County Superior
.............. civil - video tamper analysis - Testimony - Plaintiff
09/09/14 P. v Kyle McCleary (GA088459) - Los Angeles Superior
.............. criminal - video clarification - Testimony - Defendant
06/13/14 Eric Koff v Trek Bicycle Corp (30-2012 00602533) - Orange County Superior
.............. civil - image enhancement - Testimony - Plaintiff
05/28/14 Sanchez v. County of Los Angeles (CV13-03836) - Los Angeles Superior
.............. civil - image/video clarification - Deposition - Plaintiff
02/27/14 P. v David Soto (VA130222-02) - Los Angeles Superior
.............. criminal - video route reconstruction - Testimony - Defendant
11/14/13 P. v Sevak Demirjian (LA071817-01) - Los Angeles Superior
.............. criminal - video clarification - Testimony with 402 hearing - Defendant
10/18/13 A.K.H v City of Tustin (SACV 12-01547 JST) - Costa Mesa, CA
.............. civil - image enhancement - Deposition - Plaintiff
10/11/13 Jerry Newmaker v City of Fortuna (C-12-4675-PJH) - Ventura, CA
.............. civil - video rebuttal witness - Deposition - Plaintiff
08/14/13 P. v David Morrow - Brighton (2011 CR001901) - Colorado Superior
.............. criminal - video tamper analysis - Testimony - Defendant
07/19/13 P. v. Jayson Ponce (BA396403) - Los Angeles Superior
.............. criminal - video clarification - Testimony - Defendant
03/21/13 Dependency Court in the Matter of JT, minor (BF039110) - LA Superior
.............. civil - image authentication - Testimony
01/30/13 Sharkoff v. Fletcher Jones Motorcars (BC462105) - Los Angeles Superior
.............. civil - video tamper analysis - Testimony - Defendant

Background
Current: President of Forensic Protection, Inc. (5632 Van Nuys Blvd, Dept #600, Van Nuys, CA)
6 Years at several system integrators. CCTV, audio and security design and deployment
10 Years at QuikStor (Van Nuys, CA). Lead engineer and VP Sales & Marketing
5 Years at Deltrex (West Los Angeles). Owner. Custom multimedia, software and electronics
Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis (Phi Beta Kappa) 1989

Membership

International Association for Identification (national and California divisions),
Audio Engineering Society, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security,
American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, American Society for Industrial Security

Clients
Caseload demographics are approximately 40% plaintiff and 60% defense. My client list includes: Law firms (Wicker Smith, Shouse, etc), corporations (Kroger, Disney, RiteAid, etc), law enforcement (District Attorney, Police, Sheriff, CHP, etc), defense (Office of the Federal Defender, Public Defense, innocence project,...), federal museums, insurance firms, investigators, and enhancement companies.

Published Writings (partial list)
02/14/2015 The Champion
.............. Evidence Forensics - Exposing tampered recordings (Link)
05/26/2014 Forensic Focus Magazine
.............. Considering A Career in Audio-Video Forensics (Link)
12/10/2013 eForensics Magazine
.............. How to extract clear facts from bad video (Link)
08/01/2013 eForensics Magazine
.............. Detect and prevent file tampering in multimedia files (Link)
01/07/2013 The Litigators Companion
.............. Don't Let Distorted Media Ruin Your Case (Link)
05/29/2012 The Jury Expert - American Society of Trial Consultants
.............. Turning an Expert Witness into a Great Witness (Link)
04/13/2012 Homeland Security News Wire
.............. The technology behind the Zimmerman arrest video (Link)
02/01/2012 Exhibit One
.............. Video deblur (Link)
06/01/2011 Security Dealer (Securityinfowatch)
.............. Improving surveillance with video enhancement (Link)
10/06/2010 California Association of Licensed Investigators – Journal Article – 
.............. Forensic Enhancement – Increase safety, expose the truth, reduce costs and prove your case

Lecturer  Forensic (partial list)
08/07/2015 Digital Forensic Summit – Annual Conference (3 lectures)
.............. Forensic Video Enhancement Panel - "Forensic Filters" (functionality, usage, settings and sequence)
.............. Forensic Video Authenticity Panel - "Using light, shadows and compression artifacts to detect tampering"
.............. "Meta-Data Recovery Audio/Video" (Validate & authenticate through metadata examination)
05/08/2014 American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  Annual Executive Summit
.............. The Science and Open-Source Innovations of Video Enhancement and Analysis (Link)
10/07/2013 International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology  Workshop chair, Keynote speaker
.............. Audio-Video-Image Forensics: Turning Science Fiction into Science Reality (Link)
05/01/2013 California State Division, International Association for Identification (repeat on 05/02/13) 
.............. Audio And Video Forensics-Clarification vs Enhancement (Link)
05/08/2012 California State Division, International Association for Identification
.............. Converting bad recordings into clear evidence: The science behind audio, video, image enhancements and authentication (Link)

Lecturer  Legal (partial list)
05/17/2014 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: annual forensic science conference
.............. Forensics for the Defense: 20 Ways to Win Using Enhancement and Authentication Science"
04/05/2013 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: annual forensic science conference REVIEW
.............. Audio-Video Enhancement, Detecting Altered Files, and Excluding Media Experts and Exhibits (Link)
06/09/2011 California Public Defenders Association
.............. Winning your case with audio and video enhancement(Link)
05/26/2011 California Association of Licensed Investigators
.............. Central Coast District Meeting
04/28/2011 National Defender Investigator Association
.............. Video and Audio Forensics: Winning your case
04/12/2011 Legal Professionals Association
.............. Winning your case with audio and video enhancement
11/13/2010 Legal Secretaries Incorporated
.............. Increase safety, expose the truth, reduce costs and win litigation

Lecturer - Investigative (partial list)
06/17/2015 ASIS-40 (repeat of ASIS-130 on 4/9/15)
.............. Evidence Forensics - Exposing tampered recordings (Link)
11/08/2014 Private Investigators of California
.............. Audio & Video Enhancement" (Link)
06/12/2014 ASIS-130 (American Society for Industrial Security)
.............. Video Enhancement Capabilities, Tools and Secrets (Link)
02/05/2014 LAPD (Valley Bureau) All Commanding Officers meeting (Link)
09/25/2013 Private Investigators of California
.............. Investigative Forensics: Turning science fiction into reality (Link 1,2)
02/08/2012 LAPD (Valley Bureau) All Commanding Officers meeting (Link)

Media (partial list)
07/16/2015 PI's Declassified on VoiceAmerica radio
.............. Exposing tampered recordings and video enhancement (Link)
06/20/2015 Crime and Science Radio
.............. My Lying Eyes: Tampered Evidence and Industry Secrets (Link)
02/10/2014 Security Guy Radio (Adrenaline radio)
.............. CSI Audio, video & images enhancement (Link)
04/02/2012 Nightline and Good Morning America (Rebroadcast worldwide)
.............. George Zimmerman Video Shows Little Evidence of a Broken Nose (Link)
04/02/2012 KFI am 640 radio interview (George Zimmerman case)
11/03/2011 Expert on the Dr. Phil Television show
.............. Affairs, Lies and Audiotape (Link)
03/21/2011 CBS News national broadcast (Mathew Clark video)
.............. New Video Unveiled In Alleged Police Beating Of Grad Students
10/21/2010 PI's Declassified - VoiceAmerica radio
.............. Audio & Video Enhancement: Myths, Facts & Benefits


Law Enforcement


Public Defender


Private Attorney


National News

Educational Curriculum
My training courses are free (the venue or host may charge a fee). The agenda typically includes:
 Determining if discovery files are originals, duplicates or altered copies
 Authenticating exhibits, and challenging opposing evidence and experts
 Retrieving facial, object, tattoo and vehicle license plate identification from video
 Calculating vehicle speeds and the heights of individuals from a single picture or video
 Extracting whispers, voice identification, noise reduction, and on-screen transcriptions
 Common mistakes made by industry experts and why they rarely get challenged
 Industry history, emerging technologies, and effective open-source and commercial software
Contact me to schedule an educational lecture at your forensic forum, law conference or school. Review

My History
In the late 1980's, my friends would forward internet images and videos of questionable origin. Most were hoaxes, but how could I know for sure? I investigated methods of authentication and enhancement. When the AVIsynth scripting language was released in 2000, it empowered me to invent and automate nearly any VirtualDub video enhancement and authentication filter I needed. I was passionately reading every relevant training or science document and publication that I could find, collaborating with peers, and testing new concepts. Since I was providing my enhancement and authentication services Pro Bono, my income came from engineering large-scale audio-video surveillance systems; which provided me with frequent factory training on industry systems, and a deep understanding of why recordings were less than perfect.

Enhancement companies around the world took notice and I became their secret labor sub-contractor. These international relationships work because my lab provides free evaluations and locally sub-contracts speculative services (voice-face matching, transcription, object interpretation, etc). The latter dramatically reduces testimony expenses for our clients, and both remain our current policy. I love this industry and continue to invent (VELA, RgbAmplifier and VideoCleaner), collaborate for the greater good, and contribute to the development of specialized industry software.

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