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Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis Subcommittee

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The Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis (VITAL) Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the application of methods and technologies to analyze information related to forensic imagery from a variety of systems.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Christina Malone, Subcommittee Chair, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)

Marla Carroll, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Forensic Video & Audio Associates, Inc

Patricia Mullaney, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Virginia Department of Forensic Science


Wendy Dinova-Wimmer, Adobe

John Ellis, Law Offices of John C. Ellis, Jr. INC. (Legal Task Group and Terminology Task Group representative)

Brandon Epstein, Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office

Jordan Graves, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Neil Johnson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Melissa Kimbrell, Amped Software

Spencer Ledesma, Houston Forensic Science Center

Keith Mancini, Westcherster County Forensic Laboratory

Abhyuday Mandal, University of Georgia (Statistics Task Group representative)

Aaron Matson, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory

Michelle Montonera, Travis County Medical Examiner

Jackeline Moral, Houston Forensic Science Center (Quality Task Group representative)

Michael Piper, Target Corporation (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Melissa Southern, Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

Matthew Steiner, New York Police Department 

Andrew D. Taravella, Houston Police Department

John Twomey, U.S. Secret Service

Jesus R. Valenzuela, Seattle Police Department

Affiliate Members


On the OSAC Registry

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  •  ASTM E2916-19e1 Standard Terminology for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Examination (added July 7, 2020).
  • ASTM E3235-21 Standard Practice for Latent Print Evidence Imaging Resolution (added June 7, 2022). 
  • OSAC 2021-S-0013, Standard Guide for Post Mortem Examination Photography (added March 1, 2022 and sent to ASTM for further development and publication).

  • OSAC 2021-S-0027, Standard Guide for Laboratory Photography (added July 5, 2022 and sent to ASTM for further development and publication).

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) & Eligible for the OSAC Registry

  • ASTM E2825-21 Standard Guide for Forensic Digital Imaging Processing.

At an SDO for Further Development & Publication

  • OSAC 2021-S-0013, Standard Guide for Post Mortem Examination Photography (OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry).  
  • OSAC 2021-S-0027, Standard Guide for Laboratory Photography (OSAC Proposed Standard on the Registry).  
  • Standard Guide for Crime Scene Photography.
  • Standard Guide for Developing Discipline-Specific Methodology by ACE-V.
    • note: this standard is being drafted in collaboration with the physics/pattern interpretation sac and will follow the legacy registry approval process after it is published. 

Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-S-0036, Standard Guide for Image Authentication.
  • OSAC 2021-S-0037, Standard Guide for Photogrammetry. 
  • OSAC 2022-S-0001, Standard Guide for Image Based Comparison Conclusions/Opinions (OSAC Proposed Standard drafted in collaboration with the Facial Identification Subcommittee).
  • OSAC 2022-S-0031, Standard Guide for Forensic Digital Video Examination Workflow.
  • OSAC 2023-N-0001, Standard Practice for Training in the Areas of Video Analysis, Image Analysis and Photography.
  • OSAC 2023-S-0006, Standard Guide for Photographing Injuries, Scars, Marks, & Tattoos.
  • Standard Practice for Data Acquisition from Digital Video Recording Systems.
  • Guide for Image Content Analysis.
  • Standard Guide on Reporting Image and Video Analysis Results. 
  • Standard Guide on Process Based Quality Assurance Criteria for Digital and Multimedia Evidence.
  • Best Practices for Archiving Digital and Multimedia Evidence (SWGDE document).
  • Guidelines for Validation Testing (SWGDE document). 

Other Work Products


Research & Development Needs

Webinars, Presentations & Training Videos

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents/websites may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Created June 27, 2014, Updated March 15, 2023