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Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis Subcommittee
Members of VITAL Subcommittee at the July 2019 OSAC Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Officers | Members | StandardsDiscipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations

The Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis 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.


Julie Carnes, Subcommittee Chair, Target Corporation

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

Christina Malone, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Defense Forensic Science Center (including U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory)


Mike Baker, Sacramento Police Department

Wendy Dinova-Wimmer, Adobe

John Ellis, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (Legal Representative)

Kenneth James Hoerricks, Towcester Abbey Praeceptory

Christopher Iber, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Neil F. Johnson, DARPA/Gryphon Schafer

Jan Johnson, Illinois State Police (Quality Representative)

Spencer Ledesma, Houston Forensics Science Center

Keith A. Mancini, Westcherster County (New York) Forensic Lab

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

Aaron Matson, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory

Patricia Mullaney, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Michael Piper, Target Corporation (Human Factors Representative)


George Reis, Imaging Forensics

Matthew Steiner, New York Police Department 

Rand Swartz, National Autopsy Assay Group

Andrew D. Taravella, Houston Police Department

John Twomey, U.S. Secret Service

Jesus R. Valenzuela, Seattle Police Department

Robert Young, Retired


Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

  • None currently.

Tier 2: Published by an SDO

  • ASTM E2825-19 Standard Guide for Forensic Digital Imaging Processing.

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Standard Guide for Forensic Video Analysis.
  • Standard Guide for Image Based Comparison Conclusions.
  • Guidelines for the Forensic Use of Photogrammetry.
  • Standard Guide for Source and Content Authentication.
  • Standard Guidelines for Autopsy Photography.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST.  Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registries constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.


  • ASTM Standard Guide for Forensic Digital Imaging Processing
  • ASTM Standard Terminology for Digital and Multimedia Examination


  • ENSFI/IFSA Minimum Requirements for Electronic Evidence Analysis
  • ENSFI/IFSA Best Practices Manual for the Forensic Examination of Digital Technology


  • ISO Storage Security
  • ISO Guidelines for Analysis and Interpretation of Digital Evidence
  • ISO Information Technology, Security Techniques, Incident Investigations Principles and Processes


  • LEVA Best Practices for the Acquisition of Digital Multimedia Evidence

IACP (International Association Chiefs of Police) (

  • IACP Digital In-Car Video Systems: Minimum Performance Specifications


  • SWGIT Section 1 - Overview of SWGIT and the Use of Imaging Technology in the Criminal Justice System
  • SWGIT Section 2 - Staying Current in Digital Imaging Technologies: Considerations for Managers
  • SWGIT Section 3 - Field Photography Equipment and Supporting Infrastructure
  • SWGIT Section 6 - Guidelines and Recommendations for Training in Imaging Technologies in the Criminal Justice System
  • SWGIT Section 7 - Best Practices for Forensic Video Analysis
  • SWGIT Section 8 - General Guidelines for Capturing Latent Impressions Using a Digital Camera
  • SWGIT Section 9 - General Guidelines for Photographing Footwear and Tire Impressions
  • SWGIT Section 11 - Best Practices for Documenting Image Enhancement
  • SWGIT Section 12 - Best Practices for Forensic Image Analysis
  • SWGIT Section 13 - Best Practices for Maintaining the Integrity of Digital Images and Digital Video
  • SWGIT Section 14 - Best Practices for Image Authentication
  • SWGIT Section 15 - Best Practices for Archiving Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) in the Criminal Justice System
  • SWGIT Section 16 - Best Practices for Forensic Photographic Comparison
  • SWGIT Section 17 - Digital Imaging Technology Issues for the Courts
  • SWGIT Section 18 - Best Practices for Automated Image Processing
  • SWGIT Section 20 - Recommendations and Guidelines for Crime Scene/Critical Incident Videography
  • SWGIT Section 21 - Procedure for Testing Scanner Resolution for Latent Print Imaging
  • SWGIT Section 22 - Procedure for Testing Digital Camera System Resolution for Latent Print Photography
  • SWGIT Section 23 - Best Practices for the Analysis of Digital Video Recorders
  • SWGIT Section 24 - Best Practices for the Retrieval of Digital Video

SWGDE/SWGIT Joint (relevant to VITAL) (

  • SWGDE-SWGIT Recommended Guidelines for Developing SOPs
  • SWGDE-SWGIT Guidelines and Recommendations for Training

SWGDE (relevant to VITAL - other SWGDE documents on their website) (

  • SWGDE Training Guidelines for Video Analysis, Image Analysis and Photography
  • SWGDE Digital & Multimedia Evidence Glossary
  • SWGDE Proficiency Test Program Guidelines
  • SWGDE Best Practices for the Forensic Use of Photogrammetry  
  • SWGDE Best Practices for the Photographic Comparison for All Disciplines

Research & Development Needs


In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created June 27, 2014, Updated September 3, 2020