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Old 10-19-2010, 11:23 AM
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Security Footage Enhancement Help

I hate to be "that guy" but I need some help. I have been trying to enhance a screen shot of some VERY grainy security feeds to make signage legible on the side of a semi truck. I'm my searches of techniques to do this...I stumbled upon your community over here.

I have watched too many cop drama's that take a photo, plug them into a super computer program and suddenly they are as crisp and clear. I don't expect that kind of magic to happen but I need a name...numbers...pretty much anything at all that could identify one of these trucks I have shots of. Anybody bored and up for the task? Fair warning though...the pictures are rough.

Unfortunately I don't have anything to give in return other than a big thank you but I promise to do that in a big bold font.

Let me know if anybody is up for the task. And mods...if this kind of request is completely taboo over here, feel free to just delete the thread. Thank you in advance. -Mark
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:35 AM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

Mark, welcome to RetouchPro. I have moved your thread to the Image Help Forum. I suggest you attach a sample using the Manage Attachments button. You can edit your orig post to attach one or add a reply and attach it there.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:22 PM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

No problem. Here is one of the originals and a full screen cap version of the video feed. Can anybody tell me if its even possible to pull this off? I tried to actually attach the file but the file size is too large.


Original: http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/1...1018201041.png

Full screen: http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/139...1018201041.png

I have a total of six different shots but none of them are much different from this one. Different trucks basically. Let me know what you think! thanks!!
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:30 PM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

It appears like the markings on the passenger door have a logo of a man facing toward the rear of the truck, the kind of logo you see on roadwork signs. But that may be my imagination. Perhaps you recognize it?
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:49 PM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

The more I looked at it, it looks like the front of a transport truck facing you and the figure of a man beside it on the viewers left.
Notsure if that helps you at all - it may be all in my imagination.
Reagrds, Murray
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

With a sleeper that large, probably a long haul interstate company. The stripes are pretty distinctive on the cab. I tried a few google image searches but no luck. Keep an eye out around town in case another one shows up. Most of the photo enhancement you see on crime shows is fiction.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:34 PM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

Definitely looks like a cartoon man with sunglasses and a yellow hat, maybe backwards, carrying something.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:48 PM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

Well I was able to get a clear view by resizing the image. Attached is a B&W and a color version.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:48 AM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

I greatly appreciate all of the help. I'll pass along the notes. I know they were living in a dream world when they gave me the video thinking somehow i could enhance it so they could actually read the sign....i took one look at it and said it wouldn't happen but I wanted to talk with someone who knew that more definitively.

Thank you for the help and hopefully it will turn up good for them. Guess they've lost a TON of money in stolen fuel because of this guy. Would have been cheaper to upgrade the cameras!

THANKS!! (told you i'd do it in bold )
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:50 AM
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Re: Security Footage Enhancement Help

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With a sleeper that large, probably a long haul interstate company. The stripes are pretty distinctive on the cab. I tried a few google image searches but no luck. Keep an eye out around town in case another one shows up. Most of the photo enhancement you see on crime shows is fiction.
haha...ya, I had a feeling that was the case.
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