The Dothan Police Department produces digital evidence for use in court cases and the purpose of this document is to assist attorneys and officers of the court in playing back digital evidence archives. Digital evidence is frequently provided on physical media due to limitations on submitting evidence for hearing in court.
Body and Dash Cameras
DVD Video Playback on Windows
These videos may be delivered on optical discs in two formats. If the disc is labeled as a “DVD Video” disc, then it should play in any standard DVD video player. DVD’s will not play in Windows or on a Macintosh PC without an optical disc drive and appropriate software to play the disc. The latest version of Windows Media Player should detect and play the disc.
DVD Video Playback on Mac OS
On Macintosh computers we have found the native DVD player app will sometimes throw a DVD Region code error when using an external DVD drive. This error is not indicative of a defective disc, but rather a defective drive. In this event, we recommend downloading and installing VLC and playing the disc using their DVD media player software.
DVD data on Windows or Mac
If the disc is labeled as a “DVD Data” disc or if the evidence was provided on a USB thumb drive, then the disc/device contains compressed files playable on a computer. This mode of delivery is often used to deliver multiple videos on one disc/device, saving resources and reducing time for production of the archive. These files may or may not play using built-in software on Windows or Mac PCs. We recommend the latest version of VLC, an open-source and cross-platform video player that comes with all the codecs needed to play our video archives.
If you have continued problems playing our digital evidence archives, please consult qualified technical support person for your personal computing platform. If you feel that the physical media is damaged or inoperative, please feel free to contact us. If your disc has a label bearing an MID number, please have that number handy when you contact us.