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Analysis Timeline: Okay so maybe I am a little ridiculous…

Just some random thoughts tonight. In an earlier post, I had show-and-tell and shared with you a little of my process of putting together a rough analysis of a paranormal investigation. Well… I added a step and tried something new this time around. And I’m not going to lie… I’m kind of realizing how ridiculous I get sometimes. Sometimes I’m too OCD and detailed for my own good. This took me a few days. Helpful? Yes. But it took a lot of time… and so now I still have to finish up the evidence and final report. I’m not sure I’d be able to finish up an entire investigation, analysis, and report for a location on a time limit. 🙂 I need to hire assistance. 

So I went from 19 pages of this (rough analysis)…

Same rough analysis from my recent post.

Same portion of a rough analysis from my recent post.

 

 ...and created 24 pages of this!

The new timeline analysis that I'm trying for the first time.

The new timeline analysis that I’m trying for the first time.

 

Everything from the rough analysis in a timeline. Now you can see all “events” from every area and piece of equipment in a timeline, so that one could compare the “events” that happen at roughly the same moment. Too much? Ah… maybe I’m just stalling because I know a lot of work is still ahead of me. Perhaps it’s like when I was growing up. I HATED homework and studying… but I LOVED office supply stores and playing school! 🙂

Back to work… 

 


Putting Together a Rough Analysis of a Paranormal Investigation…

So honestly, I had no idea what to post or blabber on about today. In the last week I’ve been pushing hard trying to make some progress on the analysis of MOSS’s last paranormal investigation, so a lot of my focus has been in that world. So I kind of decided since my brain is there, I’ll blab about that and how I put together an analysis and report… that is, if anyone cares. 🙂  

 

 

Norman and Cassie at work.

Norman and Cassie

This particular investigation was almost two months ago, so it has taken many weeks and hours of digging through, watching, listening, and comparing hours of footage and audio. We used 3 digital audio recorders, 3 camcorders, and 4 DVR cameras. I have 19 pages of data and analysis, which reads sort of like a transcript of the evening. As of right now I’ve finished my rough analysis of everything, with the exception of the 4 DVR videos. I always save those for last. 

 

Bailey

Bailey

Below is a screen shot of a portion of that 19-page rough analysis. Initially, I begin with all of my audio recorders. I not only listen for EVP, but I document events as I hear them, including EMF readings, temperature readings, weird sounds, personal experiences, etc. And for all of these events, I time stamp them to the nearest minute, if at all possible. I also just recently began highlighting and color coding the time stamp for individual devices, so that I can easily refer to any file from that moment. This is probably what takes most of the time. I go through video the same way, simply adding to the same document in chronological order. You’ll notice that in one of the events that took place at 2:03am, I included text in bold and italic, explaining that I have found an explanation for that event. This often happens when I get to any of the video files and I can see exactly what is going on and compare. 

 

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A portion of the 19-page rough analysis from our last investigation. 

 

Me. (Sometimes you just have to find a seat on the dusty floor.)

Me. (Sometimes you just have to find a seat on the dusty floor.)

So this is where I am now. I haven’t saved any files or artifacts. I haven’t done a lot of enhancing audio. From here, I’ll save this analysis as a new file and dig deeper. Some things will disappear if they’ve been explained. I’ll summarize some of the redundant events, and figure out what events warrant becoming an “artifact” of paranormal or possible paranormal events. I number and code these artifacts and list them in this new document, which will end up being the final report for the client. I’ll add pre-investigation readings of each area (EMF, temperature, and barometric pressure), hour-by-hour weather information for that location, lunar and solar information from that date, and usually a short summary of my thoughts and findings.  

 

Below is a small portion of the web version of a final report from a different investigation

 

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A portion of the web version of a final report from another investigation. 

 

So as you can see, this is why I have no life. Soon I hope to share some of the findings and details of the investigation. But for now, if you’re still reading, thanks for stopping by for show and tell. 🙂  

 


Systems and Storage of EVP files…

Attention: All EVP Researchers or Paranormal Investigators (or organization nerds)!

How do you organize your EVP files? What system do you use? As I continue to record EVP I have quickly realized that I need to officially adopt one system and stick with it to stay organized and to be able to reference and find them quickly. I have EVP from paranormal investigations (some of which have different levels of confidentiality), I have EVP from my own personal EVP sessions here at home, I have “possible EVP”, I have really good EVP, and of course I have whole, lengthy, unedited audio recordings. AHHHH! And then… does one also have a way of documenting details and information from that EVP along with the audio? For instance, do you have a word document that has the name of the EVP with details of where it was recorded, conditions in which you recorded in, who you were with, what steps you’ve gone though to rule things out, etc? I consider myself a pretty organized OCD nerd, but for some reason I haven’t been able to figure this one out yet. Advice is welcome!

 

Photo Credit: Moumou82

Photo Credit: Moumou82

Here are a few examples of what I’ve named EVP in the past…

EVP Session 4-1-12 Voice1 Tascam

Tascam is the name of the recorder the EVP would have been captured with. If I have other EVP from the same session I might call them “Voice2”, “Voice3”, etc. Maybe it isn’t a voice. Maybe I would call it “knock1” or something like that.

Then we have the problem of how I name EVP files that I have enhanced (amplification, noise removal, slowed tempo, etc). In those cases I might save another version of the above EVP as…

EVP Session 4-1-12 Voice1 AMP,NR Tascam

Or……. is it better to have the actual EVP message in the title? Such as… 

EVP4-1-12-Tascam-Its all over me

Oh, and I’m not done yet. Do I then store these EVP in folders by date? If you record every day does that get a little ridiculous?

HELP! 

 


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