Video Surveillance

Audit Masters requires video inside the hit location. Each video must have the following elements:

  • Video on CD or DVD (only 1 video per disk) Acceptable formats are as follows: .mov, .qt, .wma, .wmv, .mpg
  • Must be at least one minute in length
  • Must show an employee so that they can be identified
  • Must capture part of the signal being displayed so that it can be identified as part of the broadcast
  • Must have a pan (slow turn) around in the interior so that it can be identified

Modern cell phone technology has the capability to capture video good enough to submit. May auditors use the “on-call’ technique: 

Outside the location, they start recording video on their phone. Immediately, they put the phone up to their ear, as if they are taking a phone call – taking care not to block the lens and to hold the phone upright. They then enter the establishment, and act like they’re looking for someone they’re expecting to meet there. Keep in mind the phone at this point will record at a 90° angle from where you’re looking, so you’ll want to find an employee, and stand a quarter turn to the left or right, pointing your ear at what you want to film for 10-15 seconds. Then find the biggest TV in the place, get close enough that what’s on the screen can be identified, and turn facing 90° away from it for 10-15 seconds. Walk to the back of the location, ‘looking for your friend.’ Then walk to the middle of the business, and slowly turn all the way around. This will get a 360° pan. During this time you can be dictating notes – things like:

  • How many people are in the location
  • What time it is
  • Who is fighting
  • What logos you can see on the screen
  • How many screens there are in the location
  • How many of those screens are showing the fight
  • The name of at least one employee
  • Any posters, banners, or other advertisements for the event

Video is compelling evidence. When a pirate argues with the signal owner, and is presented with video evidence, they typically have no defense left against the claim of the signal owner.