Deciphering terrain, deep geoanalysis of video in the context of OSINT

17 October 2023 3 minutes Author: Cyber Witcher

Through the eyes of an expert: Solving geographical puzzles

The world of video geoanalysis can seem confusing, but with the right approach, it can be easily deciphered. Deep geoanalysis of video has long been an integral part of OSINT. Video footage taken from a variety of sources can be the key to uncovering important information about the area, the events, and the people involved. In this article, you’ll find helpful recommendations for using specialized tools, analysis techniques, and practical tips to take your OSINT skills to the next level. Learn how to properly “read” video, identify details and circumstances, and use them in your investigations.

Video recordings can tell about the location, time, circumstances and details that are not always noticed at first glance. But when you’re equipped with the right tools and knowledge, video geoanalysis can open up a whole new world of possibilities. Each video is a puzzle waiting to be solved. Trees, buildings, shadows, even sounds can all provide important clues about a location or event. Geoanalysis allows OSINT analysts to “read” video, identifying details and circumstances that may be hidden from the untrained eye. Don’t just stop at theoretical knowledge, in this article you can find practical cases and examples that will help you develop as an OSINT specialist. Don’t miss your chance to join this exciting disclosure process!

Geoanalysis in photographs: The second OSINT Challenge

As part of the OSINT “quiztime” challenge, Julia Bayer tweeted a video and the community had to guess the exact location and time.

Video at the link:


Zero second of video
The second second of the video

First, we uploaded the video via . Then they looked for clues. We noticed a yellow license plate that is very common in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. (And also in Great Britain, Israel, etc.)

Yellow license plate

In this video, the weather and “atmosphere” is typical of the Netherlands (rainy and green). Also observed to have 2 XL waste bins, one of which has a large “GLAS” sign on it, which means “Glass” in Dutch.

Large garbage cans

We decided to upload this image to Google Lens to try to find similar images.

Found a photo of both tanks, which was published on Twitter by a user from 2020.

This Twitter thread from 2020 found a guy who added the exact location of these tanks to Google Maps after several people requested the location due to the ridiculous name “Clear Glass”.

Found the location and oriented there.

Then we went to the exact location where the video was taken.

Here is the exact location. Now for the exact time, we can see that the weather is rainy and foggy, so we think this video was taken in the morning of August 28th. See the weather forecast for today.

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