A. Why videotape depositions?
The reading of a transcript fails to convey non-verbal queues such as body language, voice inflection, and facial expressions. Additionally, video captures witness interaction with visual aids and increases juror retention.
B. Why hire a videographer?
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require that a disinterested third party record video testimony in order for the recorded testimony to be admissible in court.
C. Does a videographer replace a court reporter?
Videographers work in tandem with court reporters and certainly do not replace them. The court reporter is the only participant in a deposition qualified to produce a transcript.
A. Can't I use a camcorder to videotape a deposition?
It comes down to THE MOMENT of facial expression, THE MOMENT of zooming in on a ruptured disc, THE MOMENT the tone of voice or inflection was more important than what was said. If you miss that moment - if you just clicked record on an unmanned camcorder - that moment is gone forever.
B. Will an onboard microphone pick up the audio in a deposition?
Cheap equipment will pick up buzzes, can't be adjusted when someone whispers and can't be monitored for over-modulation. Professional videographers always use multiple high-quality microphones and continually monitor them for volume levels, clarity and unwanted noise. The result is crisp, clean and understandable audio.
C. What will show up on the video screen?
We only film the witness and any referenced exhibits during the deposition. When necessary, background distractions are eliminated by using a backdrop placed behind the witness.
D. What happens if your recording equipment malfuntions?
Our videographers double master video recordings (two originals on two different devices) and continually monitor them to guarantee a good recording. In the rare event of equipment failure, we have backup contingencies in place and backup equipment on site so the deposition can continue.
A. Will electronic equipment pose a distraction to the jury?
Today, most people expect to see and hear testimony and exhibits the way they see it on TV. If set up correctly the portable monitors and document cameras will look appropriate for the setting.
B. Can you edit a video for trial?
If rulings are made, we can prepare an edited video with agreed upon redactions. This video can be played in its entirety at trial. If rulings are not made in advance, we can still assist you in court by addressing objections on-the-fly, especially if the video and transcript are synchronized.
C. Can you accommodate my visual aids?
We provide a wide range of software and equipment options specifically tailored to your exhibits and presentation style.
D. What do you charge if we settle out of court?
As long as we are notified one day prior to the scheduled event, we charge no fees for the scheduling or cancellation of our playback services.