How can you efficiently make video clips from testimony that’s been recorded during a deposition? Your answer: Video synchronization. Within seconds, you can locate important information with a keyword search or transcript page and line reference. Gone are the days of spending hours and hours searching Q and A’s to find relevant testimony that you’ve highlighted in a transcript.
Your legal videographer can merge your deposition video with the corresponding electronic transcript. A synched video is easily searchable. Here are a few things to keep in mind when updating your law office’s best practices related to video. Typically a synched video is delivered on an optical disk, thumb drive, or through a file sharing service such as Dropbox. You can use the supplied viewer tool or import the video file into the trial management software application used by your office.
Because time can be of the essence when preparing summaries, motions, briefs, and playback presentations for trial, it is recommended that you request a synched video product at the same time the transcript is ordered. CompuScripts archives its videos and transcripts; but by getting your synched product in-house, you or your staff will be able to get right to the task of creating excerpts once you have identified valuable testimony. If you don’t have the staff or expertise in-house to create clips, CompuScripts Legal Video Services is here to assist you.
So what do you need to know when ordering a synchronized video? You will need to know which video format your law office supports. Video formats can be an MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or DVD. Depending on the format of video you choose, the video can be seen on a DVD player, computer, or iPad.
There are many trial presentation applications, including Microsoft PowerPoint, TrialDirector, Sanction, Summation, and LiveNote. Video synchronization can be used with these and other applications, but not all applications can use all video formats.
Not sure which video format is right for you or how best to compare performance versus quality of different video formats? Call us. CompuScripts Legal Video Services can provide advice related to your particular law firm’s resources and objectives.