High Definition Video for Your Living Room and Not Your Courtroom?

by Bruce Balmer

High definition video is not something attorneys are used to requesting for legal video depositions. It’s fairly new in the market, and not every trial preparation package can use it. Please don’t discount it, however, as something you shouldn’t request as a capture format or as a deliverable.

Legal videographers capture what they deliver in one of two ways: they either capture the finished deliverable (DVD recording) or they capture a high quality source video and then transform it to the finished format (what CompuScripts does). By utilizing the latter methodology with a High Definition source, a very clear standard definition video can be created as the deliverable. Videos created this way will show text exhibits and facial expressions better than a DVD recorder. High definition video is also well-suited for iPad video presentations. Both YesLaw and inData DepoView synchronized video products can be prepared for iPad delivery in either standard or high definition video.

If you ask for HD delivery, your copy will typically be delivered as an MPEG-4 or MPEG-2. It will require a more powerful computer to edit, but there are many editing tools out in the market today that can handle HD editing. If you ask for SD delivery (either as widescreen 16:9 or the standard 4:3 display configuration) your typical deliverables will be available (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or MPEG-4).

In summary, requesting high definition capture and high definition delivery makes sense in certain situations. Requesting high definition capture and standard definition delivery makes sense as well! Just make sure we know at the time of booking what you want, or give us a heads-up 48 hours in advance so we can make sure the right people and the right equipment are scheduled for your deposition.