Legal Videography

Legal VideoDepositions:
Our NCRA Certified Legal Video Specialists or AGCV certified videographers can assist you with preserving your witness’s testimony on video, including a deposition taken on a Zoom web conferencing platform.  Delivery formats include MPEG-4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DVD-Video.  We provide other enhanced video services, including high-definition iPad and/or document camera picture-in-picture capture, video editing, video synchronization and video recording of Zoom depositions.  Expedited delivery, including cloud delivery, of all video products is available upon request.

Additional legal video services include:

  • Pretrial Video Preparation
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Expert Witness Preparation
  • Will Execution Ceremonies
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Construction Video
  • Activities of Daily Living

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Pretrial Video Preparation: CompuScripts Legal Video Services modern video studio is equipped to handle all your pretrial video editing needs.  We can document, condense, and package your video in a format that is efficient for use in any courthouse.  Please call and discuss your requirements with us.

PowerPoint Presentations: CompuScripts Legal Video Services has degreed business professionals with years of corporate experience in designing, developing, and presenting effective PowerPoint presentations. Let us put our presentation skills to work with your legal team.

Expert Witness Preparation: CompuScripts Legal Video Services uses special video capturing equipment and processes to assist our clients in preparing expert witnesses for trial.  We’ve invested in technology to provide your legal team with instantaneous video review of expert witness testimony, saving you time and money.

Will Execution Ceremonies: Video documentation of the Last Will and Testament of your clients helps establish a ready determination that the various common law and statutory requirements for a valid will were satisfied.  Our certified videographers have the proper training to visually document the testator’s or testatrix’s intent at the time of the will execution.

Prenuptial Agreement ceremony:  Video documentation of the event can be a valuable asset to your client should the marriage be contested at a later point in time.

Activities of Daily Living: Day-in-the-life documentaries, also known as Activities of Daily Living (or ADL), portray the damages incurred by a party as a result of an incident that has resulted in a lawsuit.  ADL documentaries must fairly, honestly, objectively and accurately portray how an injured party’s normal routine has been altered.  Our AGCV certified videographers have been trained on how to properly plan, capture, and produce an ADL which preserves the dignity of your client.

Please call or e-mail Bruce Balmer, MBA, CIRM, CLVS, CDVS, with any questions you have concerning our legal video services.

Legal Video Tips

If you use trial prep software:
Widescreen MPEG-4 has become the standard deliverable for most trial presentation packages. Delivered on optical disc, on USB flash drive, or through a secure cloud-based service, it’s easy to edit and play out on most current computers.

CompuScripts focuses on creating MPEG-4 files that play well in the trial environment. We have a deep understanding of what creates a robust MPEG-4 file and encode with the trial tech in mind.

As an alternative, MPEG-1 files can be used for standard and high definition files.  Some trial packages have restrictions on file size, which limits how much video time can be on a single video clip.

If you want to video sync:
MPEG-4 is a higher video quality format and has become the default format used for syncing video.  It can be configured to play on an iPad.  It can also be used for standard or high definition video.  It cannot be used to create a DVD-Video, however, unless it is converted first.

MPEG-1 is a valid choice for video syncing as well.  It will not play on an iPad but can be used for DVD-Video discs.  MPEG-1 video is not as efficient of a codec as MPEG-4; the video file will normally be larger than an MPEG-4 format.

MPEG-2 is a higher video quality format.  You’ll need one 4.7 GB disc for every two hours of video.  Some newer Windows computers may not play MPEG-2 video without downloading a codec file from the web, as the MPEG-2 codec no longer ships by default on certain versions of the Windows operating system.

DVD-Video is a higher video quality format.  It plays on a TV-top player as well as a computer.  You can make clips from it.  DVD-Video is slowly disappearing from the marketplace as internal disc drives are rarely included with newer laptop computers.

If you want to just view the video in the courtroom:
Ask for an MPEG-4 file on a flash drive or a DVD-Video.

If you want to view the video on your tablet or distribute it to an expert witness for viewing:
Ask for MPEG-4 for iPad.  We make it with different settings so it can be up or downloaded a little quicker.

Standard Definition versus High Definition:
Most legal videographers are now capturing high definition video by default, as the newer cameras used in the industry are either high definition or 4K capable.  There should be no price markup for getting high definition video over standard definition video.

It is easy to create a very high quality standard definition video from high definition sources.