Legal videography plays an important role in presenting evidence in court, particularly from deposition testimony. If you are considering using legal videography in the Bay Area as part of your case preparation, here are the answers to some of the questions you are likely to have.
What is legal videography?
Legal videography is a specialized form of video recording. It is performed by experts with special training in creating videos for the legal industry. Legal videographers often work alongside court reporters at depositions to create a video record of the event that includes sharp visuals and audio. Legal videographers set up realtime transcript feeds, convert their recordings into the formats required by the attorneys, and, like court reporters, follow the instructions of the attorneys during depositions regarding when to start and stop recording. Legal videography can be used for in-person depositions and can also be part of video conference depositions.
What are the benefits of legal videography?
The biggest benefit to attorneys of legal videography is that it records absolute proof of a witness’s testimony during a deposition that can then be used to impeach that witness if he or she changes his or her testimony at trial. Although reading back from the transcript of the deposition can also impeach the witness, having a video of the original deposition testimony can be much more impactful. In some cases, video depositions are admitted as evidence when a witness can’t testify in court. Deposition videos are helpful to review during preparation of a case, particularly for members of the legal team who were not present during the deposition. Lastly, many attorneys find that videoing depositions makes them go faster, as people tend to be less obstructive if they know they are on camera.
What is synchronization?
Deposition synchronization is the process of syncing the transcript created by the court reporter to the video and audio of the deposition. Syncing testimony makes legal videos easier to use during case preparation and easier to edit when creating a presentation for the courts.