Legal video has become a highly effective tool, and it plays a very important part in the legal process—especially for depositions. Depositions are the out-of-court oral testimonies of witnesses. Since it is important to get an accurate recording of the testimonies, deposition videography has become a common practice.
Benefits of Videography
There are many benefits of using deposition videography. First of all, video is a more engaging media tool than written transcripts. When used during a trial, video depositions are far more likely to grab and keep the jurors’ attention. Also, the jury will be able to see the witnesses’ facial expressions and body language as well as hear the inflections in their voices. Capturing a witness’s full demeanor can help present a more compelling case.
Secondly, videos make for great reference tools if a cross- or direct-examination must occur with one of the witnesses. Thirdly, video depositions are useful for preserving a witness’s testimony. If there is concern about a witness getting ill, passing away, or fleeing, videotaping a deposition could prove to be very valuable.
Finally, it is important to note that deposition videos are very beneficial for impeachments. Witness impeachment involves challenging the credibility and truthfulness of an individual testifying during a trial. This process is done by presenting the witness’s conflicting deposition testimony. This can be done by reading the transcripts or by showing the video recording. When a video is shown, the jury is able to see and hear the witness’s original testimony.
Selecting a Videographer for a Deposition
When looking for a videographer for a deposition, you want to find a professional who takes pride in their work. Videographers must ensure the best audio and visual quality. Video that is not of good quality may not be acceptable for court proceedings. Just like a reporter, the videographer must be impartial. Improperly recording a video could result in it being inadmissible in court. Look for a videographer who has a CLVS Certificate
After the video is completed by the videographer, separate trial presentation specialists can be hired by either side in the case to edit clips of video, transcripts and exhibits. These can be very convincing to a jury when used support an argument in a case.
Our videographers at Combs Reporting will provide state-of-the-art digital synchronization video which gives the ability to access, edit, and present video clips with ease. The end result will be a polished videotape synchronized to the reporter’s transcript. Contact us for more information. Also, we are not just a local company. We provide services throughout the United States.
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