I would estimate that 83% of the depositions I court report also has a legal videographer present. In the early '80s when I started my career, legal video was something out of the ordinary. Rarely did attorneys want to spend the money to videotape a proceeding and/or the Courts would not allow video to be played during trials. When I did see a videographer setting up, it made me a little nervous knowing that every word uttered would be available on a tape. In those days videographers were only used to intimidate witnesses/opposing attorneys or to memorialize someone's words because they would not be available for trial.
Circa 1984 I met some great videographers and worked with great legal video companies such as AJL Video and Seacoast Video in San Diego. The reason they were great in my eyes is the videographers were “friends” of the court reporters and provided audio tapes as a free service to the court reporter. Chris Jordan, principal of Jordan Media, Inc. was one of those great videographers. Not only did he provide audio tapes, but he provided headphones that were connected to his audio (microphones).
All of the legal videographers we work with today provide gratis upon request (with a smile)....
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