Trial Presentation – Legal Video And The Court Reporter


Working freelance court reporters spend 89% of their time reporting depositions and rarely get a chance to be in court and experience reporting a trial. As court reporters, do you ever wonder why sometimes you need to provide an agency with timestamped transcripts, sometimes not; what happens when the video is synced with your transcript and how it is used in a trial?

Our legal videography department works with attorneys and law firms when they have to go to trial and need support with the technology and presentation of evidence to the trier of fact.

Many times your deposition transcripts are the star of the show. With tools such as TrialDirector, attorneys/paralegals will parse out questions and answers and create “clips” of testimony to play back during opening statements or when witnesses are testifying.

Let’s hypothetically say one of your clients is going to trial. They videotape a deposition. A legal video company or court reporting firm will sync the transcript to the video using software that has some voice recognition components to it. The legal video personnel will grab a txt version of the transcript, have MPEG’ed the video, and then uses the proprietary software to sync the transcript to the video/audio. If there are gaps in the audio, drops in the transcript, a train goes by distorting the audio, or if you read back a question/answer and only have a parenthetical (Record was read) those portions of the transcript need to be manually sync’ed to the transcript. A good legal video company will QC the video-transcript to ensure the syncing is perfect. (Some companies do not QC the final product.)

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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