6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Video Deposition Service
Video depositions for arbitration and trials are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a more complete record of the deposition than the standard written transcript. Video depositions are also much more likely to keep a jury’s attention. We simply need to look at the explosion in popularity of videos on the Internet to see the power of videos over written text.
Video depositions allow a jury to get a much more complete picture of the testimony, since they get to see the facial expressions and body language and listen to the tone and nuances of the witness being deposed. Think of a written transcript as an email, while a video deposition is like meeting with someone in person. Good written testimony of a credible witness can become great testimony when seen as a video. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.
Video deposition services also make it simple for legal professionals by creating a digital version of the transcript available for quick and easy search, review, and clipping. In addition, many offer the option of remote depositions, where they stream live video over the web to allow for cost savings and remote attendance.
When choosing a video deposition firm, there are some important questions to ask, including:
Do you have high-definition (HD) camera equipment? – When it comes to video deposition services, quality equipment is a necessity. The powerful impact of video testimony can be blunted with low quality, grainy video files. You should expect high quality digital cameras, individual microphones, and professional backdrops to ensure visual continuity.
Are your videographers CLVS certified? – Quality video deposition service providers should provide professional, skilled certified legal video specialists (CLVS), ensuring you will receive broadcast-quality video content.
How soon will I receive my video files? – We all know that speed matters in a high-stakes litigation, so you should make sure that your chosen video deposition provider can deliver your video files to you in a timely manner.
Can you support remote depositions? – These days, everyone’s trying to save time and money, and remote video depositions can save your firm both. Remote (virtual) depositions help your entire legal team save time while reducing costs associated with depositions. Virtual depositions save on travel expenses by letting legal teams remotely participate in depositions and other key meetings. Using video technology, your team can attend depositions remotely, receive immediate digital transcripts and videos from depositions, share exhibits electronically—and more.
Will you provide a written transcript to go with the video? – After the video deposition is over, a good firm can synchronize your video deposition with the transcript so you can simultaneously view both. Using synchronized digital video transcripts will reduce your trial preparation time, making you more efficient and accurate. Necessary exhibits can often be embedded into the synchronized file for speedy retrieval when they are discussed during testimony as well.
What kind of support/customer service do you provide? – Many video deposition firms will offer last-minute scheduling and 24/7 troubleshooting, which can be a lifesaver when dealing with tight deadlines.