The Difference between Legal Videography and Videoconferencing

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Legal Videography and Videoconferencing

Most upscale court reporting agencies offer their clientele more than just stenography coverage; their services often include legal videography and videoconferencing.  When making arrangements with a court reporting agency, it is important to recognize the difference between legal videography and Legal Videographyvideoconferencing in order to get the services that you require.

Legal Videography

Videotaped deposition testimony is commonplace and is allowed in court proceedings subject to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 32.  If you wish to arrange for a videotaped deposition, you should inform the court reporting agency that you need not only make arrangements for a stenographer, but for a videographer, as well.  Most agencies employ in-house legal videographers who are trained in the art of videotaping, editing and producing professionally videotaped deposition testimony which is admissible in court proceedings.  Obviously, you do not want an amateur handling your legal videography needs.

Video Conferencing

Oftentimes, attorneys find themselves participating in depositions that involve multiple parties represented by counsel from various locations throughout the country.  When making arrangements for such depositions, rather than amass expenses for travel, lodging, car rental and food intake, attorneys may elect to participate in depositions via videoconference.  While not all court reporting agencies have in-house videoconferencing equipment, they are the appropriate point-of-contact for arranging videoconference coverage.

Making Video Arrangements

When making arrangements with a court reporting agency, it is important to recognize the difference between legal videography and videoconferencing and to reserve video and/or videoconference requirements accordingly.  The long and short of the matter is that reserving a legal videographer results in having a videotaped representation of the deponent’s testimony, while making arrangements for videoconferencing enables attorneys to participate in a deposition from a remote location, in real time, through the use of technological video and audio signals.

It is important to note that videoconferencing may occur between two or more locations, but only if all locations have the necessary compatible videoconferencing equipment.  The court reporting agency will be able to set this up and perform a test run between all participants prior to the deposition or meeting date.  Videoconferencing is a great way to save time and money with the benefit of a virtual face-to-face meeting.  In addition to depositions, videoconferencing is used for business meetings, lectures requiring visual aids, and even health examinations.