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How Do I Edit a Video Deposition for Trial?

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

When playing a video deposition in court before a jury, attorneys are faced with the questions of how to edit the objections.

 

Advance ruling the judge and video editing provides for the most seamless presentation to the jury.  That said, there are 3 ways the editing can be done.

 

  1. Electronic Editing Done in Advance.

You provide our office with a marked transcript for redactions and our video production technician removes the objections prior to the date of the playback.  This allows for the least amount of interruptions in the proceedings and not “down time” during the playback.  Estimate that it will take approximately two times the length of the deposition for the actual work to be completed.  Please note that once the video editing is done, it is nearly impossible to make additional edits live during trial.

 

  1. Synchronize the Video Deposition to the Transcript Electronically.

We can create a DVD which marries the video with the transcript, making keywords and page/line numbers searchable.  This allows us to make the edits more quickly, but also changes the way it is played back in court.  However, the advantage to this method is that it allows for last minute changes to be made in court, with minimal interruption to the proceedings.

 

  1. Low Tech in Court Video Editing.

With this method, our technician can perform the edits from a marked transcript – during the court session, by muting the sound to the courtroom and fast-forwarding the video beyond the objectionable material.  However, this creates considerable down time and may be quite distasting if there are many objections to redact.  In addition, the jury becomes very aware of the video editing process.

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