K-Video - Depositions by Certified Videographers of Phoenix
 
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Video Deposition

Why Videotape?

Videotaping depositions captures the nonverbal expressions that are so much a part of true communication. A witness’s smiles,
grimaces or nervous twitching are all caught on camera and can totally change the interpretation of what is being said. Television,
YouTube, and the DVD have made us a visual society. Merely reading testimony does not impact a jury or opposing counsel like
video does. Video depositions are more memorable and authoritative.

Certainly, video depositions are valuable when a witness’s testimony would otherwise be unavailable for trial.
They can also reduce the high cost of expert testimony by eliminating travel costs and time.

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Video depositions can assist in evaluating a witness’s demeanor and believability. Use video feedback to prepare a witness for trial testimony. Video clearly shows exhibits such as x-rays, photos, graphs, models, equipment, etc. Finally, a video clip can dramatically impeach a witness at trial. Or it can be used to catch a reaction from one witness when showing testimony (perhaps countering) from another witness in the same case.

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Interview of a client

Preparing a Witness for Legal Video Deposition

A jury’s first impression of a witness is critical in determining how that witness’s testimony will be interpreted and whether it will be believed. A witness should be dressed professionally to maximize credibility. Avoid wearing red, solid white or busy patterns. Jewelry, t-shirts with messages and anything with logos can be divisive. The witness will need to wear a clip-on microphone, so it is best to have a collar, tie or lapel on which to place it.

The demeanor of the witness is also important in conveying a positive message to the jury. It is important for the subject to remain relaxed and composed during the video deposition. Excessive shifting from side to side, or rocking in a chair, makes the subject appear nervous and can effect the perceived credibility of the witness. A stationary chair is best.

The witness should be careful not to cover the clip-on microphone with their hands or papers. All participants should power off cell phones, not just put them on silent mode as the data smart-phones send & receive will create audible noise interference on the recorded audio. Take care not to place laptops, cups, binders and other objects in the line of sight of the video camera.

An experienced legal video production and post-production agency will help to make sure that the video deposition will be done professionally.

Video Streaming

Web-based technology has made it easier than ever to allow attorneys and witnesses in widespread locations to take part in depositions without traveling. K-Video offers simple, cost-effective video streaming solutions from start to finish.

Traditional video conferencing facilities are costly. With the growing number of less expensive means to conducting remote video depositions, the traditional video conferencing systems may not make sense. In many cases, all that is required is a computer/laptop with a webcam, microphone, speakers and a connection to the internet. The video and audio are fed through a proprietary network that can be accessed by simply clicking on a link we provide by email. Additional participants in multiple locations may also interact by video stream using their computer or may call-in by telephone. Newer technology has greatly improved the quality and security of these services as well as creating a user-friendly experience.

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