Typed deposition transcripts are useful tools to take with you to court, but have you considered the benefits of videotaping your next deposition? When it comes to creating a strong legal claim, video depositions are a step up from written transcripts alone. You’ll be pleased to know that this method for taking depositions is inexpensive and uncomplicated. It can usually be added to a traditional deposition for a small fee—and the benefits are well worth the added cost!
Benefits of Videotaping Depositions
A legal video deposition can make a huge difference in your case. Here’s how:
- Convey more than just words: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be worth a million! Judges and juries like to see videos because they convey far more than just the words being spoken. Body language, tone, facial expressions, and mannerisms can be incredibly revealing ways to discern lies from the truth.
- Deliver information quickly and concisely: Lengthy cases can become tiresome. A disinterested judge and jury could hurt your case. Keep them engaged with the visuals of a videotaped deposition, and make sure they don’t miss any key points of information that could be glossed over in a deposition transcript.
- Solidify your case: A video deposition with a well-prepared witness doesn’t just capture the attention of a jury—it also increases the credibility of your case in ways a written transcript cannot. Attorneys can use video footage to either build confidence or create doubt by scrutinizing not just what the witness says, but the implicit meaning behind the way they say it.
- Facilitate remote testimonies: When an expert or witness can’t appear in court, judges often listen to the video deposition in place of an in-person testimony. You can even collect the footage remotely using virtual deposition solutions. This saves time and money if the depodent lives far away.
Tips for a Successful Video Deposition
A well-executed video deposition could be the key to providing the best possible outcome in your case. Follow these tips to ensure the highest-quality audio and video recordings:
- Speak clearly and instruct the depodent to do the same.
- Keep your emotions in check.
- Eliminate background noise.
- Hire a videographer who can provide professional cameras and microphones.
- Give the videographer plenty of time to set up.
- Choose a room that’s large enough to accommodate the depodent and the taking attorney, the videographer and the court reporter, a large table, and the audiovisual equipment.
- Consider conducting a remote video deposition, knowing that the recording is just as valid as when it’s collected in person.
Videotaped depositions can enhance any case. At Talty Court Reporters, we utilize the latest technology to deliver the very best results. Turn to us for top-quality video and audio conferencing, remote depositions, court reporting and transcribing services, and much more. For additional information about our services, or to request a cost estimate, please contact us today.