Both a written transcript and a videotape of a deposition are useful tools — video for its powerful visual and transcripts for their ease of reference. When you put them together, you harness the best of both.
Video-Text Synchronization uses the court reporter’s ASCII file and matches it to the spoken testimony on the video. The video and the text appear on the screen in sync. Your videographer or court reporter can do this for you and send you a digital file that you can use with your current trial presentation software or media player.
Videotaped depositions are difficult to quickly edit for use in court. Digital video synchronized to the transcript allows you to very quickly access, edit, and present video deposition clips with little to no computer expertise. No highlighters needed.
Some other smart ways to harness the power of video-text synchronization:
- Extensive search tools to find keywords and testimony.
- Easy creation of critical video clips for exporting or sharing. Easy as using a highlighter.
- Quickly cue and play portions of video by referencing page and line number of transcript.
- Overcome the limitations of video. If a witness is emotional or speaking fast and or if the audio is difficult to hear during playback, the text will help mitigate these issues.
Getting smart with video-text synchronization will not only help you be more efficient and effective but you’ll be harnessing the power of technology to create a greater impact on the jury and your case.
In a related article, we discuss Five Reasons Why You Should Videotape Your Next Deposition.