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Top 5 Benefits of Having a Huseby Videographer

Benefits of a Huseby Videographer


Why are so many of Huseby clients are relying on videography during COVID-19? Many courts have just started opening back up, but with dockets that have been backed up for months now. Are wondering how to best preserve testimony and keep your discovery top-of-mind? Request a videographer for your next in-person or remote deposition with Huseby.

Unsure of when your case is going to trial? Our video solutions will put your mind at ease and ensure that you are prepped and ready for trial at any time.

Huseby’s video solutions empower you. Easily compare actual testimony to written record, keyword search video, transcript, and exhibits at once. Make video clips instantly and share key pieces of testimony.

"The staff at Huseby was accessible to answer any questions we had, and worked on short notice to provide any assistance we needed. In very little time, Huseby guided us through the basics of their trial presentation software, and put together an effective presentation. During trial, with the help of a Huseby consultant, we were able to present exhibits in an engaging manner that we would have been unable to do otherwise." - Litigation Paralegal, Morris & Morris, P.C.

Below are just a few additional ways that a videographer can add value to your case.

Video preserves witness testimony.

Like the old saying goes, hope for the best but always plan for the worst. There can be death or other extreme circumstances that could arise during the trial. Videography would help prevent losing the time and effort already put into a case. It also plays an important role in preserving in extremis testimony.

Video allows absent court room witness testimony.

If your witness is unable to physically be in the court room, previously recorded video deposition testimony can be played back for the jury.

Videographers capture non-verbal communication.

Videography captures the witness as a real person, giving the jury a better picture. This includes facial expressions, emotions, mannerisms, and even physical pain – revealed in a way that a paper transcript simply cannot accomplish. Being able to see body language in addition to a witness’ words can show so much more depth.

Videographers clear up credibility.

Video allows the opportunity to protect witness’ credibility. If there are any discrepancies in witness testimony, the video can simply be played back for clarification.

Video tells the best story.

Being able to hear and see the witness give their testimony presents a story - which is easier for a jury to follow along with. This makes it easier to capture and retain the attention of said jury, and even the judge as well.

Learn more about what you can do with your deposition videos by clicking here to watch the short video. Have one of our expert Huseby videographers capture your next deposition.

We also want to share with you a recent article published by the National Court Reporters Association regarding remote depositions and video. "While it is nice that they offer many options that enhance their abilities, the record function, though enticing to use, is not in your best interest to press into service," explains the article. If you would like to read more, click on the link here.

There is no current better means to record a deposition and preserve witness testimony than videographers.

Question? Give us a call (800) - 333 -2082, LiveChat, or email us (Calendar@Huseby.com) anytime to schedule your next remote or in-person proceeding. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Video Depositions Tips

Videotape depositions are used to preserve the testimony of the witness when they are either not going to be available at trial or when the attorney wants other people to see the testimony while preparing for the case. When people use our Huseby video deposition services, we have some basic guidelines that they can follow that helps our legal videographer and the deposition court reporter to create a better product.

Be sure to spell your name for the court reporter. Provide your firm name, address and email. Allow the court reporter time to get the information from the attorneys by phone. This is especially important in a telephonic deposition. Do not be tempted to put it off to the end even if those calling in to the deposition are a few minutes late and you just want to get started and worry about the details later. Sometimes when people wait until the end to share that information, they accidentally forget and hang up. Our court reporting staff will have little idea who they are and will have to do a lot of legwork to track them down. This is time that could be better spent producing transcripts.

Be prepared for the videographer to put a mike on you. Microphones are not only used for the witness. Everyone participating needs to be heard clearly, whether they anticipate asking questions or not. Do not be shy about speaking into it. If you are sick, try to limit the amount of throat clearing, coughing and sneezing done directly into the microphone. This will show up on the record.

If you are using paper documents, organize your exhibits before you start. Shuffling paper near the microphone during the deposition will drown out people talking both on the record and may make you miss what the witness is saying as well.

Speak slowly and clearly. Do not mumble or interrupt anyone while they are talking, even if you think your point is very important. Remember, our court stenographer can only take down one person’s words at a time. As a rule of thumb, court reporters do not interrupt during video depositions. Don’t make us wish we could.

Before a video deposition is used in court, it is often edited so that there is a clean record for the jury to see. Objections and arbitrary comments may be edited out by our videographer as requested. Try to carry out the deposition as if it will not be edited at all. Do not make silly, off-the-cuff comments that you do not want people to hear. Request to go off the record as needed.

Keep in mind that the video record and transcript record, while they can be matched up by a time index, are still two separate records. Our court reporter will make every effort to match the video. Sometimes attorneys will go off the video record and stay on the written record. This is generally done when making a stipulation or clarifying which exhibit or piece of information is being used. Be sure to cue the videographer when that moment is over. Sometimes people forget, and our videographer may be waiting to go back on the record.

At Huseby, we do offer video synching services. Be sure to mention it when scheduling our court reporter and legal video specialist. This will ensure that we use the proper technological settings and software and have it set up before the video deposition begins.

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