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Harness the Power of Video for Your Litigation with Huseby

You’ve likely heard the adage: “93% of communication is non-verbal.” So, when it comes to your deposition, trial preparation, and more—a transcript or audio recording can’t always tell the full story.

Most people learn by what they see and hear—not simply by what they hear. Present your winning case with powerful and persuasive video—an important strategic tool that goes beyond your deposition and into the court room! Use Video to:

Capture Non-verbals

  • · Video captures the witness as a real person, painting for the jury a full picture. This includes facial expressions, emotions, mannerisms, tones, even physical pain—revealed in a way that a paper transcript simply never could.
  • · Non-verbals—which are crucial to assessing a person as an excellent or poor witness—compliment their spoken testimony during argument construction. Use video to reveal the true nature of the testimony you seek!
  • · Does the witness have revealing tells? Nervous tics? Are they consistent with their testimony, or are there opportunities for impeachment?
  • · Or perhaps your client has endured devastating hardship—and you want to reveal the sympathetic nature of their story. This is your opportunity to capture their pathos—the emotional value of your client’s experiences.

Tell Your Client’s Story

  • Being able to hear and see the witness give their testimony presents a compelling story.
  • Challenge the credibility of a witness or build the credibility of your expert by ensuring that tone, inflection, and mannerisms are conveyed to the jury.
  • Memorialize your client’s story through compelling video, for use in settlement negotiations, opening and closing statements, and trial testimony.

Expert Tips: Using Your Video!

  • Preserve testimony of witnesses who cannot be present at trial.
  • Add clips directly into a PowerPoint presentation for powerful opening and closing statements.
  • Use Huseby software to edit clips on-the-fly to impeach a witness.

Whether you seek to build legitimacy or impeach a witness—video provides additional tools to do so. Contact Huseby today to bring your case to life through video!


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Reasons to Include Video in Your Depositions

When hiring a court reporter, it is always beneficial to include video. As a simple technological addition to your transcript, including video in a deposition is helpful for many reasons. 5 of those reasons are listed below. 

1. Impeachment – Powerful tool for impeachment at trial and to discredit witnesses before the jury.

2. Capture un-coached testimony – Videotaped depositions are a golden opportunity to capture trial testimony before witnesses are fully coached.

3. Non-verbal communication – 93% of communication is non-verbal. Only through video can you communicate non-verbal information, such as tone of voice, volume, and body language.

4. Reduce discovery abuse – Videotaping is an effective check on discovery abuse such as abrasive opposing counsel, coaching witnesses, and frequent consultations.

5. Remote depositions – Video is helpful when a witness cannot travel to the location of the deposition.

For more information on Huseby’s video solutions, click the “Video Solutions” tab at the link provided: huseby.com/court-reporting


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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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