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What Kind of Video Format Do I Need?

May 4, 2017 Bronson Chadwick

This is the big question for many attorneys who have just finished video recording a witness with one of our expert videographers. At the end of the day there are pros and cons to each type of video format. In this post, I hope that we have made the details of each format perfectly clear.


MPEG: This format is PC/Windows-friendly and it is probably the most frequently chosen video format. After you have received your video from us it is easy to make minor edits on your video with most types of software.


Please note that this format is not compatible with Apple products. Most businesses and courtrooms welcome PC technology a lot more often than Apple even though many of the better editing platforms are made for Apple devices.


MP4: This format is both PC and Mac compatible and the video can be chopped up or edited with the most ease. It is easy to play back in the courtroom or conference room on most computers and other devices. This format is not recommended if you are in a situation where you need to play back a deposition on older television/DVD player setups.


The turnaround time for video depositions varies depending on the length of the deposition and how busy our office is at the time the deposition is filmed. We always deliver a disc with your video deposition via USPS unless service via FedEx or UPS is requested.


It is possible to deliver video via email or Drop Box upon request. There are limitations to the size of video that can be delivered over the internet via different mediums. Please call for details.


DVD: If you want the entire deposition filmed and put on a DVD then this is probably the format you want. With this format, we will send you the completed deposition on a single disc (or multiple DVDs for  long videos) and you can play back these DVDs in most DVD players in the courtroom. This technology is much simpler than playback on any other format.


Synchronized Copy: This format is useful for situations where you want the jury to see line-by-line each word or phrase spoken by a witness in a deposition. This format is less common but it comes in handy when a witness is speaking using large amounts of technical jargon or if the witness is not a fluent speaker. This way you can read the captions, as it were, to get a more accurate record.


Synchronized DVD: This hybrid format is a combination of the above two formats. A "Synced DVD" can play on most DVD players using closed captions to reveal what is being said by deponents. Also, you can insert the DVD into a computer and open a program which plays back the deposition with written dialogue and jump page-by-page through the transcript on-screen.




Questions to Consider when Ordering Video:


  • Does my client/witness speak eloquently to be easily understood by a jury?
  • Does the courtroom in which I will be playing this video support the video format and media which I am choosing to use?
  • How many copies of this video will I be needing and will I need a backup copy in case one is lost or destroyed?


And there you have it. That’s the basic rundown on video formats for depositions. If you have any other technical requests for videos we will be happy to accommodate your needs as best we can. If possible we recommend having one of these video formats chosen prior to the deposition date to speed up the production process; that way we can get your video to you even faster.



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605 W Texas Ave

 Midland, TX 79701

Phone: (432) 683-3032 FAX (432) 683-5324

This website and all written content is (C) 2017 Permian Court Reporters, Inc. Web Design by Bronson Chadwick. Stock photos by  AdobeStock.