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Chapter 7 - Managing Litigation Information Using Technology

Synchronization of Digital Video and Text

After taking a deposition, the video of a witness can be synchronized with the text so that the text and video are always in alignment. Until recently, the downside to video depositions was the time it took to review each deposition for the excerpts that you wanted since you literally had to sit through the entire deposition as it played on a VCR.

Now, as the deposition or trial proceedings are recorded by the court reporter on videotape, a Computer Aided Transcription (CAT) system synchronizes the words with the video. After the deposition, an attorney can simply search for a relevant name, date, or phrase in a video via a computer, and the computer will automatically go to the section of the video where the words were spoken. Thus, an attorney or judge can immediately retrieve both the text and video portions of the testimony for review. Then, certain excerpts of the video can be arranged for an opening statement, etc.

Approximate processing fees for converting video depositions to a digital format with storage on a DVD or CD-ROM.

  Hours per tape Requirements Approximate cost
Transfer VHS video tape to computer disk 2 hours per tape - VHS tape $100 per tape - unenhanced
Transfer VHS deposition tape to computer disk and link and synchronize to textual deposition testimony 2 hours per tape - VHS tape - ASCII copy of testimony $395 per tape
Transfer VHS deposition tape to computer disk and link and synchronize to textual deposition testimony using time stamp information 2 hours per tape - VHS tape - ASCII disk containing both the transcript file and the time stamp file. $300 per tape

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Digital Practice - TOC
Ch.1 - Automating the Practice
Ch: 2 - Computers
Ch: 3 - Networking and Group Computing
Ch: 4 - Internet & Telecommunications
Ch: 5 - Management and Personnel Considerations
Ch: 6 - Computer Concepts and Legal Applications
Ch: 7 - Managing Office and Litigation Information Using Technology
Implementing Litigation IT
Ch: 8 - Using Multimedia in Legal Proceedings

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