Compass Reporting Group has a nationwide network of videographers ready to assist with your next deposition, CME, site inspection or Day-In-The-Life video. The CLVS program sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, utilization, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards within the legal marketplace. The National Court Reporters Association strongly recommends the use of Certified Legal Video Specialists to ensure the integrity of both the video of legal proceedings and the official transcript.
The Advantage Of Video. Compass encourages attorneys to incorporate video into their depositions whenever feasible. According to the American Bar Association, “video is a far richer tool than the deposition transcript alone.” Numerous studies have concluded that video depositions are much more likely to keep a jury’s attention. Moreover, the good testimony of a credible witness can become great testimony, when seen as a video. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video deposition may be worth a million. Video creates the context to an otherwise sterile transcript of the deponent’s testimony. It allows the jury to contextualize gestures, long pauses, and the deponent’s general demeanor. The jury would never know from reading a transcript that a deponent’s voice was quivering or raised during testimony. A transcript does not show sweat, nervousness, embarrassment or frustration. You can only capture critical non-verbal communication with video.