November 19, 2015

6 Best Practices for a Successful Video Deposition

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Deposition

Video depositions are a popular way for judges to hear a person’s testimony when they cannot be in the court room. They also work well for interviewing children. There are several things to consider if you want to have a successful video deposition.
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These six tips will help make your videos more professional and easier to view:

  1. Eliminate Distortion
    Eliminate any distortion by making sure microphones are properly placed. The videographer should check the microphone quality to ensure the best possible sound. All electronic devices should be turned off and placed out of sight.

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  3. Set Up Earlier
    The videographer should have access to the room well in advance of the deposition appointment. This allows ample time to set up the equipment and perform various sound checks to ensure quality.

  4. Have Ample Space
    Choose a room that is big enough to hold the video equipment, a large table, the interviewer, and the person giving the deposition.

  5. One Person at a Time
    Only take one person’s statement at a time. This means less confusion and fewer people trying to talk at one time. There will also be less noise and fewer disruptions.

  6. No Visual or Voice Obstruction
    When lining up the video camera, make sure nothing obstructs the view of the person giving the deposition. The same is true for the microphones. The microphone should be placed directly in front of the person being interviewed.

  7. Special Arrangements
    If the person being interviewed has any special needs or requirements, they should be taken care of in advance. An example of this would be if a person needs an interpreter or a drawing board to adequately offer their testimony.

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