Best Equipment and Software for Legal Video Work

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    • #39446

      Hello, I am interested in your opinions, reasoning, and recommendations for professional equipment and software for the legal video field. Best for the money, ease of use and state-of-the-art technology. πŸ˜‰ Thanks, V

    • #170467

      According to brochures for the Panasonic models AG-DVC30 and AG-DVC60, they have a feature which allows superimposing the date/time onto the image as you’re shooting.

      Quoting from their brochure:
      This is especially useful and in many cases a
      requirement for depositions, court reporting and surveillance
      recordings. The date and time cannot be replaced during dubbing or
      editing operations, as can happen with most other cameras.

      Hope this helps. πŸ™‚
      Ken Hull

    • #170468

      I roll with

      2 "consumer" camcorders – low light action (working in the light of someone’s home) is often more useful than quality -I still use old TRV 900s

      a small 1/2 rack with:

      2 DVD recorders, one Polaroid Hard Drive recorder, 2 VHS recorders – you keep the HD copy, each attorney gets 1 VHS and 1 DVD

      small pack of 500w lights

      table PZM mic (channel 1) and shotgun/camera mic (channel 2)

      clock for the table with both date and time on it – large BRIGHT LED display readable when placed over the deponee’s shoulder

      show up with the rack wired and (if you’re a geek like me) the tripods are actually monopods strapped to the rack…with fold out feet that mean they could stand on their own

      both cameras are rolling simultaneously, tripod-locked on to the deponee (the one answering questions), each recording to its own tape (back EVERYTHING up). Date/time stamp is turned on if possible.

      Bill all this at $100/hr and consider it a win – $600/half day and $1,000 full day. Do it 4 days a week and take long weekends!

      Make sure you also offer courtroom playback – own or be able to rent 32" lcds, and have a PC with software for playing back every format of document.

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