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Video Synchronization

It has become increasingly uncommon for us to present a video deposition in court without some degree of editing. Whether due to objections, stricken testimony, on-camera attorney banter, or simply unwanted segments, editing has become a necessary step. Here lies the extreme importance of video and transcript synchronization.

We aim to elucidate the concept and function of video synch while showcasing the efficiency and indispensability of this technology. Additionally, we’ll ensure you’re informed about what to request when scheduling a deposition.

Video synchronization involves harmonizing a written record of testimony (courtesy of the stenographer) with the corresponding video footage (provided by the videographer), transforming them from separate elements into a cohesive whole. This is achieved through time coding, wherein each line of written testimony is assigned a video time code, effectively linking written words to their visual counterpart. Once the time coding is meticulously completed and verified for accuracy, a specially formatted file—commonly known as a sync file, often in the form of a CMS or MDB file—is generated. When we inquire about whether your video is synced, this is what we’re referencing.

By uploading the sync file and video into trial software, we gain the capability to seamlessly edit and manage the video using the written transcript. With just a few clicks, we can select text from the transcript and swiftly generate a corresponding video clip. Should a witness on the stand contradict their prior testimony, locating the relevant page and line numbers allows us to present an impeachment clip to the jury within moments.

Video synch also empowers us to meticulously prepare video testimony for playback by eliminating objections and extraneous content. Furthermore, when it’s time to submit the testimony officially to the court, exporting and printing a clean, redacted transcript is a breeze.

What we can accomplish in 5 minutes with synchronized video would take an hour without. The initial investment in having your video synched pays dividends many times over.

Always remember to request a synchronized version of your video deposition. If you’re unsure about an immediate need for synchronization, at least request an ASCII version of the transcript from your stenographer. The ASCII file is required for the synchronization process down the line.

We trust this provides a glimpse into the advantages of video sync technology. Should you have any inquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Capitol Support Service