Choosing a Legal Videographer
We live in an ever-changing digital era where technology continues to improve countless aspects of our everyday lives. Whether it be grocery shopping on a smartphone app, meeting with a doctor over a video call, or using new cameras and devices to film life-changing content, new technologies have affected almost every industry and field imaginable, even the United States legal system.
While traditional court reporters are known for being able to create written transcripts, which are still key materials within the justice system, legal videographers can create video recordings of proceedings that highlight and capture nonverbal cues such as facial expressions and body language that transcripts cannot, creating another new advantage of technology.
If you are interested in hiring a legal videographer, be sure to consider the below tips before making a decision.
- Consider Experience. When it comes to any job in any field, experience is key. When hiring someone as important as a legal videographer, you want to be sure the person behind the camera is qualified for the position. Before choosing a videographer, ask for samples of new and old work, letters of recommendation, and previous client statements. Analyze all these things together to choose the most established candidate. Note: if they are unable to or refuse to provide these materials, they probably shouldn’t be trusted. Any legal videographer with an established track record should be willing and happy to provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision.
- Professionalism Is Crucial. Your chosen videographer should be able to carry themselves professionally throughout all interactions surrounding the job. From corresponding with you, whether it be over email or phone, to displaying respect and expertise in the courtroom, the chosen candidate needs to be top-notch. Your videographer will most likely need to speak with attorneys, judges, and other highly-ranked officials and law enforcement officers. Ultimately, they will represent you, and you want to ensure your standards are being upheld. They will also need to be efficient at following directions and maintaining organization and poise.
- Services and Packages Offered. Your legal videographer should offer more to you than just coming to the deposition and filming. When choosing a candidate, be sure to ask what services and packages they offer. You’ll want someone who has a quick turnaround on video editing and can provide you with quality work in an easily accessible format (DVD, video file, etc.). A bonus would be if they can summarize any key factors they noticed when videoing, such as the non-verbal cues and facial expressions discussed earlier.
Overall, choosing a legal videographer is an important part of the deposition process. While at first glance, the job may not seem like a huge deal, the work done by a legal videographer can impact the outcome of the hearing. Legal videographers can capture important cues and information, when combined with a traditional transcript, can contribute to success for you and your team.