Kentucky Court Reporters & Video Depositions Statewide
A professional deposition videographer is likely to be the first person to arrive at your scheduled deposition. Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky videographers arrive an hour prior to the scheduled start time of any deposition in order that we might assess the video deposition space for size, lighting, seating capacity, electrical outlets, and table size.
Some depositions are easier to shoot than others. We all have been jammed into a doctor’s small examination room with several attorneys, a court reporter, witness, videographer with all their equipment, and a seven foot examination table. Videographers do the best they can, given the circumstances, and by showing up early, arranging chairs, lighting, and setting up camera and microphones, running a few tests, things should go smoothly. A professional videographer comes equipped with several tricks in their bag to make the most of any situation.
Shooting configurations can vary depending on the circumstances, lighting, windows, table size, number of participants, but what is the ideal shooting configuration, and why? Taylor Court Reporter Kentucky videographers are instructed to shoot across the table, with the questioning attorney to the immediate right or left of the camera, with the court reporter at the end of the table between the witness and questioning attorney. Using this method, the witness is looking at the camera or slightly off to one side or the other. We choose this method of shooting rather than shooting down the length of the table.
Why not make everyone comfortable and shoot down the length of the table with counsel lining both sides of the table? The problems with shooting in this fashion are many. Consider this: The questioning attorney is sitting directly to the right or left of the witness, the camera is focused on the witness alone. The picture you get is one of the witness constantly in profile answering questions and not appearing to speak to the jury. The jury is more engaged when the witness appears to be speaking to them directly instead of looking off camera, speaking to an unseen person.
Another problem with shooting the length of the table is a cluttered picture. Coffee cups, files, and hands get in the way of a long shot. The framing of the witness in this configuration is wider than the across-the-table shot, allowing more opportunity for the distraction of stray water bottles and tissue boxes.
So the next time you attend a video deposition, bear with the videographer as they ask you to sit here or there. They are the professionals and are trying to get the best audio and video record of the proceedings possible with the end result being a video record with which everyone will be pleased.
Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky is headquartered in Louisville, KY, yet many days you’ll find our court reporters and legal deposition videographers on the road. A typical week finds us with video depositions and steno depositions scheduled anywhere in Kentucky – Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Georgetown, Lexington, London, Nicholasville, Northern Kentucky, Owensboro, Paducah – anywhere, and we cover them all. When a client calls, Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky has the professional office staff to balance a busy book with a clear, cool head, and a bit of humor. Our court reporters and legal deposition videographers are dedicated professionals, most with advanced degrees, and the well-rounded knowledge to get the job done.
When booking a job with Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky, you’ll get the quality, experience, and professionalism you’re looking for. You’ll find our pricing fair and competitive, and remember, there is NEVER A TRAVEL FEE!
Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky has meeting rooms available throughout the state of Kentucky. Call our office today at (502) 671-8110 with your date, time, and location and let us book a deposition room and court reporter for you. Deposition videographers are always available, too.
When you become a client of Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky, you can reap the benefits of all we have to offer, so contact us today to see what we can do for you!
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