What you May be Missing in Legal Videography
In April 2019, STAR hosted the first-ever one-day conference for legal videographers. The speakers were made up of a panel of experienced legal videographers: Joel Freedman, Bruce Balmer, Nolan Church, and Gene Belter. The topics covered ranged from picture-in-picture video to using drones as a legal videographer. It was a truly amazing experience that I look forward to taking advantage of if STAR continues to provide the videographer track at their future conferences. Here are my top five takeaways from this conference as a legal videographer:
- Picture-in-Picture (PinP) is Changing the Way Exhibits Are Handled – Ever been in a case where the exhibits get out of control, from having an attorney get in your shot to see what the witness is drawing to having to play detective at the end of the deposition to find them? PinP simplifies this process and allows for the attorneys to view exhibits in realtime as the witness manipulates it.
- There is More than One Way to Do Picture-in-Picture (PinP) – When entering this conference, I thought that there was only one way to do PinP. I was wrong. There are many factors and choices that go into designing a PinP work flow. From choosing how to manipulate the picture-in-picture (hardware vs. software) to choosing how each attorney will view the documents. There are hundreds of choices to make PinP the most feasible and usable for each videographer.
- Drones Are About Giving Your Client a Different Perspective – Have you ever been in a deposition where a client told you, “If only the jury could really see the [accident site, field, property line, etc.] better, they would understand what we are saying”? Drones give videographers the opportunity to make that happen. With video, you are better able to see what is under dispute and be able to see every angle of it, which a picture cannot do. It gives the client the opportunity to show a different perspective, which can be key in many cases.
- Videographers Want to Make Their Reporters Happy – Coming from a firm of videographers and court reporters I have the thought process of making the reporter’s job as easy as possible. Going into STAR I assumed this was just because I was from a firm where we both were part of a team, but I was wrong. Whether independent or part of a firm, videographers want to make their reporters happy because they know that the reporters are usually the ones to create and keep the business and connections in the legal field.
- Networking is Everything – I did not realize how much I would learn from other videographers in the field. I think that STAR has given legal videographers the place to be able to come together and learn from each other. I learned so much from talking to videographers from across the country on how they market, deliver products and change according to the market they are in. For me this was my biggest take, because in talking with other videographers I learned that I am not alone in my career and struggles. There is a whole community that is open, supportive and wants to teach the next generation.