Video the caption or inserting information in post production

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by LMOC, May 6, 2005.

  1. LMOC

    LMOC Guest

    Been a CLVS for 3 years, our normal procedure is like everyone else
    reading the caption on record. We add the info in post production on
    MPEGs and DVD's only. I would like to start getting this info on my VHS
    in real time at the beginning of the tape. Our state rules state that
    you are to video the caption as you are reading the info.

    My question, how do you get a smooth transition to the deponent after
    you have been focused on the caption. (i have purchased standing
    clipboards to attach the caption)

    Do you pause the video and & then tilt up to the deponent then start
    again or do you tilt up to the deponent without pauseing. The 2nd
    option will give a bad transition. The first option stops the video and
    is really going off the record.

    I would like some feedback on your proceedure.
    LMOC, May 6, 2005
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    Tom Ellliott Guest

    My wife is a courtreporter and certified in the State of Florida. We often
    work together on video depos.
    I have a form that I read at the beginning of the depo as part of the record
    and then the witness is sworn in. There is a Time and date in the lower
    left corner of my GL-2. I announce each time I go off the record to change
    tape (with the GL-2 every 60 minutes), bathroom breaks or any other breaks
    that happen.
    I keep the original tapes and make duplicate VHS tapes for the lawyers.
    If any of the lawyers make an objection, I note it in my tape log and if
    ruled in the favor of the lawyer objecting, then the tape is edited. If it
    is minor then at the playback in the courtroom I manually mute sound by
    following along with a redlined transcript. If there is time to edit before
    trial then the tape shown is edited and explained either by the judge/lawyer
    to the jury any time gaps.
    I have never had to video a "title card" at the depo to introduce the depo.
    Tom Ellliott, May 13, 2005
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