Video Services

Premier videographers, using cutting-edge technology, delivering the kind of service you should expect!

Trial lawyering is 50% knowledge of the law and 50% showmanship. How you “produce” your key evidence is essential to the overall picture you paint.

Legal Videographers: The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has the gold-standard certification program. The Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) program sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, use, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards within the legal marketplace.

Legal videographers are court reporters’ natural partners in ensuring the integrity of both the video of legal proceedings and the official transcript. Read here about legal videographers’ CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS and STANDARDS FOR VIDEO DEPOSITIONS.


Phipps Reporting’s premier legal video team has decades of industry experience. They understand lighting and sound to ensure your video deposition is worthy of the Phipps Reporting name and of your business.


Video synchronization combines the deposition transcript text with the audio/video portion of the deposition.

Search tools make finding key testimony easy and instantaneous. Save clips of key testimony for playback at trial by highlighting text selections in the clip. Files are compatible with Trial Director, LiveNote, Summation, and Sanction. 



MPEG-1s are the standard format for video synchronization programs. These files work well for synchronization purposes because they are generally smaller and easier to transport. Where an eight-hour deposition might span four to five standard resolution DVDs, converting the files to an MPEG-1 allows us to fit the entire run time on one DVD. Keep in mind, to put MPEG-1s on one DVD, the resolution (quality) has to be lower. MPEG-1s work great for quickly reviewing videos in your office, but for presenting them to clients or during trial, some of the other file types might be a better choice.


MPEG-2 files are higher quality versions of MPEG-1s. It is possible to transport these files over online repositories such as Dropbox; however, depending on internet speeds, the download process can be cumbersome. Unlike MPEG-1s, not all computers can play all MPEG-2s without additional software. Depending on what codecs are installed on your computer, you may need to download software such as VLC Player.


MPEG-4 is a newer format that works on most computers. This format is both PC and Mac compatible, and the video is editable. It is possible to deliver video via email or Dropbox upon request. There are limitations to the size of video that can be delivered over the internet via different mediums. This format is not recommended if you are in a situation where you need to play back a deposition on older television/DVD player setups.


A DVD is a standard-definition (SD) optical disc format. This format is commonly used in the courtroom. When in trial this format is best played on a standalone DVD player or a laptop that is capable to play DVD format. This format is not recommended if you think you will have to make edits during trial.

Synchronized Copy

This format is useful for situations where you want the jury to see line-by-line each word or phrase spoken by a witness in a deposition. This format is less common, but it comes in handy when a witness is speaking using large amounts of technical jargon or if the witness is not a fluent speaker. This way you can read the captions to communicate a more accurate record.

Synchronized DVD

This hybrid format is a combination of DVD and Synchronized Copy formats. A “Synced DVD” can play on most DVD players using closed captions to reveal what is being said by deponents. Also, you can insert the DVD into a computer and open a program, which plays back the deposition with written dialogue and allows you to jump page by page through the transcript on-screen.

Audio Conversion

Audio Conversion is done by using a device or software that converts an audio signal from one format to another, such as MP3, WAV, MP4A, FLAC, etc. Some audio conversion functions can be performed by software or by specialized hardware.


For certain file formats, Phipps Reporting can turn around video depositions by the end of the deposition. If you require this service, please let our video department know at the time of booking to arrange on-scene editing.


Phipps Reporting provides draft video with no legal videographer present, which is similar to draft transcripts. Draft video documents less important witnesses for reference. They cannot be used in trial or as evidence.


Phipps Reporting can take case-related photographs: devices and products, scene inspections, etc. Use photographs in tandem with video to present the complete picture. Choose Phipps Reporting to ensure the same impartiality as with court reporting services.


Video and exhibit synchronization is also known as Live Capture or Picture in Picture (PIP). Capture exhibit interactions live during the deposition. Display electronic documents to a witness during a deposition. Record mouse movements and keystrokes on the computer screen in real time, capturing the deponent’s reactions as they click. Produce high-quality images instead of externally video recording a computer screen. Never again miss out on the jury being unable to see exhibits or not relating to the testimony.


Phipps Reporting can provide video-based evidence such as:

  • Settlement brochures/mediation presentations
  • Day-in-the-life video
  • Site and vehicle inspections

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