Attorneys are often uncertain as to what video format they should order for their video-taped depositions. MPEG-1 or MPEG-2? Synchronize? To enable better decisions, I have tried to summarize the available formats in a few sentences:
- MPEG-1 files are lower resolution (352×240 pixels) with less-than-YouTube quality, but have a smaller file size conveniently allowing a whole day’s deposition on a single DVD-data disc. This format has been commonly used in trial presentation applications, but is not compatible with stand-alone DVD players/televisions. The lower resolution does not enable viewing details on documents, x-rays, photographs or other demonstratives. The MPEG-1 standard has been around for a very long time and is the most compatible format making it the most common deposition deliverable.
- MPEG-2 DVD-video provides better resolution (720×480 pixels), Hollywood-movide quality and are compatible with stand-alone DVD players/televisions but the larger file size allows no more than about 2-3 hours of video on a one, single-layer DVD-disc (5 hours on a dual-layer disc). The higher resolution enables viewing more details on documents, x-rays, photographs, and other demonstratives.
- Synchronize the final transcript to the video files to quickly word search transcripts, locate and play corresponding video, and easily make video clips to export to PowerPoint (or other trial preparation software) for settlement discussions, hearings, and trial.
The YesLaw player-editor software enables attorneys to best leverage their synchronized transcripts and video by providing text search of the transcript to quickly find key passages, allowing instant playback of the video and transcript as captioning, or enabling export of the video clips to play in PowerPoint, Windows Media Player or trial presentation software. The YesLaw software does not require installation but can play directly from the disc deliverable. The YesLaw player-editor software is compatible with MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or authored DVD-video files the latter making it also compatible with stand alone DVD players. The software is also compatible with WAV, WMA and MP3 audio-only files for recorded telephone calls, 911 emergency calls, financial reporting calls, etc.