Attending a video deposition can be nerve-racking not only for witnesses but also attorneys new to the practice. As a greenhorn, you have enough to worry about during a deposition. In addition to fighting a pounding heart to keep yourself calm and clear-headed, there may also be other things left hanging in your mind: Have all the exhibits been tidily arranged in order? Have I run through all the questions? Do I sound confident and professional? And the least you want to worry about is the setup and video quality of the deposition. This is where you can count on IPEVO.
IPEVO’s high definition document cameras -with their 8MP camera, versatile, portable, and plug and play design -are ideal for video depositions. They are lightweight, meaning you can bring them anywhere for video depositions. They are plug and play, which means no cumbersome set up is required. And you can expect nothing less than high image quality from them. Plus, by using the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature in the free IPEVO Visualizer software, you can easily “upsize” your video deposition to a dual camera setup.
In fact, these are some of the reasons why Mark Lanier, one of the most acclaimed trial lawyers in the US, loves using our document cameras for his video depositions and court trials. So much so that he highly recommended our document cameras to his fellow practitioners who attended the Lanier Trial Academy in September. And he even used our VZ-X wireless document camera as one of the cameras for his three-camera deposition demonstration!
What you need
It’s pretty straightforward to set up a two-camera deposition using only IPEVO’s document cameras and software. Here’s a list of the things you need:
- An Apple laptop with macOS 10.12 or above
- IPEVO Visualizer software
- VZ-X Wireless, HDMI & USB Document Camera
- V4K USB Document Camera
Setting it up
To get started, make sure your laptop is running macOS 10.12 or above. Next, download and install the latest version of IPEVO Visualizer software. Then, connect both VZ-X and V4K to your laptop. As VZ-X is a wireless document camera, it can be connected wirelessly to your laptop. Also, there’s no need to worry about VZ-X losing power in the middle of a deposition as its built-in battery can last for at least 9 hours on a full charge. As for V4K, you can plug it into your laptop via USB.
After that, launch Visualizer software and select the PiP feature. You’ll see two windows appearing — a main Visualizer window and a pinned mini window. In most cases, we’d recommend allocating the main window for displaying exhibits and the mini window for showing witnesses. Next, select VZ-X as the camera source for the main window and V4K for the mini window. Then, position and adjust their swiveling camera head and multi-jointed stand respectively to get a good shot of the exhibit and the witness. Your two-camera video deposition is now set up!
On a final note, please select V4K’s built-in microphone or a connected external microphone as the audio source in Visualizer before you start recording the deposition. Otherwise, the audio will not be recorded.
With IPEVO, there’s one less thing to worry about for your video deposition. So do give it a try, and feel free to share with us any feedback or suggestions.