Legal Video Services Update

CompuScripts Legal Video Services has added high definition iPad and document camera Picture in Picture capture to its legal video offerings.

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iPad Litigation Technology

iPads are becoming a part of an attorney’s arsenal in a deposition setting, and there’s no wonder as to why. An iPad can store a large number of documents and make them readily available to the attorney for presentation to a deponent.  Capturing what’s on the iPad during a deposition can be a challenge; however, the screens often are smudged with fingerprints and are not glare-free.  Much of the quality of the image can be lost in a traditional setting.

No fingerprints or glare issues when employing the newest offerings from CompuScripts Legal Video Services.  Aside from improved picture aesthetics, CompuScripts’ wireless capture of an image presented on any iPad screen without using a camera adds power to a litigator’s options when locking down and/or impeaching a witness’s testimony. The iPad image can be seamlessly joined with a deposition camera for a Picture-in-Picture presentation or presented by itself without any picture-in-picture window.  Virtually any iPad application, including many iPad trial presentation apps, such as TrialPad or TrialDirector for iPad, can be captured in full clarity and detail.  These images can be captured for presentation on wide screen or traditional standard definition displays. The captured video can also be delivered for standard definition presentation, making them easy to integrate with trial presentation software. If a hardwire Ethernet connection to the web is available, a live webpage can also be captured in full detail as seen on an iPad.

A document camera can be substituted or added to a deposition setting as well. CompuScripts Legal Video Services uses a high definition document camera to make sure text details can be preserved to the greatest extent possible.  Analog documents and exhibits can be captured with or without a picture-in-picture of the witness, and then prepared for traditional presentation utilizing a DVD or for high definition presentation using a computer.

CompuScripts Legal Video Services continues to offer standard definition capture and presentation of video depositions. We’ve added high definition video depositions, along with the integration of iPad capture and document camera capture, to provide a higher quality service to our clients.  We can, in addition, offer videosychronized versions of standard and high definition videos for computers or your iPad and can convert high definition video to play properly using traditional DVD media.

Please contact CompuScripts for additional information concerning your legal video questions. We’ll be happy to discuss the ins and outs of adding these services to your depositions and will customize them to meet your exacting needs.

Ode to Yesteryear

In honor of Court Reporting and Captioning Week, we travel back in time with the stenotype.  Pictured here is one of the many machines in the personal collection of Deborah Dusseljee, president of CompuScripts, Inc.

1927 Master Model Four by The Stenotype Company

This version, the 1927 Master Model Four, was made by The Stenotype Company, La Salle Extension University, and delivered to the Kewanee Business School in Kewanee, Illinois, between 1929 and 1944.  Referred to as the “workhorse of the 1930s” by The Gallery of Shorthand in Islip, New York, the Master Model Four came to prominence when it was used during the 1935 trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son.  The use of the stenotype during “The Trial of the Century” brought the machine into the mainstream of court reporting.

Almost 80 years later, CompuScripts leads the way in technology supporting the legal professional.  We’re dedicated to making the legal process more efficient by utilizing realtime transcripts, streaming text, teleconferences, video conferences, on-site and mobile video depositions, video editing, repository services, and other technologies that impact the legal industry. Our court reporters and legal videography professionals are all highly trained and are committed to providing our clients with speedy, accurate and high-quality services.

 

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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

                                                       T.S. Eliot

CompuScripts looks forward to new words on a fresh page.  Be sure to ask us about iPad technology in the conference room for great results in the courtroom.

Tips for Scheduling A Court Reporter

At CompuScripts Court Reporters, we understand the time demands on the legal professional.  There are witnesses to interview, documents to draft, and research to conduct.  So when it’s time for you to schedule a court reporter, whether a realtime court reporter with text streaming or a traditional stenographer, we want you to be able to do so quickly.  The easiest way to schedule a court reporter or legal videographer is to use our Online Scheduling.  You will be asked to fill out some details about the deposition such as time, location, and requested turnaround.  To bypass form fields with basic information about your deposition, you can simply attach the deposition notice.  CompuScripts will confirm your request by email within one business day.  But sometimes you may need to schedule a court reporter with less than a business day’s notice.  Here’s what you need to know when you schedule a court reporter by phone.

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First, the basics.  We will need your contact information, name, phone number, and email address, as well as the date and time of the deposition.  We can schedule your court reporter, deposition videographer, video conference and/or teleconference.  We’ll also need your firm name, plus the name of the noticing attorney.

Next, we’ll need the precise location of the deposition.  Does your location have any particular concern, such as a security checkpoint, second floor location with no elevator, or remote parking?  If so, let us know.  CompuScripts’ professional team is dedicated to providing dependable, accurate and timely services in any location within the State of South Carolina. We have resident reporters in the Myrtle Beach, Florence, Greenville, Rock Hill, Charleston, Beaufort, Columbia, Lexington, and Chapin.  CompuScripts also networks with similarly-situated firms worldwide to accommodate clients when their litigation requires travel out of state or around the globe.

We’ll also need the case caption, the witness name, and the date by which you need the transcript.  CompuScripts has a regular turnaround goal of ten business days for deposition transcripts. Daily and expedited services are always available for an additional fee.  You may also request a rough draft of your transcript when you schedule your court reporter.  When requested, realtime reporters can stream realtime drafts to you there in the conference room or out to a remote site.

Finally, do you need a video of your deposition?  Let CompuScripts schedule your videographer.  Our NCRA or AGCV certified videographers can assist you with preserving your witness’s testimony on video.

CompuScripts wants the scheduling of your court reporter to be the easiest thing you do all day.  By having the necessary information at your fingertips, you can rest easy knowing your reporter will be on site and ready to start when you are.

Pink Fundraisers in Our Community

CompuScripts cheers for our Paralegals and Legal Assistants in their support of Pink fundraisers.  Be sure to join in their efforts.  Tomorrow the Palmetto Paralegal Association has a team participating in the Walk for Life benefiting the Palmetto Health Breast Center, and October 19th the Charleston Association for Legal Assistants has a team racing in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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The Videoconference: What Not to Wear

Columbia Videoconference Center, hosted by CompuScripts, Inc., understands the importance of your videoconference.  Expensive litigation expenses can be eased by employing videoconferences for depositions, expert witness collaborations, conferences among counsel, and attorney/client meetings.  Your travel schedule can be reduced, thereby increasing your productivity.

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None of this matters if your business attire detracts from the business at hand.

So just like a popular pair of TV stylists, CompuScripts has developed its own guidelines for what not to wear when taking part in a videoconference.  Our high-quality HD environment ensures that your meeting will not be overshadowed by your wardrobe if you follow a few simple rules.

  1.  Dress professionally, but comfortably.  Heavy layering is for camping, and participants in your videoconference may be distracted if you’re constantly removing or replacing your jacket.  Make sure that the weight of your clothing is seasonally appropriate and comfortable for the length of the videoconference.
  2.  Avoid black, white, and red.  A black suit or dress absorbs light, washing out your appearance.  A white shirt or blouse, on the other hand, reflects light, projecting a glare on your face.  And red creates a glow, similar to that of a Halloween pumpkin.  Your best bets for an HD videoconference are blues, grays, pastels, and solid-color neutrals.
  3. Beware of small patterns and shiny fabrics.  Pinstripes and small plaids may flicker on screen, as will any fabric with sheen.  If you’re not sure about a necktie or scarf, plan on arriving early and bringing two or three to test.  Our experienced staff can help you make the right decision.
  4. Leave the large jewelry at home.  Oversized earrings, tie clips, or cufflinks may sparkle in the light, distracting participants in your videoconference.  Also, bracelets and necklaces may jangle, interfering with the audio.  Let modesty be your guide when choosing your accessories.

Columbia Videoconference Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we offer free, onsite parking.  Our downtown location makes us convenient to the Columbia business community, the South Carolina capitol, the University of South Carolina, and several major interstate highways.  You may schedule online or by phone, and, of course, CompuScripts, Inc. can arrange a court reporter if desired.

If you have any additional questions regarding your videoconference wardrobe, Maurine, Columbia Videoconference Center coordinator, will be glad to answer them.  We never want your business to be obscured by your business clothes.

Happy Anniversary to Us!

This month, CompuScripts Court Reporting celebrates 20 years of providing timely, accurate litigation support services to the legal community.  But before we pour the champagne, join us for a look at how we got here.

Ours is a story with humble beginnings.  Born in a spare bedroom in July of 1993, CompuScripts began offering court-reporting services under the direction of Deborah (Debbie) Dusseljee, company president.  “I enjoyed having a real bed and pillow within close proximity to my workstation in those early days,” Debbie said.  “When I was called upon to work throughout the night to make an expedited deadline the next morning, it made naps especially comfortable.”

20 Years!

CompuScripts quickly outgrew that spare bedroom, moving to an executive suite on Main Street and later a historic mill house on Bull Street. Nowadays, we can be found in our building at 1825 Gadsden Street, behind the Governor’s Mansion.  Just one of our conference rooms is bigger than ouroriginal office!  “Now after all-nighters, I’ve been known to borrow a coworker’s yoga mat so I nap on the conference room floor,” Debbie quipped.

It wasn’t just our space that grew.  Over 20 years, CompuScripts has gone from providing fundamental realtime court reporting services in and around the Columbia area to providing a full complement of offerings for legal professionals worldwide.  “The most distant country I’ve worked with has been Australia,” said Carroll Anne, our scheduling and production associate.  “I was facilitating a videoconference between a USC professor and a courtroom in Melbourne.  I was expecting to see a group of lawyers in coat and tie, and I was surprised to see a room full of men and women in black gowns and white wigs!”

Which brings us to our biggest updates.  In the early 2000s, CompuScripts began offering legal video services to clients.  CompuScripts’ vice president, Bruce Balmer, took over the management of the legal video department in late 2003 and moved the company into the digital video world, starting with digital camera capture in 2004, file-based digital capture in 2005, card-based digital capture in 2008, ELMO capture in 2010, and multi-camera, high-definition, solid-state digital capture capabilities in early 2012.  Today, CompuScripts legal videographers assist clients in preservation of deposition testimony, pretrial video preparation, expert witness preparation, and a host of other services.

And while CompuScripts was advancing, so was Bruce.  Starting as a court-reporting and legal videography newbie, Bruce has acquired multiple professional certifications from the National Court Reporters Association, the American Guild of Court Videographers, and Thomson Reuters’ RealLegal.  He was a forum moderator for the Yahoo Legal Video Forum in the late 2000s and currently serves as cochairman of the Certified Legal Video Specialists (CLVS) Council. He is a frequent and long-term contributor to several legal video forums on the Web, helping new legal videographers with equipment, media, and process issues.

But even as CompuScripts embraces change, we hold fast to the core values of court reporting. “In our 20 years in business, I think what I’ve enjoyed most has been the satisfaction of seeing the local court-reporting industry evolve in their professionalism, skills, and technology,” Debbie said.  “Everyone has upped their game, and in some small way, I hope I have contributed to that revolution. As I look towards the next 20 years, my greatest hope is that court reporters will continue to embrace their centuries’ old role of reliably preserving information while utilizing the latest technological advances to enhance the value of the record with quicker turnaround and greater accessibility, thereby strengthening our integral role as a crucial cog in the wheels of swift, fair, and accurate justice.”

So join us as we raise a glass to 20 years of support to the legal community.  Going forward, we will continue to provide our clients with the latest in realtime court reporting, videoconferencing, legal videography, and much more.

Annual Appreciation Luncheon: A Sincere Thank You!

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  We had a great time at our Paralegal and Legal Staff Appreciation Luncheon on April 30.  Guests enjoyed Italian comfort food at Villa Tronco on Blanding Street.  (Tiramisu?  Yes, and on a work day!)  For the first time,  a … Continue reading