How (and Why) to Edit Legal Video Depositions on Paper

Whether a video deposition is delivered to you on videotape or computer disc, if you plan on editing the video as part of your legal presentation, it's smart to first perform a "paper edit." Doing so allows you to identify the key pieces of testimony for later extraction and saves your law firm money in the editing room.

Video Depositions: What is a Paper Edit?

Paper editing involves viewing the video testimony with a transcript and highlighter in hand. Unlike traditional paper editing where you must start and stop the video and make notes about which portions to include in your final video, you'll work with the paper transcript of the video deposition. The transcript is synchronized with the video so that each line item corresponds with the video testimony. Your paper edit will consist of a series of start and stop points for each video clip. Each of these points is designated by the page and line number from the transcript.

Video Depositions: How Does a Paper Edit Save Money?

Paper editing creates a document that shows exactly what you want to extract from the video deposition. Because the paper transcript is synchronized with the video deposition, the video editor will be able to quickly navigate to the exact location of the clips. Since most video production companies charge for editing by the hour, the more editing that you can do at your office, the less time you'll spend in the edit bay. With an accurate paper edit, the editor can quickly find and assemble the video clips on your behalf.

Video Depositions: How to Do a Paper Edit

Depending on your preferences and how familiar you are with the material, you can either watch the video deposition in real time and markup your transcript whenever you see a clip that should be included in the video or you can work solely off of the written transcript. Whenever a crucial piece of testimony occurs, note its start and stop points on the paper transcript or on a clean sheet of paper. Ideally, you will have a separate sheet of paper consisting of all start and stop points for the editor. Bring this sheet along with your marked up transcript to the editor.

It's crucial to be absolutely clear as to where each edit begins and ends. The editor will use your edits to create a rough cut. Once the rough cut has been assembled, it will then be edited further to fine tune the edits, add transitions, and add subtitles as needed.

Paper edits can save your law firm time and money. Video transcripts and video synchronizations are even easier to work with. Consider having your next legal deposition synchronized and enjoy an easier way to find and extract testimony.

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