There some instances in depositions when a deponent must view and discuss many exhibits. Typically in these situations, legal videographers will zoom in on the exhibit(s) in order to capture what is being discussed. While this is common practice, there is a more effective technological solution for capturing exhibit intensive depositions: Picture-in-Picture video. Picture-in-Picture technology allows videographers to display exhibits and video of the deponents reaction simultaneously on a multiple window screen. Like standard videography services, Picture-in-Picture can be utilized live on the spot. This interactive solution is an incredibly useful tool for enhancing the visual presentation of a deposition while maintaining professional standards.
Interactive Visual Presentation
Picture-in-Picture video allows the videographer to capture an interaction between a deponent and an exhibit. Rather than going back and forth between video of the deponent and zoomed in capture of the exhibit, viewers can examine both simultaneously. The screen clearly shows the exhibit in detail while a smaller window depicts the deponent’s reaction, preserving the cohesive narrative of the deposition and enhancing the video evidence.
Clear Capture of Exhibits
With Picture-in-Picture technology, exhibits are captured clearly and in high definition. Videographers and viewers don’t have to worry about inadequate lighting, tinting, shadows or obscurities. The exhibits are completely comprehensible, eliminating potential confusion.
Manipulation of Exhibits
In addition to clearly displaying exhibits, videographers are able to demonstrate any manipulations to those exhibits. For example, if a deponent were to draw an arrow or a circle on a document, this would be clearly captured and displayed through Picture-in-Picture video. Videographers can also manipulate live exhibits through presentation software. These manipulations can then be viewed side-by-side with the video recording of a deponent’s comments or explanations.
The ultimate value of Picture-in-Picture video is that, in some situations, it can create more compelling evidence. This technology preserves the narrative of your deposition and allows the judge or jury to fully engage with and retain the critical visual information presented.
While Picture-in-Picture video is not necessary in every situation, it can be an extremely advantageous tool for videographers and attorneys dealing with complex litigation.