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  2. Bruce Balmer

    Newby Legal Videograper

    I almost follow Rich's rules. I always use progressive video as my source video, particularly if I'm delivering a progressive format as the final deliverable. Interlaced is not as good of a source as progressive for deposition work. If my camera does not record progressive video when stamping but outputs progressive video for external recorders (i.e. Sony cameras) I would use an external recorder set to accept progressive video as my source video and my camera video would be my backup. I have not found using 4K for a SD deliverable is worth the effort. Most of the new cameras shoot 4K as well as HD. I would limit my "highest resolution available" to no larger than 1920x1080 if I was planning on delivering an SD final source. HD is a perfectly fine source for depositions -- I doubt I would record 4K for deposition work in normal situations (for 2018 and 2019 -- ask me again in a year). 720p30 is readily available on all HD cameras, either as an output or a captured file. Consider this the "minimum acceptable HD" setting that anyone with an HD camera can deliver, much like MPEG-1 352x240 was the minimum acceptable SD source in the past. Having 720p30 as your floor makes sure you can 1) find other providers to help you out and; 2) most computers can play back without issue. I rarely record 1080 anything. I stick with 720p30 or 720p60 for most of my recordings for legal depositions. For what it's worth.
  3. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters https://www.atomos.com/converters Both of these companies provide high end conversion products. You may have to use two devices, one to convert from composite to HDMI and then a HDMI to whatever scaler to scale the output to an end product. If you want to do it in one unit, the Roland VC-1-SC is a great jack of all trades...and expensive to boot. I have a bunch of the BMD devices and a Roland VC-1-SC and can vouch for both from personal experience. My final comment: I don't know why you're using composite and why you want to convert it to HDMI, but the end product is not going to look all that good. I've been doing this a long time and have rarely seen a composite source look good as a captured HD source. For what it's worth.
  4. Bruce Balmer

    Hidden video

    Was this a deposition or just someone being interviewed by someone else? Your CDVS certification has to do with taking depositions. Your moral code, and not your certification, comes into play when you're not doing depositions.
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  6. Chuck Habrack

    Hidden video

    I was asked to day if I could video from behind a one way mirror so the guy doesn't know he is being taped. I said it was a two part answer. Yes that can be done. Then I added that the legal side is what I question. I said I am sure you can do that secretly with no real legal issues. Where as I do that and some legal questions may come up. Like how bound by law am I being a CVDS. Where if I was just some guy with a camera it may not be as complicated. I do hold the CVDS to a higher standard. I passed on it.
  7. RichFoster

    Newby Legal Videograper

    For your deliverable, it depends. My basic rule of thumb, shoot in the highest resolution available, but consider the final deliverable. I can share my workflow, but your experience may differ. Also, consider that I work in a large market, Southern California. I have been recording 1080i/60 (16:9) as this was the highest resolution supported by my camera. I would encode the video to 480p (4:3) and upload that to my client for syncing and final delivery. I just recently upgraded my camera and now shoot 1080p/60, again, encoding to 480p for delivery. My client’s deliverable will be changing in the near future and they have asked for the “raw” footage. I will probably switch to 720p/60 or 720p/30 for recording and provide the mp4 backup for syncing and final delivery. My delivery vehicle is uploading to the cloud so switching from 1080p to 720p is primarily due to filesize. I also do PiP depos which I record in 720p/60. Rich Foster CLVS | California Notary Public
  8. Chuck Habrack

    Newby Legal Videograper

    I am also new to the world of legal videography. Now I have been married to a court reporter for 27 years. I do have some exposure to the field. Something my wife has said to me about the instant hand over of an SD card for sound is cost of them. If they (court reporter)provides that one thing, many do not carry a spare. The other was she had a instant hand over from a newer videographer and the sound was choppy. It was not his recording but the backup he took it from. Claims his cable was bad. It then took a few days to get a clean copy because the video was sync'd. So that could be an issue. I tell them an upload in MP3 will be ready within 24hrs or sooner if needed. Then I get an email to send it to. I also let them know that I will remove that from the drop box or google drive within 5 days. Unless its an overnite most are OK and seems that many do not even want a copy. Several that I sat in on the reporter didnt want a copy being they have many forms of sound recording themselves. Also with small towns they seem to be more willing to use more modern equipment. The local courthouse has flat screen smart TVs. Where as the big city courthouse still has a DVD cart with a VHS player still on it. One of them is tube type TV and they roll it into the court room. Most of the time the ordering person will tell you how they want it. I have a firm that wants the raw and then does final editing. They do that even with my friend who has over years years doing this. The only real advice I can give is to be ready to go at any time, and when your done with a recording make sure you put your stuff back ready for the next one. You never know when you may get a call to cover right after you finish. My first job was a call to my wife to cover a depo that started at 10 am, it was 9:55. The job was not covered by another firm. The scheduler also said she was looking for a videographer. My wife asked do want me and my husband? It was a Yes. So now I have to get my suit on load my gear and then drive an hour to my first alone job. We were on the record by 11:30. So I had very little time to set up and do my testing. I didnt have to make my wife a MP3 but for practice I did. I would practice setting up your equipment and tearing it down. Another tip is walk out of the room and have someone change something like unplug a mic, or move a gain control, or unplug something. You may use your camera for a wedding with a shotgun mic and need phantom power, while your depo setup requires it. You can see where that can go. Not damaging but sometimes things get touched by accident while on a brake. Expect this more in a tight room. Doing this will help you trouble shoot if something goes wrong. Laywers do not want to sit around while you go through a check list. Be alert and professional, do not offer more than you can do. Right now I have a 3rd party doing my sync if needed. I tell my friends I have to be professional and invisible at the same time.
  9. reliablevideography

    Newby Legal Videograper

    I joined the AGCV precisely for this reason. . .to have a community of mentors at my disposal while learning and preparing to run my upstart company for legal videography. I have been involved in video and audio in a number of settings over the years, but all of that did not necessarily prepare me for legal videography. I could really use some input from the legal video veterans on a couple of things. First, a little about where I am at right now. I have invested in my equipment and it is complete. I am using a Panasonic AG-AC30 camcorder, I use the Shure ECM-44b lav mics, with the AT 831b units as back-ups. I use a Shure FP-410 mixer and use the Atomos Ninja Flame as a backup for video. As another audio backup, I capture on the Zoom HN4. I use a very nice rack mounted battery backup for all the gear, so all the equipment is mounted in a rolling rack case that stands about 18 inches and has a handle and wheels for mobility. I have gone through the online video training modules on the NCRA Website but have not done my written or practical exams. I did, however, obtain some very good information from their training. I will, however, be going through the AGCV certification because I do desire to have that credential and the training. I have only shadowed in one depo with a local litigation company who was generous enough to allow me in. I have another shadow tomorrow with another litigation firm as well. Both of these firms have been generous to offer me the ability to do depos with observation as well. One question is more of a real-world question of you experienced people. What is the best setting on my camera as the source video quality do you suggest as being an across the board functional deliverable format? Of course, the litigation services I am working with have in-house production crews to handle the final deliverable, but as a freelancer who will be working in many small communities and smaller sized towns, what would be my best choice of final resolution quality from your experience. I will give the court reporter either an SD card of the audio or an audio feed from my Zoom recorder if she prefers, but if I have to edit for any reason in post and dispatch the final deliverable, what format will ensure the most seamless success for the attornies? Any comments or feedback would be awesome! Even comments or observations you might offer to me on topics I may not have addressed here. Thanks! -Craig
  10. Brian Fronzaglia

    trial director 6 won't launch

    Gabe, You have to call TD support and get an updated download. With the Windows 1803 update and other various things happening, it will not work without this update. They will send the update email within minutes and you should be up and running in no time.
  11. Anyone give me advice on a couple of good Composite to HDMI converters/upscalers?
  12. Chuck Habrack

    Dress Code

    Suits, jackets and ties, because most of the videographers here in North Carolina wear them. Most of the work is in Charlotte or other larger cities. I also would rather be over dressed then under. My feelings are that I am producing a professional product. I am part of that product. My appearance my equipment and my attitude. In short I know that professional is not just the end product.
  13. Gabe

    trial director 6 won't launch

    Hi all, Was anyone able to get this to work. I have a trial starting this week and I have tried everything and it will not work. It displays the splash screen for under a second and then disappears. It worked perfectly fine when I first set it up 3 months ago. I have uninstalled/ reinstalled the program. I even reset the entire laptop and no luck. Any help would be really appreciated.
  14. I know this argument is old but to me it brings up something that we all need to be aware of. The clarity of our sound. Now I know that was a overdubbed recording of both words. This still makes the point of what we hear. With a poor recording our sound may not be clear in court and that makes for a rough time for the jury. I bring this up because my wife has been a court reporter for 28 years. The last few she has seen the video requests grow. Her comment to me was they (legal proceedings) need quality people to record the depos. She played a few seconds of the last videographers sound and it was like he used a 1970's tape deck set in the middle of the room. He got hired because he as less expensive. I dont need to agree with training like we have with the Guild. So my point is if you are recording make sure that your end product is clear. I do understand that we cant have a re-shoot to get the perfect video. So we have to be very diligent on what we are doing when we are doing it. I am also a huge proponent of getting the improper videographers out of the field. It brings down the industry as a whole. I understand this may be speaking to the choir and a little ranty. So I am not trying to make a debate, just saying if we (certified) videographers produce top quality every time, the fly by night guys have a much lower chance of setting a low bar, quality and price. Chuck
  15. RichFoster

    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    JVC HM-620 1080i and encoded to 480p I feel pretty confident to say this is the same as the HM-660 also.
  16. Chuck Habrack

    Sorenson Squeeze off market

    I was going to watch a training video and it took some time to load. The next thing I see is Squeeze will no longer be sold or supported. Got my attention because its what I use. The pages says as of September 1 2018. I Just bought my version about 2 months ago. They were good on support. I asked a question and no responce not even an auto reply something I have had in the past. I assume my desktop version will still be usable. If not then I will change to something else. Chuck A new AGCV member
  17. Julie Coulston

    VIdeo Camera

    Thank you for responding so soon! Does the HC-X1000 have the time/date stamp?
  18. Jason Wietholter

    VIdeo Camera

    Hey Julie, You can take a look at the AGCV's Recommended Deposition Video Equipment page here: https://agcv.com/deposition-video-equipment
  19. Julie Coulston

    VIdeo Camera

    I am looking to purchase a new camera, but wanted to get suggestions on the best one to purchase that has time/date stamp, dual SD cards, etc. that has all the features to create video depositions.
  20. A. D. Marlar

    How to get the PiP work?

    I know this an old thread but this is what I’ve been using for the last year - http://rushworks.tv/vdepo.htm We also have an “old” set up with Elmo/ Roland/ Black magic set up. On avg. we do about 10 PIP’s a month. Once we get the clients hooked they continue to order the extra pip set up.
  21. Tim Lenz

    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Not on your ist but here is one for Panasonic AC-90
  22. Jason Wietholter

    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Panasonic UX90 added.
  23. Jason Wietholter

    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    There is a file-size limit to uploads on the forum. A JPEG/PNG compressed 1920x1080 frame should come in under the file size limit. Try uploading one more time.
  24. Bruce Balmer

    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Jason, I have multiple images but cannot open the files due to a total size limit for importing.
  25. Bruce Balmer

    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Panasonic AG-UX90 1920x1080i 1920x1080i AG-UX90.bmp
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