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  1. 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
  2. RichFoster

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    JVC HM-620 1080i and encoded to 480p I feel pretty confident to say this is the same as the HM-660 also.
  3. The future of deposition videography has arrived in So Cal. The death of the catch and release legal videographer is at hand. This company touts video depo service at a fraction of the price of a "typical" video deposition. What is interesting is their "near real-time" voice to text transcription which makes a sync'd video available almost immediately. "Immediately after the video deposition is completed, anyone with proper credentials can login from any device using two-factor authentication. The video and transcribed text can be viewed, searched with keywords and indexes or downloaded to a server, thumb drive, and CD / DVD." The marketing material tells a pretty compelling story. "The setup usually takes 3-5 minutes to complete. It requires using the StoryCloud supplied iPhone/iPod/tablet, a tiny computer the size of a deck of cards, three lavalier microphones and/or an omnidirectional microphone, a desktop tripod, a circular desktop three-inch wide On-Off button (if utilizing the remote videographer) and a power strip.* All required elements are provided by StoryCloud before the scheduled deposition." We can either shoot holes in their business plan or offer more value. There's an axiom I learned a long time ago: you get what you pay for. Time will tell ...