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Why Synchronize Video Depositions?, by Michael Skrzypek and Chris Ritter, The Trial War Room Handbook Blog



We believe, as a general principle, that if it is worth having a deposition videotaped, it is worth having it synced. This process matches the video to the transcript and allows you to search for words within the video, as if it were a text document. This search functionality, in turn, allows you to make video clips quickly, because you can immediately find any word in the video simply by clicking on the transcript. Video clips can be used for impeaching live witnesses or they can be played in lieu of live testimony if a witness is either a party witness or outside the subpoena range and cannot be compelled to testify at trial.