Being a court videographer requires a special skill set, starting with certification. Many types of certifications are available, but one of the most well-regarded in the field is Certified Deposition Video Specialist, awarded by the American Guild of Videographers.
States, counties and local offices may require differing licenses and/or certifications, so make sure you check with the court system you work with most often to see what they prefer or require.
The AGV trains future court videographers in problem solving, record protecting, procedure following and of course, basic videographer skills that can be used in any setting (not just the courtroom). The goal of certification is to train videographers to record not just the spoken word, but also nonverbal cues such as demeanor — this can make or break a case and sway decision makers.
Jurors and other key decision-makers in the legal system rely on transparent and comprehensive evidence. Thankfully, video recordings give us much more information than the text transcripts of the past. Many times, Deposition Video Specialists are critical in capturing and offering testimony that jurors need to make a sound decision. Without court videographers, you only get a sliver of the information presented!
However, there’s much more to the profession than what they learn in their training. What helps are traits like honesty, professionalism and punctuality. You want a videographer who’s reliable, since you’re relying on him or her to provide full and timely video recordings.
Hiring a Court Videographer
Many times court videographers are needed outside the courtroom for jobs like recording depositions, filming an interview with an expert witness who’s on the other side of the world, or capturing testimony from a witness who can’t attend a hearing. Being a court videographer requires great flexibility, but they also need to have the ability to work with people of all demographics and backgrounds, and of course to keep cool in sometimes-stressful situations.
Court videographers are often drawn to the field for reasons beyond their passion for videography. They likely also have a passion for justice and an interest in the legal system. If you’re looking to hire a court videographer, make sure you go with a top-rated expert who’s part of a renowned organization.
Contact DepoMaxMerit Litigation today and connect with a world-class court videographer who has the tools, skills and experience you need.