Product and Process Overview

Including an on-site videographer, StoryCloud offers a secure content platform for creating, storing, and viewing legal video depositions.  Litigators now have a scalable and reliable solution for low cost nationwide video that helps them quickly settle more cases.

When an on-site videographer arrives at the deposition, they have already gone through a vigorous training certification and apprentice program with exhaustive process documentation in accordance with IS0 9001 like standards.  This means that every StoryCloud videographer performs and adheres to a consistent level of technical excellence and professional etiquette that conforms to the often stressful deposition environment. 

From the client perspective, this means that the quality of the StoryCloud product is remarkably consistent because the videographers have all been trained to the same exacting standard.

Always arriving an hour before the deposition begins, the videographer sets up the equipment which broadly consists of an iPad camera, a digital microphone, assorted cables, a backdrop, and a backup Wi-Fi hotspot.

Each conference room or site is assessed for optimum lighting and sound and then documented for potential subsequent sessions at that location. The equipment is deployed, an Internet connection is established, and an audio and video test begins.  During the test, as well as the actual deposition, the videographer records the content to the local hard drive on the iPad and simultaneously streams the content on an AES 256 encrypted wireless connection to the StoryCloud cloud-based server.

This process has several extreme advantages over how video depositions are recorded by other providers.  By streaming the content into the cloud as it is being recorded, a second cloud-based videographer actually monitors the deposition in real time, making it twice as reliable.  The cloud-based videographer works in concert with the on-site videographer to insure that sound, lighting, and framing are consistent and of the highest quality.  Equally important, StoryCloud runs constant monitoring software between the iPad and the cloud, making sure that there are no technical anomalies or issues.

By recording and streaming, an attorney can have a second chair, general counsel or any interested third party view the deposition in real time from anywhere in the world.   Moreover, because it is streamed into the cloud, after the deposition is complete, a credentialed user can log in to view or download the video immediately, without having to wait days or weeks.

The final video is recorded in high definition MPEG4 file format, but can be downloaded for convenience to older computers in an MPEG1, or MPEG2 format for clients. Moreover, the media can also be provided via DVD or thumb drive.

In addition to the video, the StoryCloud content sharing platform is also used for storing exhibits, audio files, and any other document that is relevant to the deposition or case.

 

What Makes StoryCloud Unique

  • Low cost nationwide video deposition service
  • Content is stored locally and streamed to the cloud simultaneously
  • 2nd chair, general counsel, and interested parties can view the deposition in real time
  • Content can be downloaded immediately after the deposition
  • Content is stored for 7 years on a secure and encrypted cloud server
  • The service is more than twice as reliable as any other service provider

Deposition Recording Schematic

Depending upon client requests and requirements, the videographer can record the deposition in one of two ways.  Audio Version A uses a single digital microphone, while Audio Version B uses 4 analog cavalier microphones and a four-channel analog to digital mixer.  In both cases, audio and video are recorded to the iPad and then streamed to the cloud over Wi-Fi.


StoryCloud Content Sharing Platform

Similar to Dropbox and Google Drive, the StoryCloud content and file-sharing platform has been designed specifically for mission critical, real time video.  Importantly, all files can be encrypted and shared with patent pending permission-based links making it remarkably easy for the user to gain access, view or download.  Note that audio files, exhibits and even billing data, have a central repository or data room for clients.  The content is completely searchable and easy to find based upon name, matter, case number, date or any other criteria that might reside within the content.

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Post Production Synching with Transcript

In almost all cases, when using video, a synchronized transcript is required for use in a courtroom. Generally, the stenographer completes the process of editing and scoping* the deposition text during the days or weeks following the conclusion of the deposition.  Once the text is finalized, it is synchronized to the video so that the text matches the voice on the screen.  Trial Director, made by InData, is a commonly used software product for this purpose.  Synching the transcript to the video makes it easy for a jury to see the text appear on the screen while a person is speaking those exact words.  StoryCloud can perform the synching process, as well as any other standard court reporting company. 

 

*An editing process that incorporates listening to the audio file while reviewing the transcript in order to proof the final version of the deposition.

More Reliable and Less Expensive Video Depositions

Kenneth J. Kalb, CEO, StoryCloud
January 2017
 

Video depositions can be problematic, unnecessarily cumbersome and all too often prohibitively expensive. That’s why StoryCloud has introduced an entirely new video deposition platform that is more reliable, secure, remarkably easy to use and inexpensive. 

In the past, a single videographer records a deposition using a traditional video camera and four separate microphones.  The session is often interrupted and halted every two hours to allow for the time limits of recording MPEG1 files on a DVD.  After the deposition, the video content is usually made available to participants days or weeks later by mailing a USB thumb drive, or DVD.  In the event the videographer makes a mistake, improperly framing, focusing, or capturing audio there are no alternatives. The videographer is a single point of failure.

StoryCloud has a better more secure and reliable way.  First, we record the session with a videographer present using a state of the art iPod, or similar Apple device.  The content, which can be continuously recorded for more than 32 hours, is stored immediately on the Apple device at a rate of 1 gigabyte per hour.  The content is in a native high definition MPEG4 format.  Next, unless unusual circumstances dictate otherwise, we use a single high performance microphone to capture the audio for all participants. Modern audio technology is capable of producing extremely high quality sound in medium sized conference rooms with many participants. 

But a single person behind the camera can still make a mistake, and that’s where StoryCloud’s 30 years of experience in building highly available fault tolerant telecommunications equipment for Cisco, Lucent, Ericsson, Alcatel, as well as its intellectual patent portfolio of three recently issued patents and nine more pending, come in to play.

While the video and audio are being recorded on the local Apple device during the deposition, StoryCloud connects the system on a Wi-Fi network to the cloud.  Sending small amounts of data (less than one half a megabit per second), the software double checks the videographer using powerful and proprietary algorithms to insure that the content is in focus, properly lit, framed correctly and that the audio can be clearly heard. This means that if the videographer blinks, or happens to fall asleep, we catch it. Simply, this advanced technology enhances the performance of people; making the product vastly more reliable. 

Moreover, depending upon the available bandwidth, the video can be streamed to the cloud during the deposition, or immediately thereafter. At all times during the process the content is safely stored on the local camera, and secure and encrypted when streamed to the cloud. In all cases, it is made available within 24 hours after the deposition.  Downloadable file formats include MPEG1 and MPEG4, as well as, audio WAV and MP3 files.

Most importantly, StoryCloud makes this vastly more reliable and easier to use platform available at an all day, 8-hour rate of approximately $600, which is a fraction of the price most attorneys currently pay for an all day video deposition.