ON-SITE & REMOTE VIDEO CONFERENCING SERVICES SAVE YOU TIME, INCONVENIENCE AND THE HIGH COST OF "BEING THERE"
Videoconferencing technology allows two or more people at different locations to see and hear each other at the same time. The rich communications technology of videoconferencing offers new possibilities for legal professionals in need of out-of-town meetings, collaborations, depositions and trial-preparation.
When your attorneys are in different geographic locations, travel costs can become a big part of the company’s expenses.
Some attorneys spend a few days a week in one office, and a few days in another. Obviously, travel is expensive and time-consuming, and attorneys, managers, and even in-house trainers who are on the road are less accessible to colleagues and clients.
This is where video conferences can alleviate substantial expenses for you, both tangible and intangible, and also reflect on the prestige of your firm.
And, as part of a worldwide network of Legal Video Conferencing Centers, Action Video staff and Court Reporters can help you benefit from the convenience, coordination and support demanded by international legal affairs.
Placing an ISDN videoconferencing call is a lot like placing a telephone call. After Action Video Productions, Inc. connects you with your other attendees, you see the other person(s) in color video and you can also transfer files or collaborate via options such as document sharing or white-boarding. The video frame rate varies from 15-30 frames per second, allowing a smooth audio and video experience.
Of course, video conferences can be taped for review later. And in the case of depositions where written testimony cannot relay the attitude, emotions and body-language of a witness, videotaping a declaration can add invaluable support that can be viewed by a jury later.
BASIC VIDEOCONFERENCING TECHNOLOGY
A video conference system must have audiovisual equipment (monitor, camera, microphone, and speaker) as well as a means of transmitting information between sites. As you can imagine, highband connection with studio-quality equipment produces an excellent full-motion video connection, but the equipment and transmission expense is huge and few legal offices can afford the investment in a videoconferencing system for their infrequent needs.
Videoconferencing connections may be limited to a closed network (such as a LAN) or may use public networks (such as regular phone lines). Action Video Videoconferencing Centers connect via ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) for high-quality videoconferencing, transmitting at a minimum of 128 Kbps per line, thus providing dedicated bandwidth for smooth audio and video (15-30 frames per second).
Videoconferencing can also be performed via the Internet, however, an Internet-based connection often shares or competes for bandwidth with other Internet data, which may cause audio clipping or delays resulting in jerky video on slow networks.
INCREASES CONNECTION WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
When a live visit is not possible, video conferences makes face-to-face visits possible and cost-effective, convenient meetings can take place. And, as videoconferencing is usually easier than visiting, communication can be more frequent, saving time and resources for all parties involved.
Legal technologies, such as real-time court reporting and presentation software, have transformed the legal profession, bringing it to the 21st century. While videoconferencing isn’t necessarily new to the legal profession, it has become easier to use and less expensive than in the past. Not only that, videoconferencing technology has improved dramatically, delivering crystal clear, high definition sound and images. If your law firm’s travel expenses need to be trimmed, consider videoconferencing as a solution.