The current economic conditions are causing law firms and their clients to re-evaluate and re-assess every cost associated with litigation. If your case requires you to depose or interview someone in another state, or even another country, consider taking the deposition or attending the meeting via videoconference. In most cases, the cost difference between sending your team to attend a deposition or meeting in person and the cost of a videoconference makes the choice obvious.
We have experienced videoconference coordinators that will make all the arrangements for your videoconferences throughout the United States and abroad. Our sites include an attentive 24/7 support staff for all your needs throughout the videoconference. We provide you with full, split, or dual screens, along with streaming audio and video. We can also record your meeting or deposition with playback capabilities.
Videoconferencing is a great way to hold your meetings amongst various offices, conducting training seminars, or even interviewing prospective employees. Before you book your next flight, contact us for a complimentary comparison between the costs of traveling to the deposition or meeting versus attending by videoconference.
The pros to a traditional videoconference
- Traditional videoconferencing provides excellent picture and audio quality. With equipment built for a singular purpose, you can always expect the videoconference to be picture-perfect.
- Due to a dedicated line for your videoconference, there is very little to no lag or buffering.
The cons to a traditional videoconference
- The locations are limited and all parties must travel to the nearest videoconference site. Even with sites located all around the world, this can become a hassle for some. If you, or your clients, do not want to travel to a dedicated videoconference site, a mobile videoconference is a better option.
- Rates will vary by location and can be very high, especially if you want to hold your conference after normal business hours.
When you should use a traditional videoconference
For most remote testimony (both depositions and live trial testimony), mobile videoconferencing is the more convenient and cost-effective method. However, there are some scenarios when you should consider paying more and asking all participants to travel for traditional videoconferencing. Here are the most common examples:
- When more than one participant is not able or willing to connect on their own. This is because the price of one technician is built into the cost but additional technicians will raise the price – often even higher than a traditional videoconference.
- When you are in trial in a courtroom with built-in videoconferencing equipment. Trial testimony is too important and there are too many moving parts. A slight lag that would not be a problem in a deposition setting can be more problematic in a trial. In this situation, have your witness travel to a nearby traditional videoconference location.
- When the witness has an accent, is a very fast talker or is otherwise difficult to understand. This will only be exacerbated by a lag and will make it very difficult for the court reporter to make a good record and/or the jury to understand. It’s better to play it safe and go with a traditional videoconference if possible.