Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - and Some You Didn't Even Know to Ask!
What makes you different from other legal video firms?
Let's face it: there are lots of quality, competent legal video firms that specialize in video depositions and other routine aspects of legal videography. In fact, we enthusiastically work with these firms to assist them with tasks that are outside their area of expertise, particularly converting CCTV formats, which are notoriously difficult to work with, and forensic image processing, which requires highly specialized training, equipment, and software. By the same token, there are some legal video services we don't provide: video depositions, animations, and equipment rental for use at trial. We'll gladly refer you to firms that specialize in these tasks and coordinate with them to provide a seamless solution. The fact is that we consider other legal video professionals to be colleagues, not competitors.
Who do you work with?
We provide legal video services for law firms, insurance and third party administrators, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, corporate loss prevention/risk management, forensic engineering firms, and private sector investigators. We also provide video documentation of building projects to construction and architecture firms. But, we do NOT provide services to individual consumers.
What's the difference between forensic image processing and "enhancement"?
The word "enhancement" has more than one meaning depending on the context. In the context of forensic video, "enhancement" can refer to adjusting contrast and other specific procedures that are perfectly valid. However, in a broader context, "enhancement" can also mean manipulating an image or video for aesthetic, artistic purposes. In stark contrast to confusing (and potentially excludable) "enhancement", we provide scientifically validated forensic image processing techniques that comply with Best Practices established by the Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT), document all of these procedures with precision and specificity, and maintain the evidence provided to us in its original condition for comparison. The goal of all our forensic video and image processing techniques is to reveal details that would otherwise remain obscured, not to make the video or images "pretty". The proof of validity in forensic image processing is reproducibility of results: any qualified forensic video examiner using the same procedures will obtain essentially the same results.
Are legal video firms required to be licensed?
Generally speaking, as long as the legal videographer is acting within the authority of a court reporter to record a deposition, analyzing, converting or processing recorded media that was secured by another party, or producing a video settlement brochure that is NOT intended to be used as evidence in a hearing or at trial, special licensing is probably not required. HOWEVER, some states (such as Florida, pursuant to F.S. 493) require "any individual who, for consideration, advertises as providing or performs private investigation. [including] ... (g) The business of securing evidence to be used before investigating committees or boards of award or arbitration or in the trial of civil or criminal cases and the preparation therefor." to be licensed as a private investigative agency. The determining factor would be whether or not the legal videographer is "securing evidence" within the meaning of the law. Using video to objectively document the activities or medical procedure of a plaintiff/claimant, even overtly with the person's full knowledge and consent, could easily fall within this definition. If these activities are documented illegally, the result could be exclusion of that evidence. Coherent Legal Video, LLC works directly with an affiliated licensed private investigation agency (GA and FL) to make sure that this critical evidence will be admissible.