Hey there, CSRNation!

Since most, if not all, "videotaped" depositions are now digitally recorded using DVDs and not videotape, I was wondering if any of you have used something along the lines of "DIGITAL VIDEO DEPOSITION OF..." on the title page of your video-recorded depositions instead of "VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION OF..."?  I have actually seen this one time from a CSR in San Diego but it is certainly the exception rather than the rule at this point. 

I am a proofreader, and most of my client base is in California, and it seems, at least in California, that agencies out there have not directed their reporters to "correct" what has now become somewhat of a misnomer.  "Videotaped" suggests, at least to me, old technology.

Just curious, are reporters in other parts of the country besides California still using "videotaped"?

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No worries, Mary Jo.  :-)

Aw! :)

Very good question, Chris.  Looking at my deposition from today, the videographer says, "Counsel, I need to switch tapes.  Going off the video record at 3:01 p.m. at the end of Tape 1."  He wasn't using tapes, but as has been mentioned, I think that verbiage is ingrained.  I do think I'll put "The video-recorded deposition of" on my title page instead of "The videotaped deposition of."  Why not?  I made my "Index" pages a "Table of Contents" instead not long ago, and no one's complained about that.

Same here re the TOC wording, and same here re video-recorded going forward. Interesting point, Chris.

"Audio-Visual Deposition" -- that's what they're called in my state's rules of civil procedures.  That pretty much covers any type of video equipment.

I wager that the correct word to be used is, "videographed" deposition, as in:  videograph, videography, videographer; photograph, photography, photographer.

Definitions of videography on the Web:
the recording of a performance by means of video camera and videotape.
Videography is a discipline related to cinematography, except focused on the capture of moving images on electronic media (traditionally tape, however some newer cameras record directly to a hard drive or solid state memory). The videography market is broken into segments based on the application, such as event video, corporate video, and broadcast video. The advent of digital cinematography is beginning to blur the line between videography and cinematography.

This suggests that a videograph is a recording on tape or other media.

I also work in narrative production.  We used to say "roll camera" but film is hardly used, now we respond, "streaming"  If I could recommend terminology for "videotape" for the CRCP the term used should be:  May be recorded by means of "digital aquisition" that would cover any approved codec (quicktime, etc.)

This is a great topic.  After further thought, I now use:  video deposition.  No more "taped."

Good idea, Deby.  I'll switch to "video deposition," too.  

Just calling it a "video deposition" seems to solve the problem nicely.  Thanks, everyone, for your feedback!  :-)

I still use the VHS videotape format because of the code and simultaneously record on DVDs.  .  As far as audio goes if the Court Reporter prefers audiocassettes, I provide them, otherwise its MP3.  I hope someday they will approve digital recorders.  That way I do not have to go off the record to change media and be able to continuously record.


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