YesLaw FAQS

Why We Recommend our YesLawDVD Deliverable Disc for Litigators

Encoding MPEG Files for Legal Applications

 

Why We Recommend our YesLawDVD Deliverable Disc for Litigators

When synchronizing a court reporter’s transcript to video to facilitate a litigator’s use of video, we recommend delivery with our YesLawDVD software.  A YesLawDVD will include the synchronized transcripts for all the major trial preparation and presentation software applications, the video in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and/or DVD-video, and the YesLawDVD player editor software that allows litigation professionals to easily edit and present select video clips as well as export directly to Sanction and Summation case databases or to PowerPoint presentations complete with scrolling text.

Unique to the YesLawDVD disc is inclusion of the YesLaw software on the deliverable disc along with the synchronized transcripts and media such that litigators need not install software into their computers – they often do not have administrative privileges for their firm-provided computers.  No copy protection is applied to the software or video so that it may be easily copied to computers and run without installation of the software.

The YesLawDVD software is compatible with MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and DVD-video (VIDEO_TS) video formats as well as WAV, WMA and MP3 audio-only formats.  Unique among the synchronized legal video players, the YesLaw DVD software provides frame-accurate MPEG-2 editing.

Litigators can quickly and easily edit video clips, re-order and combine clips, present in full screen with or without captions, or export to other trial presentation software including PowerPoint with scrolling text.

Encoding MPEG Files for Legal Applications

We recommend the TMPGEnc software for creating MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files for use within the different legal preparation and presentation software.  We have no relationship with the makers of TMPGEnc although we do use the software ourselves and provide technical support to our resellers in the use of the software.  We are often asked about the proper settings to be used for encoding MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files for use within legal trial preparation and presentation applications so we provide output templates and installation instructions for both TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress and Video Mastering Works 5…

TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress YesLaw MPEG Templates and Installation Instructions

Video Mastering Works 5 YesLaw MPEG Templates and Installation Instructions

The software is available for download from the web (Google TMPGEnc) for about $100 for your first copy and a discounted $80 for additional copies for registered users.  Registered users also receive discounts on upgrades to the latest version of the software and may download the latest updates or re-download for re-installation upon computer problems.  Install discs are available for and additional $10 or so but it is easier for registered users to download the latest software.  Be sure to record your serial number and save it away in a safe place (not on your computer) for disaster recovery.

We only recommend hardware encoders from Digital Rapids or Optibase however they are comparatively expensive, encode in real time, require full-size PC slots which are expensive to adapt to laptops or require lunch box size PCs at a minimum adding to your equipment to carry, and ultimately tapes are going away.  Perhaps you money is better spent on a beefy PC running a software encoder.  And even if you are using a hardware encoder, you will need a light editing software tool.

We recommend the TMPGEnc software because: it produces well behaved MPEG files – files that will work well in the different legal preparation and presentation software packages, it encodes MPEG-1 files from recorded DVDs at faster than real-time speeds, it includes batch processing capabilities, it provides the necessary editing tools legal videographers will likely require, and the software is inexpensive.

The TMPGEnc software can be used: to rip recorded DVDs to MPEG files, down-sample DVD video to MPEG-1 files, clean up MPEG files from “the wild” – MPEG files of questionable quality, boost audio levels, brighten dark video or apply light color correction, cropping 16:9 (widescreen) video to 4:3 display aspect ratio, create MPEG files from still pictures or audio-only files, and append MPEG files together – although we do not recommend creating single, very large/long video files.

Nominal MPEG-1 Settings:

§ 352 x 240 pixels

§ Constant bit rate video of 600-1200 kbps*

§ MPEG-1 Layer II Audio of 128, 192, or 224 kbps

§ Dual channel audio – sound both left and right, although stereo is not required

§ 48 kHz audio sampling rate for video that might be authored into DVD video**

 

* Lower bit rates can be used for deposition talking heads with higher bit rates required for action, panning and zooming.  The bit rate will need to be adjusted accordingly if 352 x 240 pixels is not used.

** The YesLaw auto-synchronization software works reliably with both 44.1 and 48 kHz audio sampling however unfortunately 44.1 kHz audio sampling may be required for reliable synchronization within non-YesLaw auto-synchronization software.

 

Nominal MPEG-2 Settings:

§ 720 x 480 pixels especially for video to be authored into DVD

§ Constant bit rate video of 2000-4000 kbps*

§ NTSC not PAL and program stream not transport stream

§ AC3 Dolby or MPEG-1 Layer II Audio of 128, 192, or 224 kbps

§ Dual channel audio – sound both left and right, although stereo is not required

§ 48 kHz audio sampling rate required for video that might be authored into DVD**

 

* Lower bit rates can be used for deposition talking heads with higher bit rates required for action, panning and zooming.  The bit rate will need to be adjusted accordingly if 720 x 480 pixels is not used.

** The YesLaw auto-synchronization software works reliably with both 44.1 and 48 kHz audio sampling however unfortunately 44.1 kHz audio sampling may be required for reliable synchronization within non-YesLaw auto-synchronization software.

 

Attorney Requests Redacted DVD for Playback in Court Room

The most current version of the YesLaw Transcript Generator software is now 1.0.1.127.  The 1.0.1.127 release adds the production task feature and corrects some bugs.  The Production Task feature allows saving by name and fast recall of checkbox configurations.  So for example, one might configure a disc image creation task with all the appropriate checkboxes selected.  This configuration could be recalled by simply selecting the disc image task from the Production Task pull-down menu on the third wizard page.

 

 

 

YesLaw Transcript Generator Release History

 

Release
Release Date


Release Description

1.0.1.88
Oct. 18, 2011

New Features:
This release adds su

1.0.0.60
January 7, 2011

New Features:

The project name format can now be customized using the replacement field text strings.