Courtroom Connect Wants to Put YOU in the Streaming Business:
Courtroom Connect Wants to Put YOU in the
The company that pioneered video streaming for litigation events is
now providing a comprehensive program for law firms and legal
departments to stream their own content.
Increasingly, law firms are looking for solutions to help them communicate more
effectively within their firm, as well as externally to clients and other members of the
legal community. After years of making use of video streaming for litigation events,
law firms are now using the technology for internal communications, such as training
programs, client updates, and firm-wide broadcasts. For all of these one-to-many
communications, video streaming has emerged as the ideal technology.
While there are dozens of generic streaming providers, Courtroom Connect (CC) is
the only company that tailors its services to the legal industry – and has done so for
years. CC provides a streaming platform that integrates the technology, services,
and support law firms need to instantly put law firms and corporate counsel in “the
The Experts on Video Streaming for the Legal Industry
For several years, CC has been successfully providing video streaming for litigation
events, including courtroom trials such as IBM Clean Room Litigation, Vioxx,
(Humeston, McDarby/Cona, Doherty, and Grossberg), Modesto v Dow Chemical,
Watson v Ford Motor Company, and Sempra Energy. They have provided services
for appellate oral arguments such as Bebchuk v Computer Associates, Morgan
Stanley v Coleman, Lorillard Tobacco v American Legacy Foundation, and Bowen v
DuPont. Additionally, they have worked with court reporting firms to provide video
streaming for critical depositions, such as those involving expert witnesses for Enron,
Vioxx, IPO Securities Litigation, and Parmalat. Working with top firms, such as
Clifford Chance, CC has also leveraged video streaming for jury focus groups and
mock trials. Built upon years of experience providing video streaming services for
litigation events, CC has created a streaming platform tailored to the internal
communication needs of law firms and legal departments.
Why Bring Video Streaming In House?
Whether you are looking to distribute internal trainings and presentations live to
remote participants or you want to make them available on demand, there are many
reasons to bring video streaming capabilities in house.
Video Streaming for Your Mock Courtroom
Equip your trial team for success. Thorough preparation is the key to winning the
trial, and video streaming makes mock courtroom proceedings more effective than
ever. Co-counsel, corporate counsel, or attorneys in remote locations can view all
aspects of the mock trial at their desks, including synched audio, video, and evidence
presentation—on one screen, allowing them to advise on strategy formulation and
approach. The presentation can be recorded in its entirety and added to the firm’s
video library for teaching and research purposes, or edited and compressed into a
deliverable that is easy for the client or other key decision-maker to navigate
through without having to watch the whole trial.
CLE Presentations and Legal Training
Law Connect- Video Streaming enables law firms to make customized legal training
programs accessible to their attorneys at dispersed locations. Law firms can create
proprietary training presentations given by senior partners or bring in outside
experts, video tape them, and distribute over the Web to their attorneys. They can
even arrange to provide CLE credit where applicable.
Clients expect you to keep them up to date on relevant new law and regulations. For
example, when an important ruling changes precedent or a critical new law is
passed, you may want to give a short presentation, explaining how this change
impacts your clients. With Law Connect-Video Streaming you can capture these
programs on video, instantly encode them and securely stream them out to your
clients via the Web.
Meetings On Demand
Instantly digitize and disseminate any important meeting over the Web. Partner
meetings can be streamed to participants who cannot attend and made available
later on demand. Members of Practice Teams can stay abreast of team meetings
even when they are away from the office, and staff meetings can be made available
on demand for staff members who were unable to attend.
Now the Managing Partner, the Director of IT, or anyone else with a firm-wide
message can easily reach all of the attorneys and support staff, no matter where
they are located, as long as they have their laptop and an Internet connection.
Human Resource Training
Create your own HRT presentations to stream live or on demand. New hire
orientations, presentations on new Medical Plans, updates on 401K options, or any
other HR-related presentation can be videotaped, digitized, streamed to multiple law
offices, and stored for on demand viewing.
A Sales & Marketing Tool: Create an Online Video Library
Now all of the important video content that is being created at your firm can be
recorded, encoded, and stored in an online repository. Additionally, this proprietary
content can be integrated with other content captured by CC for your litigation
events. You can then stream this content, such as an impressive oral argument or
opening statement, out to clients and prospective clients to update them on the
great things your firm is doing. Furthermore, CC can work with you to integrate this
content with your web site to use as a sales and marketing tool.
Law Connect-Video Streaming Program
CC has designed a program for law firms who want to maximize their investment in
video streaming technology. The Law Connect-Video Streaming Program is
comprised of six key components that can be mixed and matched in different ways.
The flexible design of the program enables you to choose the right combination of
services and support to meet your specific business needs. Each component is
available as either an in house or hosted option. Some firms may prefer to bring the
infrastructure and expertise in house for the capturing and encoding component, but
choose to use CC’s hosted storage and management services. The company works
with each firm to find the right balance for them.
As an example, a large, legal-focused cable television network hired CC to provide
the entire streaming solution for its high-profile cases, such as Vioxx and Merck, and
then had CC brand the solution with the network’s name. In another case, CC
worked with Courtroom 21, a joint initiative of the William and Mary Law School and
the National Center for State courts. CC provided all the streaming components of
the solution on a hosted basis, and Courtroom 21 chose to bring the webcasting
technology in house.
Capturing and Encoding
Courtrooom Connect’s Video Streaming Capture and Encoding Component captures
legal events on video as they occur and digitally encodes the content in real time.
CC uses best in class, high quality audio and video encoders. Industrial strength
encoders take the video and audio sources, digitize and compress the signals, and
deliver them over an IP network. Law firms need at least one audio/video encoder
and may need additional equipment depending upon the event.
Additionally, companies with video archives can send them to CC to add to the firm’s
video library. While variable bit rate digital recorders are available, firms can also
have CC convert the video to digital if needed. The end result is that whatever
format trainings and presentations are currently in, CC can seamlessly add them to
an online video repository that will be easy for attorneys to access and search as
Finally, another benefit of the Capture and Encoding Component is the ability to
capture presentation materials (e.g. presentations or other documents) in real time
along with audio and video. Capturing the presentation materials along with the live
presentation means no one has to go back and add these materials after the fact.
This saves a great deal of time and aggravation.
Real-Time Streaming Services
Once the event is captured and encoded, it can be streamed in real time or stored
for on-demand viewing. If it is going to be streamed in real time, law firms will need
a video and audio decoder, which is a device that receives the compressed audio and
video stream, decompresses the signals, and converts them to a format that can be
viewed on a television, projector, or plasma display. Special dual encoder/decoder
devices can be pre-configured to automatically send the content directly to
authorized computers. CC can pre-configure the devices before shipping them out to
the firm. They will also provide as much training and support as is needed. In
addition, CC provides streaming software that enables the participants to view the
video stream on their laptop and play, fast forward, rewind, as needed.
There are also Specialized Services available for live streaming. CC offers a Burst
Option, which provides extra bandwidth capabilities for large events. The company
also provides other specialized services, such as videoconferencing with video
streaming available right from the videoconferencing unit.
Storing and Streaming Content On-Demand
If a firm chooses to capture, encode, and store content for on-demand viewing, there
are two options available to them. They can set up their own server on site to store
and manage the content locally, or they can make use of CC’s hosting services. If
they choose the former, CC provides hands-on support and training for the firm’s IT
staff. Many firms choose to start with the hosted option and move to storing the
data in house when the size of the data justifies the added expense.
Post-production and Editing Needs
Once the presentation or training session has been captured, encoded, and stored,
there may also be post-production or editing needs. The CC Professional Services
team is a staff of video technology experts who are also available for video editing
services. If the firm needs graphics added, sections shortened, or shots spliced
together, the CC Professional Services Team is ready to help.
Premium User Support
Because CC has been providing video services to the legal industry for over five
years, they have become the experts on video technology for the legal field. Their
Customer Support, Professional Services, and Product Teams are all experienced and
highly-trained in the video applications relevant to the legal industry. They have
deployed video streaming services for depositions, trials, jury research, CLE
presentations, employee training sessions, and more. They have seen a multitude of
video applications for legal events and they are there to make the transition to video
streaming as easy as possible. Whether it’s customizing the interface to the encoder
or providing custom Web site or A/V integration, CC Professional Services provides
premium user support.
About Courtroom Connect
Courtroom Connect is the leading provider of advanced communication services to
the legal industry, including law firms, court reporters, bar associations, litigation
support firms, courts, and jurors. Their product offering includes Internet, video
conferencing, and streaming products for the office on a permanent basis as well
as on a temporary basis for legal events, such as trials, jury research, war rooms,
and presentations. Courtroom Connect also has three videoconference networks -
over 200 public rooms around the world available for rent, a law school network
for recruiting, and a bar association network for CLE events and speakers.
For more information about Courtroom Connect and its product offerings, please call
877.838.9067 or access the company online at www.courtroomconnect.com.