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Microphone placement for video depositions

Audio is a crucial part of producing a video deposition.

You need clean, crisp audio to be a successful videographer. Microphone placement may seem simple however there are many situations that can occur, and you need to be prepared for all of them.

When approaching the witness take your time and introduce yourself. Keep in mind that many people have never given a deposition before, so they may be nervous and uncomfortable. Demonstrate how you would like them to put the microphone on. Ideally you want the microphone to be within 6 to 9 inches from the mouth. If the microphone is placed too low, it may come in contact with the table or papers that are being used during the deposition. This will cause scratching or ruffling sounds. If the microphone is too high you risk the audio being too loud. If you anticipate a problem, tell the witness ahead of time. That way, if you need to signal the witness during the deposition they will be aware of the issue.

Attorneys most likely will have experience with microphones, but do not take it for granted. Take a few seconds at the beginning of each deposition, and after each break to check the microphone location. They handle many documents and exhibits so a low mic could cause considerable problems. It is your job to preserve the testimony. Therefore, it’s your duty to control the position of the mic. Your best bet is to make a habit of checking the mic before you start and after each break to insure clear audio.


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