YesLaw DVD compatible with other case preparation
and presentation software?
Yes! The YesLaw DVD provides video clip
export to other case preparation and presentation software in
MPEG-2, MPEG-1, and WMV file formats. Each of these file types will
play in Windows Media Player in a computer with a DVD drive – a DVD
drive is required to read the disk.
How much video will fit on one
Two hours of high-quality
MPEG-2 video will fit on one YesLaw DVD disc.
What does a YesLaw DVD provide?
The YesLaw DVD allows video depositions to be viewed through
stand-alone DVD players. And the YesLaw DVD provides higher
quality, Hollywood-movie style video that does not look grainy when
presented at full screen.
See chart below:
In what format is the video encoded?
DVD video data (compatible with DVD players) is necessarily MPEG-2
encoded. The MPEG-2 data is then broken down into smaller “VOB”
files and named per the DVD specification. This maintains
compatibility amongst all the different manufacturers of DVD
Can I play the disk in my (Mac) computer as a
The DVD will play as a video DVD in standalone DVD players as well
as in PCs with DVD drives and DVD playback software. If your
computer will play a Hollywood movie, it will play a YesLaw DVD.
Is the YesLaw software compatible with
The YesLaw software is Windows software and runs only under
windows. That said, if you are running Boot Camp or Parallels on
your Intel-based Mac, yes the software does run.
Can I put exhibit files onto a YesLawDVD?
Yes! An Exhibits folder is provided on
the DVD disk for the exhibit files. Any files copied into this
folder will appear in the player’s Exhibit List. We do not
recommend putting exhibit files in another directory on the disk as
the hyperlinks will not remain intact should a user copy the disk
contents to their hard drive – necessarily changing the file path.
Also, links to this exhibits folder will
transfer among different users as the path from the player software
to this local directory will not change.
Can I link to exhibit files on a shared network
Yes! The hyperlink simply saves the path
to the file. So anyone with similar access to a shared network
server can link to shared files and then share their hyperlinks with
How can I share my video clips with others?
You can share video clips with others in a number of different
ways. You may export the video clips to an MPEG or WMV file format
then share or email the files (see next hint about playing media
files with subtitles). Keep in mind that video files minutes long
will be quite large and perhaps too large to email.
If the other user has a copy of the YesLaw DVD you can share
your video clips, along with your annotations, exhibit links and
highlights simply by email a YEF file you save from within the
YesLaw application. These files are small and easily emailed as
they only contain the meta-data and not the audio/video content.
Another user can open this YEF file from within their YesLaw
application if they are looking at the same disk.
Can I have the transcript text scroll under my
exported video files when playing through Windows Media Player?
Yes, this is a great way to share video clips with others. When you
export a video clip into MPEG or WMV format, actually multiple files
are exported simultaneously, but with different file extensions.
Along with the MPG or WMV video files will be a TXT file which
includes the corresponding transcript text. Also a SMI file –
called a “Sammy” file which provides synchronized transcript to be
played as subtitles. For another user to play the video clip with
subtitles, both the video file and the SMI file must be provided.
Instructions to enable subtitles within Windows Media Player are
To enable subtitles within Windows Media Player requires two steps
(Windows Media Player 10 and later). Select “On if Available” from
the Play>Captions and Subtitles menu, then select “Show Local
Captions When Present” from the Tools>Options>Security tab.
Provided the SMI file is present (same filename as the video file
and in the same directory as the video file), the subtitles will
play below the video.
How much does the YesLaw DVD
The price per deposition
videotape with a running time of up to
two-hours is $175.00. This includes a
DVD with the video deposition synchronized
to the court reporter's written transcript. Remember, the YesLaw
software and auto-launch feature is contained on EACH DISC so
you never have to purchase any specialized software!
are available for an additional
Bruce Moody at 803-548-2290