General Frequently Asked Questions
vTestify is a first of its kind web application that gives lawyers the ability to conduct depositions and allows for the gathering of testimony, remotely. This creates better evidence with HD video records as well as saving money by eliminating any associated travel expenses.
Our web app uses your computer and webcam to capture HD video evidence. vTestify captures audio and video from all parties involved, from this we create; Better evidence through the video archive, A better way to share and introduce exhibits in a remote setting, and we even create a high accuracy transcript for your case when it’s needed.
Our web app uses your computer and webcam to capture HD video evidence. vTestify captures audio and video from all parties involved and from this we create;
- A better piece of evidence, video testimony.
- A better way to share and introduce exhibits in a remote setting.
- We even create a professional transcript for your case when it’s needed.
- vTestify is $99 for the first 90 minutes of video, then it's only $0.50 per minute after that.
- Transcription is just $1.50 per page.
- We have been consistently half of the cost of traditional depositions for both video as well as transcription, and these savings are before you factor in travel expenses.
Visit our savings calculator to estimate your potential savings.
- Getting started or registering with vTestify is fast and easy.
- You can sign up by clicking the 'Sign Up' button in the main menu located top right of this page.
- If you already have an account just log in and can create a new deposition. You'll be ready to go in just 5 minutes.
There can be 5 total parties in a deposition that are recorded which would be: Counsel, Opposing Counsel, the Witness, and two Attendees. However, you may add more attendees that cannot speak and are not recorded if you would like others to observe the deposition without disrupting it.
The organizing (or deposing) attorney can:
- Create, schedule, and invite parties to the deposition
- Can begin and end the deposition
- Controls the start, stop, and breaks for the depositions
- Can introduce pdf exhibits on to the record
- Receives uploaded pdf exhibits from both the Witness as well as any attendees
- These can be reviewed before they are introduced
- Is the largest video for the witness
- Has the option to download the deposition video(s)
- Has the option to purchase a transcript
- Can download all introduced exhibits (also included as part of the ordered transcript)
- Has the largest video of all other parties
- Can upload pdf exhibits to the Organizer (Deposing Attorney)
- Must ask the Organizer (Deposing Attorney) to take a break
- Cannot order a transcript or download the deposition video(s)
The Opposing Counsel has the ability to:
- Introduce pdf exhibits on to the record
- Ask the Organizer (Deposing Attorney) to take a break
- Purchase and download the deposition video(s)
- Purchase a transcript
- Download all introduced exhibits (also included as part of the ordered transcript)
Any Attendees can:
- Upload pdf exhibits to the Organizer (Deposing Attorney)
- Ask the Organizer (Deposing Attorney) to take a break
- They cannot order a transcript or download the deposition video(s)
- Can mute and choose not to be recorded
There are a few options available when it comes to the oath administration:
- You may choose to have the witness sworn in by a notary before the deposition, and have a notarized Affidavit of Oath that certifies the witness is under oath for your deposition.
- You may stipulate to and have the witness sworn in on the record at the beginning of your deposition by a notary in either counsel’s or opposing counsel’s office.
- You may utilize remote notary services to have both a signed Affidavit of Oath and a video of the oath being administered.
No, we believe the court reporter system is an outdated model that only serves to increase the cost of litigation and decrease access to justice.
- We use professionally sourced U.S. transcriptionists who separately transcribe each video segment from your deposition without access to the exhibits. This ensures that no one party has access to the summation of your witness’s testimony.
- We then use in-house scopists to ensure the accuracy of your transcript before sending you the finalized pdf transcript. This process typically takes 5 business days.
- In the name of Increased Access to Justice
- vTestify lowers the cost of litigation enabling people to not be priced out of our justice system.
- Additionally, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as courts across the country, have adopted rules that move the burden of reducing costs from only the courts to all parties involved.
Technical Frequently Asked Questions
vTestify needs only a few things to get you started. You will need:
- A reliable computer
- An HD webcam
- A high-speed internet connection
While most brand new laptops come with good webcams and microphones, most older devices will need an upgrade. For about $30 the Logitech C615 (or equivalent) webcam is a good choice.
Mac or PC, it doesn't make a difference. All you need is a reliable computer with a webcam, highspeed internet, and either the Google Chrome or Firefox web browser.
Before every deposition, we highly recommend that all parties fully test their equipment. Please contact us so we can walk you through how to fully test your computer, webcam, microphone, and internet connection.
The vast majority of office firewalls allow our remote video technology to run and record unhindered. If you work behind a particularly robust corporate firewall your IT can call or email us. Additionally, these are the technical requirements that can be sent to IT: Minimum Network Requirements
- TCP port 443 is open.
- Make sure that non-web traffic can also pass over this port
- UDP port 3478 is open.
- Please whitelist *.tokbox.com and *.opentok.com non-SSL TCP web traffic over 443
- For the best possible experience, we recommend that UDP ports 1025 - 65535 be open.
vTestify has multiple redundancies in place to protect testimony from poor connections. These include: Low bandwidth requirements
- vTestify uses the latest video technology which requires less bandwidth for HD video than traditional means.
- Video is first sent to our servers for storage immediately that way, in the event that a party does not see or hear what is said, it is still saved on the record.
- In the event that a connection cannot support video, vTestify switches to an audio-only mode for that party. This allows for testimony to continue uninterrupted and video is typically still recorded.