NCRA’s CLVS Seminar to be colocated with NCRA Convention & Expo

IMG_3475_BNCRA’s Certified Legal Video Specialist Seminar and certification will be held in conjunction with the NCRA Convention & Expo in New York City, July 30-Aug. 2. The CLVS Seminar provides training for up-and-coming candidates in NCRA’s CLVS program. CLVS candidates may also sign up for a production test at this event.

In addition to offering NCRA’s CLVS Seminar and the CLVS Production Skills Test, the event will include networking opportunities especially for legal videographers. By co-locating the Legal Video Conference with the NCRA Convention & Expo, attending videographers and CLVS candidates will also have access to an expanded exhibit hall with an extensive selection of vendors and the opportunity to network with court reporting and captioning professionals. In addition, attendees of the Legal Video Conference will have the option of attending general NCRA sessions, as well as the opening reception and keynote events.

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NCRA’s Legal Video Conference comes to New York

NCRA will hold the Legal Video Conference, an event encompassing both education of up-and-coming candidates in NCRA’s CLVS program and the continuing education of legal videographers, in conjunction with the NCRA 2015 Convention & Expo, to be held in New York July 30-Aug. 2. By co-locating both events, legal videographers will benefit from a wider selection of exhibitors in the NCRA vendor hall as well as the networking opportunities that come with a wide court reporter network. The two events will include both continuing education seminars for court reporting and captioning professionals through the NCRA Convention & Expo in and the highly informative Certified Legal Video Specialist Program. In addition, the two events will host social events and networking opportunities for legal videographers, court reporters, and captioners.

Not too late to attend NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference

On-site registration is available for legal videographers of all levels who want to attend NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference in Las Vegas, being held Oct. 17- 19. Join the more than 100 professionals already registered to attend the largest annual event designed specifically for this segment of the legal services industry. As always, the conference will offer several levels of continuing education programs, as well as certification testing for aspiring legal videographers.

The two-day conference will feature the CLVS Seminar, which is part of the certification requirements for CLVS candidates. For current CLVSs earning continuing education units, the schedule is packed with sessions that offer advanced training led by some of the best faculty in the profession, as well as representatives of legal service providers and vendors.

This year’s two-day CLVS Seminar for CLVS candidates includes an introduction to the legal video profession that will address the uses of video in the legal system, the duties of legal videographers, an overview of the types of video systems available, and video and audio equipment, video signals, equipment acquisition and management, and more. There will also be hands-on workshops to allow attendees to work directly with video and audio equipment.

“I am currently in training to take over the videographer position at my court reporting firm in Dallas, Texas, and I hope to take away some ideas for new technology and equipment from the conference,” said Eleanor Harris. “I’m anxious for the hands-on workshop especially since I am a beginning videographer.”

Other highlights of this year’s event include a Saturday Night Networking Reception and exhibitor booths where attendees will be able to learn first-hand about the latest in new products and technologies.

“Having the NCRA training and CLVS certification has always mattered to me and to my clients. They see the various certifications I’ve earned from the NCRA and, from that, trust that I’ll do quality work for them,” said Carla Letellier, RPR, from Buffalo, Ill.

“This year, I’m looking to not only sharpen my existing skills, but also become CLVS certified to provide new services to my clients. I’m expecting to come away from this conference with the tools and guidance needed to be a successful legal videographer,” added Letellier, who is President of Lake-Cook Reporting in Bannockburn, Ill.

Although online registration for the 2104 NCRA Legal Video Conference is closed, those still interested in attending can sign up on-site in Las Vegas. The conference is being held at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa. For room information, call the hotel at 866-837-4215.

Low price for knowledge shared at NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference

Jared Henjum, a video production specialist assistant with HG Litigation Services in Dallas, Texas, is excited to attend NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference, Las Vegas, Oct. 17-19. Henjum, who has passed the written CLVS test, will not only be taking the production skills test on-site but will also be assisting Joe Cerda, CLVS, who will be co-teaching a new session at the event that will outline what multi-input depositions are and how they have evolved over the years. Steve Crandall, J.D., CLVS, from Seattle, Wash., will also teach the course.

“I’ll be in attendance for all three days of the conference and am very excited to be a part of it all. I represent HG Litigation Services, and I work under Joe Cerda of HG and Trial Resource. We will both be there with deposition and trial equipment for Joe’s sessions,” said Henjum.

“NCRA is an outstanding organization and they rally the ‘niche’ professions together. I attended TechCon 2014 and had a blast, so I know the Legal Video Conference in Vegas will be yet another great opportunity to network with some of the industry’s finest,” he added.

For second-time attendee Craig E. Davis, CLVS, owner of Simeon T Group LLC., in Sparks, Nev., the event provides a valuable venue for expanding his education and contacts with other professionals.

“I’m attending this conference to update my knowledge of the industry and do a little networking to see what others are doing,” he said. “Not attending this conference would be a mistake for anyone doing legal videography. The price is very low for the knowledge being shared,” Davis said.

Attendees at this year’s Legal Video Conference can expect an array of sessions on the schedule that will highlight and demonstrate the latest in equipment trends and production techniques. NCRA’s Legal Video Conference serves as the place to be for professionals who are seeking the nationally recognized professional certification of Certified Legal Videographer, as well as seasoned experts who are seeking continuing education units or just the opportunity to stay abreast of what’s new in the industry.

This year’s event also welcomes two new faculty members to the program. They are Don Cely, CLVS, from Greenville, S.C., a videographer affiliated with Huntridge Legal Video Services, and Mike Bailey, RPR, CLVS, from Tulsa, Okla., owner of Bailey Reporting & Video, Inc.

“My video company needed to grow more into the video business. I have done weddings, funerals, training videos, concerts, and seminars,” said Reynaldo Abesamis, Jr., a videographer from Hayward, Calif., who is attending for the first time. “Attending the conference will help me understand and gain in-depth knowledge operating and managing my video business. Having the CLVS certification will be an additional benefit to my career.”

Although early-bird registration for the 2104 NCRA’s Legal Video Conference is closed, those still interested in attending can sign up online at NCRA.org or on-site in Las Vegas. The conference is being held at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa. For room information, call the hotel at 866-837-4215.

Legal video seminar offers video rookies valuable material

On the schedule for NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference, The Video Signal session is perfect for those new to working in the legal video field who want a simple but valuable understanding of the video chain. The conference is being held at the Westin Hotel, Casino & Spa, Oct. 17-19 in Las Vegas and includes an array of sessions which will appeal to professionals of all levels of experience.

“The Video Signal class is for the newbies, people who don’t have a lot of video experience,” said Maureen Walsh, CLVS, who is leading the session. “I explain the video chain in simple, easy to understand terms—perfect for video rookies or court reporters who are trying to get their CLVS,” she added.

Walsh, an award-winning videographer and producer, is owner of Walsh Litigation Serves and Waterford Productions, a video production company. Both firms are located in Tallahassee, Fla. A CLVS since 2002, she is one of only 10 videographers nationwide who serve as faculty to train and test professional legal videographers for certification. She also holds NCRA’s Trial Presentation Professional certificate, and she is a Certified Trial Director Technician and a Certified Trial Director Trainer.

“Getting my CLVS was the best business decision that I have ever made. It was expensive up front, but it paid off quickly. Having a CLVS after your name tells your clients that you are a well-trained professional and that you take your work seriously.” she said.

According to Walsh, the CLVS referral network is extensive and active. She said that most of her work is generated by people who have hired her because she is a CLVS.

“There are other legal videography certifications out there, but they don’t generate the kind of work and referrals that you get with your CLVS. Quite simply, there is no substitute.”

Other session being offered at the 2014 Legal Video Conference will cover such topics as legal video 101, equipment acquisition and troubleshooting, civil procedures, paper trails, and more.

This year’s event also features two new faculty members. They are Don Cely, CLVS, from Greenville, S.C., a videographer affiliated with Huntridge Legal Video Services, and Mike Bailey, RPR, CLVS, from Tulsa, Okla., and owner of Bailey Reporting & Video, Inc.

Current CLVSs can earn up to 1.2 continuing education units, while attendees who hold an NCRA certification other than the CLVS can earn up to 1.8 continuing education units by attending all three days of the event.

Online and on-site registration is available for the 2104 NCRA’s Legal Video Conference.

Three-part workshop offers hands-on experience at NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference

Legal video professionals working toward earning the nationally recognized professional certification of Certified Legal Videographer Specialist who want the opportunity to get their hands on genuine equipment used in real-life depositions will have the chance during a three-part workshop being offered at the 2014 NCRA Legal Video Conference, taking place in Las Vegas, Oct. 17-19. The workshop will cover the areas of audio, video, and deposition procedure.

“There is no better way to learn how to do something than to actually do it. The hands-on session allows CLVS candidates the opportunity to see, touch, and experiment with the actual equipment that is commonly used in real-life depositions,” said Jason Levin, CLVS, who will be co-teaching the workshop along with LaJuana Pruitt, CLVS. Levin is owner of Virginia Media Group in Washington, D.C., and Pruitt is with Premier Video Productions in Bradenton, Fla.

“Participants in the hands-on session are generally more comfortable taking the practical CLVS exam because they’ve had that extra time to become familiar with the setup and deposition procedures,” added Levin. “It’s also provides a great opportunity to ask questions that may not have been addressed during the previous two days of the CLVS Seminar.”

The 2014 Legal Video Conference will offer attendees an array of sessions designed to highlight and demonstrate the latest in equipment trends and production techniques. The event serves as the place to be for professionals who are seeking the CLVS, as well as seasoned experts who are in need of continuing education units or just looking for the opportunity to stay abreast of what’s new in the industry.

Other sessions being offered at the 2014 conference will cover such topics as legal video 101, equipment acquisition and troubleshooting, civil procedures, paper trails, and more.

This year’s event also features two new faculty members: Don Cely, CLVS, from Greenville, S.C., a videographer affiliated with Huntridge Legal Video Services, and Mike Bailey, RPR, CLVS, from Tulsa, Okla., and owner of Bailey Reporting & Video, Inc.

Registration for the 2104 NCRA’s Legal Video Conference is now open.

 

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Learn the latest about multi-input depositions at NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference

A new session being offered at the 2014 NCRA Legal Video Conference, being held in Las Vegas, Oct. 17 – 19, will teach attendees how to merge the deposition video with an array of input devices such as laptops, iPads, and tablets, which are being used increasingly more often by attorneys.

The session, which is being taught by NCRA members Joe Cerda, CLVS, from Dallas, Texas, and Steve Crandall, J.D., CLVS, from Seattle, Wash., will outline what multi-input depositions are and how they have evolved over the years. This service is commonly referred to as Elmo (document camera) to PIP (Picture-in-Picture), and applies to multi-camera depositions.

“We will discuss what is needed to have the ability to merge the deposition video with a tangible piece of evidence or electronic evidence live during the deposition, and outline what preferred switchers/recorders to use and the various input devices that can be used by the attorney such as a laptop, iPad, Android tablet, or an Elmo,” Cerda said.

According to Cerda, video recording the deposition is the next best thing to a written transcript, and electronic documents and evidence are far better than printed document and evidence because electronic evidence is more interactive.

“The attorneys want the ability to interact live with the deponent so the witness can articulate through the evidence as it’s presented to them. This is the best form of preserving testimony for trial presentation. Using these devices in a depo and determining the best way to capture and preserve the articulation of the witness reviewing the electronic evidence with the attorney asking a question helps to tell a more complete visual chain of events,” he added.

Attendees at this year’s Legal Video Conference can also expect an array of sessions on the schedule that will highlight and demonstration the latest in equipment trends and production techniques. NCRA’s Legal Video Conference serves as the place to be for professionals who are seeking the nationally recognized professional certification of Certified Legal Videographer, or CLVS, as well as seasoned experts who are seeking continuing education units or just the opportunity to stay abreast of what’s new in the industry.

This year’s event also welcomes two new faculty members to the program. They are Don Cely, CLVS, from Greenville, S.C., a videographer affiliated with Huntridge Legal Video Services, and Mike Baily, RPR, CLVS, from Tulsa, Okla., and owner of Bailey Reporting & Video, Inc.

Registration for the 2104 NCRA’s Legal Video Conference is now open.

Be part of NCRA’s 2014 Legal Video Conference in Las Vegas

Legal videographers of all levels of expertise are encouraged to register to attend NCRA’s Legal Video Conference, Oct. 17 – 19, at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference is the largest NCRA event dedicated specifically to the legal video profession and will feature the two-day CLVS Seminar and the Legal Video Forum. Registration is expected to open on the NCRA website later this month.

Take the first step

This year’s conference offers the perfect opportunity for CLVS candidates interested in taking that first step toward certification to attend the CLVS Seminar, which is scheduled to run on Friday and Saturday (Saturday is mandatory for certification). Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CEUs (or up to 1.8 CEUs for NCRA credential-holders taking the CLVS Seminar for the first time).

In addition, a limited number of production skills test spots will be offered at the Legal Video Conference. The registration period for the production skills test opens Aug. 18 and closes Sept. 29. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We have had film buffs, legal professionals, and court reporters who have come through the program over the years. Some were looking for a new business to get into. Others were interested in expanding their skills. Many were surprised by the blend of technical skill and professionalism needed for this position, and as part of the faculty, it has been fascinating to see both how the technology has changed over the years as well as how the individuals who have come through the program have developed,” says Brian Clune, CLVS, of San Anselmo, Calif. Clune is a member of NCRA’s Certified Legal Video Specialist Council, a group that plans both the legal video events and creates the certification tests for the CLVS program.

The CLVS certification is the only one that has been nationally and independently validated for the legal video industry.

More than certification

“NCRA’s Legal Video Conference is more than an opportunity to become certified; it is also now focused on continuing education for current CLVS members. Changes to video capture formats eventually will affect legal videographers. The conference is a unique opportunity to stay current with the changes and learn how you can take advantage of the new technology,” says Clune.

People who have completed the CLVS program, a three-step process that includes a workshop, a written knowledge test, and a practical skills test, relish the chance to reconnect with other legal videographers at this event while learning about the latest changes in video technology during the Legal Video Forum’s intermediate and advanced-level sessions on Saturday and Sunday. (To maintain a CLVS certification, a credential-holder must earn 1.0 CEU every three years.)

Planners of the event say that a current CLVS can expect two days packed full of sessions tailored to legal video professionals and that will provide attendees with insight and information on the latest trends and advances. In addition, candidates attending the CLVS Seminar can also attend the Sunday portion of the Legal Video Forum at a discount.

“Additional opportunities, including how to expand your understanding of the software that is used by attorneys or how to expand your offering of services, are a featured part of the conference. Although there are many continuing education classes that will meet the CLVS requirements, the Legal Video Conference is the only one focused exclusively on knowledge valuable to CLVS legal videographers,” says Clune.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to mix and mingle, swap stories, and make new connections during the Saturday Night Networking Reception, as well as visit exhibitor booths to learn about the latest in new products and technologies.

This is the second year that NCRA has offered the Legal Video Conference in its new format, which represented a shift to offer current CLVSs the education that would give them an edge to stay competitive in the current market.

Earn your CLVS with this three-step process

Those who are interested in earning a CLVS certification must:

1. Attend the “Video in the Legal Environment” seminar. The seminar covers topics from video recording tips to working with court reporters to the accepted Rules of Civil Procedure.

2. Pass the written knowledge test. The 100-item, multiple-choice test is administered four times a year at testing sites across the nation. The written knowledge test is not offered during the Legal Video Conference.

3. Pass the hands-on production skills test. The production skills test is a practical test during which candidates must run the show during a staged deposition following video deposition guidelines. Candidates must produce a usable, high-quality video of the deposition. The production skills test is offered three to four times a year, including during the Legal Video Conference.

Steps 2 and 3 may be taken in any order, if candidates wish do so. However, all candidates must attend the seminar first.

NCRA 2013 Legal Video Conference

46-47NCRA’s 2013 inaugural Legal Video Conference, formerly known as the CLVS (Certified Legal Video Specialist) Symposium, attracted 139 attendees of all levels of ex­pertise from across the nation. The larg­est event in a decade designed specifically for this segment of the legal industry, the conference offered many levels of con­tinuing education programs for court re­porters. In addition, 19 attendees sat for the Association’s Certified Legal Video Production Exam to earn the CLVS cer­tification, compared to just seven under the previous event format in 2012.

The two-day conference featured both the CLVS Seminar, which is part of the certification requirements for NCRA-cer­tified legal videographers, and the Legal Video Forum, which offers advanced vid­eographers additional training. The con­ference also included educational sessions led by some of the best faculty in the pro­fession. The sessions covered a wide range of topics tailored to the needs of interme­diate to advanced-level videographers and provided a wealth of insight and informa­tion about the latest trends and advances in the legal video profession.

“The launch of the NCRA Legal Video Conference and its new format reflects a really positive shift in how we approach legal video education. While the CLVS Seminar is still the cornerstone of legal video standards, expanding our continu­ing education offerings will help our cur­rent CLVSs become more competitive in the marketplace. Response from this year’s attendees was overwhelmingly support­ive,” said Gene Betler, CLVS, who serves as co-chair of NCRA’s CLVS Council.

“The CLVS designation is the only national independently validated certi­fication for the legal video industry, and historically NCRA’s legal video event fea­tured a heavier focus on the introductory first step of the certification. The change in the overall curriculum to include more in-person seminars and enhanced continuing education opportunities is in line with the name change to the Legal Video Confer­ence,” added Bruce Balmer, CLVS, who also co-chairs the Association’s CLVS Council.

Other highlights of this year’s event included a Saturday Night Networking Reception, as well as visit exhibitor booths where attendees were able to learn first-hand about the latest in new products and technologies.

NCRA reenvisions Legal Video Conference

NCRA’s Legal Video Conference brings great educational opportunities to legal video community.

 Legal Video Conference

Legal videographers of all levels of expertise are encouraged to register to attend NCRA’s Legal Video Conference, Oct. 18-20, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, in St. Louis, Mo. Formerly known as the CLVS Symposium, the conference is the largest NCRA event dedicated specifically to the legal video profession, and it will feature the two-day CLVS Seminar and the Legal Video Forum.

This year’s conference offers the perfect opportunity for CLVS candidates interested in taking that first step toward certification to attend the CLVS Seminar scheduled to run on Friday and Saturday (Saturday is mandatory for certification). Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CEUs (or up to 1.8 CEUs for NCRA credential holders taking the CLVS Seminar for the first time).

Certified legal videographers can also expect a program packed full of intermediate- to advanced-level sessions that will be presented all day on both Saturday and Sunday. The sessions will be tailored to provide a wealth of insight and information about the latest trends and advances in the legal video profession. In addition, candidates attending the CLVS Seminar can also attend the Sunday portion of the Legal Video Forum at a discount.

Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to network during a Saturday’s evening reception. They will also be able learn about the latest in new products and technologies at the exhibitor booths that will be open throughout the conference.

“Every working legal videographer should make it a mandatory part of their professional growth plan to attend NCRA’s Legal Video Conference if they want to advance their career and ensure they remain at the top of their game,” said Gene D. Betler, Jr., CLVS, Trial Presentation Professional, and co-chair of NCRA’s CLVS Council. “This year’s event promises an array of exciting and cutting-edge sessions designed specifically for today’s professional legal videographer.”

What you need to know

Deadline for hotel registration is Sept. 30. Register online by Friday, Aug. 30, for a chance to win a free hotel stay up to three nights. Registrations received after the Sept. 30 deadline are subject to a $50 late fee. For more information and to register, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NCRA13, or call 888-421-1442 and mention NCRA.

Registration Costs:

General Attendance (For current CLVSs)

  • One Day (Sat. or Sun.) $215
  • Two Day (Sat. and Sun.) $350

CLVS Workshop (For CLVS candidates)

  • All Three Days (Fri. through Sun. Best Value) $880
  • Two Days (Fri. and Sat. or Sat. and Sun.*) $660
  • Mandatory Day Only* (Sat.) $550

* These options only available to candidates with professional legal videography experience.