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Video Court Reporting


Isn't video expensive and only a good choice for evidence depositions?
This is a common misconception. In the past, legal videography was often reserved for only certain types of proceedings, like evidence depositions, as cumbersome equipment and high prices steered many attorneys away from choosing digital solutions. Even today, this remains a popular perception as many big firms still charge exorbitant fees for their video deposition and electronic transcript services. Exhibit 5 is different. We believe that taking advantage of technology is an important factor for success in the modern legal workplace, and thus we strive to keep our services both accessible and affordable. With Exhibit 5, you will receive a FREE video with every proceeding, available 24/7 on our secure and easy to use online repository. We also provide free electronic filing of your videos, transcripts, and exhibits to help keep you organized. Finally, with Exhibit 5, you will never pay more for our transcript services, as we will gladly match the rates of any agency or stenographer you have used in the past.
How do I access my free video?
Step 1: Go to, and log in with your username and password
Step 2: Click on your case and scroll down to find the proceeding
Step 3: Click "Save WMV Video" to begin download
Step 4: Once download is complete, open the file, and the video will play via your computer's media player

If you are having difficulty accessing your video, please consult the detailed instructions below or contact our office:

Your free video will be made available on our online repository within 24 hours of the completion of your proceeding. Once the video is online, you will receive an email from a member of our staff indicating that the video is now available for viewing and downloading. To access your video, visit our website,, and log in with the username and password we provided you via email. Once logged in, you will see your proceedings organized by case. Click the appropriate case, and all of the proceedings you have scheduled with us in that case will appear below. Once you find the video you are looking to download, you will see two options next to the witness's picture and information: "View WMV Video" and "Save WMV Video." We highly recommend that you choose the "Save WMV Video" option. Selecting this option allows you to save the video to your computer, and thus provides you the convenience of offline access to the file. To download the video, simply click, "Save WMV Video," and the video will immediately start to download. Depending on the length of the video and the strength of your internet connection, download times will vary. Once the download is complete, you will be able to watch the proceeding via your computer's media player. If you are experiencing difficulties, it may be related to the make and model of your computer. For instance, Mac users may need to install an alternate media player in order to view the video. We highly recommend downloading VLC Media Player if you are experiencing difficulty with your computer's default video player. Use the following link to download your free copy of VLC Media Player: Alternatively, you can opt to watch the video immediately by clicking, "View WMV Video." Streaming using the "View WMV Video" option requires the use of Internet Explorer as your web browser. Accessing your video should be a fairly simple process. However, if you continue to have any difficulty, please contact our office, and we will be happy to help you get your video working.
How do video proceedings work?
Exhibit 5 Video Court Reporting eliminates the need for stenography by offering clients a modern and inexpensive electronic alternative to traditional reporting. Our team of experienced legal videographers will arrive at your office a few minutes before the scheduled proceeding to setup their equipment. Once all parties have arrived, your digital reporter, a valid notary public in the State of Illinois, will swear in the witness, and you're ready to begin. Our reporters are happy to accommodate any requests you may have throughout the proceeding and are fully equipped to play back questions and answers at your request. At the end of the day, your reporter will collect all exhibits to be scanned and filed electronically. They will be returned to your office within one week. Immediately following the proceeding, we will begin to upload the video to our secure online repository. The video will be made available for download within 24 hours of the proceeding. If you then choose to order a transcript, our experienced transcript production team will create your transcript straight from the video record.
How do I download transcripts?
  1. 1. Log in to with your username and password
  2. 2. Under "Case Caption," select the case associated with your transcript
  3. 3. Scroll down to locate your witness
  4. 4. Select "PDF Transcript"
  5. 5. Select "Click Here to Download this Authentic Document"
  6. 6. Open the download is complete, click on the transcript file to open

Please note: You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view transcripts. Adobe Reader is available to download for free here,

Google Chrome users, once downloaded, transcripts are easily accessible from your computer's downloads folder. To access your computer's downloads folder, use the following instructions:

PC users: While in Chrome, press "Ctrl + J" to open your downloads folder. Click on the transcript file to open.

Mac users: While in Chrome, press "⌘ + Shift + J" to open your downloads folder. Click on the transcript file to open.

You can also disable Chrome's built-in PDF viewer to download transcripts more easily. To disable the built-in viewer, enter "chrome:plugins" in the address bar, and click "Disable" underneath the entry for "Chrome PDF Viewer."" The Adobe Reader plug-in will automatically be enabled, if you have it installed. Once the built-in PDF viewer is disabled, transcripts will open in Chrome without issue.
What transcript formats are available?
Transcripts are filed along with corresponding videos and exhibits on our secure online repository. Our standard transcript format is a PDF file. Your transcript order comes with a fully searchable, full-sized PDF transcript, as well as a condensed version. Both include a printable index. If you prefer an alternate format, we will do our best to accommodate you. Standard delivery time is 7 to 10 business days. Expedited delivery options are available at an additional charge.
How do I pay?
We accept payment in the form of check or credit. Please send payments by check to Exhibit 5, LLC, 635 N. Dearborn St., Unit 901, Chicago, Illinois 60654. If you prefer to pay by credit card, please call our office at 312.945.7784, and we will be happy to accept payment over the phone.
How much does e5 charge for its services?
Please contact our office for a rate sheet. We offer a price match guarantee for our transcript services. If you have used an agency or stenographer in the past with cheaper rates, simply provide us with a rate sheet or invoice, and we will gladly match that price.
Do you offer high resolution videos as well?
Our office is more than happy to provide you with a high resolution online video file or DVD at your request.
Can my video be edited for trial?
Exhibit 5 offers a variety of video editing services for an additional fee. Please contact our office with your specific editing request, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
How can I access videos and transcripts on my smart phone or tablet?
If you are interested in viewing your free video from a smart phone or tablet, please contact our office. We will create a special video file that can easily be downloaded to a variety of electronic devices. With regard to transcripts, most smart phones and tablets are capable of viewing PDFs, and many already have a reader on them. If your device is not already equipped to view PDF files, check the app store to download a free PDF viewer.
Can you record a proceeding via Skype?
Exhibit 5's video reporters are experienced in using video to capture unique proceeding formats, including those done via Skype. We have a variety of equipment available to integrate with your office's setup to ensure your proceeding goes off without a hitch. Please contact our office for assistance, and we will do our best to accommodate any unique request you may have.
Do you have reporters available to travel outside the Chicagoland area?
Although Exhibit 5's office is based out of Chicago, our reporters are always available to travel to the suburbs and beyond to serve your needs. Please contact our office if you have any unique travel requests. Additional travel charges may apply.
How do I provide my client or co-counsel access to the online repository?
To grant video, exhibit, and transcript access to others, visit our website,, and log in with your username and password. Once logged in, you will see your proceedings organized by case. Click the appropriate case, and all of the proceedings you have scheduled with us in the matter will appear below. Once you have found the witness you are looking for, click the access button below the witness's picture, and you will be taken to the proceeding access page. Once there, click add new person, and enter the required information. The email address you enter will be used to notify the person of their username and password to access the online repository.
Where do I find the errata sheet?
For your convenience, Exhibit 5's errata sheet can be found here.
Are Exhibit 5 videographers certified shorthand reporters in the State of Illinois?
Exhibit 5 videographers are not certified shorthand reporters in the State of Illinois. Our videographers, all officers authorized by the state to administer oaths, videotape proceedings as an alternative to traditional shorthand reporting. Videotaped proceedings offer a more comprehensive record of testimony than a transcript alone, and we encourage our clients to utilize the video record in lieu of a transcript as much as possible. We do, however, understand that the written record is still necessary in many instances and make transcripts available upon request.