Frequently asked questions
How do I access my free video?
Step 1: Go to www.exhibit5.com and log in with your username and password
How do I download transcripts?
1. Log in to www.exhibit5.com with your username and password
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 bundle. Your transcript comes with a fully searchable, full-size PDF transcript, as well as a condensed version, word index, and ASCII file. Standard turnaround time is 7 to 14 business days. Expedited delivery options are available at an additional charge.
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 30 minutes before the scheduled proceeding to set up their equipment. Once all parties have arrived, your digital reporter, a notary public in the state of Illinois, will swear in the witness, and you are ready to begin. Our reporters are happy to accommodate any request you may have throughout the proceeding and are fully equipped to play back questions and answers at your request. At the end of the proceeding, your reporter will collect all exhibits to be scanned and filed electronically. Exhibits 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 to download within 24 hours of a proceeding. If you then choose to order a transcript, our transcript production team will create your transcript straight from the video record.
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 large 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, easy to use online repository. We also provide free electronic filing of your videos, transcripts, and exhibits to help keep you organized.
How much does Exhibit 5 charge for its services?
Please contact our office for a rate sheet.
How do I pay?
We accept payment by check or credit card. Please send payments by check to Exhibit 5, LLC, 26 South Aberdeen Street, Unit 6, Chicago, Illinois 60607. To pay by credit card, log in to our website with your username and password and click the invoices tab. Payment must be received within 30 days.
Does Exhibit 5 offer HD quality videos?
Yes. To keep file sizes small and download times reasonable, the video that is available to download from our website is a lower resolution file. Our office is more than happy to provide you with a high resolution online video file, DVD, or flash drive at your request for a small fee.
Can Exhibit 5 edit my video 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.
Does Exhibit 5 have reporters available to travel outside the city of Chicago?
Yes, our reporters are available to travel to Chicago area suburbs. Please contact our office if you have any unique travel requests. Additional travel fees apply.
Are Exhibit 5 videographers certified shorthand reporters?
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 our experienced legal transcription team makes written transcripts available upon request.
Where do I find an errata sheet?
For your convenience, Exhibit 5's errata sheet and signature page can be found here.
How do I notice a video deposition?
Federal and state rules require the intent to record testimony by audio-visual recording device be included in the notice of deposition. Please find sample federal and state video deposition notices here.
Are Exhibit 5 reporters able to read back questions and answers during a proceeding?
Yes. Exhibit 5 reporters can replay any question or answer at your request. Instead of reading back testimony like a traditional court reporter, Exhibit 5 videographers play back questions and answers from an audio backup device.
Can Exhibit 5 reporters swear in a witness?
Yes. All Exhibit 5 reporters are notary publics and are therefore authorized to administer oaths in the state of Illinois.
Do I need to hire a separate stenographer when scheduling with Exhibit 5?
No. Exhibit 5 is a two-in-one service, offering both videography and transcription services for the price of one. Exhibit 5 videographers, all officers authorized to administer oaths in the state of Illinois, manage the same tasks as a traditional court reporter, including swearing in the witness, marking exhibits, and playing back testimony. Transcripts are later prepared straight from the video record by our experienced team of legal transcriptionists.
Does Exhibit 5 offer remote deposition services?
Yes. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Exhibit 5 is now offering remote deposition services via Zoom. Zoom meetings are accessible via computer, tablet, or mobile device. The witness must have a working camera and microphone on the device they plan to use. Attorneys may participate via video or telephone. The Exhibit 5 team will set up the meeting and provide all relevant meeting details at least one day prior to the scheduled deposition.