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 Step 2: Click on your case and scroll down to locate the specific video you are looking to download Step 3: Click "File Repository" Step 4: Click the white icon to the right of "WMV Video" to begin download. If an MP4 is available, select "Save" to download the file to your computer or "Play" to watch the video within your browser Step 5: Once your 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 to download. To access your video, visit our website, www.exhibit5.com, and log in with the username and password you were provided via email. Once logged in, you will see your proceedings organized by case. Click on a case and all of the proceedings scheduled with Exhibit 5 in that matter will appear below. Once you locate the video you are looking to download, select "File Repository." Click the white icon to the right of "WMV Video" to begin your download. If an MP4 is available, select "Save" to download the file or "Play" to watch the video within your browser. Depending on the length of the video and the strength of your internet connection, download times will vary. Once the download is complete, you can view your 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 a different 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 VLC Media Player for free: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. Accessing your video should be a fairly simple process, however, if you continue to have difficulty, please contact our office, and we will be happy to help you get your video working.




How do I download transcripts?


1. Log in to www.exhibit5.com with your username and password 2. Under "Case Caption," select the case associated with your transcript 3. Scroll down to locate your witness 4. Select "File Repository" 5. Click the PDF icon to the right of "PDF Transcript" 6. Select "Click Here to Download this Authentic Document" 7. When prompted to open or save the file, choose "Save" 8. Navigate to your computer's downloads folder to access your transcript. Transcripts are labeled by job number. Please note: You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view transcripts. PDF bundles are not compatible with built-in browser PDF viewers. Adobe Reader is available to download for free here: Adobe Reader Free Download. Google Chrome users: Once downloaded, transcripts are easily accessible from your computer's downloads folder. 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" under 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 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, 635 N. Dearborn St., Unit 901, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 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. Meeting participants should download the free Zoom app prior to the deposition. If a participant has not downloaded the Zoom app in advance of the deposition, the app will automatically download once the participant clicks the meeting link. To be sworn in virtually, the deponent must be physically located in the state of Illinois and must present a valid photo ID at the start of the deposition. Exhibits can be presented via the share screen or chat function in Zoom. Questions and answers can be replayed at the request of any party. Please contact our office with any further questions.





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Exhibit 5 Video Court Reporting

635 N. Dearborn St., Unit 901

Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312.945.7784/312.945.7785

Email: info@exhibit5.com 

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