We recently tried our very first Virtual Arbitration. It was such a different experience from being in a courtroom, or even in a conference room. The ease with which we show exhibits and point to demonstratives was replaced by the need for multiple clicks. The ability to show an exhibit or powerpoint slide at the same time that the audience could look at your face and body language was seriously hindered.
In the course of planning for and conducting this Virtual Arbitration, the right equipment was essential. I’ve been asked repeatedly for my shopping list. So, here it is:
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The IPEVO was an essential item. I grew up trying cases before lawyers used powerpoint. We used something called the ELMO. It was big. It was loud. It was expensive. The IPEVO is none of those things. It displayed with crisp clarity, sat unobtrusively on the desk next to me, and cost less to buy than renting an ELMO for trial. The IPEVO is a clear improvement and allows the Arbitrator to watch you interact with a piece of paper. In my opinion, it’s a leg-up from linking a drawing tablet, which will not show your hand, but instead has letters appear out of nowhere (and with a delay). You can pick up the one I use here.
We purchased two webcams. One was stationed on me as I sat in front of my computer. The other was stationed in front of my touchscreen TV. This is the one I used, but it lacked the ability to adjust for changes in light. It works wonderfully for depositions, but not for conducting an argument in front of the touchscreen TV while displaying PowerPoint because of the fluctuations in light.
The compositing software we use is ManyCam. It is way more versatile than the Zoom or WebEx virtual background functions. With this I can place myself in front of my PowerPoint slides, have my slides in a box over my shoulder, my IPEVO running in a split-screen with my video, or anything else. With a few clicks you can composite any media into any other media. It works with every video software we’ve seen since it shows up in Windows as it’s own webcam.
I hope this helps all of you working on equipping your homes for our new virtual world.