StoryCloud Releases Its Latest App Depos Recorder

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- San Diego-based StoryCloud has released its latest app, Depos Recorder, a recording application for StoryCloud’s Legal Deposition Platform, now available free at the Apple App Store.

Finally, deposition videographers and digital reporters can replace their traditional audio/video recording equipment with an Apple iPad and upload sessions recorded by Depos Recorder automatically to the StoryCloud platform where they are made available for viewing and download.

“StoryCloud is proud of its latest contribution to legal reporting and transcription technology.  Depos Recorder streamlines and simplifies the process of deposition video and audio recording for both digital reporters and videographers enabling the data for cloud-based conversion and freeing videographers and digital reporters of the need for cumbersome equipment,” says Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud.

About StoryCloud
StoryCloud is a national provider of legal videography and legal transcription services utilizing 21st-century cloud-based technology.  For more information about StoryCloud and its services, visit www.storycloud.com.

To download the Depos Recorder app from the App Store, visit:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/depos-recorder/id1467293703?ls=1

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StoryCloud Set to Attend Montgomery Summit

Leading provider of AI machine-learning speech-to-text for litigation joins exclusive technology conference

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2019 – StoryCloud, the leading provider of low-cost, nationwide deposition reporting and legal videography services, recently announced that they are attending the Montgomery Summit. The conference is a top destination for entrepreneurs, growth company executives and global investment professionals. It will take place on March 6-7, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.

The Montgomery Summit gathers entrepreneurs, investors and leading executives to explore the most important innovations in business and technology. Private companies are selected by a committee of expert investors from some of the top venture and growth funds in the country. The Montgomery Summit chooses 150 emerging companies to interact with top industry executives and decision-makers.

“We are changing both the technology and the business model of court reporting,” said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud. “Our AI machine-learning deposition transcription service is an end-to-end solution for litigators. We also offer low-cost, high-quality nationwide legal video streaming and conferencing.”

Chief executive officers of private technology companies will present to a community of accomplished, senior-level venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. The Montgomery Summit has been an important fundraising, strategic development, and networking event for hundreds of accomplished tech companies since 2003. Other attendees to this year’s conference include Goldman Sachs, Twitter, Salesforce, Blumberg Capital and AT&T, among many others.

About StoryCloud
StoryCloud offers a transcript-on-demand, low-cost deposition reporting service for attorneys. Using powerful AI software and professional reporters, StoryCloud is able to create a nearly 100% accurate transcript. StoryCloud uses a unique process with scalable technology enhancements that accelerate the accuracy of the transcript. In most cases, the transcription service will cost approximately 15% less to 30% less than other court reporting companies. For more information, visit www.storycloud.co.

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StoryCloud Building World’s First AI Machine-Learning Deposition Service for Litigators

Innovative technology delivers a nearly 100% accurate certified transcript

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20, 2019 – StoryCloud, the leading provider of low-cost, nationwide litigation reporting and legal videography services, is building the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning deposition service for litigation.

StoryCloud uses verbatim audio testimony from participants, with multiple backup systems, to record the deposition. Once recorded, the audio file is processed by thousands of computers and powerful AI software to produce a 99% accurate rough draft. StoryCloud’s innovation solves many of the issues of the 20th-century transcription industry by creating an entire network-centric turnkey platform.

“We are changing both the technology and the business model of court reporting,” said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud. “Our AI machine-learning deposition transcription service is an end-to-end solution for litigators that does scale.”

StoryCloud also offers a legal videography service, which is more than twice as reliable as any other service provider through the use of concurrent on-site and cloud-based videographers. StoryCloud's remote live streaming feature allows attorneys, clients, general counsel or other individuals involved in the case to view the live testimony video. Content can then be downloaded immediately after the deposition.

About StoryCloud
Founded in 2014, StoryCloud has developed the legal industry’s first Transcript on Demand service for litigators. Using highly trained digital reporters in concert with powerful artificial intelligence and machine learning software, the platform enables litigators to dramatically reduce the cost of a deposition transcript by as much as 30%. StoryCloud uses a unique process with scalable technology enhancements that accelerate the accuracy of the transcript. StoryCloud’s revolutionary business model radically simplifies how deposition services are consumed by attorneys. For more information, visit www.storycloud.co.

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Laura Rojas
info@storycloud.co
(866) 787-6774

StoryCloud Has Your Back

By Susan Imperial, Director of Digital Reporting at StoryCloud

Like you, my fellow reporter, I know the court reporting world well. I spent over 22 years as an independent California certified shorthand reporter reporting mainly depositions in the Bay Area and always scoping my own work. In hindsight, entering the world of court reporting in the last decade of the 20th century and working in it steadily for the first 18 years of the 21st century has given me – and perhaps you as well -- a clear eagle's eye view of the sobering state of our profession, what has contributed to its problems, and how another business model employing technology and scalability offers solutions to these problems as we move further into the 21st century.

To put it simply, deposition court reporters are being treated unfairly and have been for quite some time.  Deposition court reporters work hard, long, and often inordinately stressful hours to ultimately produce as accurate a transcript of legal proceedings as possible.  Nobody outside of our profession understands or appreciates the gravity of nor the painstaking labor engendered in what we do.

The primary problem besetting our industry is that the means by which legal proceedings have been recorded for over 100 years – via stenography, either written or spoken – is no longer viable in our fast-paced, digital world. In the days before the Internet, artificial intelligence, and voice recognition, stenography offered a practical analog means by which to record and produce transcriptions of legal proceedings.

But let's be honest, my fellow reporter. For us personally and for our scopists -- if we use one -- it is all too often a very stressful, time-consuming, and inefficient means of producing a record. Proceedings vary widely in level of complexity and difficulty, and therefore, hours spent on producing transcripts also vary widely.  And at the end of the day, the resultant pay for such efforts is ultimately capped by -- you guessed it -- the page rate.

What is clear is that the page rate paid to reporters has remained essentially flat for over 20 years. Fierce agency competition for business has essentially capped reporter page rates and in many instances has reduced them. Reporters often have to wait months for pay on copies, if they get paid for them at all. Being solely responsible for one's own equipment, software, process, and all expenses associated with our work – including time and expenses related to travel and scoping – has become financially tenuous for many.  Incidentally, have you ever taken the time to actually calculate your hourly pay, taking into account all that you do (and spend) to complete a job? (I think you’d be shocked.) Not to mention all of the uncompensated time figuring out the formats and production protocols of ten different agencies, an onerous but necessary task when you have no idea who will have the next job available for you.

The agency/reporter relationship has been a challenging and uneasy one for quite some time.  Because of a deposition reporter’s independent contractor status and pay by the page, the agency is not concerned about the process nor the time and resources expended by the reporter to complete a job, as long as the product -- the final transcript --  is satisfactory to their client.

Yet the bills for deposition and other litigation services to attorneys are an increasing source of frustration, confusion, and even outrage to court reporting firm clients. Costs dictate and control the manner and efficacy with which plaintiff firms can litigate a case and defense attorneys are under constant scrutiny by the insurance companies they represent down to the penny.

The bottom line is that the economics of the analog reporting world do not support sustainably fair compensation to reporters – or their scopists – through time.

So I have to ask you, my valued peer: Are you tired of the chronic – and worsening – stress and anemic pay of DIY'ing as an independent reporter? Are you physically tired of reporting?  Are you feeling isolated, taken for granted, unsupported, marginalized, or undervalued as a reporter despite your years of service and experience? Are you burned out?

I suspect your answer is “yes” and rightfully so.  And that’s where StoryCloud comes in.

StoryCloud has your back.

For far too long, both the process and the business model have been the problem. StoryCloud has stepped in to provide a solution that incorporates your experience and skills and integrates them in concert with 21st century technology.

StoryCloud is an innovative litigation support company offering both deposition reporting and legal video services to attorneys nationwide.  StoryCloud uses a different process that yields a first-generation transcript of 98-99 percent accuracy using software, which means much less stress endured by the court reporter and the scopist.  

StoryCloud digital reporters monitor high-quality cloud-based audio recordings of legal proceedings while intervening for those essential human and administrative activities during depositions such as swearing in witnesses, marking and collecting exhibits, and reading back testimony upon request, while StoryCloud scopists edit highly accurate first-generation transcriptions of said proceedings.  

If you are interested in leaving the stress of the steno world behind and being paid a very fair rate for your work, we hope you will consider StoryCloud.


Susan Imperial is the Director of Digital Reporting at StoryCloud.  She has over 22 years experience as an independent California Certified Shorthand Reporter in and around the Bay Area.  

StoryCloud Announces Susan Imperial as Director of Digital Reporting

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoryCloud recently expanded its team with the addition of Susan Imperial as Director of Digital Reporting.

Susan Imperial is a California Certified Shorthand Reporter who brings over 22 years of stenographic court reporting experience in depositions, hearings, arbitrations, and examinations under oath in and around the Bay Area to StoryCloud.

Recognizing that her industry was beset by stagnance for many years and lacked innovation, Susan looks forward to applying her skills, experience, and knowledge to StoryCloud’s innovative business model and development of the pioneering role of digital reporting in the deposition setting.

“Susan’s depth of experience in the reporting world is a great asset to StoryCloud as we bridge 20th century reporting expertise with 21st century technology,” said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud.

In addition to her California CSR certification, Ms. Imperial also holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

“To be part of Ken's team at StoryCloud is such an amazing opportunity in legal innovation. I am very proud of my role as a reporter, and I am very excited to offer my contribution to the industry as we move further into the 21st century,” said Susan Imperial.

About StoryCloud 

StoryCloud is the leading provider of nationwide low-cost deposition reporting and legal video services. Our new deposition reporting service uses powerful AI software and highly skilled reporters to create a consistent and accurate transcript for every deposition. The StoryCloud platform offers litigators a 30% lower price point and a radically simple, all-inclusive billing model. For more information, visit www.storycloud.co 

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StoryCloud Announces Nationwide Brand Ambassador Support Coverage for Its Low Cost Legal Video Platform

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoryCloud today announced nationwide support service for its low cost legal video platform. While the platform is already offered in 25 major markets across the United States, now StoryCloud is expanding its brand ambassador program with feet on the street to rapidly respond to customer requirements.

“Our business is scaling,” said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud. “It’s doubling in size every four to six months. Our customers really appreciate having a direct contact with a brand ambassador dedicated to their firm’s practice and litigation needs.”

In spite of the fact that we live in a digital world, law firms and their support teams greatly appreciate the human touch of interacting with someone they know. By combining world-class digital support with the comfort of a genuinely concerned brand ambassador field organization, StoryCloud achieves the best of both worlds.

Expanded brand ambassador coverage is beginning in San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle and will encompass the rest of the country during the next four to five months.

About StoryCloud

StoryCloud is the leading provider of affordable, nationwide legal video deposition services for litigators. The platform streams secure and encrypted content to the cloud, making it immediately available to any credentialed participant at a fraction of the current cost. The company holds three major patents with nine more pending. StoryCloud provides a complete platform for legal video recording, conferencing, and content management, empowering attorneys to be more efficient and cost effective. For more information, visit www.storycloud.co.

Contact Information

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(866) 787-6774

First Blog from the CEO

Welcome to StoryCloud. As CEO, I’m delighted to share our journey with you as the leading provider of low cost nationwide video deposition services for litigators. In the weeks and months ahead, I’ll provide candid personal insights on a wide variety of professional issues facing the industry. The deposition sector of the litigation market is quite interesting. To a very large extent, the technology and business processes have remained unchanged for the past 40 years. It is ripe for interruption and scalable efficiencies, many of which are on StoryCloud’s roadmap. At the end of the day, however, we are in the business of helping our legal clients to lower costs while making them more effective litigators. Much of this fundamental value will come from the StoryCloud platform, but additionally, we will also be creating podcasts, aiming to discuss how litigators apply the craft of deposing witnesses, and sharing the experiences of our clients with you. The goal, of course, is to help your practice.

StoryCloud, as you may know, is a startup technology company. For this venture, we have raised more than $8 million in capital and have a deep pedigree in technology and process engineering. For example, during the past 25 years, the team has created five startup companies ranging from fault tolerant telecommunications hardware and middleware to internet search and advertising. To date, the result of every company has been an enormous “home run” exit and success.

Being a CEO is actually an unusual job, particularly at a startup. It is frequently misunderstood. Often, the job revolves around managing the expectations of various constituencies. For example, corporations are owned by the shareholders. CEO’s report to a board of directors and are inherently focused on providing shareholder value. Yet, at various times there are equally if not more important constituencies that must be addressed. Our customers, fellow employees, and vendors all share in the need to be prioritized, heard, and championed.

This makes our collective journey both fascinating and fulfilling. I speak for our entire team when I express our delight with creating and providing innovative solutions with incredible value for our customers. We learn directly from you how to do it better every day.  

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more we will be announcing soon.

Regards,
Kenneth J. Kalb
CEO

Why Do Video Depositions Cost So Much?

In an age when smartphones can take great video, why are we paying $200 an hour for videotaping of depositions?

By JEFF BENNION

If you have ever ordered a video recorded deposition, you’ll know that it is expensive. It’s typically done through the court reporting agency, who sends a certified videographer to the depo. The videographer brings a cart of recording equipment to record the audio and video. This can cost as much as $1,800 for a day of video recording.

Audio/video technology has changed a lot in the last 30 years, and as is often the case, the legal field has not caught-up with the rest of the world. For example, ten years ago this week, Apple released the first iPhone with a stunning 2.0-megapixel camera. Two years later, the iPhone got the ability to record in VHS-quality videos. Now, we have cameras in cell phones that record in 4k, have sensors that perform in low light, and have a variety of zoom and exposure tools. In short, they are sufficient to capture the video of a person’s head and chest in a well-lit conference room, sitting a few feet from the camera. So, why are we paying $200 an hour and bringing in movie-making equipment to record a deposition?

What Is Required to Record a Depo?

Experienced Operator

You might be surprised to know that most states don’t require any type of certification to record video depositions, just to transcribe them. So, you need a certified court reporter to take down what is being said, which becomes the official record. The video, which is not an official record, does not need to be recorded by anyone certified.

The National Court Reporters Association provides the Certified Legal Video Specialist certification, which requires taking a three-day seminar followed by several tests. It also regulates, through a code of ethics, a set of legal videography standards, and it mandates that people with a CLVS certification complete continuing education. That being said, being a member of the NCRA or having a CLVS certification is not a requirement to record a depo. An experienced operator will do things like monitor the sound output and make sure the equipment is properly recording throughout the deposition, and know about the rules in depositions (for example, what to do when one attorney demands to go off the record, but the other attorney wants the deponent to answer the question before going off record).

Hardware

Video recording a deposition requires not only an adequate camera; more importantly, it requires a good microphone. Nuances in video, like an eyelash twitch, are not going to likely be crucial in trial when you play back a video clip, but having clear sound — especially when people mumble when they are nervous, talk over each other, whisper under their breath, or let out an exasperated sigh before answering a question — can all make a huge difference when playing a clip back at trial. While an iPhone or an Android phone or even a high-quality camcorder might be able to pick up the video, it is not enough to pick up clear audio.

So What’s the Solution?

Just because you know how to record a video on your phone of your kids playing in the park does not mean you should record a deposition. There are a number of things to keep track of when recording a deposition. For example, if a witness begins to slouch after hour three of questioning and he or she is no longer in the frame, that would need to be adjusted. You do not want to be focusing on asking the questions, absorbing the answers, and monitoring the video frame. Same goes for the audio, only the audio is more important. This is usually done with headphones during the deposition to listen to the audio that is picked up from the microphones. You certainly don’t want to be taking a depo with headphones on.

One company, StoryCloud, provides a hybrid solution between hiring a traditional videographer and doing it yourself. They have certified videographers that record depositions on an iPad using their app. They use external microphones to record audio, and they have the videographer monitor the audio and video feed throughout the deposition. Here is a screenshot of their app as they record a deposition:

As they record it, they also save a copy to the cloud, and you get a copy of your video as you leave the depo. According to their website, they charge a flat fee of between $300 and up to $700 for a full day of video recording. They also offer remote video live streaming so co-counsel or clients can watch the video remotely.

Although you would usually associate cost as a factor that primarily attracts plaintiffs’ lawyers who front money out of pocket on cases for years before they can get reimbursed, the StoryCloud website lists several defense firms, including K&L Gates, that use their services.

Conclusion

Much like the taxi industry, which had an advanced knowledge of how to drive to places, and charged people a lot of money for doing that until technology came around and shook up the industry, legal videographers might be in for a little shake-up in the near future.

Jeff Bennion is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Jeff Bennion. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of San Diego’s plaintiffs’ trial lawyers association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He is also the Education Chair and Executive Committee member of the State Bar of California’s Law Practice Management and Technology section. He is a member of the Advisory Council and instructor at UCSD’s Litigation Technology Management program. His opinions are his own. Follow him on Twitter here or on Facebook here, or contact him by email at jeff@trial.technology.

Source: http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/why-do-video-depositions-cost-so-much/?rf=1

StoryCloud Introduces Nationwide Video Deposition Services at Half the Cost and Twice the Reliability at Legaltech West Coast 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, June 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoryCloud, the leading provider of affordable, nationwide video deposition services, is delighted to attend Legaltech West Coast 2017 to help litigators settle more cases, more quickly. The company's patented technology platform is gaining rapid adoption with litigators throughout the US.

"StoryCloud video depositions are half the price and more than twice as reliable," said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud. "Content is recorded and saved on the camera by the onsite videographer, it is then monitored by a cloud based network videographer in real time, and finally software algorithms continuously monitor the video to ensure that it is crisp and the sound is clear," he continued.

StoryCloud's triple redundant process ensures litigators get a quality product every time and attorneys don't have to wait days or weeks to assess the viability of their cases or the credibility of the witness. That’s why more than 25 leading law firms use StoryCloud for their legal videography. http://storycloud.co/testimonials/

"Before StoryCloud, video depositions were used only when the size of the case warranted," said Ken. "Our platform provides nationwide scalability and quality at an extremely affordable price."

About StoryCloud

StoryCloud is the leading provider of affordable, nationwide video deposition services for litigators. The platform records and streams encrypted content to the cloud making it immediately available to any credentialed participant at a fraction of the current cost. With three patents issued and nine more pending, the company provides a complete platform for legal video recording and content management. For more information, visit us at Legaltech West Coast Booth #408 or online at www.storycloud.co

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Kenneth J. Kalb
CEO
ken@storycloud.co

Emily Zavis
Vice President, Business Development
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