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.
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.
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.
Kenneth J. Kalb
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?
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
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
Kenneth J. Kalb
Vice President, Business Development
SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoryCloud is pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Boyd, partner of Nelson Boyd, PLLC, has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board. As Chairman, Jeff provides strategic insight and tactical guidance for market development.
Jeff has tried over 100 civil jury trials and represented hundreds of people who were injured and treated unfairly by insurance companies. He is also renowned for representing victims of wrongful death and legal malpractice. In addition, Jeff is president of Boyd Trial Consulting and has been providing expert guidance to other trial lawyers throughout the United States since 1998.
“Jeff is an amazing asset to StoryCloud and our clients," said Ken Kalb CEO. “His keen understanding of litigation enables us to build better products for our attorney customers and grow the business nationwide. His insight is invaluable.”
“I joined the Technical Advisory Board and became Chairman because I’ve seen first hand how the StoryCloud platform can provide value to attorneys," said Jeff Boyd. “It helps them settle cases,” he continued, “the product is simple, easy to use and scalable from solo practitioners to the largest law firms in the country. Importantly, it’s also less than half the price of alternative solutions.”
StoryCloud helps litigators settle more cases, more quickly. With inexpensive video depositions, attorneys can drive their cases to closure and scale their practice. It dramatically reduces costs for clients and plaintiff attorneys alike.
Ideally suited for any type of litigation practice, more than 25 small, medium and large law firms utilize the service. Importantly, clients like CaseyGerry, Arent Fox, K&L Gates, Rowe Mullen, Robbins Arroyo, the City Attorney’s Office of San Diego and many others have given the platform rave reviews (http://storycloud.co/testimonials/).
StoryCloud is the leading provider of inexpensive nationwide video deposition services for litigators. The platform streams secure and encrypted content to the cloud making it immediately available at a fraction of the current cost. With three patents issued and nine more pending, the company provides easy to use video depositions with and without on site videographers. For more information, please visit StoryCloud at www.storycloud.com.
About Nelson Boyd
The Nelson Boyd attorneys in Seattle provide legal representation throughout Washington State on cases involving traumatic brain injury, serious personal injury, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith litigation, and automobile accidents. The practice provides personalized service to maximize recovery for injuries. For more information, please visit Nelson Boyd at http://www.nelsonboydlaw.com/ and http://boydtrialconsulting.com.
Kenneth J. Kalb
Jeff Boyd, Esq.
Nelson Boyd, PLLC
Boyd Trial Consulting, PLLC
LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - April 25, 2017) - StoryCloud, the leading provider of affordable, nationwide video deposition services, is delighted to attend Mass Torts Made Perfect 2017 and announce fixed cost pricing. The company's patented real time streaming deposition product is gaining rapid adoption with litigators throughout the US.
"This is exactly what mass tort litigators need when deposing witnesses," said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud. "At a fixed cost of approximately $300 for a half-day video deposition, which also includes an on-site videographer, attorneys can utilize video as a tool to impeach witnesses, accelerate settlements, and if necessary, be completely prepared for trial," he continued.
The technology saves the content and then streams it to the cloud in real time, making it immediately available after the deposition to any credentialed member of the legal support team. Attorneys don't have to wait days or weeks to assess the viability of their cases or the credibility of the witness.
"Before StoryCloud, video depositions were used sparingly and only when the size of the case warranted," said Ken. "Our platform provides nationwide scalability and consistency at an extremely affordable price."
StoryCloud is the leading provider of affordable, nationwide 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. 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 Mass Torts Made Perfect Foyer Booth #11 or online at www.storycloud.co
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - March 28, 2017) - StoryCloud, the leading provider of real time video and content deposition services for litigation, recently launched its flagship video deposition product which records, encrypts, and streams live video depositions to the cloud, making the content immediately available the moment the deposition is complete.
"StoryCloud saves attorneys nearly $1,000.00 on every all-day video deposition," said Ken Kalb, CEO and co-founder. "When price is no longer an issue, video depositions become a must have to accelerate settlements."
Tyler Lektorich, litigation support specialist at San Diego-based CaseyGerry, is among StoryCloud's clients who recognize the value of StoryCloud's innovative platform. "Video adds tremendous value to our cases -- allowing our attorneys to prepare for trial knowing how a witness will present, while providing us the ability make the best presentation of our cases during mediation and in formal demands," Lektorich says. "For years we have wanted to record every deposition, but the cost has always been prohibitive. StoryCloud changes that by leveraging the latest technology available."
Founded in 2014, StoryCloud has developed an industry leading content publishing platform with security, encryption and permissions. With 3 patents issued and 9 patents pending, the platform is ideally suited for any litigation practices that require ease of use, search and content management for video depositions. Ultimately, the service is provided at a fraction of the current video deposition costs, enabling attorneys to use video in the majority of cases for better and more efficient litigation.
"We are delighted Tyler and the team at CaseyGerry recognize the benefits and importance of video depositions and eager to continue engaging the legal market to follow in San Diego and beyond," said Kalb.
StoryCloud is the leading provider of 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. With three patents issued and nine more pending, the company provides easy to use video depositions with and without on site videographers. For more information, please visit StoryCloud at www.storycloud.com.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, CaseyGerry was established in 1947, and is the longest-standing plaintiffs' law firm in San Diego. The firm's 19 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury, product liability, aviation, pharmaceutical, mass tort, data privacy and class action litigation. Headquartered at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm also has an additional office in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. For more information, visit www.caseygerry.com.
Depositions are recorded and saved to the cloud so they are available immediately.
StoryCloud, a real time video and content deposition service, is using the subscription model to launch a new “all-you-can-eat” legal video deposition subscription service. With the StoryCloud platform, attorneys can record and live stream depositions, with high quality audio and video. The recordings are saved to the cloud, so the content is immediately available and can be accessed from anywhere.
Phillips Legal Services Court Reporting in Sacramento is one of the first clients to test the service.
“StoryCloud’s amazing platform and service is unobtrusive and produces amazing video at a fraction of traditional videography costs…It was an easy decision to sign onboard,” said Phillips Legal Services founder Tom Lange.
StoryCloud, which has been around since 2014, provides a platform for secure, encrypted content and video depositions with or without a videographer. When a videographer is not used, an iPad tablet is set on a small tripod several feet away from the person being deposed. A StoryCloud app preloaded from the Apple store captures high quality audio and video of the deposition. Microphones can be plugged into the iPad for better sound.
Here's how it works:
“StoryCloud is thrilled to be offering a fantastic value model to court reporting companies and firms throughout the US seeking to utilize video depositions to its maximum capacity when traditionally high costs of video deterred consistent use,” said Ken Kalb, CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “We are democratizing the use of video depositions for all cases -- big or small.”
“We are delighted to introduce the new subscription model to encourage the legal industry to utilize our technology and services to better serve their clients and cases. The mission is to democratize the video deposition industry to scale so that any case can utilize video, regardless of budget or size,” Kalb added.
A representative from StoryCloud told us the subscription pricing is customized, based on the average number of depositions a court reporting agency or law firm holds per month. The average cost per month will be $1,200 to $1,500. The terms are month-to-month, so there is no long term contract, but 30 days notice is required for cancellation.
According to the StoryCloud website, its standard pricing for half-day videotaped depositions ranges between $300 to $400 and a full day ranges between $600 to $700 per deposition. Additional fees apply for remote live streaming, immediate online access, video/text synchronization, etc.
With three patents issued and a dozen more pending, StoryCloud has a history of innovation. For court reporting agencies and law firms that do dozens of depositions a month, the subscription makes sense. This is another example of how the subscription model can improve accessibility and encourage innovation by making products and services available to more end users.
Dana Neuts is Subscription Insider's Senior Staff Writer, covering our daily subscription news as well as member features, case studies, and reports. Read Full Bio
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - February 09, 2017) - StoryCloud recently expanded its team with the addition of Grace Tu O'Brien as In-House Attorney and Emily Zavis as Vice President of Business Development.
"We are very excited that Grace and Emily have joined our team," said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud. "Their impressive backgrounds will play a key role in company operations and business development. Their contributions are making an immediate impact on our clients."
Grace Tu O'Brien is a California licensed attorney and brings over 6 years of conflict analysis, risk management, ethics, and new business intake/matters experience. In her new role at StoryCloud, Grace will focus on a variety of legal projects including company operations, employee management, contractor on-boarding, and legal affairs.
Prior to joining StoryCloud, Ms. O'Brien was a pro bono attorney with Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Before working with the LASSD she focused on conflicts, new business intake, and clearances for the firms of Cooley LLP, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Ms. O'Brien is a 2008 graduate from the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University and holds a B.A. in History and Economics and a minor in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego.
Emily Zavis brings over 7 years of business development, operations and client relations experience to StoryCloud. Working most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Litivate Reporting + Trial Services, formerly Thorsnes Litigation Services, Emily has experience with top law firms and litigation professionals nationwide. Emily has cultivated a comprehensive knowledge of the litigation process. In her new role at StoryCloud, Emily will focus on strategic and tactical business development.
Prior to her work in the court reporting industry, Ms. Zavis was a legal recruiting coordinator for a premier attorney placement agency based in Washington, D.C. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Communications from University of Maryland, College Park.
"Dedicated to world class support and a scalable business model, StoryCloud is now perfectly positioned to become the dominant supplier of video depositions for litigators," said Ken Kalb, CEO of StoryCloud.
StoryCloud is the leading provider of video deposition services for attorneys who litigate. 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. Moreover, with three recently issued patents and nine more pending, StoryCloud uses its proprietary technology to enhance the video and voice quality remotely from the cloud. Attorneys can now use a remarkably easy video deposition service with and without on site videographers. For more information, visit us online at www.storycloud.co