The CLVS experience at the NCRA Convention & Expo

Back view of a packed classroom. In the front left, a man sits on a chair in front of a PowerPoint presentation; the slide is on the topic "computer as recorder."

Jason Levin leads a discussion on equipment during the CLVS Seminar at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo

By Jason Levin

Each year at the NCRA Convention & Expo, videographers from across the country (and even from around the globe) meet for a three-day intensive course. Instructors and attendees go over everything necessary for starting a career as a deposition videographer. While the primary purpose of the CLVS Seminar is to instruct both novice and experienced videographers on how to become legal videographers, perhaps even more crucial is impressing upon them the importance of a professional and respectful relationship between reporter and videographer. Any reporter who has had a bad experience working with an uncertified videographer can appreciate the value of the CLVS certification process.

The curriculum for the CLVS Seminar is developed and taught by the CLVS Council, which is a team of volunteers who already have earned their CLVS certification. Attendees at the Las Vegas Convention had the privilege of being taught by a legend of legal video, Brian Clune, CLVS, who after twenty years of service to NCRA, stepped down from his post on the CLVS Council. Brian’s wealth of knowledge and inimitable charm will be greatly missed!

Attendance at this year’s Seminar was higher than anticipated. It was standing room–only until we brought in extra chairs to accommodate the high demand. An added benefit to having the CLVS Seminar at the Convention is the networking opportunities available to both videographers and reporting firms alike. I hear from firm owners all the time that they have great difficulty finding qualified videographers to cover their jobs. The CLVS certification is the gold standard for identifying competent and vetted legal videographers and sets them apart from the rest of the field.

In addition to teaching the legal video curriculum at the Convention, the CLVS Council also administers the Production Exam. This is a thirty-minute timed examination in which the candidates video a mock deposition under real-life circumstances. We grade them on how they conduct themselves in the deposition as well as the video record they produce. I am pleased to report that the results of the CLVS practical exam at this Convention had the highest passing rate in many years, which I believe is a testament to the quality of teaching at the Seminar.

The next opportunity to take the practical exam will be Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at NCRA headquarters in Reston, Va. Based on the attendance in Las Vegas, NCRA expects the time slots for the Production Exam to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now! Visit for more information about this program or to register.


Jason Levin, CLVS, of Washington, D.C., is chair of NCRA’s CLVS Council. He can be reached at

Steno Services announces partnership with Opveon

jcr-publications_high-resOklahoma-based Steno Services announced in a press release issued Dec. 5 that it has partnered with Opveon Litigation Support Services to provide videography services. Opveon owner Jason Weitholter will be the videographer.

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TechCon Today: Beyond deposition video

CLVSs are discovering a new world of ancillary video services beyond the traditional legal arena. NCRA members Don Cely, CLVS, from Greenville, S.C., and Steve Crandall, JD, CLVS, from Seattle, Wash., presented a session at NCRA’s TechCon that explored some of the latest avenues where video services are being tapped, including video wills, site surveys, accident reconstruction for animation purposes, asset inventory, and corporate videos. The session also covered tips to ensure that the making of day-in-the-life videos, which are increasingly being used in injury-related cases, take into consideration the dignity of the patient and caregiver who might be videotaped, the use of natural sound and light, and working closely with the hiring attorney to make certain that what the video reflects is accurate.

Watch next week’s JCR Weekly and upcoming issues of the JCR to read more about sessions at TechCon 2014.

CLVSs keep pace with technology changes

Leaders of NCRA’s Certified Legal Videography Specialist program took the opportunity to update agency owners about the benefits of sending videographers to CLVS educational training while at the 2014 Firm Owners Executive Conference held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. In addition to training videographers to work in lock-step with court reporters during depositions, Gene Betler and Bruce Balmer, co-chairs of NCRA’s CLVS Council, reported that the CLVS program began undergoing changes in curriculum three years ago to ensure material presented to candidates addressed the transition from analog to digital, including issues such as dealing with multiple feeds and other technological changes happening in the swiftly evolving legal videography niche of the marketplace.

“We’re forward-looking, and we plan on staying that way,” Balmer said about the CLVS Council and its program. “We’re doing everything we possibly can to make your legal videographers know how to harness change in the video industry.”

Balmer and Betler also noted that the legal industry continues to change dramatically and the CLVS program has updated content and educational offerings to make sure legal videographers know how to make good purchase decisions regarding equipment to maximize a firm’s investments in legal videography service offerings.

“If you have not sent a videographer to a CLVS certification program in the last four years, you [should] send them this time,” Balmer noted. “They will know what they need to take your firm into the future with respect to legal video.”

The next CLVS educational seminar takes place in conjunction with NCRA’s 2014 TechCon event being held April 11-13 in Atlanta, Ga. For more information about the program, visit

Watch for more coverage of the 2014 Firm Owners Executive Conference in future issues of the JCR Weekly and in the April issue of the JCR.

NCRA reenvisions Legal Video Conference

NCRA’s Legal Video Conference brings great educational opportunities to legal video community.

 Legal Video Conference

Legal videographers of all levels of expertise are encouraged to register to attend NCRA’s Legal Video Conference, Oct. 18-20, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, in St. Louis, Mo. Formerly known as the CLVS Symposium, the conference is the largest NCRA event dedicated specifically to the legal video profession, and it will feature the two-day CLVS Seminar and the Legal Video Forum.

This year’s conference offers the perfect opportunity for CLVS candidates interested in taking that first step toward certification to attend the CLVS Seminar scheduled to run on Friday and Saturday (Saturday is mandatory for certification). Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CEUs (or up to 1.8 CEUs for NCRA credential holders taking the CLVS Seminar for the first time).

Certified legal videographers can also expect a program packed full of intermediate- to advanced-level sessions that will be presented all day on both Saturday and Sunday. The sessions will be tailored to provide a wealth of insight and information about the latest trends and advances in the legal video profession. In addition, candidates attending the CLVS Seminar can also attend the Sunday portion of the Legal Video Forum at a discount.

Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to network during a Saturday’s evening reception. They will also be able learn about the latest in new products and technologies at the exhibitor booths that will be open throughout the conference.

“Every working legal videographer should make it a mandatory part of their professional growth plan to attend NCRA’s Legal Video Conference if they want to advance their career and ensure they remain at the top of their game,” said Gene D. Betler, Jr., CLVS, Trial Presentation Professional, and co-chair of NCRA’s CLVS Council. “This year’s event promises an array of exciting and cutting-edge sessions designed specifically for today’s professional legal videographer.”

What you need to know

Deadline for hotel registration is Sept. 30. Register online by Friday, Aug. 30, for a chance to win a free hotel stay up to three nights. Registrations received after the Sept. 30 deadline are subject to a $50 late fee. For more information and to register, visit, or call 888-421-1442 and mention NCRA.

Registration Costs:

General Attendance (For current CLVSs)

  • One Day (Sat. or Sun.) $215
  • Two Day (Sat. and Sun.) $350

CLVS Workshop (For CLVS candidates)

  • All Three Days (Fri. through Sun. Best Value) $880
  • Two Days (Fri. and Sat. or Sat. and Sun.*) $660
  • Mandatory Day Only* (Sat.) $550

* These options only available to candidates with professional legal videography experience.

Regus increases video communications network

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