If you get a nice, clean transcript from the court reporter to import into TrialDirector that’s pretty sweet and easy but what about if you have to create one yourself? Here are the steps you would take to format a transcript to use in the TimeCoder function of TrialDirector to create your own transcript.
- Create the transcript in Microsoft Word
Open Trial Director
Go to TOOLS – TIMECODER
Go to TOOLS – APPLY WORD FORMATTING
Open the text (.txt) file you created.
Word Wrap Lines over 65 characters
Check remove leading whitespace over 8 characters
Save the file
Go to TOOLS – APPLY PAGE/LINE FORMATTING
Browse to the text (.txt) file you saved in step 9.
Take the defaults.
Re-save the file overwriting the previous version.
Go to FILE – CREATE A NEW DIGITAL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Browse for your formatted transcript
Go to MULTIMEDIA – MULTIMEDIA MANAGER
Add the media file that you will link with the transcript.
Synchronize the transcript – press record button, then play
Press SPACEBAR to enter the timecode. (See the shortcut key box in the upper left corner in TimeCoder)
Press Record button again when you have completed
Export the DVT to TrialDirector Case file (*.cms)
Import into TrialDirector
Click on TRANSCRIPT MANAGER tab
Go to TRANSCRIPTS – Import Transcript(s) from – Synchronized Transcript
Your synchronized transcript should now be in your Case Library. Expand the TRANSCRIPTS folder.
To add a trial exhibit number
Go to TRANSCRIPT MANAGER
Right click on VIRTUAL CLIP – PROPERTIES – EXTENDED
Set preferences on how you want to scroll the synchronized transcript in presentation preferences
- The transcript MUST be final. Do all of your edits in Word. You will not be able to edit or redact the transcript in TrialDirector.
- To properly format each speaker, insert Make a hard return between speakers
- Double-space the entire transcript
- Save as Plain Text (.txt) file
You won’t find these instructions or how to do this in any of the TrialDirector manuals. Hopefully this will help you in creating your transcripts. Good luck.