Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What program can I use to open an ASCII?
A.  An ASCII file can be opened and saved in Notepad, WordPad, MS Word, WordPerfect, CaseView, LiveNote, or Summation.
Q.  What is Interactive realtime?
A.  Interactive realtime is a process in which the court reporter can connect to an attorney’s computer remotely. Once the connection is made, the attorney can view the testimony “word for word” in realtime on their computer. It is a rough draft and not yet edited or proofread by the court reporter.
Q.  What does realtime software allow me to do?
A.  Review, annotate, Quick Mark, and Auto Mark transcript text as it scrolls by on your computer screen during a deposition, arbitration, or trial. You can also scroll back to the beginning of the day to check what was said or to another day’s transcript — instantly. These are just a few of the many advantages of using realtime software.
Q.  Why do I need an E-Transcript?
A.  Using an E-Transcript saves you time because it provides you with an interactive keyword index that allows you to spend less time digesting and summarizing transcripts and sent via email for instant delivery, saving you cost of delivery, as well as voluminous documents to keep track of.
Q.  Can you convert different file formats to an E-Transcript for me?
A.  Yes. We can convert most electronic file formats of your transcript to an E-Transcript. Please contact us for more information.
Q.  What happens with the transcript after the deposition?
A.  Our reporters use computer-aided transcription (CAT), which translates the stenotype notes into English. The text is reviewed for untranslated words, missed punctuation, appropriate spellings, and is corrected – a process commonly known as “scoping.” It is printed, and the reporter proofreads the transcript, as well as performs other verification procedures to ensure the accuracy of the transcript. It takes an average of 2-3 hours per hour of deposition to finalize the transcript. The final transcript then enters into the production process to prepare for delivery. The final transcript can also be delivered in various electronic file formats via e-mail or CD.
Q.  What can I do to help ensure the deposition flows smoothly and that the reporter is able to capture a precise record?
A.  Attorneys can provide valuable assistance to the reporter in the following ways:
  • Remind the witness to speak clearly and to provide verbal responses.
  • Make sure only one person speaks at a time.
  • Limit background noise as much as possible.
  • Spell out any acronyms that are used.
  • Provide the reporter with a list of names, technical terms, and any other case-specific or unusual words.
Q.  What is a Rough ASCII, also sometimes known as a Dirty ASCII or Rough Draft?
A.  A Rough ASCII is a transcript that is unedited and uncertified by the court reporter. It is replaced by the edited and certified FINAL when completed.