This is Part II of the series of entries on linking audio and text using OneNote for use in court or really for any other forum in which one would want to be able to locate specific sections on audio. It would work either literally or descriptively. For example, the text may read something like “Bird Sounds”, describing the content, or “I am talking”, quoting the content itself.
I hope that the attached video is self-explanatory. Please feel free to ask questions or engage in discussion, as I am always learning more about these applications!
OneNote Audio – Part II
This is Part I of a few posts through which I aim to teach lawyers and others how to use common software to use audio files in a fluid, powerful, persuasive way. This technique can be used in court or in any other scenario where the presenter is in relative control of the situation and is able to present a person with audio information. In court, this will often be a statement by the individual being questioned. It could, however, be a soundtrack such as a 911 call or media in which there is a significant sound. For example, the sound of a train or a car honking in the background could provide persuasive proof that the audio was not recorded in a remote location far from roads and traffic. Everycase will be different. I imagine that a journalist or broadcaster would be interested in this technique (as may their sound engineer or producer) since it enables specific cataloguing of locations within the media file. Continue reading
This dialogue is intended to address the needs of anyone who finds a need to persuasively present complex facts. In addition to lawyers, it may be useful to sales professionals, business people, politicians or public relations professionals.
I have a strong interest in and motivation to use changing technology to improve upon my ability to organize information and utilize it in the courtroom and throughout the litigation process. I had an idea back in 2003 that maybe that maybe there was a reason why programs other than Word, Powerpoint and Excel were included in the Microsoft Office suite. I opened up Access and after a few hours of frustration, began to see value in the creation of relational databases for the purpose of case management and preparation. I like the following definition of such databases because it emphasizes the function and benefits to lawyers and other persuasive presenters:
A method of structuring data in the form of records so that relations between different entities and attributes can be used for data access and transformation.
Eventually, other programs caught my interest but I still use Access for certain types of cases. I hope to review and outline some of the many tools that I have come across and hope to uncover new ideas along the way.
It is no secret that modern criminal litigation has resulted in an increased number of cases where evidence is generated in huge quantities. Most cases still involve two to four material witnesses in my guess-timation, but many cases involve upwards of twenty witnesses, business records, phone records, hard drive data, and audio-video recordings. The DVD and even the hard drive have replaced photocopied and stapled documents as the storage medium for case information.