In TrialDirector, any audio or video file that is not associated with a transcript is referred to as a multimedia file. Surveillance videos and phone recordings are examples.
After you load a multimedia file, the control bar appears collapsed beneath it:
Click on it to expand the full controls:
Keep the following in mind as you prepare a presentation that includes multimedia files:
To keep the jury from seeing the control bar, detach the exhibit controls and move them to your control display, and/or use Mirror Mode to control your presentation from behind the scenes. Test these options first to determine what works best for you.
When you load a multimedia file in Presentation mode, TrialDirector either begins playing it immediately or waits for you to click the Play button, depending on the preference selected (see Presentation Preferences > Exhibits > Multimedia). You can also set a preference to control whether multimedia files automatically close when they finish playing, or remain open and paused.
You can display and play up to four videos simultaneously.
You can move multimedia files around the Presentation display the same way you move images (see Controlling the Presentation Display).
You can use tools on the Presentation Toolbar to annotate and emphasize aspects of a running video. For example, you could use the Blur tool to make a face unidentifiable, use the Ellipse tool to draw a circle around a key item, and use the Projection Zoom tool to enlarge a license plate.
To toggle between pause and play, double-click anywhere on the video.
Note: For best reliability when playing back video in dual-monitor environments it is recommended to use a common DPI scaling setting for both monitors.
Last Revision: 1/24/2022