Present Multimedia Files

In TRIAL DIRECTOR, 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, TRIAL DIRECTOR 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.


Related Topics

Commands and Keyboard Shortcuts

Overview: Presentation