initial shoot, edit with titles, site plan, continuous narration, archive of
original tape and DVDs with presentation.
Most projects start as low as $950
Produced primarily for the construction industry, our legal
documentation videos produce evidence of site conditions on a given date
prior to or during construction.
Many clients require documentation at each phase completion
prior to payment disbursement.
Based in Michigan;
Serving the entire Midwest
MI, OH, IN, IL, PA, KY, WI
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Currently offering SD format on physical tape - digitally recorded but unedited and original tapes always locked and stored in permanent archive available for forensic analysis to establish authenticity. Shooting uncut shots up to 90minutes each. Customer files delivered on DVD with menu system. All projection files archived.
Now also offering full 1080P progressive HD digital. Shooting uncut segments up to 30minutes each. Customer files delivered either on Blu-ray at full HD or DVD (downscaled to SD resolution). All production files archived.
Video documentation of your project at critical junctures provides cheap
insurance against costly litigation later on.
By documenting preexisting conditions you can defend your position when
later confronted with disputes over the status of those prior conditions.
By simply providing a DVD documenting your position you can quickly dismiss
claims against you before they go to court.
In the rare case that litigation goes forward we can testify to the accuracy
of the content of the video, including providing the original uncut,
unedited tape for forensic analysis if necessary.
Feel like you're being boxed into a bad situation? Document the preexisting
conditions on video. It's like creating a "time machine" allowing you to
show what no longer exists.
Fees start at only $950 all inclusive! See below for all of the details.
Some Recent Projects:
A road paving company was contracted by municipality to resurface side streets
with asphalt. After stripping the previous asphalt, the paving company discovered
that the underlying paved surface was in poor condition requiring additional
cost to repair. The municipality refused the additional cost. We were
brought in to document the condition of the underlying pavement in case the
municipality should decide to litigate at a later date for the shortened
life of the new asphalt surface.
A developer was required by
township to mark off and preserve adjacent wetlands. We were brought in to
document the lines and the preexisting conditions of the wetlands.
A construction company was forced to use
road to site by municipality. We were brought in to document preexisting
conditions of public road access road terminated into in anticipation of
municipality litigating to require construction company to unnecessarily
widen and resurface public road.
A developer of vacant field found after property lines were determined
and marked that trees, gardens, fences and various light structures
encroached over his side of property lines. We were brought in to document
shed and garage structures overlapping property lines with adjacent
properties prior to their removal.
*examples are only loosely based on actual projects and may
not fully reflect the intentions of the clients or plaintiffs.
professionally since 1980. In business since 1987. Shooting for the
construction industry since 1992. Shooting video documentation since 1998.
What we do: We will discuss your concerns so we
understand them fully. We will meet with your representative on the site to
review what is to be shot. We will shoot long uncut periods of tape while
describing the conditions being videoed. It is our goal to have as few cuts,
shots and transitions as possible so the video is shown in real time and
does not attempt to hide anything through editing. The time and date are
recorded both on the camera and from a cell phone display.
Shoots utilize a high quality 3-CCD digital video camera with a wide field
lens. When possible we use a camera stabilizer to reduce camera vibration.
We will shoot 360 degree rotations at the beginning and end of each walking
line for reference and orientation. Whenever possible we will note
utilities, drainage, grades and surface conditions when applicable. We may
offer HD shooting options very soon, but currently we are unable to transfer
these to DVD in HD resolution. If you would like HD please inquire.
We then transfer the original tape to a powerful computer system where we
add titles, arrow and descriptions where necessary and even a scanned in
site plan with indications of each shots starting and ending point to help
orient the viewer.
We then render DVD copies that can be played on most consumer DVD players
and/or computers. The original unedited tape and copies of all of the files
are then stored in fireproof file cabinets should they be needed at a later
Copies of the DVD are provided to the client with billing.
The client can use their copies as evidence to the conditions on that site
on that date when confronted by a potential dispute or as evidence of work
completed for payment disbursement by customers requiring documentation.
At a later date should any litigation ensue we can provide additional copies
or even the original materials in court or deposition as well as testify on
your behalf as to the accuracy and authenticity of the materials.
In this day and age any documentation can be forged or manipulated. It is
our reputation that backs the documentations we produce in that they are
always produced with the intent of accurately, honestly and without bias
to document the conditions existing when and where they were shot. That is why
we will also testify if necessary to protect our reputation and in doing so
your interests as well.
Fees for video documentation may vary depending on location and
requirements. As a rough guide expect to pay $950 for up to 90 minutes on
site shooting up to 60 minutes of footage. Larger sites requiring more time
to shoot are typically quoted as multiples of this base cost. This includes post production to
include scanning of site plan, editing with shots indicated on siteplan,
titles, 3 DVD copies of final video and archive of all materials including
original tape. Additional time on site is billed at $300/hour in 15 minute
increments. Travel time beyond 1 hour from studio is billed at 1/2 rate.
Additional editing is based on $90/hour. Additional expenses such as travel,
lodging, assistants, boom or scissor lifts, scaffolding, rentals,
helicopter, shipping etc. is additional. Time required to appear for
deposition, testimony or other support of materials produced will be billed
to the contracting client at $300/hour plus expenses. Written quotes with
all expenses can be provided in advance of production. In some cases an
advance deposit may be required for new clients.
Now also offering Digital HD in full 1080P.
Please call or email for a quote for your project.