Welcome to the home page of Kelly Hughes deposition services. Here you will find information about my services, documents I use, and even some articles I've written to assist other videographers. Use the menu above to select the sections you wish to access.


Prices and Benefits:

  • $70/hr and no travel charges within 30 miles of downtown Houston or Katy
  • Fifteen years of experience shooting depositions and running video departments in the Houston area
  • All digital recording -- no tape changes needed.  Attorneys love this!
  • Real-time monitoring of all recording decks assures no missing audio or video ever  
    article Read an article about how single chain hookup prevents problems
  • I deliver DVD masters, and MPEG-1 at no extra charge.  MPEG-4 and HD camera files available to those who want it
  • No tape or disc charges, regardless of depo length
  • Latest generation
    High Def video camera Click to get more info about the Sony HXR-NX3 camera
    for sharpest, cleanest video.   Masters are 1080p
  • Mobile 4G open Wifi internet connection provided at all locations where reception allows
  • Audio options for reporters: line feed with volume control / headphones, USB feed, MP3/Wav file, or download from server
  • Notary Public for non-steno depositions
  • Careful attention to video - custom settings used for properly colored faces, even when CWB can't nail down correct colors
  • Awesome audio - a studio grade compressor ensures consistent volume not only from speaker to speaker, but also between quiet and loud passages, with no "AGC pumping".
  • No job dropping - once you schedule me, that time is yours. I won't drop a job back on you if a bigger one comes along
  • Equipment stays pre-wired, so I can be setup in under 15 mins. No space needed on conference table if seating is tight
  • Backup videos
    are archived Current long-term format for archives is 720x480 MP4 h.265, cropped to 4:3 aspect ratio. I can re-make any current deliverable from this format without noticeable loss of quality from conversion. In the event that widescreen aspects or higher resolution video becomes more popular in the legal industry, I will adjust archive formats to match.
    for all my shoots for 5 years. Replacement discs always available later if yours are lost/broken
  • I keep backup PDFs of all paperwork and invoices turned in.  Copies can be sent via my phone in seconds
  • 2 hour minimum, $75 cancellation after arrival, $100 cancellation after setup
  • Editing and synchronizing services available



























Here's the equipment I use:

Common Items:
Primary kit:  
2 Stacked Pieces, consisting of:
Backup kit:  
Can be used stand-alone, or with Ninjabox
2 Rack Row Gator box containing:
Aux audio kit for additional channels: (combined with primary kit = 15 attorney mics)  
3 Rack Row Gator box containing:



























My Forms and Utils

My Forms


My Utils

Automatic batch processing, using FFMPEG following installation of WinFF.   For WinXP and up.


  • AutoMTS3.bat   - Batch process to convert videos to multiple formats. Prompts for choices along the way = no file editing.


  • AutoMTS2.bat   - Batch process to convert videos to multiple formats. Edit choices for output on first page.


  • JoinMTS.bat   - Joins MTS files back into full segments after file-splitting done in-camera. Can merge too.


  • MakeOne.bat   - The "guts" of the system that does the actual conversions in AutoMTS3 and AutoMTS2.


  • GetKey.bat   - Allows reading a single keystroke in batch and branching on it




























Articles I've Written


MPEG-1 bitrates and Why I like MP4 better  

People sometimes ask me what bitrate to use for MPEG-1. Here's what I use, and why I like MP4 better


The Problems with portable DVD recorders  

Portable DVD recorders usually make awful discs that require recapturing the depo at 1X speed. Here's why


Single Chain Hookup   (outdated)

The Single Chain Hookup Technique is an important part of what makes me a great videographer. It's a simple technique that any videographer can use to increase his reliability and reduce risk factors. This article explains it in broad detail.


Benefits of HDD Recording   (outdated)

Recording to redundant hard drives in the field gives the videographer several key benefits, both in convenience and decreased costs to be passed on to the client.



























Contact Kelly Hughes


          Kelly Hughes Video
          PO box 170
          Barker TX 77413