Liberty Court Recorder Suite

Liberty Court Recorder

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The Liberty Court Recorder is the most advanced technology available specifically designed to capture and record courtroom activities.

The Liberty System includes advanced features such as Noise Reduction filters and Automatic Gain Control for the clearest possible play-back of the recorded audio. The system also supports
optional video recording on up to four independent video channels and the ability to stream the proceedings to an internal network, or even to the Internet.

Recordings made with the Liberty Recorder can be played-back with both the audio and optional video, on Windows PCs, Mac computers and on newer platforms such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

Digital Advantages

The Liberty Court Recorder is a PC based recording program that digitally captures the audio and optionally the video of the courtroom proceedings. The system records multiple audio channels that may be selected individually during play-back.

The system also includes a “bookmark” annotation facility whereby the user can establish cue points with associated notes, at any point in the recording file. The bookmarks allow for instant access to the defined cue points, later, during play-back and transcription.

The bookmark facility is integrated into both the Recorder and Player programs, so that additional, separate annotation programs and databases are not required.

Standard Features Include:

  • Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and Noise Filters for audio playback.
  • Export cue-points, annotations and audio (with optional video) into PDF format for play-back without a separate Player program.
  • Optional video recording with IP camera support.
  • Use of patent-free, open source compression algorithms.
  • Cue points, annotations, audio and optional video are all saved into a single file.
  • Recorder and Player programs both have integrated annotation facilities, eliminating the requirement for a separate annotation program.
  • Play-back support on PCs, Mac computers, iPads, iPhones and Android devices. See the Liberty Recording website for no-cost
    Player downloads.
  • Records on four, eight or more separate audio channels that may be isolated during audio playback.
  • Confidence Monitoring re-plays
    the audio from the hard-drive to the
    reporter, during recording.
  • “Mirror” facilities can automatically create a redundant copy of the recording file on a second harddrive.
  • Audio Export to wav, wma, pdf with imbedded wma and to audio CD.
  • Video Export, if applicable, to wmv, avi and pdf with imbedded wmv file.

Certified by Microsoft

Competitive packages may claim to be compatible with the various Windows operating systems, but High Criteria has gone a step further. The Liberty Recorder has been submitted to and certified by Microsoft as designed for all of the latest versions of the Windows operating system.

Only those applications certified by Microsoft can display the following Microsoft certification logos.

Computer Requirements:

The recording computer should meet the following minimum specifications for recording up to 8 channels of independent audio:

  • Intel processor of 1.6 Ghz or faster*
  • Windows 7 Pro recommended (will also run on Windows XP or Vista operating systems)
  • An available USB 2.0 port or a full-size PCI expansion slot
* For optional video recording, we recommend an Intel i7 processor of at least 2.8Ghz or faster

Playback on a PC or Mac computer also supports the use of a USB foot-pedal to control play-back. The foot-pedal requires an available USB port.
Native Liberty recording files will play-back on PCs, Mac computers, iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

Liberty recorder can record up to 4 complete video camera streams
from both standard cameras and IP cameras installed in the courtroom.
High Criteria recommends IP cameras from Axis and Sony.

The Liberty Recorder can optionally, simultaneously, capture and record up to four independent video camera streams, along with the audio and the notes associated with the recording.

With the Liberty system, the four video streams are recorded separately and independently, but saved into the same recording file as the audio and the notes.

The video recording does not use a multiplexer device that is often used at corner convenient stores and that can significantly degrade the quality of the captured video. Instead of a multiplexer, the Liberty system records up to four complete and separate video streams.

Each stream is played back in a separate Window and each such Window can be sized appropriately.

Recording up to 4 complete video streams eliminates the jump-around effect found in products that attempt to capture the views of multiple cameras by using audio triggering for a camera associated with a specific microphone.

Instead of jumping from camera-tocamera, the Liberty solution captures all of the video from all of the cameras, all of the time. The Liberty system delivers a simple, jump-free solution to recording multiple cameras in the courtroom.

Liberty Court Player

The Liberty Court Player provides playback facilities for your recording files. It is available as a no cost download from the link below. The Player lets you select and listen to individual channels in a recording or a mix of several or all of the channels. The Player runs on any PC with Windows XP or later that has standard audio capabilities. An optional foot pedal for controlling playback is available, please contact us for details.


Liberty Network Monitor

The Liberty Network Monitor is a comprehensive and highly-efficient, yet cost-effective solution for courts that want a networked court reporting system. Networked court reporting is often used to leverage the experience and expertise of a group of court reporters across a number of courtrooms that are connected through a standard computer network. Networked reporting can also be used to reduce travel times and provide flexibility in staffing for remote courtroom locations.

Features found in the The Liberty Network Monitor allow a reporter to simultaneously monitor, control and annotate recordings in multiple courtrooms, from a networked and potentially remote location.
Similarly, a supervisor may monitor and optionally control reporting activities in a wide number of courtrooms, from virtually any location. By taking advantage of the networked reporting facilities found in the Liberty system, a court can maximize its investment in its staff, while at the same time, providing the best possible service to its courtrooms.

Integrated Solution

The Liberty Network Monitor is a completely integrated solution for networked court reporting. The courtroom audio, video and annotation notes are managed through a single, simple, computer-based interface. The Liberty system uses your existing IT infrastructure. Configuration settings in the system provide granularity that ensures the application will not overload critical resources such as network bandwidth. The courtroom video feed may be used solely by reporters to monitor courtroom activities, or the video may optionally be saved into the recording file for later playback along with the courtroom audio. The video streams from each courtroom continuously provide reporters with a view of each courtroom's activities. And the easy to use and understand reporting features allow reporters to quickly toggle from courtroom-to-courtroom to monitor the different audio streams and make applicable annotations.

The screen capture above shows the Liberty Network Monitor program remotely controlling and monitoring the recordings in four courtrooms.
A supervisor, with assigned access rights, can monitor up to 32 courtrooms at a single time. Please contact us for further details.

Video Support

The Liberty System supports a range of video capture options. The video may be captured by a standard camera connected to the recording computer through a video capture card, or the court may chose to use IP cameras, or even a USB webcam device may be used. The system uses Windows Media Video (WMV) files to stream courtroom activities to reporters and supervisors. The WMV file format provides settings for both high-resolution video and also low resolution settings that will not strain the available network bandwidth. Settings may be adjusted over time, as network bandwidth availability
changes. The captured courtroom video may be used solely for the reporters to monitor courtroom activities, or optionally, the video may also be saved into the recording files for later playback.

Advanced Audio Playback Features

The Liberty Network Monitor includes advanced features for enhancing the audio playback heard by the court reporters. The system includes an Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and also a Noise Reduction
filter. The AGC balances the audio playback levels and helps to make sure that loud bursts of sound are toned down, while at the same time, lifting the audio levels for speakers who talk more quietly. The Noise Reduction Filter will reduce background noises such as those generated by a fan or air conditioner, or the electronic hum sometimes created by florescent lights and other electrical equipment. These enhanced audio features provide reporters with a superior quality audio playback, while they monitor and annotate courtroom activities.

Supports Both Centralised and De-centralised Reporting Models

The Liberty Network Monitor can be used by reporters to access and control recordings in courtrooms anywhere across a standard computer network. Because the system is
network based, the reporters may all operate out of a central control room, or they may be dispersed over a wide geographic area.

Similarly, a supervisor can monitor courtroom and reporting activities in a room adjacent to a control room, or from a private office, or even from any remote location, hundreds of miles from the actual courtrooms. In the case of both the reporters and the supervisors, the only requirement is that they have authorized access to the network and to the court reporting system.

Reporting Features

The Liberty Network Monitor includes all of the reporting features found in the Liberty Court Recorder, including:

  • The ability to confidence-monitor the courtroom audio.
  • The ability to create time-stamped bookmarks in the recording file that may later be used to cue recording playback.
  • The ability to enter case specific information in a pre-defined format, into the recording file.
  • The ability to interface with case management facilities to reduce real-time typing of known docket information.
  • The ability to playback recordings to the courtroom.
  • The ability to define key-stroke combinations to quickly input commonly used text strings of any length into the annotations.

Liberty Network Monitor hilights include

  • Runs on a standard PC with the Windows™ XP, Vista or W7 operating system.
  • Audio, video and annotations are integrated into a single, easy-to-use application.
  • Uses existing IT infrastructure with granular configuration settings that ensure the application does not overload critical resources such as network bandwidth.
  • Reporters and supervisors can access and control recording operations from any location, provided they have authorized access to the network and to the court reporting system.
  • Access is secured using existing Windows™ infrastructure facilities such as Active Directory.
  • Supports a variety of options for video including IP cameras, standard cameras through a video capture card and even high-quality webcams.
  • Includes Automatic Gain Control and Noise Reduction facilities for the clearest possible audio playback for the court reporters.
  • May be customized to use docket information imported from various courtroom case management systems.

Liberty Post Recorder


The screen capture above shows the Liberty Network Monitor program remotely controlling and monitoring the recordings in four courtrooms.
A supervisor, with assigned access rights, can monitor up to 32 courtrooms at a single time. Please contact us for further details.