500 E. San Antonio
Suite 101
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2143
Fax (915) 546-2019
mbanales@epcounty.com

Council of Judges Administration

  • Electronic Courtroom User Guide
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  • The Digital Evidence Presentation System (DEPS) allows evidence to be presented on the video monitors. The DEPS consists of a document camera and an annotation system to make drawings directly on-screen. The VCR can be used to view VMS and S-VHS tapes. The Video Image Printer (VIP) will capture the video contents and produce a printout. Printing a hardcopy image of the video display is done with the touch of a button.
  • Turning the Unit On
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  • The system should constantly have power and should not need to be regularly turned on or off.
  • In the event of a power outage, the master switch should remain on, and when power is restored the system will initialize automatically.
  • System Remote Control
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  • The system is controlled by a wireless remote control. The functions that can be executed by this remote are described below.
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  • Video Input Selections

    The active video source can be selected using the Blue buttons. The following sources are available:

    COMM - Document Camera
    VCR - Playback VCR
    PROS - Prosecution Table PC input
    DEF - Defense Table PC input
    VTC - Video Teleconferencing/Aux input (connection to rear input of VCR through RJ45 connectors labeled VTC)
  • VCR Controls
  • These standard VCR buttons are used to control VCR playback and tape position.
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  • Print Button
  • The contents of the monitors can be captured and printed out on the Visual Image Printer (ViP) by pressing this button.
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  • NOTE:
  • Although all remote controls look similar, each is configured to control only one DEPS.
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  • Document Camera
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  • The Document Camera is used to project documents, pictures, x-rays, transparencies, and other images onto the monitors.
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  • Steps for presenting hard-copy materials:
  • 1. Turn on the power switch of the Document Camera.
  • 2. Press the DOCUMENT CAMERA button on the Select Source.
  • 3. Place an object on the stage.
  • 4. Press the reflective (upper) lighting button.
  • 5. Adjust the zoom button to obtain desired size.
  • 6. Press the auto focus button to focus.
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  • Steps for viewing X-Rays, negatives and transparencies:
  • 1. Press the transmissive (lower) lighting button.
  • 2. Press the Negative / Positive button, so the indicator shows the Negative mode.
  • 3. Place an object on the stage.
  • 4. Adjust the zoom and focus.
  • 5. To turn off the lower light, press the transmissive (lower) lighting button again.
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  • Steps for using as a conventional video camera:
  • 1. Unscrew the close-up lens on the Document Camera:
  • 2. Turn the camera head to a horizontal position.
  • 3. Adjust the zoom and focus.
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  • Back Panel of the Document Camera

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  • Control Functions
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  • Lighting
  • Use the upper lights for viewing documents, 3-D objects and pictures.
  • Use the lower light for viewing x-rays, slides and negative film transparencies.
  • It is not possible to simultaneously turn on the base and upper lighting units.
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  • Input Selection
  • Images from two different auxiliary sources can be selected for display on the monitors. These selection buttons act as a switcher from one source such as a VCR and/or a Laser Disc Player to another.
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  • Negative / Positive Selection
  • Use this function to view film negatives.
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  • Color - B/W Selection
  • Use this function to change between black and white and color modes.
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  • Zoom
  • Use the [TELE] button to zoom in.
  • Use the [WIDE] button to zoom out.
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  • Auto Focus
  • The Communicator features a one-step auto focus function. When the focusing is completed, the auto focus is released. The indication lamp flashes until the focusing is completed.
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  • Manual Focus
  • Use the [N] (near) or [F] (far) for manual focusing. Use manual focus for 3-D objects, a moving object, or when the positions of the objects are far and near.
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  • It is difficult to automatically focus on objects under the following conditions. Manual focus needs to be selected in order to clearly view objects in these conditions.
  • Objects bearing little contrast.
  • Objects with a fine repeated pattern such as lateral stripes, or a checkered pattern.
  • Bright objects or ones reflecting strong light.
  • The background of the object is bright.
  • Picture itself is dark.
  • Moving objects.
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  • Illustrator
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  • The Trial Illustrator allows you to make on-screen drawings and annotations.
  • To Draw a Line
  • While looking at a monitor, gently touch the tip button of the pen onto the tablet writing area and apply pressure to draw the desired object.
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  • To Change Color
  • Gently press the tip button of the pen on the desired color box and then draw on the tablet's designated area.
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  • To Select Pointer
  • Gently press the tip button of the pen on the desired pointer.
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  • To Place a Pointer
  • Gently press the tip button on the writing area and press the pen's barrel button.
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  • To Erase the Most Recent Drawing
  • Gently press the tip button of the pen on the UNDO box.
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  • To Erase All Drawings
  • Gently press the tip button of the pen on the CLEAR box.
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  • Pointer Select can be used to select different cursors.
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  • Video
  • The video input device is shown on-screen. Annotations are made on top of the displayed screen.
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  • Chalkboard
  • A blank screen is shown on the monitor for annotations to be made.
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  • Line Weight
  • Is used to define the thickness of a drawn line
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  • Brightness
  • Controls how light the screen the annotations on screen are shown.
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  • Pointer ON/OFF
  • When Pointer is off, drawings can be made. If Pointer is on, cursors can be placed on the screen.
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  • Clear
  • Removes all annotations from the screen.
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  • Undo
  • Deletes the annotations one at a time, starting with the most recent.
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  • Color Selection
  • Allows different colors to be used when drawing.
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  • Touch Screen
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  • The touch screen can be used to make on-screen drawings and annotations. It allows a witness to easily make annotations with the touch of a finger.
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  • Annotations can be made by pressing lightly and dragging along like a pen.
  • The touch screen's corners activate special functions as described below.
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  • Undo
    Tapping the top right corner of the screen will delete the annotations one at a time, beginning with the most recent.
    Clear Screen
    Tapping the lower right corner of the touch screen will remove all annotations.
    Change Color
    Tapping the lower left corner of the screen will cycle through the available colors that can be used for annotations. The colored swatch that appears on the screen will be the active color, and will change as the corner is tapped.
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  • VHS VCR
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  • The VCRs in the Digital Evidence Presentation System play either VMS or S-VHS videotapes. The superior quality of the VCR reduces video noise and produces a high quality picture.
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  • Your Digital Evidence Presentation System includes two VCRs to enable the playback of both S-VHS and VHS videocassette tapes. The Lectern VCR will be used for playback while the Deputy VCR has recording capabilities.
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  • Video Image Printer
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  • The VIP produces hardcopy color prints of trie monitor contents.
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  • Steps to Print an image from the VIP:
  • 1. Make sure the VIP is turned on, has paper loaded and a cartridge installed.
  • 2. Press the PRINT IMAGE button on the Main Screen to produce an image hard copy.
  • Within approximately 60 seconds, a color printout will emerge from the VIP.
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