Equipment Rental & Sales
MGM Trial Services rents and operates sophisticated courtroom technology equipment for lawyers and law firms throughout Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Our courtroom audio/visual technicians will examine the dimensions and spatial arrangement of the courtroom to make certain that the selected equipment is appropriate to the space. Our trial technology experts will work to minimize any obstruction or line-of-sight concerns, using state of the art equipment. Once the equipment is installed our trial technicians will calibrate the hardware, computers, monitors, visual projectors, visual presenters, SmartBoards, etc. for optimal presentation to the jury.
To discuss how our trial technology services and courtroom equipment rentals can help you win your next case, please contact us. We will gladly provide a no obligation demonstration in our office or in yours.
Below is a list of courtroom equipment we rent, sell and work with.
ELMO Visual Presenters
Remember overhead projectors from school? An ELMO projector is the updated digital version. Its advantages include: 1. Projecting regular paper, objects or transparencies. 2. Outputing to as many screens as you require. 3. Superior brightness compared to old-fashioned projectors (when the right LCD projecter is used), which is critical when lights can't be dimmed. 4. Very user-friendly
LCD projectors work just like your computer monitor except that they project images on a large screen for superior visibility. When dimming the lights isn't feasible, you need a projector that is brighter than the ambient lighting in the room. The brightness factor is measured in "lumens" (candle brightness). Tip: We recommend using an LCD projector of 4000 lumens or greater.
If the courtroom is oddly shaped or is very large, you may want extra monitors on the bench, the plaintiff's table, the defense table and even at the witness box if there is no clear line of sight to the main jury screen. We recommend 19" flat-screen monitors. Anything larger may create line-of-sight concerns. Any smaller, and details may be difficult to see on the screen.
Renting a state-of-the-art laptop ensures you have the specific tools you need on hand, such as Sanction, TrialDirector, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop or Corel PaintShop Pro - as well as optimal processing speed to keep the presentation running smoothly.
A switcher is required when you use multiple monitors or screens. It ensures that the image on your courtroom laptop, ELMO, SMART Board or other device is just as bright and vivid as that of the source computer - without image degradation. The switcher can also accommodate two laptops or a laptop and an ELMO. letting you easily share presentation equipment and associated costs with opposing counsel.
Audio systems are crucial when displaying video deposition or video surveillance evidence. The acoustics in courtrooms and boardrooms is highly variable, so it's important to choose the right system for the room. Small rooms do not require a multiple channel system. In fact, using a 5.1 or 7.1 audio system in a small venue may actually detract from the sound quality. Larger rooms with poor acoustics will benefit from more complex audio systems.
In a small, crowded courtroom, we recommend using low-profile projection screens that can be pushed flat up against the wall, saving precious floor space around counsel's table. When it is necessary to set up the LCD projector in the gallery, a rear-projection screen saves space.
Interactive white boards
Electronic interactive white boards, when connected to a laptop computer and an LCD projector allows the attorney to digitally annotate electronic evidence that is displayed on a white panel similar to a dry erase board. Using a cordless pen the attorney simply writes, draws or highlights onto the projected image. The image can be saved and printed at a later time. Interactive whiteboards range in size from 45 to 104 inches diagonally.
Interactive electronic panels
when connected to a laptop computer and a projector, allow the attorney to face the jury while controlling, editing and annotating electronic evidence directly from the interactive panel (some can even be hand-held). Using a cordless pen the attorney simply writes, draws or highlights over top of the digital evidence directly onto the screen. Using an interactive panel is very similar to using an interactive whiteboard, except the panels are usually 15", 17" or 18" in size. However, the screen image can be projected through an LCD projector to various sizes onto a projector screen, making it perfect for any size courtroom or conference room. These panels can be placed right on the witness stand and some are even hand-held.