Forensic Video can assist lawyers demonstrating a wide range of concepts, events, and ideas using 2- dimensional and 3-dimensional animation. Forensic Video, Inc., has over 15 years of experience in developing animations for the legal profession. Providing animations for the legal profession is one of the core essential services offered by our company.

Our animation capability is state of the art and built on a range of industry standard platforms. We use Silicon Graphics workstations that run the ALIAS/Wavefront and Maya software. ALIAS/Wavefront is considered by top graphic industry professionals as the highest-standard platform for development of models and animations. Not all situations require the highest-end. We make extensive use of other powerful tools, such as 3D Studio MAX, edit* and others.

As a result of our unwavering commitment to only use the best and most appropriate tool in the development of our animations, we have never been excluded from admission as demonstrative evidence.

Our ability to model and render objects using computer animation is bound only by the information at hand. The ability to model and animate objects is can be as realistic as the data that is available. The computer and software are able to model any conceivable object. Using the power of professional digital animation, we can convincingly communicate even the most complex situations to juries and judges.
One of the best uses of animation is making the jury understand basic science. If the jury needs to understand underground fluid dynamics in pollution case, the so be it. We will make the jury understand underground fluid dynamics. We want the jury to believe that we believe the smarter they are about the case, the more likely they are to agree with us.

We are particularly proficient in demonstrating:

  • Human Motion - perhaps the hardest model to illustrate is the human form. Human figures are complex objects that can only be realistically depicted using high-end software packages, such as those employed by Forensic Video. If required, we can use motion capture to realistically simulate the body movement.
  • Industrial Processes
  • Fire and Explosions - Explosions that burn as real as fires in your fireplace can be effective tools when used before a jury (accompanied by expert witness testimony.)
  • Manufacturing Traffic Accidents
  • Construction & Demolition
  • Photogrammetry - the reconstruction of a two dimensional picture into a three dimensional object. (Used extensively in Parker-Hannifen v. Safeway.

Our animations were among the earliest used as computer generated destructive evidence in trial. We were the first to introduce animation in Minnesota and Wisconsin as evidence. In the 15 years we have been producing animation for lawyers, we have never been excluded because of problems relating to admissibility. Check this area soon for additional information and legal research relating to the admissibility of animation at trial.


The simple answer is - animation works! High-quality animations are highly persuasive in the minds of jurors. When an animation is submitted to the jury, the impact the visual depiction of events is the strongest possible. The jury is taken from the contextual frame of being "a third party" to the events depicted to the contextual frame of being an "eyewitness." The power of this contextual shift cannot be underestimated.

Specifically, animations are extremely useful in the following circumstances:

  • Animations can help increase the communicative effectiveness of a technical expert. Testimony that is mathematically or scientifically intensive can often by digested more easily when illustrated.
  • Animations are useful in demonstrating the activity or interactivity of objects that cannot be seen or easily imagined (for example, patent designs, molecular activity, activity inside a pipe.)
  • Animations are useful in demonstrating chains of events that precede the event at issue. (The "straw that broke the camel's back theories of a case.)
  • Animations are useful in depicting interactions that occur very quickly. (Examples are, car crashes, explosions, and fire.)
  • Animations are useful when significant "predicate knowledge" is required to understand the issues of the case before the bar. (For example, if your case involves a patent dispute regarding the interactivity between filtration systems, it may be useful to explain to the jury how a filter works in general

No matter how complex, there is nothing we cannot teach a jury. If the jury needs to understand underground fluid dynamics, then so be it; FVI will teach them.

No matter how obscure, FVI will help the jury understand meaning of an experts testimony.

We want the jury to believe that we believe the more they know about the case the more likely they will agree with us.

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