About the Video Room

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As we move into the Twenty First Century, experiments aimed at learning how to help courts expand their focus into the communities they serve are taking place all across the United States.

The Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa, is at the forefront of this process, having been selected by the state’s Judicial Council to implement a model to help determine the effectiveness of using technology to provide assistance to self-represented litigants.

Offering video on this Web site is one part of this experiment.

If your computer can play videos and reproduce sound, the software you will need is either Windows Media or QuickTime. There is no important information in the videos that is not also in the text of this Web site. So if you can’t look at videos on your computer, you will not be missing any information that you need. If you have one of these programs, but the videos are not opening on your computer, it's possible that you need to upgrade your media player.

This program and upgrades are available for download free at Microsoft Opens new window (Windows Media).


Different Ways of Learning

It is widely recognized that people have different ways of learning. Some people do well by reading written text -- but many people learn more easily if they can hear that same information, while others are greatly helped with visual images other than words.

As moving pictures with sound – as in movies or videos – are so common in our culture, it was decided to give people a choice of using video or not to help them understand the material offered on this site.


Accessibility Issues

There is no important information in the videos that is not also in the text of this Web site. So if you can’t look at videos on your computer, you will not be missing any information that you need.

The videos are divided into short segments so they will load more quickly, and you can decide exactly which part you want to see.

If you can watch the videos, we hope you will find them helpful.


All of the videos are available in two standards:

Windows Media 56k (LOW):
Video Size: 176 x 144
Video Codec: Windows Media Video 7 or 8
Video Bit Rate: 24 kb/sec
Audio Codec: Windows Media Audio 7 or 8
Audio Sample Rate: 8 kHz (mono)
Audio Bit Rate: 8 kb/sec

Windows Media 300k (HIGH):
Video Size: 320 x 240
Video Codec: Windows Media Video 7 or 8
Video Bit Rate: 220 kb/sec
Audio Codec: Windows Media Audio 7 or 8
Audio Sample Rate: 44 kHz (mono)
Audio Bit Rate: 40 kb/sec

The videos are divided into short segments so they will load more quickly, and you can decide exactly which part you want to see.


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