The gold standard in digital court recording continues to pave the way for the courtroom of the future.

Introducing

Version 7

For The Record’s flagship software continues to expand its industry-leading capabilities to capture and playback the complete digital record—including audio and video.

Remote participation and the hybrid mix of in-person and online appearances has accelerated over the past year, with video now more important for the record than ever.

To help the justice system meet the demands of remote video participation, FTR Gold’s video capabilities have been improved—now capturing four channels of HD video from more non-IP cameras (such as webcams and USB cameras.)

FTR Gold 7 comes with a suite of new AV features that dramatically improve the quality, capacity, and accessibility of both audio and video, including enhanced recording and playback of up to 16 channels of high-fidelity audio.

This latest release is consistent with our drive to help courts, law enforcement, and government agencies meet compliance, while evolving into their digital futures.

Why FTR Gold

For decades, FTR Gold has been delivering world-firsts to help drive the modernization of justice. The first to capture audio from teleconferencing platforms in 1998. The first to introduce video in courts in 2001. Gold remains the world’s most-trusted and thorough solution for recording proceedings. Our forward thinking continues to pre-empt the ever-changing workflows and demands of the justice system.

Responsible for capturing 60 percent of the recordings in courts worldwide

Combines almost 30 years’ real-world testing in court systems, public safety, and other governmental hearings

Installed in more than 30,000 courtrooms across 62 countries and all 50 US states

Choose your suite

FTR Gold is bundled into four unique suites to help courts, court reporters, transcription firms, government, and law enforcement agencies confidently capture and play back every word and its intent.

Recording Suite

Capture and manage the court record using Gold Recording Suite, For The Record’s flagship, on-premises suite of software tools for each courtroom. With high-fidelity audio and HD video recording, easy annotation, and advanced storage and access, Recording Suite has everything you need to record with confidence.

Monitoring Suite

Centrally monitor and remotely record proceedings in multiple courtrooms or courthouses with FTR Gold Monitoring Suite. Users can remotely start and stop recordings, monitor audio activity, play back content from specific venues, and annotate while listening to recordings.

Annotation Suite

Efficiently play back, annotate, and manage the digital record with FTR Gold Annotation Suite. Users create meaningful, searchable log notes critical to an accurate transcript—such as appearances, spellings, and key terminology—and clearly linked to the precise place in the audio and video recording.

Interview Suite

Capture accurate and admissible evidence from interviewees—as part of efficient and fair interview processes—with an integrated audio and video recording solution designed specifically for law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy centers.

What’s included

Designed to accommodate a wide range of use and environments—from court reporter and single interview rooms to multiple remote-friendly courtrooms—FTR Gold provides a suite of intuitive tools to capture, use, and manage audio and video recordings.

Recording suite Monitoring suite Annotation suite Interview suite
Reporter
Monitor             
Manager                
Interview Recorder    
Player                
Log Notes                
Reporter Server*    

*Available as an add-on.

Key features of Gold 7

FTR Gold has been preparing courts for their digital futures for decades and continues to provide next generation features.

With new and improved AV features, FTR Gold 7 brings together the best of video recording from webcams and USB cameras, increased audio channel count, better performance, and a number of usability enhancements to support the increase in remote users across the Gold suite of products.

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  • Expands recording and playback, capturing every word with 16-channel high-fidelity audio
  • Enhances multichannel HD video recordings from non-IP video sources (e.g. webcams or USB camera)
  • Adjustable frame rate and upgraded codec (i.e. compression) for non-IP video sources
  • Greatly improves playback during poor network connectivity with added background buffering (i.e. read-ahead/caching)
  • Supports Blackmagic DeckLink PCIe and Mini Recorder cards
  • Includes an improved installer that simplifies upgrades by retaining configuration settings from the previous version of Reporter
  • Increases security, digitally certifying recordings using For The Record Select Certificate app

Recording improvements

We are always working on improvements, and in this release, our AV innovations dramatically improve the quality, capacity, and accessibility of audio and video.

Gold 7 makes it possible to record and play back up to 16-channels of high-fidelity audio—the number of channels considered optimal for isolating voices for cost-effective, fast, accurate transcription.

Video evidence and participation is now more crucial than ever for remote and hybrid proceedings, which is why we have included a myriad of improvements for recording videos. These include four-channel, HD video recordings from non-IP video sources, improving the quality of video captured from any non-IP video source such as a webcam or USB camera.

Because the increasing number of remote workers puts additional strain on wide area networks (WAN) and virtual private networks (VPN), our Player caching improvements resolve poor network connectivity issues. We do this by maintaining a local cache of recording files that allow for a smoother playback experience for users working remotely.

Installation and configuration

Configuring each Reporter instance to upgrade after installations are complete is not simple, particularly when you are dealing with hundreds of courtrooms. We have finetuned our installer to help simplify upgrades to FTR Recording Suite 7. For customers on the Enterprise grid, it’s possible this will reduce the number of laps you do per day. With our improved installer, you can import the configuration settings—such as admin, audio, and video—from your currently installed Recording Suite version directly and easily into Gold 7.

Bug fixes

We have fixed many known issues and bugs. See the complete list of features and bug fixes in the release notes below.

Quick View

  • Remotely monitors recorders, capturing up to 16 audio channels and four video channels, across multiple locations
  • Dual-licensing model supports customers requiring different license types (machine/site licenses)
  • Supports group policy to manage user accessibility to FTR recordings, log sheets, and other features of the suite
  • Improved installer simplifies upgrade from previous versions of Gold
  • Compatible with the latest version of Reporter Server 7 and Recording Suite 7, as well as older versions of Warehouse

Monitoring improvements

With all the recording improvements of Recording Suite, FTR Monitoring Suite centrally monitors and remotely controls up to 16 audio channels and four video channels in each location, across multiple locations.

We have improved our installer to help simplify upgrades to Version 7 from previous versions, as well as cross-compatibility between the latest Reporter Server and Recording Suite, and older versions of Warehouse.

A simplified licensing process supports jurisdictions of all sizes. The new dual-licensing feature allows customers to activate Monitoring Suite using either a site license or a machine license to support.

Bug fixes

We have fixed many known issues and bugs. See the complete list of features and bug fixes in the release notes below.

Quick View

  • Expands playback of up to 16 audio channels and four video channels simultaneously, including channel isolation and independent volume adjustment
  • Greatly improves playback during poor network connectivity with added background buffering (i.e. read-ahead/caching)
  • Now remembers previous video window position, size, and mode
  • Exports system information to a single zip file (rather than a directory of files)
  • Supports reformatting of .trm files with more than eight audio channels.
  • Other usability improvements and bug fixes

Annotation improvements

Many new visible and behind-the-screen improvements are available in Log Notes, Player, and Manager. These include improved performance for remote users; group policy support to manage user accessibility to log sheets and search folders; and better audio- and video-playback quality to aid transcription.

Bug fixes

We have fixed many known issues and bugs. See the complete list of features and bug fixes in the release notes below.

Quick View

  • Expands recording and playback with up to four audio and video channels
  • Simultaneously records in multiple, non-proprietary file formats
  • Protects sensitive information with log sheets and audio/video loading for only the interview selected

Interview recording improvements

The latest release brings together innovative video recording features, increased audio- and video-channel count, faster performance, simplified upgrades, and several usability improvements.

Bug fixes

We have fixed many known issues and bugs. See the complete list of features and bug fixes in the release notes below.

It’s in the detail

FTR Reporter is the gold standard for digital recording capture. Capture the highest quality audio and video; and annotate court hearings, conferences, or meetings from a single program that automatically links the annotations to the exact time events occurred. Recordings are replicated every five minutes into patented For The Record file-naming technology—TRMs—for fast, accurate, and reliable digital recording.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • Records every word with up to 16-channel high-fidelity audio
  • Captures every gesture with up to four-channel HD video streams
  • Enhances video recordings from non-IP video sources such as webcams or USB cameras
  • Automatically detects and alerts for loss of signal and low audio levels
  • Annotates with integrated Log Notes, including automated timestamps
  • Interfaces with case management systems and has capability with a wider range of networked and USB audio/video interfaces
  • Maintains association between recordings and other data linked to the recording with patented FTR file-naming technology (used by ThinkLink-enabled programs)
  • Allows completion of department-specific recording while retaining an existing FTR directory structure
  • Suits multi-jurisdictions with configurable save-destinations
  • Archives in line with relevant retention policies
  • Increases security with digital signatures using For The Record Select Certificate app
  • Remotely controls using FTR Monitor, or via serial or ethernet control
  • Records multiple courtrooms on one server, using server-based recording supported with FTR Reporter Server

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10, also compatible with Windows 11
  • CPU (Audio only): Intel Core i5 (any generation) RAM: 4GB
  • CPU (Video using IP Cameras): Intel Core i7 (any generation) RAM: 8GB
  • CPU (Video using non-IP Cameras): Intel Core i7 (any generation) RAM: 16GB
  • Install space: 150MB of available storage
  • Recording space: For The Record recommends a separate partition for audio recordings
  • Audio playback: on-board sound card for playback of recordings
  • FTR-compatible multi-channel audio capture device for audio recording
  • FTR-compatible video capture device for video recording
  • If archiving to optical media, compatible optical drive will be required
  • If archiving to the LAN or WAN, network connection with appropriate bandwidth required

INCLUDED WITH

  • Recording Suite

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With FTR Monitor, you have flexibility of control based on where your people are, not where the session is taking place. Work at scale to make the most of your team by monitoring FTR Reporter, installed on network-enabled PCs, on the same digital network. Reporter does the work of recording audio and video, while Monitor watches the recording activity, and remotely controls key recording functions on any of the connected PCs.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • One person can start, stop, and play back multiple courtrooms—all without stepping foot in the courtroom
  • A single user can manage the recordings of one or many remote recorders from a single PC anywhere on the network
  • Recordings can be started quickly, even with minimum warning
  • Gives a complete picture of recording activity across the enterprise with clear, level indicators
  • Allows playback of recordings as they are made, using confidence monitoring to verify quality
  • Integrates Log Notes with annotation, including automated timestamps

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10, also compatible with Windows 11*
  • CPU (Audio only): Intel Core i5 or equivalent with at least RAM: 4GB
  • Display: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • CD or DVD recordable drive or network for access to and saving of log sheets

*Please note – a patch has been released for FTR Gold Monitor version 7.1 to ensure compatibility with Windows 11 (addressing the DCOM requirements of this operating system). Without this patch, FTR Monitor 7.1 on a Windows 11 PC will not be able to connect to FTR Reporter. To download the patch please click here.

INCLUDED WITH

  • Monitoring Suite

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FTR Manager enables users to easily manage content conversions and storage, and access For The Record content within seconds. Manager is automatically installed with all Gold suites.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • Group-policy-driven user management—provides control over individuals’ use of For The Record products, and lockdown access to sensitive recordings
  • Decrypts and encrypt recordings and log sheets
  • Converts to WMA, WMF, MP3, AVI, single file (CM/ECF), or audio-only TRM formats
  • Saves content easily to CD/DVD or USB media
  • Dual archives, migrates, and restores content to/from CD/DVD or network
  • Provides ability to seal and unseal sensitive recordings—on the fly or after the fact

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10, also compatible with Windows 11
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 processor or equivalent with 4GB RAM
  • 1080p resolution, widescreen (16×9) aspect
  • Entry-level PCI-e graphics card, HD capable
  • CD or DVD optical drive for archiving or long-term storage

INCLUDED WITH

  • Recording Suite
  • Monitoring Suite
  • Annotation Suite

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FTR Player is the gold standard for digital recording playback and transcription. With increased audio channel isolation and enhanced video quality, FTR Player facilitates more efficient and accurate transcription of digital court recordings.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • Plays up to 16 audio channels and four video channels—from FTR-compatible recordings
  • Overcomes poor network connectivity with background buffering for uninterrupted playback
  • Detects if the sound card is muted/not installed on starting and warns the user
  • Graphically represents recordings so they can be easily manipulated to find required play time and range
  • Isolates individual audio channels to easily differentiate speakers
  • Provides adjustable microphone volumes and speech speed controls
  • Improves speaker identification during annotation with improved contrast between channels, a longer time period, and enhanced sensitivity to quieter signals
  • Offers user-defined global keyboard shortcuts and customizable foot control switches for additional ease-of-use
  • Has pitch-compensated speed controls for listening at various speeds without hearing “chipmunking”
  • Plays audio and video simultaneously
  • Reopens where you left off—last video window position, size, and mode
  • Plays recordings from an FTP server
  • Opens other standard media file types such as MP3, WMV, and WAV
  • Integrates with Log Notes for annotation capability

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10, also compatible with Windows 11
  • CPU (Audio only): Intel Core i5 or equivalent with at least 4GB RAM
  • Display: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Windows compatible stereo sound card
  • CD or DVD recordable drive or network for access for archiving or long-term storage
  • For The Record recommends high-quality headphones and a USB foot pedal for transcription

INCLUDED WITH

  • Recording Suite
  • Monitoring Suite
  • Annotation Suite

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Take the guess work out of recalling and locating critical moments for playback. With FTR Log Notes, you can take notes and link them to a precise place in the audio and video recording, and return to the relevant place simply by clicking the time stamp. Log Notes allows you to quickly and efficiently review your recordings and annotations.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • Enables meaningful, searchable metadata creation for digital recordings
  • Enhances transcript accuracy with on-hand access to critical information such as appearances, spelling, and key terminology—presented in a clear timeline of events
  • Features customizable hot keys (individual or enterprise) for most commonly referenced events, replacing annotation monotony with efficiency
  • Creates timestamps—jump to an exact point in the recording where the note was taken
  • Saves time searching for events with one-click playback from timestamps
  • Tags case numbers to easily manage audio reformatting and distribution for a particular hearing
  • Identifies speakers accurately with improved contrast between channels and enhanced sensitivity to quieter signals
  • Integrates with Reporter, Monitor, and Player, or stands alone

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10, also compatible with Windows 11
  • CPU (Audio only): Intel Core i5 or equivalent with at least RAM: 4GB
  • Windows-compatible stereo sound playback device
  • CD or DVD recordable drive or network for access to, and saving of, log sheets

INCLUDED WITH

  • Recording Suite
  • Monitoring Suite
  • Annotation Suite

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The fully centralized digital recording and monitoring intelligence delivered by For The Record Server enables secure and reliable high-quality performance while also delivering operational cost efficiencies. Reporter Server streamlines your courtroom operations by delivering a highly efficient, fully centralized, and network-driven digital recording and monitoring solution.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • Remotely captures up to 20 recorders (recorders are network-enabled PCs with FTR Reporter installed and running) with fully centralized, network-driven digital recording
  • Integrates with FTR Monitor to create a truly centralized operation—with live confidence monitoring, and remote start, stop, and playback of multiple courtrooms
  • Integrates with FTR Manager to supercharge any FTR recording archival process through real-time sealing and replication
  • Leverages indexing and search technologies to provide instant content file location and playback
  • Works at scale with centralized recording and monitoring to make the most of your resources and enable greater efficiencies

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, or 2016 Standard—all 64-bit and above
  • CPU (Audio only): Intel Core i7 or equivalent with at least RAM: 8GB.
  • Display: 1024 x 768
  • For The Record-supported audio-capture device
  • For The Record-supported IP video-capture device

RECOMMENDED ADD-ON WITH

  • Recording Suite
  • Monitoring Suite

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The gold standard in digital court recording, extended to law enforcement and victim advocacy centers. Interview Recorder leverages features of FTR Reporter to capture and annotate recordings of interviews with victims, witnesses, and suspects. Designed to match the simplicity of a standard media-playback system, Interview Recorder is a robust solution that integrates with existing processes and procedures.

KEY FUNCTIONALITIES

  • Records every word with up to four-channel high fidelity audio
  • Captures every gesture with up to four-channel HD video streams
  • Simultaneously records in multiple, non-proprietary file formats
  • Deploys rapidly with intuitive user interface and a portable, flexible, and simple setup
  • Integrates with Log Notes, allowing participants to directly locate certain parts of interviews to annotate observations and notes
  • Protects sensitive information with log sheets and audio/video loading for only the interview selected
  • Easily shares and retrieves files through case information input
  • Controls access to recordings for different departments
  • Enterprise-wide rollout through new licensing

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

  • Operating System: Windows 10
    • A physical PC or laptop with:
      • CPU (audio only): Intel Core i5 (any generation), RAM: 4GB
      • CPU (video using IP cameras): Intel Core i7 (any generation), RAM: 8GB
      • CPU (video using non-IP cameras): Intel Core i7 (generation 6 and above), RAM: 16GB
  • Install space: 150MB of available storage
  • Recording space: a separate partition, with enough storage space for your recording requirements, is recommended
  • Audio playback: on-board sound card for playback of recordings
    • FTR compatible multi-channel sound card for audio recording
    • FTR compatible video capture device for video recording

Please review the product sheet or contact us for more detail system requirements, including compatible audio and video input devices.

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