Forensic animation is becoming a necessity for legal professionals. High-quality animations can pack an emotional punch and show three-dimensional details that would otherwise require a lengthy written or verbal explanation. A forensic animation cannot completely replace other types of evidence, but it can be a powerful tool in a legal professional's arsenal.
A forensic animation is a reproduction of an accident or incident using audio and visual tools. For example, an animation could show how a bullet traveled from a specific point and its path through a victim's body.
The technology behind forensic animations has improved to the point that key anatomical and medical details can be easily displayed. Early forensic animations used simple stick figures, but clips can now incorporate realistic human replicas and backgrounds.
Forensic animations are frequently used to demonstrate blood spatter patterns, bullet trajectories, or homicides in criminal cases. Civil cases may use a forensic animation to show a car or workplace accident. Forensic animations can show any possible event without requiring expensive flesh-and-blood models or numerous rehearsals.
Although forensic animations initially had a high production cost, the price tag for a single animation is swiftly decreasing as the demand continues to grow. A forensic animation can now be purchased for less than the cost of an expert witness. Customers can also choose a short or less-detailed animation if they are working from an extremely limited budget.
A short and simple forensic animation appeals to audiences and juries because it is easy to understand and does not require any specialized training. There are no technical definitions that need an explanation. A single animation can effectively demonstrate a crime scene to people with different educational, economic, and social backgrounds. The entire audience can see the animation and have it replayed again at a later date.
Legal professionals do not need any training to use a forensic animation. Although there are advanced tools that can show multiple scenarios, professionals typically only need to press a button to start and stop the animation. Explanations can easily be conducted while the animation is in progress.
Forensic animations allow legal professionals to display a criminal act without overwhelming their audience with pages of dry text or lengthy speeches. Legal professionals may or may not be interested in using forensic animations for their own cases, but they should be familiar with the technology to avoid being at a disadvantage in the courtroom.
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