Tips What Does a Transcriber do and What is Audio Transcription?


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The Transcriber’s Role
“A transcriber is someone who writes down what someone else is saying.”
Initially, a transcriber was a person that wrote things down in shorthand, but this art is dying out. Technology and the fact it isn’t taught anymore means, unfortunately, this art of note-taking is no-longer used.
Instead, recordings made on your laptop or tablet, for example, can then immediately be uploaded to your transcriptionist, via email or a sharing application like Dropbox or Google Drive. They then download the audio, upload to their professional software player and begin to type what they hear in the speech content into a transcript for you.
As part of the transcriber’s role, unlike years ago where commas, full-stops and new paragraphs were dictated, in today’s advanced world, an experienced transcriber will insert the appropriate grammar for you, as a matter of course during typing. This is certainly something here at Virtuadmin that I do for clients; it is a natural thing to do. Without it, I cannot read if the transcript makes sense or not.

How long does transcription take?
A professional touch typist should be able to type in the region of 75 words per minute. At this speed, the industry-standard states a minimum of 4–5 hours to transcribe 1 hour recorded audio or video. However, there are other factors that the client and transcriptionist need to consider regarding the audio for transcription. They are:-
– The speed at which the participants of the audio are talking
– The number of participants in the audio talking (cross talking)
– The clarity of the recording (background noise, phone interview, interference)
– The speech clarity of the participating speakers (accents, speaking English as a second language, mumbling, no close enough to the microphone)
These are the variables that will add time to transcribing an hour’s recorded audio. It is difficult to say how much time should be allowed for these variables, so it is worth keeping in mind that a professional transcriptionist cannot type at the same rate as the average person talking, no matter how fast they are. People generally speak 4–5 times faster than what an experienced transcriber can type.

How to hire a professional transcriber?
Professional transcribers can commonly be found on freelance websites, GurusMoneyForum, People Per Hour, Fivesquid, UpWork, are examples of these. Using these types of websites gives you the ability to see the service provider’s feedback, as well as protecting your money against a poor job, or no delivery at all.

How to get paid as a professional transcriber?
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