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Audio Quality is the Most Important Factor for Transcription

You may be wondering just how important the audio quality of the file you want transcribed really is. Truth is, quality of audio is the most important factor. The audio quality of the file affects a variety of things in the transcribing process.studio-1002972_640

If the audio quality of your file is poor, that could result in numerous errors and a lot of blank places or incomplete parts because of in-audible sections. This in turn could cost you more money as some companies may charge more since it will take longer to transcribe. Having a file that has good audio quality ensures that you get back a good product in a reasonable time frame.

Another factor to take into consideration is the transcriber. Because another person is transcribing the file for you, the quality of your audio should be of a high standard so that your file can be done in a timely fashion. It’s important to realize that the transcriber will have to replay the file several times to get the transcription correct. For instance, with Scribie’s process, a transcriber will play the file 8 times on average in order to provide you with a transcription file. The better the audio quality, the fewer times a file will have to be replayed.plant-949111_640

If the audio quality is good, that ensures that a transcriber can be more efficient in their work and allows for you, the customer, to get your file back on time and in the best quality possible. Good audio quality results in less effort for your transcriber and a faster turnaround for you, the customer.

As you can see, a good quality audio file is not only important to the transcriber, but also to you the customer. It saves you time and probably more important to you, saves you money.

Start uploading your files now and get best quality transcripts on time.

Career In Transcription Industry

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Career In Transcription Industry

Introduction to General Transcription:

General Transcription could either be of an interview or a conference call or just a conversation or discussion on a certain topic. The topics can be varied and there is usually more than one speakers. Unlike medical transcription it does not require a formal training or a certification for the company.

Skills required:

The basic skill required for general transcription is a good typing speed of around 40-50 wpm and excellent english comprehension. In addition, you should be able to comprehend different accents native (American, British, Australian) and non native ( Spanish, Italian, French etc). By excellent comprehension, we mean ability to get the context right and understand the usability/difference between similar sounding words as per the context etc. Of course, for some, the comprehension skills are inherent. However, there are many ways to improve you comprehension skills for e.g watching all kinds of English movies or series and try to understand whats spoken without looking at the subtitles.

Work Content:

While the work involves listening to the audio and typing it out, there are cases where some words are unheard of and some research is required to get it right. Google search is most widely used for this purpose. The more files you do, the better it gets in terms of comprehension and vocabulary. On an average, a person can do 2 audio hours of transcription/Verification and 3- 4 hours of QA (which involves going through around 50% of the file) in a day. If a person tries to stretch beyond this, it might affect the quality of the file.

Tools:

There are various tools (hardware/software) available for transcription in general. While many companies, like Scribie.com, have their own Integrated editor, there are other who use tools like Express scribe. Many are used to foot pedal, which can be configured to play/pause etc using your foot while your hands can do the typing.

Career Growth:

The work flow that we follow here in Scribie is as follows:

1. Raw Transcription: In this step, the audio for each part file is played back and transcribed as accurately and cleanly as possible. The incomprehensible parts are marked with blanks.
2. Review: During Review, the Raw Transcript is checked for correctness and quality. The audio file is played back again and each transcribed word is checked against the audio. The blanks are filled, if possible. Timestamps and speaker tracking are also added at this stage.
3. Verification: During verification each part files is checked once again to correct mistakes and address inconsistencies among them. At the end, all part files are collated together and the final transcript is prepared.
4. Quality Analyst( delivery): In the last step, the final transcript is quality checked and delivered to the customer.

The experience required as well as the responsibility and remuneration given to people in each phase increases as one goes from doing Raw Transcription to Delivery. The role of QA is very important as he/she is the interface to the customer and lot of business depends on his abilities to do his/her job well.

The good news is, you could do all this from comforts of your home by joining our freelance transcription program. If you really think this career is for you, then Apply here now and become a certified freelancer with Scribie.com .

How To Clean The Audio File

Whatever your transcription needs are, you will all have the same start – the audio file. You may be asking, ‘Why would I want to provide clean audio?’ and that’s a very good question.

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It is what transcriptionists use to take your notes, lectures, meetings, interviews, etc. from a few or multiple voices to a readily accessible document that you can use at any time in the future for your reference. With this audio being so vital, it’s important to give transcriptionists the best audio you can provide.

Of course, simply saying that the audio needs to be clean isn’t enough. You’ll want to know how you can do this. Well, fortunately for you, you don’t have to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on software or equipment to get this done. In fact, you don’t even have to spend a dime. There is great audio software out there and you don’t have to look any further than Audacity for your needs.

Many people use Audacity, whether they are musicians, voice over actors, or even those who need it for their transcription needs. That’s the great thing about Audacity – its versatility. You can even use it to record your files if necessary, but that’s another blog post.

To clean up your audio, first download your copy of Audacity. Once that’s done, open it up and open your audio file. You’ll want to go to ‘Effect’.

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You’ll click on ‘Noise Removal’.

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From there, you’ll need to get a noise profile.  Find the section of the audio file that you need and highlight that section. Click ‘Get Noise Profile’.
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Once this is done, you’ll want to go back to ‘Effect’, ‘Noise Removal’ and click ‘Okay’ to remove the noise.

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This should help clean up your audio.

For more tips and tutorials on how to use Audacity, simply do a Google search to find ways to maximize your new find. You can even out sound, normalize your audio, export to MP3 (with the help of a plugin), cut and copy files together and so much more.
As always, don’t forget to use Scribie for all your transcription needs.

How to Know You Have Chosen the Best Online Transcription Service

imagesThere are many ways to hire a good online transcription service provider. Taking a chance is not one of them. This is primarily because of the nature of work that is involved. The files to be transcribed are often crucial information that has an important role to play in terms of research, business, and more. The information garnered from the transcribed documents is often used as important pointers, guiding people and organizations to their next course of action. So, how do you know that you have found the best online transcription service provider? There are some sure-shot ways to know. Here is what you should look for:

1. User-friendly interface: A clean and easy-to-navigate website is a pre-requisite. You should be able to move between the pages, check out the services that the company offers and place your order without much hassle. A clean website is the basic element that a good service provider should have. It is also important because it gives you an idea about how serious the company is with their job. Most organizations know that a website is the first impression that they have on a prospective client’s mind. If they are not careful about doing their best in this area, chances are they won’t be mindful in doing a flawless job for you as well.

2. Secured and trusted payment: When you are placing an order online, you need to provide the details of your credit or debit card information. Needless to say that you should feel comfortable doing so. A trustworthy service provider will always be careful to make its website safe and secure. You should also be able to see all pricing details before you place any order. At Scribie, we provide a very detailed break-up of the rates and the pricing options so that there are no surprises later on and you have a very clear idea of the service you want to avail.

3. Relevant review tools: Wouldn’t it be great if you could check the progress of your transcription and ensure that it meets great quality standards? Nobody wants to feel as if the uploaded file has been sucked into a nameless black hole, so that all you can do is wait eagerly until the final transcribed file arrives. We at Scribie understand that too well. That is why we offer the unique Integrated Editor. Our clients can use the various tools of this free editor to check the quality of the transcription whenever they want.

4. Free Re-reviews: A good transcription service provider will always have enough room to accommodate your suggestions. In other words, you should be able to ask for a re-review if you find the final transcribed file is lacking in quality. We at Scribie offer you one free re-review if you are not happy with the final file. You can also offer inputs and suggestions while asking for this re-review, which we will try our best to incorporate during the proofreading phase.

5. Testimonials and reviews: Client testimonials are one of the best parameters by which you can judge a company. Look for online reviews before you make up your mind. You can find the ones about us on Scribie’s homepage itself.

A good transcription service is an important first step that can have a far-reaching impact on your business. We at Scribie assure you of quality transcription delivered within deadline. Start uploading your files now.

How to Review or Check the Quality of Transcripts

As a business professional, student, teacher, or whatever reason you may have for using a transcription service, you want to know that the service you used has done their job and done it well. You want your work or project to be up to the highest standards.

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With that in mind, did you know that Scribie offers you a simple approach to check and review the quality of your transcripts? It’s a few steps that can be done with the use of a tool that only Scribie offers, their free Integrated Editor.

The Integrated Editor provides a variety of tools at your disposal including a full feature text editor, unified interface, auto-capitalization, auto-correct, text analysis, and variable speed playback, just to name a few. With the editor, you’ll want to analyze your transcript, check for underlines and blanks, and do random spot checks. Let’s get started.

You can analyze your document by simply click ‘Analysis’ at the top of the Integrated Editor. It will underline words that either are not recognized by the editor or words and phrases that are not common. Scan the underlines and play those portions to ensure that things are correct. If you want to analyze any word or phrase further, you can right click on the word for a list of options.

If you see blanks in your transcript it’s due to transcribers not being fully sure what was said in your audio. Easily find those blank spots using the editor by holding down CTRL+B. It’ll play the audio just prior to the blank and you can fill it in with the appropriate word or phrase.

Scribie recommends that you randomly check portions of your transcript instead of going through the entire document. If you find key mistakes in your spot checks, then check the entire paragraph for any further issues. To check a paragraph, click in any part of the paragraph and hold down CTRL+ALT+N.

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By doing these few things, you can ensure that the transcription is all that you need it to be. Scribie strives to provide you with no less than 98% accuracy and by providing this service, we want to show you we take that guarantee seriously.

So start uploading you files on Scribie now!!

Conference Call Transcription

conference call transcriptionAs business working professionals and business owners, having your company run smoothly and efficiently is top priority. The less you have to be concerned about, the more you can focus on providing customers with the best service possible. Every now and then, it may be important to get together as a team, get in contact with board members or customers. That is where conference call recording and transcription come in to play a major and vital role.

Conference call recording can be of great use to businesses. Whether it’s to make sure that customers are receiving the best service possible or to make sure that your employees have up-to-date information, conference call recording and transcription is important to companies. In regards to having records of board meetings, current status meetings, or making important decisions in regards to the company, businesses can use the transcription notes for permanent records.

One benefit of utilizing conference call recording is that you can capture the moment and use it later for transcription reasons. It helps to ensure that everything said is recorded and can later be put into word form for future use in the company.

By having a record of the meeting, those who may not have been present can go back over the transcription notes and get all the information as if they had been there. Even if people were on the call, if they missed something or can’t remember how something was said during the call, having a transcription file is an easy access way to review. They can also search the documents easily for certain words or sections by using keywords.

Another benefit of conference call transcription is saving time and money and the ease of use. Not only can everyone on the team be on the same page, but it can prevent any future disagreements or conflicts. It’ll be easy enough for everyone involved to access the file.

For your conference call transcription, you want to ensure that the audio quality of the recording is of the highest quality. Not only does this provide good quality for your business for any future needs, but also for the person who has to transcribe the call. It may be necessary to look at an outside company, like a transcription service, for one or both of those needs.

Scribie offers conference call recording at reasonable rates. For only $0.03 a minute, per caller for the call, you can have your conference call recorded for free in the form of an MP3 file. In addition, all calls are recorded and transcribed automatically; you just pay for the transcription at the regular rate.
There’s no need to worry about your future meetings or calls. Keep record of all your information in one place with the convenience of conference call recording and transcribing and remember Scribie for your recording and transcription needs.

Book a call now with Scribie and get the transcripts with just one click or just upload your file for transcription.

 

Affordable Transcription Service

Affordable-Transcription-ServicesHow to find affordable transcription services

High quality and low cost doesn’t always go hand in hand. The rule is hardly different when you are looking for a transcription company. However, if you are working within a limited budget, you cannot overlook the cost factor. Since transcription is a high accuracy requirement, quality is of utmost importance too. Thankfully, not all affordable services raise a red flag. Companies like Scribie have consistently delivered superior quality transcription service at an affordable cost. Since students make up a huge part of Scribie’s transcription customer base, marrying quality with cost has become the norm with us. When you are looking for a cost-effective transcription service, look for the following few things:

Know the specific transcription service provided by a company

The first step is understanding the kind of files that you would want to get transcribed, and then choosing the transcription service accordingly. If you are looking for medical transcription, you should look for a company that specializes in it.  Scribie, for instance offers excellent service when it comes to transcribing research, interviews, and conversations that involve more than one speaker and a variety of accents.

Look for rating and reviews

A quick online research will reveal the company’s reputation. Often the company website will give you a good deal of customer feedback. Including case studies in the website is also very common. Scribie’s website lists a number of satisfied customers who have used the company’s service.

Accuracy

Affordable cost does not mean cheap quality. Check for companies that have a record of delivering high quality content. At Scribie we have a strict policy to maintain 98% accuracy. No file is delivered until this level is achieved. We also follow a 4-step process that ensures maximum transcription accuracy.

Flexibility

A good transcription service provider will let you review the files and will accommodate your inputs. Even if you are opting for an affordable service, this is a crucial aspect to consider so that you are not stuck with a file that’s of no use. With Scribie, you can check the work-in-progress any time. You can even request re-reviews if you are not satisfied with the quality.

Confidentiality is also crucial when choosing a transcription service company because an audio often includes sensitive data. We at Scribie understand this too well. All our transcribers abide by a strict NDA policy. Unlike many other affordable service providers we also have an efficient customer care service. For greater convenience, you can use Scribie for teleconferencing recording service along with audio transcription.

Start uploading your files and enjoy superior service with just a click!

Educational Transcription Service

educational transcriptionWhen you think of transcription services, who typically comes to mind as using their services? Doctors, assistants, researchers, but what about students? As a student, you may need to have lectures, notes, academic or research interviews, meetings, speeches, dissertations and a list of other things that need to be transcribed.

Students who are working on dissertations spend hours gathering information, working on interviews, doing research and jotting down their own thoughts. That’s a lot of your time and effort put in over the course of the year and now it comes down to one dissertation.

Add in the varying ways and formats you may have your interviews and research and all of a sudden, the thought of putting it all into an understandable and useable format can be daunting. You’ve put hundreds of hours of work in and now you need to understand all of those interviews.

Imagine writing your dissertation and you remember something that an individual or yourself said that you want to put in your dissertation, but you can’t remember exactly what was said or where in all of your hours of notes it could be located. It could take a while just to find that information if you had to transcribe it all by yourself.

Why spend so much time trying to interpret your research and interview transcription when you could outsource it to a transcription service? Time you could be using studying, putting in finishing touches or even just taking a much needed and well deserved break!

By using a transcription service, you can have your dissertation notes and interviews in a format of your choosing with a quick turnaround. When you use Scribie’s transcription service, you get multiple and accented speakers included in our already low price. Plus, when you upload more than 20 hours, you get a 10% discount on your order. Perfect for students who are low on funds, but have a lot of data that needs to be sifted through.

With Scribie, you can keep tracker of speakers and utilise our one-of-a-kind Integrated Editor, just to name a few. Scribie lets you choose your turnaround time, your price and with 98% accuracy guarantee, you know that all of your treasured and valuable data is in safe hands. Consider using Scribie’s transcription service for your dissertation needs or any of your student needs and spend the time where it really matters.

Start uploading you files now and order!

Three Things To Look For In a Transcription Service Provider For Research

Market research has rightly evolved as an integral part of business strategy. Its scientific approach in understanding the volatile nature of the market is an attempt by companies to get some direction. Apart from gathering and analyzing information, market research also attempts to shed some light on the customer personality, spending habit, and location.

market researchNeedless to say that accuracy is key for market research to have any value. And that is also one of the first things that you should look for in a transcription company that you hire for transcribing your research material. What should be the other pointers? Read on to find out.

Timeliness: Respecting deadlines is important, no matter what you do. It might become crucial for things that are deadline-driven. Apparently, the process of market research is a long one and it might seem that fast turnaround of transcription is not super-important. But you may be mistaken. Depending upon the stage of the research a fast transcription might be indispensable. For instance, if a particular product is near completion, the business might want to get the market research result in real time rather than wait for weeks for the final report. In such challenging situation, time is of utmost importance.

Quality: This goes hand in hand with accuracy. Look for a transcription service that offers quality check at every step. At Scribie, we do. It is also important that the transcribers have a keen ear that is able to distinguish the voices of various speakers, especially in group interviews, and understand the different accents. Sometimes, quality of the conference calls becomes a challenging issue. Poor quality calls can have serious impact on the final transcription. At Scribie, we provide teleconferencing and phone call recording facility along with transcription service. All you need to do is book a call. No more uploading files and sending it for transcription. All these will be done automatically.

Confidentiality: Market research often involves sensitive data, information that you cannot afford to lose or share. Your transcription service provider must respect that. At Scribie, we have a strict confidentiality policy for all our services, so that our customers can count on us every time.

If you are looking for transcription for your market research, let us know. We have a user-friendly interface that makes it very easy to upload files and a responsive customer care service that is ready to help you 24×7.

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