Adding Subtitles to Your Videos is No Longer Optional

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Transcription and Subtitles in 2017

If you’re reading this, you may be asking yourself why should I bother to add subtitles to my videos? They are just videos after all; a visual aid. It’s simple to just watch the video, get the information or content in that manner and go about your merry way. Well, it isn’t that simple. In this day and age, it’s vital to add subtitles to your videos. Let’s discuss a few reasons why. Continue reading “Adding Subtitles to Your Videos is No Longer Optional”

Top Five Recording Apps For iPhone

Looking to record a conversation, interview or business discussion? Forget the age-old voice recorder; rather grab your iPhone. There are loads of cool apps that ensure clarity, so that the final recorded file is easy to understand and transcribe. Here are the industry toppers:

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Voice Recorder: Here is a really simple app that’s easy to understand and works great. What’s more, it also comes for free. It is also passcode protected, just in case you want to make sure your recordings are safe. The app is compatible with iOS 8. Use it to record and store unlimited number of recordings, add them to your favorite list for quick future reference, and for loop function.

Audio Recorder: While this app is also free and simple to use, it is definitely more versatile when compared to the Voice Recorder. Apart from recording your ‘piece’ you can email the file for easy sharing. The app also gives you the freedom to specify the format in which you would want to record or save the file.

Voice Record Pro: This free app takes the recording experience to a whole new level with its impressive import and export functionalities. You can easily access the Google Drive and Dropbox, among many others. What’s more, you could even post your recording as a movie clip on Facebook and YouTube. Cool, isn’t it? Apart from recording, you can attach notes and photos, and keep everything safe with the help of a passcode.

Super Notes: If you are ready to shell out a few dollars for a professional quality recording, here is the perfect app for you. Like most other apps in this category it offers superb recording features and clarity, and is cut out for any situation that you have in mind. What sets it apart is its ability to allow you to add notes and annotations to your recording while you are still at it.

Dictate + Connect (Dictamus): Compared to the other apps in this genre, this one is on the higher end of the price chart. But once you look at the features, you would know why. With this app on your side, you can actually forget all other recording devices. Apart from recording, you can even rewind and overwrite without hampering the audio quality. The app comes complete with instant dictation controls, barcode scanner, easy saving and sharing options, and more.

The world has moved light years ahead of traditional, run-of-the-mill voice recorders. However, before jumping on the digitised bandwagon you must ensure that the app you choose is of top quality. It is also indispensable if you are looking to transcribe the audio files. A good quality file does not only make the job of a transcriptionist easier, it also ensures that the transcription is error-free. That means less back and forth, less wastage of time, and optimum use of resources.

Got a file that you need transcribing? We can help. Contact us today for an accurate and affordable transcription service.

Google Introduces Dictation in Google Docs

Google provides us with a variety of services and tools to make our lives easier. One tool in particular, voice dictation, is now available in Google Docs. It’s an easy feature that makes the lives of those using it run a little smoother. Need to get an email sent? How about the notes for your next business meeting? Google Docs voice dictation makes that possible, without you having to really lift too many fingers.

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To get started, you will need to have the latest version of Google Chrome installed and a microphone for your computer. With these tools set up, you’ll head to Google Drive and open a new Google Docs word processing document. You’ll go to the top menu and select Tools, then . A pop-up window will appear with a dark microphone icon in the middle. Once you click on the microphone, it will turn red to signify that it’s recording and you can start to speak.

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It’s okay if you need to think about your words as you’re speaking; Google will wait. When you’ve completed your dictation, click the microphone to turn off the dictation. It is important to note that punctuation needs to be dictated.

An added benefit to voice dictation is that you can edit and format as well. Take the sentence, “I like pie.” To edit or format it, just say “select ‘I like pie’ and follow that with whatever formatting change you need to make. That could include “apply heading” or “apply underline.”

You can also create itemized list by saying “create numbered list” or “create bullet list.” When you need to go to the next item on the list, just say “new line” and say “new line” twice to finish the list. And no fears if you mess up! You can simply say “undo” to change any mistakes.

For transcribers, these features can be a great time saver. Not only that, but it can reduce the amount of effort you have to put in to typing up your latest project. Life made simple by Google. It’s as though Google just provided you with the option of having your own free secretary. For those you who may wonder what all can you type with your voice, Google even made a complete list of commands for your viewing pleasure.

Why Do We Still Need Humans For Transcribing Speech

siri errorsSo, how is Siri doing on your iPhone. Would you happily replace her with your secretary?

Personally, I won’t, because there are just too many ‘misses’ and ‘trouble spots’ that I wouldn’t want in my business.

The case is almost the same when you count upon software to transcribe your audio files instead of their ‘time-consuming’ human counterparts. Unfortunately, despite several attempts, science has not yet come up with a software solution that would act like Aladdin’s magic lamp. And from what it seems, the genie isn’t coming out any time soon. Why? The reasons are many.

The English language can be very tricky and hence very difficult to master especially when the learner in question is a transcription-software. Homophones pose a problem that most software find impossible to overcome. For instance, will it be sale or sail, no or know, fair, or fare? The list continues. Unlike us humans who are blest with critical analyzing skills, software cannot comprehend the difference. Plus, making these finer differentiations may be very difficult without a context, which might not appear until further into the conversation.
The problem aggravates when the software needs to transcribe an interview or a dialogue involving many speakers. It is easy to guess why. Each of us has a unique style of speaking. This speech distinction becomes far complex as this personal style of speaking is influenced and shaped heavily by our geographical location, our culture, and our upbringing, to name a few. It is impossible to ‘teach’ so accurate a speech recognition to any software.

Audio quality is yet another issue. And a very important one. Any speech recognition and transcription software would need a clear piece of audio. Anyone in the transcription business would know that an impeccable audio file is a rare phenomenon.

Talking about the accuracy rate of a human transcriptionist versus a software-driven one, Xuedong Huang, a senior scientist at Microsoft says, “If you have people transcribe conversational speech over the telephone, the error rate is around 4 percent. If you put all the systems together—IBM and Google and Microsoft and all the best combined—amazingly the error rate will be around 8 percent.”

Now the real question is, would you settle for something that is twice as bad as humans? We know the answer. That is why we offer transcription service that is among the best in the industry. Start uploading your files now!

How To Record Good Quality Audio To Ensure Accurate Transcripts

RodeRec_main_640Nobody wants the words ‘inaudible’ interspersing the final transcribed script. Unfortunately, you will get a lot of it if the audio quality is not good enough. The good news is, this is easily preventable if you can ensure a good quality audio file. How? That’s pretty simple too! The first step is to have the desired result in mind and work towards it. The rest will follow. Here are some quick tips to help you on your way:

Face to face interview

While virtual calls are fast routing out this system from the good old world, by no chance is a face to face recording extinct. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind the next time you go for it:

Take care of the background noise: Yes, complete soundproofing is not possible. However, keep the background noise to the minimum. This includes anything from a noisy air conditioner to a creaky chair. Even your location matters. For instance, is there a school or a playground just beside your recording room? In short, you need to take a complete stock of the situation before you begin.

Prepare the participants: One of the best ideas is to let the participants know what is expected. Tell them to speak slowly but clearly. Ask them to refrain from shuffling papers or talking among themselves. If someone starts coughing, sneezing or laughing, ask the others to wait for it to pass. Introduce each participant at the beginning of the interview.

Look where you place the microphone: If your interview involves many people, place the microphone at equal distant from all of them. Moving it around is not a good idea as it will introduce a deafening sound, which will drown your words. Choose an external recorder over a built-in option for better sound quality. Using a limiter-equipped recorder is a good idea. It limits the level at which a sound is recorded. This means, any sudden outburst, such as laughter or a loud horn, won’t be recorded.

Virtual interview

Recording a conversation over the phone or a computer is all the rage now, and for obvious reasons. In order to make the most of the flexibility that this arrangement provides, you need to ensure that the quality of the recording is top-class. The basic things such as a quiet environment and clear voice are mandatory here as well. Here are the added ones:

Use your smartphone: A smartphone’s in-built recorder is generally of a good quality and works great. You can even count upon the various free and paid recording apps for the purpose. However, some apps work in specific geographical locations only. Make sure your area is covered by the app, before you plan to use it.

External Recorder: If recording is done through external recorder for a call through computer, then ensure the computer speakers are of best quality as well as the sensitivity of the recorder is good since recorder usually catches 2-3 notches lower than what we can actually hear during calls.

Use Skype: Opting for Skype is a good choice. Pair it up with a high-performing microphone and you will get a recording that’s almost as good as a studio.

Third party conference call: There are many third party con-call services that you can utilize to record the call. You can use Scribie’s teleconferencing option for a great quality audio file that will be automatically recorded and transcribed

Contact Scribie today for the best quality audio transcription. Upload your file here.

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.

 

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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How Businesses Can Leverage Scribie’s API To Provide Transcription Service To Their Users.

APIToday transcription has its own place in your business toolbox. Transcription services can take your business to a next level. It opens door for improvements and betterment for your business. The need of the hour is to provide these business a way to easily integrate their systems or website with the best quality transcription service. Scribie has enabled this by releasing its very own REST API. It provides easy integration and seamless user experience with least investment for the business. Some of the advantages of partnering and integrating Scribie’s API are. Continue reading “How Businesses Can Leverage Scribie’s API To Provide Transcription Service To Their Users.”

Why Most Online Companies Prefer Pre-payment

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Transcription services are much needed service today. Many companies are getting successful at sky rocketed pace. Transcription can do wonders for your business as it might give you an analysis or draw your attention to some key points which you were missing from past few weeks. Companies hire transcription service providers to shoulder their burden of converting audio/video content to text. At Scribie, we provide improved and accurate text out of conferences you upload on our website. Transcription services should be with hassle free delivery and delivered on easy to use website. We offer a great deal to our clients with unmatched services like integrated conference call and recording services, integrated editor and various order option with features like progress tracking. With many good things in our plate of offerings, we would like to opt for pre- payments.

Pre-payment is a reliable and most efficient way of payment. It is a well-thought-of payment structure as client pay before acquiring services on terms and conditions defined. This saves client as well as the service provider valuable time. This payment system works well with standard procedure of service delivery which can’t be changed as the standards are set as per industry. Clients will find accurate and most honest pricing done for projects as there is no room for cheating or quoting high prices.

Many transcription providers fool around clients by offering them customisable services in which they quote high prices in form of hidden charges. They may not deliver you the best and charge you for any small change you ask them to make.

At scribie, one major purpose of asking for a pre- payment is for our resources which are freelancers, as soon we assign them project, we pay them which keeps them contented and dedicated towards this work. We charge on a real time basis and we have skilled people connected with us which require instant payment.

Post-payment may have a benefit of paying after receiving transcripts but at scribie, you won’t feel the difference as quality is not bounded by payment. It is beyond what you pay. We believe in a long term relations with our esteemed clients.

Please send a mail at support@scribie.com or you can chat with us directly for any further queries.

What Is Trending In Audio Conferencing?

Audio-Conferencing2015 promises to be a year of audio conferencing as it is the best method of collaborating ahead of emails and voice calls. Audio conferencing is widely used by companies to connect with people who are at distant location. It’s a great tool for companies as it connects them to their offshore locations. It reduces cost with efficient connectivity.

Today audio conferencing has a partner named as transcription. Audio conferencing with transcription becomes a great tool for companies. Transcription gives you a report of what all has happened in conference. Audio conferencing is still the critical piece of communication even in age of web conferencing. Audio conferencing is incredibly easy to use, more accessible than video and cost-effective. And because it’s so convenient, conference calls enable faster collaboration, urgent decision-making and immediate problem-solving.

Trends in Audio Conferencing

Good audio quality

With passing time audio conferencing has evolved a lot. Companies who provide audio conferencing has good infrastructure and are technology enabled. Now lot of IT companies also has latest equipment to support conferences. It is possible to attain noise free recordings. Recording off-the-wire is a much better and safer way. It is done on the server side. The recorded file sounds exactly as the actual call without any artifacts. If the quality is not great you may end up with a distorted file. Getting the transcripts of such recording might be difficult. At Scribie, we provide such great offerings for our esteemed clients.

Going Digital

The world is going digital. People are digitally connected with each other. Audio conferencing and transcriptions both can be booked and ordered online. Conference call transcripts are vital for many companies who want to analyse every meeting.  People need quick and efficient conferencing with transcription services. Digital presence is must to survive in this cut throat competition. Service providers are making the entire process on web and access it online with payment options as well. Future is virtual and online.

International presence

Boundaries are not defined now. You sit across one corner and connect to another. This is why a lot of calls are from every corner of world. Every company wants to be global and this is why there is wide scope in audio conferencing. Audio conferencing with transcription offers great opportunity for top management to look out for flaws and improvise their system.

Integrated conferencing

Just audio conferencing might not do well, until integrated with additional services like transcription service. They can be marvellous for your business. Audio transcription is well integrated with use of internet where one can upload their audio or video conference and get the transcripts ready within turnaround time. Companies like Scribie have a separate team to review their transcripts to maintain accuracy of results.

Rich user experience

Customer is king for whom user experience matters the most. The kind of platform service provider use, for audio conferencing with the tools and infrastructure has to be latest and technology enabled. The interface should be interactive and easy to understand. With Scribie, you can get the the conference call set up, recorded and four stage transcription done all at flat prices. With digital age, customers expect a glitch free conferencing with easy subscription for additional services.

Please visit the link below for more details on our conference call solution integrated with transcription service.

https://scribie.com/conference/recording

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