Why Scribie Charges Extra For Non-North American Accents

We have often been asked “Why does Scribie charge extra for non-North American accents?” so we decided to clarify and expand on the reasons behind our decision. Here’s what you need to know:

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Most files that are uploaded on Scribie for transcription are from the US, or at least the speakers are mostly North Americans–so for that reason, we specialize in transcribing North American accents. Naturally, it makes sense that most of our transcribers are based in the US. And this ensures they are familiar with the accents, which in turn ensures flawless transcription in much less time. The result? Faster turnaround, better accuracy, and happier customers.

Generally, we have a flat rate for all high-quality audio files with North American speakers. However, we do charge a bit extra ($.50 per minute) for high difficulty files due to the time these files are. Similarly, we charge a little more for files with a non-North American accent. The main reason is, these accents require specialized transcribers that are familiar with wider accent patterns and can transcribe files with non-US speakers at the same accuracy level. The problem is that these transcribers are rare, which means, if we get too many files in this category, the files tend to get stuck in the pipeline. And nobody likes that.

Basically, we charge more for these files because it costs more to transcribe these file types. It also keeps the transcribers motivated and encourages them to continue to work on such files.

So in closing, the pay rate occasionally changes, but what doesn’t change is Scribie’s commitment to one of the highest levels of accuracy in the industry  Upload your files now and find it out for yourself.

Our Transcription Rates Have Gone Down!

downloadScribie is pleased to announce the new reduced rates with faster turnarounds. We have been working hard to improve our transcription process and tools. With more efficient process and improve technology, we are able to pass on the benefit to our customers.

The following is a comparison of our old and new rates.

Type Old Rate New Rate
Flex 30 $0.80/min $0.65/min
Flex 15 N/A $0.75/min
Flex 5 $1.00/min $0.85/min
1 Day $1.50/min $1.00/min
Express $3.00/min $2.00/min

The rush hour delivery is now @ $2/min with 8-12 hours turnaround. Now getting a file for an urgent report is not as costly as it was before. The efficient 4-step process that we follow, ensures that transcripts meet guaranteed quality standard.

The standard 1 day delivery is at $1.00/min. The turnaround is actually anytime between  24-36 hours. A good quality audio file will be delivered within 24 hrs while a tough file might need additional rounds of proofreading and hence more time.

The Flex 5 type is now $0.85/min. This was earlier the 5-7 day turnaround tier and called as Flexible Week. It is more suited to customers who do not have any urgent requirement for the transcripts and hence can save on the cost.

On popular demand, we are also introducing a new tier called Flex 15 for $0.75/minute. The delivery is guaranteed within a fortnight, but may also get delivered earlier at around 10 days provided we are able to slot it.

The 1 month turnaround is now called Flex 30 and is best suited for customers who might be working on long running projects and have some time left before they can start working with the transcripts.

The new pricing will benefit the customer both in terms of cost and turnaround time. Scribie is now faster, cheaper and the best in the industry in terms of quality. So start uploading your files now.

Click here for more details on pricing. Comments and feedback are most welcome.

Cost For Transcription Services

Transcription Costs Scribie

What Should You Pay For Transcription?

Pricing for Audio/Video Transcription at Scribie

Turnaround Time
Price Per Audio Minute
Budget (5 Days)
$0.50
Regular (36 Hours)
$1.25
Rush (12 Hours)
$2.50
Services Included/Excluded
Option
Additional Charge
Audio time-coding
Included
BITC
$0.50/minute
Speaker tracking
Included
Word Document
Included
Multiple Speakers
Included
Non-American Accent
$0.50/minute
Noisy Background
$0.50/minute
Strict Verbatim
$0.50/minute
Non-default formatting
$0.50 – $1.00/minute
Subtitle File
$0.50/minute
High Difficulty Level
$0.50/minute – $2.00/minute

Average Transcription Prices

You find yourself with audio or video from work, school, a seminar, or a meeting, but you do not have time to type up the notes yourself. You may be wondering what are your options. That is where a transcription service comes in. If you do a Google search, however, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed with all the different companies and prices.

How much should you expect to pay for services?

The industry standard varies from $1 to $1.50 per audio minute, with some companies charging per speaking person. You have a price, but what do you get for that price? Some places may only offer quality with no guaranteed turnaround time. Others will provide a minimum 98% accuracy, but the turnaround times vary. Some services will have a standard turnaround time of 3 to 5 business days, others a turnaround time of 2 to 3 business days, and yet a few will have a 24-hour turnaround for audio or video transcription and 48-hour turnaround for video caption or subtitles.

What about multiple speakers, accents, or bad audio?

You may have multiple speakers, speakers with accents, noise in the background or need language translation; the industry offers a variety of additional services for a fee. Services in the industry will charge an extra $.10 to $.25 per audio minute for time-stamps, time-codes, background noise, light accents, digitizing, and technical terminology. The charge for having your file transcribed verbatim can run from $.25 to $.30 per audio minute.

If you have audio with heavy background noise or strong accents, you can be charged $.50 to .$75 per audio minute. Foreign language transcription can set you back an additional $1 per audio minute.

If you have multiple speakers in your audio, some in the industry charge a fee per speaker. The starting rate can be $.25 a person per audio minute up to 3 speakers and $.50 a person per audio minute for 4 speakers. The price is can be capped at 5+ speakers at an additional $.50 per audio minute.

Turnaround times make a big difference

If you need things in a certain time frame, be prepared to pay extra for speed. Fast turnarounds in the industry are typically over a 24 to 48 hour time period. If you need a turnaround time of 48 hours, expect a standard fee of $.75 per audio minute. For a 24 hour turnaround, the fee can be $1.25 per audio minute and same day service charges can be $1.50 per audio minute.

With all these fees, it is nice to know that a few companies may offer discounts for academic, non-profit, religious and volume transcripts.

In Summary

As you can see, no matter your needs, those fees and extra charges can really add up. You are the only one who can determine what’s best for you. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with Scribie. If you are flexible with time, you can get your files done in 3 – 5 days as little as $0.75/min . Need it a little faster? Rates for 24 hours is only $0.90/min and $1.75/min for express services completed in 8-12 hours.

The best part is that Scribie includes word documents, time-coding, multiple speakers, and speaker tracking in the pricing. That’s right – unlike their competitors, you don’t pay extra for those things. The next time you are in the need of transcription services, think of Scribie first.

Start uploading your files and get high-quality transcription within the timeframe that you choose.

 

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