What Qualifies As A High Difficulty File?

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Explaining High-Difficulty Files

At Scribie, we follow a very straightforward process from ordering a transcription to delivering it. You upload a file, select the desired turnaround time and place the order. Next, our transcribers start working on it while you monitor the progress online.

Once transcribed, the file is quality checked by our dedicated team and delivered to you. The effect? 99% or more accurate transcriptions. While most things remain constant, there is something that keeps on changing in this system — the nature and quality of the audio files.

When it comes to a file that needs to be transcribed, nothing matters more than clarity or sound quality.

In fact, this factor becomes crucial in determining whether a file should be categorized as ‘high difficulty’.

What Is A High Difficulty File?

As you might have guessed, it is a file that is very difficult to transcribe. Maybe the audio is not very clear or maybe there is a lot of background noise, which makes listening in pretty challenging. Here are some common characteristics of high difficulty files.

  • Non-American accents (e.g. British, Australian, Hispanic, Native American, Indian, Asian, African, European etc.)
  • High ambient/line noise (e.g. AC noise, hiss, hum)
  • Noisy background (e.g. if the recording was done in a café)
  • Distant speakers (e.g. if the recorder was kept far away from the speakers, faint voices)
  • Distortions (e.g. clipping, high pitched voices)
  • Disturbances (e.g. typing sounds, audio breaks)
  • Diction (e.g. slurring, rapid speaking, mumbling)
  • Quality (e.g. low sampling rate)
  • Reverberation (most frequently caused by bad room acoustics)
  • Echo (e.g. while recording Skype calls)
  • Inaudible parts

Who Determines If A File Is Highly Difficult?

Your file may sound ‘fine’ to you, but that might not be the case. Since we receive files of varying quality and content, the audio quality of your file is judged by numerous transcribers in our system. The difficulty level then becomes is a relative concept. We believe our transcribers have a better perspective and are in a more informed position to understand the difficulty level of a particular file and hence they are the ones who decide if your file should be categorized as a high difficulty file. We found this is the best solution for ruling out any possibility of subjectivity.

How Does It Affect The Rates?

If you are an existing customer you know that Scribie charges a flat rate for all files. BUT the high difficult ones are an exception. As of January 2016, we have implemented new policies that ask for additional charges for high difficulty files. Since high difficulty files require more time and effort from the transcribers, it is only fair that we compensate them accordingly for it. Plus, the additional pay is the motivation that the transcribers get to ensure that quality is not compromised. Generally, the extra charge varies between $0.50/ minute and $2.00/ minute.  We always inform the customer in case a file is found to be of a high difficulty level. The customer also has the liberty to cancel the order in case he is not willing to pay the extra charge and get a full refund.

We do our best to give you quality transcription within your deadline, even if it’s a highly ‘difficult’ file, and we ensure that the transcription matches the highest standard of accuracy.

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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.