Transcription guidelines - digital, audio tape, minidiscs, interviews, conferences, lectures, podcasts, vox pops, webcasts, workshops, focus groups
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Guidelines for: Interviews (one-to-one / research)- Conferences - Focus Groups / Meetings - Lectures / Speeches - Video / DVD Filming - Dictation - Teleconference (inc. telephone interviews) - Oral History - Digital / Minidiscs - Analogue Tapes (standard audio tapes, mini tapes, micro cassettes) - Podcasts - Market Research (vox pops) - Workshops / Breakout Sessions - Webcasts

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FACILITATION GUIDELINES & RECORDING TIPS

All transcription needs to be as accurate as possible and the quality of the recording has a direct bearing on that. We hope that the following sections will help our clients to make recordings of the highest quality - this will cut down on transcription times and costs. Each section contains tips common to all recording formats, as well as more specific guidelines for a particular situation and any transcription issues involved. More technical information can be found on our Equipment pages. This is a constantly evolving resource for our clients - if there's anything you'd like to see added, please let us know.

And please remember - all these dos and don'ts derive from real life situations we've encountered over many years in the transcription business. We really couldn't make it up! Please email if you have any specifid questions.

INTERVIEWS (one-to-one / research) CONFERENCES FOCUS GROUPS / MEETINGS/ ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
LECTURES / SPEECHES / KEYNOTE SPEAKERS VIDEO / DVD FILMING DICTATION
TELECONFERENCES (inc. telephone interviews) ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS DIGITAL / MINIDISC TRANSCRIPTIONS
AUDIO TAPE TRANSCRIPTIONS (standard audio tapes, mini tapes, micro cassettes) PODCASTS MARKET RESEARCH (vox pops)
WORKSHOPS / BREAKOUT SESSIONS WEB CASTS  

If we've 'caught' you before you've purchased any recording system, we would plead with you (on bended knees if necessary!) to choose a digital system. After many years' experience of transcribing all types of recordings, we've found digital recordings produces a far superior sound to analogue. Please read our comparison between digital and analogue systems.

Buying a budget recorder is a false economy because the final recording will be quite poor quality. We'd advise that you don't penny pinch at the outset - whatever the restrictions on your budget. If you skimp on the recording system, you'll pay extra for transcription costs because poor quality recordings take far longer to transcribe than clearly audible ones. Invest in a good system from the beginning and you'll more than recoup your outlay in savings on transcription services and in a relatively short period of time.

Issues such as quality of recording, clarity and number of voices, the speed at which they talk, whether they speak in coherent sentences, the number and degree of regional accents, and the amount of technical terms involved are common to all recordings and, therefore, common in their effect upon transcription times. All this advice can be summed up in one sentence - make clear recordings and your transcription will be accurate and your costs affordable.

We specialise in digital transcription services including MP3 digital transcription, WAV digital transcription, WMA digital transcription among many other digital audio file formats. We also provide standard audio cassette tape transcription covering micro cassette or micro tape transcription, plus mini tape or mini cassette transcription which is also known as audio transcription or audio typing services. This can be extended to include minidisc or minidisk transcription services. Extensive experience in conference transcription services allows us to offer transcription of conference proceedings including keynote speaker and plenary session transcription, lecture transcription, seminar and symposia transcribing, Q&A session transcription and transcription of breakout sessions, roadshows, roundtable discussions and workshops. Interview transcription services form a core part of our service and include one-to-one interview transcription, as well as multiple participant interview transcription. We are pleased to offer discounted transcription services for charities, students and universities for their research interviews, particularly qualitative analysis transcription compatible with Nvivo and Atlas Ti. Support for oral history interview transcription projects can include both digital transcription services and audio tape transcription. A niche specialty is our podcast transcription services which also covers webcast transcription. Transcription services for authors, writers and journalists can include anything from digital dictation for article transcription and manuscript typing through to research interview transcription and writers' memoirs transcription. Also offered is focus group transcription, forum transcribing, market research and vox pop interview transcription as well corporate or group meeting transcription services. Word processing services and digital dictation for correspondence is also included. Teleconferences and telephone interviews can be transcribed from digital and analogue formats. Analogue video tape transcriptions are offered along with digital video transcription services. Different transcription styles are available including Intelligent Verbatim Transcription, Complete Verbatim Transcription, Edited Transcription and customised transcription styles for Oral History projects and Focus Groups.

We are pleased to offer free Advice Pages: Equipment FAQs Overview Transcription Times and free Guidelines for facilitating and recording: Conferences Dictation Digital Audio / Minidiscs Focus Groups / Forums Interviews Lectures / Speeches / Presentations Market Research Vox Pops Oral History Interview Projects Podcasts Audio Tapes Teleconferences / Telephone Interviews Digital DVD / Video Tapes Webcasts Workshops Our Home Page provides an overview of the wide range of transcription services we provide.

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