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.
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.
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.
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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