You have determined that you need to convert an audio/video file into a text and you don’t want to type it yourself. Shopping for a transcription may not be easy if it’s a service you have never used.
The type of transcription you need depends on the way the written document will be used. Here are the 3 main types of transcripts you can get.
When a transcription is verbatim, it means that every single word pronounced is typed and no correction is to be made. Every single hesitation, repetition, verbal tick, swear, slang, and grammar mistake must be typed down. Verbatim transcription is mostly used in the legal field. Some translators who record their translations to send them to a typist request that everything gets written as is, even blatant mistakes.
An edited transcription is often done on the spot with live people in settings such as discussion groups and board meetings. In some cases, especially when writing down meeting minutes, further details are added to the text afterwards to make a document that reads well. In such settings it’s often impossible to record the information the way people say it, but what really matters is the ideas and message.
Intelligent transcriptions are used when you need to produce a well-structured text. When we speak we don’t always use proper syntax. In a written document you don’t need each and every repetition and you want sentences that have correct grammar and syntax for better readability. When you are repurposing your existing content or transcribing an interview for later consultation, you need intelligent transcription.
When you request transcription services, you need to send your file(s) first so your chosen provider can give you an accurate pricing and deadline, which depend on many factors, such as the type of transcription requested, the audio quality, and the number of speakers.