Transcribing is the art of listening to audio and converting the spoken word into a written, readable form. Sounds easy right?
Just listen and type. Not true.
One who transcribes has worked hard to gain the skills and experience necessary to perform this task. An audio file (MP3, WAV, DSS etcetera), which let’s say is 15 minutes in length, can easily take an hour or more to transcribe.
The transcriptionist doesn’t necessarily have to be fast at typing (it helps, though!) but must have expert listening, spelling, and grammatical skills.
Listening skills mean you understand:
• More than one speaker
• Heavy accents
• Coughs, stutters, uhs,uhms (known as verbatim)
• What the speaker is saying (accurately typing technical terms)
Grammatical skills you have:
• Excellent spelling
• Can differentiate between English and American English spelling
• Excellent grammar
• Know how to paragraph the content
As well as the above, if your client doesn’t provide you with a template to transcribe directly into, then you need to know how to set-up your Word (or the format you are using) document page correctly.
To help you understand and remember what audio transcription is, I have designed an Infographic. It was created and designed by me, the writer, 3 years ago. It has now had a revamp in style to be ‘up-to-date’ but the content is the same.