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Everything You Need to Know About Transcription

The Zoom H4n Pro Voice Recorder

Tired of carrying around numerous recording tools? Wouldn’t it be easier if you had something hand held, palm-sized, that had everything in it? No, we are not talking about a smart phone, although they have made life easier; we are talking about something better. Say...

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How to Transcribe an Interview

Transcribing an interview can be extremely time consuming if done wrong. By following some key steps and using the right tools, you can make the process easier and faster. 1. Analyze Before beginning to transcribe an interview, analyze the recording to understand the...

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Best Lecture Recorders

Thinking of buying a lecture recorder? Here are 10 essential features you should look for - and 3 very popular lecture recorders that people love and recommend. 1. Good Sound Quality This is a no-brainer of course, but good sound quality is relative to how you use the...

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Sending Files for Transcription

Getting ready to send your audio/video files for transcription? Here’s a handy list file sharing options for your reference (we accept all digital formats and sizes): 1. Upload Files The easiest option is to signup and use the secure drop box on our site. It's free...

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Recording Focus Groups Using Lectern Microphones

Microphones used for recording focus groups should have two key features (from an audio quality perspective) – the ability to capture speech clearly and to block out ambient sounds.

Unidirectional Lectern Microphones – also known as Podium or Gooseneck microphones – have both these features and more.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of using them.

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Recording Phone Interviews Using Total Recall for Android

Total Recall is an app for Android phones that can be used to record both sides of the conversation during a phone interview. Reasonably priced at $10.00 (free demo available) it’s a very convenient way to record phone interviews. You should however check if it works with your particular Android device because it’s not compatible with all phones.

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A Look at Transcription Software

“Isn’t there a simpler way of doing this?” Transcription is a notoriously tedious process and almost everyone who’s ever tried it has asked this question at some point.

Unfortunately voice recognition is still an evolving technology and there aren’t perfect solutions available yet.

However, there are some applications that can make the process easier.

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3 Tips for Creating Business Recordings

If you are preparing to record a video or an audio for your business, here are some tips to help you get the best results: 1. Interviews When recording an interview (for e.g., with an expert in your line of work), use a good digital voice recorder to get the best...

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3 Transcription Styles for Your Transcripts

Have you ever stopped in the middle of a transcript and gone ‘Why don’t they just get to the point!’ or ‘Hey wait a minute, this isn’t what the guy said…’

A transcript can be annoyingly hard to read, intelligently edited, or very, very detailed depending on the transcription style used.

There are three basic styles of transcription:

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3 Tools for Converting File Formats

There are several reasons why you may need to convert a file format - 1. To reduce the file size so that you can upload/email it easily 2. To make the file compatible with a particular player 3. To extract audio from a video file, etc. Here are 3 tools, ranging from...

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How to Choose a Transcription Service

It’s easy to find a transcription service online.

A simple search for terms like ‘transcription service’ or ‘transcriptionist’ on Google, Twitter or Facebook will throw up several pages worth of information.

But how do you decide which is the right service for you? What questions should you ask? What instructions should you provide? How do you decide what you need?

Here are some things to consider.

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How Long Does it Take to Transcribe a Recording?

Transcription isn’t the same as typing – it’s listening, researching, understanding and then typing.

Needless to say, the process is quite time-consuming. A single hour of recording can take anywhere between 4-9 hours to transcribe.

Since a lot of transcription services charge by the hour, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of the factors that affect transcription turnaround time.

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