Transcription Styles

Transcription styles are standard guidelines used by our team while transcribing and editing. Each style employs a different style of editing and therefore offers a different level of detail.

Decide which transcription style is best for you based on the degree of detail you require in your transcripts… or ask us to recommend one.

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Verbatim

This very popular transcription style includes detailed transcription with light editing to remove irrelevant parts that break the flow of reading:

  • Every word on the recording is transcribed.
  • Grammar and sentence structure are left unchanged.
  • Fillers like um, uh, you know, okay, etc. are REMOVED.
  • False starts (incomplete sentences) are removed.
  • Repetitions are removed.

Example:
“Mom and dad were the figures who had to draw line and do discipline in their life. I was the fun guy, they came to me when everything else had failed and they want to have good time.”

Intelligent Verbatim

The Intelligent Verbatim style of transcription is ideal for when you need well-edited, easy-to-read:

  • Fillers like um, uh, you know, okay, etc. are REMOVED.
  • False starts (incomplete sentences) are removed.
  • Repetitions are removed.
  • Grammatical errors are removed.
  • Sentence structure is improved with paraphrasing where needed.

Example:

“Mom and dad were the figures who had to draw the line and do discipline in their lives. I was the fun guy, they came to me when everything else had failed and they wanted to have a good time.”

True Verbatim

True Verbatim transcription is the most detailed transcription style including everything on the recording with zero editing:

  • Fillers like um, uh, you know, okay, etc. are INCLUDED.
  • Relevant false starts (incomplete sentences) and repetitions are included.
  • Grammar and sentence-structure are left unchanged.
  • Non-verbal communication like [laughter] and [pauses] is included.

Example:

“Mom and dad  were the figures who never allowed– who had to uhm…draw line and do discipline in their life. I was the fun guy [laughs], they came to me when everything else had failed and they want to have good time.”

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