Transcription Formats

Having a general discussion about transcriptions usually means having to convert audio-recorded transcription dictations into text format – But a transcription is more than just that. Usually everything will depend on what your client really needs. There are three kinds of transcription formats which are meant for transcribing audio files across the globe.

The Three Types Of Transcription Formatting

Whenever a client requests for a verbatim transcript format this means that each singular line or word must be recorded, as if it was mentioned by the speaker in the audio file. A verbatim transcription needs the person to transcribe – Including those phrases and half-sentences found in the recording. As you work on a verbatim transcription, the one doing the transcribing has to pay close attention to the emotions found in the file. This includes words like ‘Hmmm’, ‘I know’, ‘Like’, etc. Words or phrases like these are commonly found in audio transcripts. Even certain emotions – Such as excitement, fear, laughter, and tremors in the speaker’s voice must be observed and written down while you work on a verbatim-type of transcript.

An intelligent transcript is a type of transcript that makes plenty of sense, and is a smart transcription type, as it is accurate. As you work on this type of transcript, the transcriber doesn’t have to pay closer attention to those pauses and the filler words, since these don’t add any type of value to the content, so they don’t have to be mentioned while working on an intelligent transcribing format. An intelligent transcript format is often used when you transcribe interviews, since it does contain conversation type of audio – Hence there are bigger chances that filler words can show up in the transcript. Words or phrases like these can act as a pause for the transcriber.

When it comes to an edited transcript, the transcriber can remove sentences as they make the transcription, without having to change the sense found in the recording. It does take plenty of understanding in the part of the transcriber, so they can learn which words or phrases are considered clutter, and which ones make sense. Even an edited transcript can be fully time-consuming, but they’re not exactly as difficult to do as a verbatim transcript.


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