Speech can be stored in various formats such as digital files, audio CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes and mini discs. A transcriptionist has to be able to transcribe as many of those formats as possible.
CDs and DVDs are popular storage media, but are not practical for quick reference of data. Transcription solves this problem by providing digital documentation of the contents of CDs and DVDs. Transcription makes it easy to access, store, centralize and track data.
Some businesses, executives and educators store their recordings on CDs and provide the transcriptionist with a CD for transcription.
CD transcriptionsoftware allows the transcriptionist to transcribe from CDs. Transcriptionists install transcription software on their computer and control audio playback using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard with ‘hot’ keys. Transcription software offers additional features for typists such as variable speed playback, multi-channel control, and playing video and file management.
Express Scribe is free professional audio player software designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings. It is very popular for transcription work. It features foot pedal control, variable speed and support for a wide variety of audio formats including dss, dct, wav, mp3, and wma. Audio recordings can be loaded automatically from CD, email, LAN, FTP and local hard drive.
Stop Powerplay is another tool for quick and efficient transcription of digital video and audio. Start-Stop Powerplay DVD/Video Transcriber is a professional grade PC-based, foot-pedal controlled system. It controls playback of digital video, pause, play, step-back, and fast-forward without taking your hands from the keys or your attention away from your computer monitor and transcript. The Start-Stop PowerPlay provides a wide range of supported video and audio formats, and a focus on improved workflow and efficiency for transcriptionists.
Many transcription services are performed by home based general transcriptionists and transcription companies.
Transcription is not limited to medical transcription or legal transcription. A lot of businesses today are hiring general transcriptionists to transcribe a wide variety of audio or video recordings. General transcription topics may include academic topics, lectures, symposiums, interviews, seminars, reports, briefs, commercials, panel discussions, radio shows, conferences, police videos, legal videos, press briefings and conference calls.
Transcriptionists can provide audio CD transcription, video CD transcription, audio DVD transcription and video DVD transcription. With the right software, transcriptionists can transcribe many file formats, including mp3, wav, mp4, aiff, Windows Media, WMV, WMA, DSS, QuickTime, Real Audio and Real Media. The more audio and video formats you can transcribe, the more transcription work you’ll be able to get.