What is Transcribing/Transciption?

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Transcription, transcribing. A term I believe you hear often nowadays. What does transcription or transcribing mean and what are the types of transcription available?

Transcribing is a process where you listen to an audio whether it be recordings of an interview, meeting, lecture, court proceedings, sermons, webinars podcast etc and type what you hear into a document. The person who is listening to these audios and writing what is heard is known as a transcriber or transcriptionist.

The process of transcribing may look very simple but actually, it’s not so. Most of the audio recording are made with the intention of transcription from audio to text. While the task of transcribing is being done, it requires careful listening and an excellent typing skill. Transcribing from audio to text is very time-consuming even for a professional typist. There are times you don’t cathc what was actually said in the audio as such they transcriber would normally have to replay the section to catch it again. So, transcribing can be difficult if you don’t practice and develop the skill or even without the right transcribing tools.

Types of Transcription

In general, there are two types of transcription available. These are:

  1. Verbatim Transcription
  2. Edited Transcription

1. Verbatim Transcription

Verbatim transcription alludes to catching all that is heard in a sound or video document. With verbatim record, everything said by the speakers is interpreted.

Along these lines, aside from complete sentences, you will likewise catch snickers, falters, bogus beginnings, laughs, and different sounds in your record. Non-discourse sounds that might be heard in the document like pummeling entryways, ringing cellphones, yelping canines behind the scenes additionally should be deciphered.

A good example of an audio would be with a spear talking and you hear “uh”, “ha”, “umm”. You can also view a typical example below. (Photo Source)

In the event that this degree of detail isn’t required in the transcript, a decent choice is to translate altered verbatim. With changed verbatim, the transcriptionist won’t just translate the sound or video document yet in addition tidy up any syntactic blunders in the sentences expressed, eliminate filler words, and exclude non-discourse sounds.

What instances should we use vertbatim transcription?

Citing a source

At the point when you are citing an individual, you should utilize their accurate words. For this situation, you can dispense with non-discourse sounds yet guarantee the speaker’s words are caught as precisely said to keep away from context oriented mistakes or false impressions.

Center gatherings and examination considers

Seeing how individuals respond in a center gathering from the words they say or non-discourse sounds they cause can help you know how they to feel about the exploration point. For instance, wavering by utilizing filler words like “uh” when responding to questions could demonstrate that the subjects are thinking again about an issue.

Legal reports and statements

The courts just permit verbatim records to be introduced as proof or for assessment before it. The discourse subtleties in a snippet of data caught can gigantically affect the ultimate result of a case.

For the courts, what is said, including other non-discourse sounds, filler words, and bogus beginnings, is basic in deciding a substitute a lawful matter.

What instances should we use modified verbatim?

Modified verbatim transcription is essentially utilized for business purposes. Organizations or associations that hold preparing courses, talks, gatherings or meetings are fundamentally inspired by the data passed by the speakers. For them, it bodes well to leave out redundancies, fillers, and bogus beginnings in the last records Modified verbatim records stream normally and are simpler to peruse.

2. Edited Transcription

Edited transcription, which is also known as “clean transcription”, focuses on the substance of a discussion in an unmistakably intelligible structure. Half sentences, cut short words, and interpositions are disregarded and the transcriptionist composes the discussion linguistically right (quite far).

With an edited transcription, the substance of a discussion is consummately recreated, while the manner by which something is said is less significant.

Below is an example of an edited transcription. (Picture Source).

In the picture above, on the left hand side is what was actually spoken in the recording showing all the stutters, half sentences etc. On the right hand side is the written version of the audio which was done in a “clean” manner.

So that is transcription in a nutshell. Now that you have an idea of what transcribing or transcription is, in my next blog post, I will talk about how one can become a transcriptionist/transcriber, the different fields in transcription and the tools needed to get the job done.

Stay tune as I go prepare this information for you. Feel free to leave your comments below.