Audio transcription is a service that has been seeing growing demand in recent years to help businesses communicate with their stakeholders. The rise in demand for transcription comes from the shift from written content to other types of multimedia such as video or audio - which are increasingly common in day-to-day business activities. However, written reports are still necessary for an easy conveyance of information.
Luckily for us, machine learning (ML) is expanding the accessibility and potential uses of audio transcription. But in order to make good use of audio transcription, we must first understand the available types, best practices, and what each type is most suitable for.
Although seemingly straightforward, different industries have different transcription needs. It is therefore crucial for a transcriber to understand their client’s specific requirements, to then determine which transcription type will best meet their needs—edited, verbatim, intelligent verbatim, or phonetic.
For example, verbatim transcription, which produces highly-detailed transcripts can be very useful for legal documents, or film scripting. Edited transcription, on the other hand, is the most suitable transcription type for documents that need publishing, or texts covering speeches or conferences, given the high comprehensiveness of its output. Intelligent transcription, due to its conciseness, is best suited for general business documents which need to be quickly read, digested, and shared. Lastly, phonetic transcription is most typically used for linguistics-related projects, where, for example, highlighting the pronunciation of specific words might be of necessary value.
The table below gives you a clear overview of which transcription type is used when:
Now that you have more knowledge about transcription types and how they can best be used, you are ready to make a start on your own audio transcription project. However, choosing the correct type of audio transcription service is only the beginning of a detailed process. To achieve optimum results, you’ll need experienced and specific transcribers to perform the work for you. You can trust TAUS with that part. With our global workforce of data contributors, we can form special groups of transcribers who are best suited to your requirements, and perform the work on our HLP Platform.
Get in touch with us for more information on how we can help you with your transcription and speech data needs.
Pamela is the Marketing & Training Coordinator at TAUS. With her background as a Communication Science student, she aims to finds the best ways to engage users both on social media channels as well as occasional blog articles.