Essential Types of Audio Transcription and the People Who Use Them

Ever wonder who it is that will require your transcription services? There are many different kinds of clients that you will end up working for as a transcriptionist, and various types of audio transcription that go along with it.

Different clients will have different needs, and with different needs come different types of transcriptions. Most of them fall into two basic categories, however verbatim and clean verbatim, or non-verbatim.

The Two Basic Types of Transcription

Clean Verbatim Transcription

Okay, so what‘s clean verbatim? No, you‘re not going to wash the transcript. It means it‘s just a cleaned up version. It takes out the false stutters, the um, ah, ah,  stutters and all that other fun stuff. Transcripts are a lot easier to read when they don’t have a “like” or a “you know” every other word as well. Just make sure you check the client‘s style guide, as some will want you to leave in some of that to give the next a little flavor.

Verbatim Transcription

In verbatim or true-verbatim transcription, you leave in all of that stuff. So if I –I — I start to stutter, that would be included. Verbatim jobs tend to pay a bit more than clean jobs because they require a lot more attention and careful listening on the transcribers part. Verbatim transcription also includes sounds like laughter, coughing, and other atmospherics.

The Different Types of Audio Transcription For Different Clients

Academic Transcription

Teacher Answering Pupils Question In Classroom
Female Teacher Answering Pupils Question In Classroom

Professors, researchers, and students are all well known to use transcription services. Students will have lectures transcribed so they can take notes and reread what a professor was lecturing about that day. Students also transcribe interviews to help them with their research. Professors have lectures transcribed to help their students. Also, with more and more classes being offered online, having a written transcript to follow along can be a huge advantage.

Legal Transcription

Legal transcriptions are vital to many court cases. Most of the time, these are mostly verbatim transcriptions, because it‘s not only important what was said, but how was told. Accuracy is vital in legal transcriptions because a single change in a word could make up a court‘s mind to do one thing or another.

Legal transcriptions include court recordings, suspect interviews, and police interviews. They often require unique formatting, and sometimes even need a transcriber to sign off on the accuracy of the document.

Podcast Transcription

Podcast transcription is becoming increasingly popular. Why should you get your podcast transcribed? Well, if you know anything about SEO, then you will know that search engines pick up on the written word, not on audio. Having a transcribed version of your podcast on your website can do wonders for SEO.

It also reinforces the content of your podcast by giving readers a chance to follow along and allows folks who might not be able to listen, a chance to find out what you‘re saying as well. It also makes your content far less of a chore to convert into ebooks or other resources.

Sermon Transcription

Sermon transcription can help pastors, priests, and other religious leaders for them to allow their congregations greater access to their sermons. Transcribing sermons is excellent for groups that may have deaf folks or other folks that may not be able to listen. It is also a unique way of recording a particular inspiring sermon.

Market Research Transcription

There are a few different types of audio transcription included in market research. Focus groups recordings so that the researcher can then analyze what was said. They often get conversations transcribed so that they can pay more attention to the conversation as it is happening when they do not have to stop and take notes.

One on one interviews are also a part of market research transcription. Again, this makes it easier for researchers to make notes and draw conclusions from the interviews and focus groups that they conduct.

Insurance Transcription

Insurance transcription is used by insurance companies to transcribe recorded statements, damage reports, theft reports, holdings, assets, and so much more. For things like this, a written record can be something essential, and that’s where transcription comes in. Similar to legal transcription, insurance transcription is often verbatim.

Business Transcription

Business transcription also utilizes multiple different types of audio transcription. It can be transcriptions of interviews, webinars, meetings, keynotes, seminars, teleseminars, workshops, presentations, and the list goes on. Businesses often have this data transcribed to assist in forming business strategies and goals. It ensures that there is a written record of conversations about decision making, legal, or financial matters.

Business benefit from a multitude of ways by having these conversations transcribed. They will be able to access that information in the future if they need to. It saves them time and effort. Also, of course, the SEO benefit that comes from having a transcription posted on your website.

Interview Transcription

Interviews are one of the most common types of audio transcription, and it has been mentioned already in some of the other categories. However, one of the people who also benefit from interview transcription is authors and writers. Authors often have interviews transcribed, so they have written notes to work off of when they are writing. Sometimes they will even record themselves speaking and then have that dictation transcribed, saving them the time of typing it up.

Medical Transcription

While it’s not required, many medical transcriptionists are certified, and many companies will not hire a transcriber if they are not. Medical transcription involves transcribing a doctor‘s, nurse, or other healthcare professional‘s patient notes and filing them with patient records. Working knowledge of medical terminology, as well as the individual formats that are often used, is required.

Text to Text Transcription

Text to text transcription is when writing that has already been recorded is typed out into an organized, typed document.  This could be lots of things. Handwritten notes, PDFs, Faxes, Research Papers, I once had a client that asked me to type out everything written on dog food bags. Listening isn’t required for text to text transcription, but you will need to know how the client wants their document formatted.

Different Clients, Different Types of Audio Transcription

As you work for more and more clients, you will start to appreciate all the different types of transcription there are. It keeps things interesting, and we all have our favorites. I’m not too fond of focus groups and love interviews or keynotes, but I think you’ll find that pretty standard. You may even develop a specialty.

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Lauren is a work from home Transcriptionist and loves the freedom freelancing brings her. She is currently learning about web design and graphic design and hopes to branch out into branding/brand management. In her free time, she makes her own jewelry.

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