Audio To Text Transcription
Audio to text transcription, most commonly known as just ‘transcription’, is the process whereby something that is in a recorded format – a digital recording, YouTube, cassette tape, video, podcasts, webinar, CD, DVD – is converted to text format, whether that be handwritten or typed into an electronic Word document, a PDF, an Excel spreadsheet…
The Audio To Text Journey
Audio to text transcription has a rich and evolving history:
Where this used to be done predominantly by “secretaries” sitting near the desk of the boss, taking his Dictaphone, putting on the headphones and letting the fingers fly, slowly but surely these on-site secretaries have been overtaken by virtual typing and secretarial service as audio files could be emailed or uploaded, and the ‘text’ emailed back.
Then, audio to text transcription businesses emerged – transcription service providers who began to dominate the landscape. These little ‘businesses’ generally consisted of four or five women in a small room, receiving audio files and typing them quickly into text.
But from here, the audio to text transcription ‘industry’ arose, with pioneering companies, such as Way With Words which offer custom transcriptions, expanding to all corners of the world – both in terms of clients and transcribers. There is no longer a need for typists to sit together in a room to change audio to text; transcribers can download audio and upload Word documents or even transcribe online from pretty much anywhere in the world.
In the meantime, software developers have been working on software that will automate audio to text transcription, but because of the thousands of accents and dialects spoken worldwide, to the nearly uncountable number of differences in the way people speak – speed of speech, enunciation, pronunciation, slurring of speech, swallowing of vowels – the accuracy level of pure machine-produced transcriptions still lags quite a bit behind the abilities of trained and experienced human transcribers – those with an excellent command of language, sharp hearing, and knowledge of various subject matter and the relevant terminology.
Uses of Audio To Text Today
There are a number of reasons that individuals and organizations around the world have their audio turned into text. While audio to text transcription is most commonly associated with doctors and lawyers (hence, the focus of many transcription providers on medical and legal transcribing), here are some more general audio to text transcription benefits, suggesting why more and more people are turning their audio to text.
First of all, it’s a great way to disseminate information. While people certainly do enjoy watching and listening to videos, accessing such files can be more complicated and people can be hindered by not always having the right technology or being in a situation to watch and listen. Having transcripts, though, allows for both reading them in .doc or PDF formats, as well as reading them in a printed version.
Suppose you’re holding a meeting or a conference, but some people aren’t able to attend. That means that they will miss out on all the content of the discussion unless they manage to get hold of the notes. This is why transcripts are useful: the only thing you have to do is to get a transcript of the recording and then just send it to whoever missed the event.
Or perhaps attendees at your meeting or event spend their time scribbling notes, trying to take down as much information as possible. If instead, you record and then have the audio recording transcribed, you can furnish everyone who was there, and even those who weren’t, with the fullest amount of information possible – the whole thing!
Getting to the Point
When writing a dissertation or doing research, for example, it might get quite difficult to track the information down from an audio file, listening through hours and hours of recordings to find a pertinent comment. Choosing audio to text transcription is not only a good way to store the data, it also allows to search the document for required keywords and copy and paste selections from the transcript right into another document.
Nibity does this audio to text transcription for you, quickly, accurately, and at a surprisingly low rate.