Friday, December 6, 2013

How Legal Professionals Can Benefit From Audio Transcription Services

How Legal Professionals Can Benefit From Audio Transcription Services
By M Holmes

Creating transcripts from audio and video content is a practice that has been around a long time. Technological advancement has improved the way transcription is done and transcription companies vie with each other to provide their clients with accurate and timely transcripts. Audio transcription services are a great advantage for legal professionals and law firms looking to save time and money with their documentation tasks. Performing audio transcription can be a time and resource consuming task for attorneys, lawyers, court reporters, and other paralegals. That's why these professionals are increasingly outsourcing their documentation tasks to reliable service providers.

Audio Transcription for a Wide Variety of Documents
Legal transcription services are available for legal documents and proceedings such as court proceedings, judgments, legal hearings and pleadings, legal letters, briefs, reports, trials, arbitrations, and much more. Assigning their transcription work to an established legal transcription company will help legal professionals save time, focus better on their cases, and enhance their productivity.

Benefits of Audio Transcription Outsourcing
Outsourcing audio transcription tasks to a reliable legal transcription company, assures legal professionals many benefits:

• Audio transcription utilizing digital applications: A reliable firm would uses up-to-date sophisticated technologies and the latest software to convert audio files to text. They can handle various audio file formats such as MP3, WAV, AU, and more.
• Accurate transcripts: Professional transcription firms would ensure transcripts with high levels of accuracy. Their team of transcriptionists would be trained in legal terminology and jargon and also have excellent listening and comprehensive skills to catch important words and different accents. The transcribed documents undergo stringent quality checks to assure accuracy levels of up to 99 percent.
• Saves resources: Reliable firms help legal professionals save money as well as resources. Hiring audio transcription services means they can save money that would go into hiring additional staff to do the job in-house. They can also save on space, infrastructural expenses, and investment in new technologies and training programs.
• Secure handling of legal data: Legal professionals do not have to worry about the safety of the information on their precious audio files when they are sent out for transcription. A reliable legal transcription company would ensure utmost confidentiality and security for the files with measures such as:
     - FTP and browser based 256 bit encryption for safe file transfer
     - Onsite confidentiality with password-protected computers and staff trained on privacy rules pertaining to client data.
• Cost-effective: Legal transcription services are cost-effective. Established firms help their clients reap economies of scale and can ensure their clients cost savings of 30 to 40 percent on their transcription.

Find a Reliable Service Provider
To gain all these benefits, it is necessary to team up with a reliable legal transcription company. The best way is to browse the web and go in for the free trial that leading providers offer to help their clients evaluate their audio transcription services. Choose the firm that can meet your requirements at rates that fit your budget.

MOS Legal Transcription Service provides a wide range of audio transcription services for lawyers and other legal professionals
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Transcription Services - Charging Methods

Transcription Services - Charging Methods
by Riley J Nottingham

There are so many transcription services on the market today, some costing not much at all and some costing lots and lots of money. With many different charging models, today I'll look at the different charging models and the best way you can get awesome quality transcription work without spending much. I'll also show how cheap transcription services does not always mean low quality transcription work.

CHARGING MODELS
There are multiple models of how you get charged by transcription companies. These are the most common ones but certainly not all of them. We look look at the benefits and the negatives of each below.

Fixed Price:
Fixed price transcription is normally coming up with a combination of the below methods; normally a customer will submit their audio needing to be transcribed and the transcription company will provide a quote for that will only be valid for that work quoted on. A company will generally take number of speakers, hardness of audio, quality of recording, turnaround time, previous working relationships with the customer, etc. into consideration when determining a standard quote for transcription based on a fixed price.
Positives of fixed price transcription services:
You know exactly how much the audio transcription company will charge for the transcription services. No surprise fees for the transcription. Good for large business and for business with ongoing transcription contracts. You can ensure the transcription company has the capacity to deliver work before order is placed. You might be able to get discounts based on large amounts of audio, although in my experience this is not the case.
Negatives of fixed price transcriptions:
Not good for fast turnaround transcription work as it takes time for you to contact the company providing the transcription service and them to reply to you with a quote. Even if you contact them, in my experience some just do not reply, wasting more time. Very time consuming to organize. These companies normally have little to no automated services so customer feedback is often slow. You normally end up paying more for audio work. Make sure you check the transcription services' ability to take detailed client requirements into consideration.
Recommendations:
In almost all cases, I would advise against this type of transcription service, as you can achieve the same or better results with other transcription methods. The one circumstance I would advise this method is if there are very exact formatting or specific punctuation standards that are required (as the other methods listed below often will not have special formatting included in the price).

Per Line of Typed Text
Per line of text is normally defined as: 1 line of transcription is equal to 65 key strokes. Normally a company will have an agreed rate per keystroke with the transcriptionist and you are charged for these keystrokes. While this is often heavily used in the medical transcription industry, personally I do not like this method of charging for transcription services because it is extremely hard for the client getting the transcription completed on their behalf to know exactly how many keystrokes or lines of transcription there are in their audio order. While some level of estimation can be completed, you will not know what you're paying until you get your bill! I think this is a risk that does not need to be taken when there are so many other transcription methods available.
Positives of per line transcription services:  Very accurate method of charging for work performed. Very good for transcription companies as customers take the risk. You can often pay after work is completed, which can assist customers and businesses with cash flow situations (keep money in your bank as long as possible!).
Negatives of fixed price transcription services:  Customers take the risk of the services performed. There is an unknown price of transcription until it is completed. Because no money was paid to start work, some companies may not complete audio if it is very hard audio - talk about slack! So... bad on the customer service front, especially.
Recommendations
Generally, I would suggest this method of charging be avoided, except for the very few circumstances where there is lots of audio time with very limited amount of speaking. As, if the work was being charged at a per minute rate, you could potentially be charged more. In my experience, companies capitalize on the uncertainty of the customers by having complicated per line rates that are hard to understand. Be aware of unknown costs and make sure - if you are REALLY interested in this method of charging - that you find a company you trust.

Per Minute of Audio
The per minute of audio pricing structure is becoming increasingly common, as the transcription industry becomes more competitive. This method is often the easiest and cheapest from a consumer's point of view.
Positives of per minute of audio transcription services: It's simple. Especially if the rate is $1 or $2 per minute, it makes it even simpler for the customer. 10 minutes is $10 - a simple minutes x rate equation. It is usually cost effective if you find a good company.
Negatives of per minute of audio transcription services:  If you have large amounts of silence in your audio, you will still be charged for this. This is because someone must still be paid to listen to every second of your audio to ensure there is nothing in those gaps to be transcribed.
Recommendations
This is generally the best method of obtaining transcription for your audio. It's usually quite easy to get quotes from these companies, and the pricing is usually fair. Per minute audio transcription services will probably become more and more popular into the future.

Common Extra Charges
It is extremely important to be aware of the extra charges some transcription companies may try to charge you, as many of them try very hard to squeeze as much money out of their customers as possible. Common charges we have seen have included:
  • Extra charges for hard audio (the definitions vary widely)
  • More than 1 speaker (quite common)
  • Turnaround times (can be complicated)

IN SUMMARY
Be careful, as always. Do your research. Find the charging option that works best for you. Weigh up all the factors that are important to you, or your client, whoever the customer is... the quality of your transcription, the accuracy, as well as the customer service provided by your chosen online audio transcription service.

Happy transcription hunting!

Riley Nottingham is the co-founder of DoneItNow - http://www.doneitnow.com, an online audio transcription service that provides amazing, high-quality transcriptions from just $1/min.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

General Transcription Techniques

General Transcription Techniques
By Ron Jacobsen

When various visual elements are made to interact with sound, the results are often described as 'rich'. This is the essence of many multimedia productions because the content appeals to the viewer and listener at multiple levels and the individual feels compelled to convert the words in the multimedia piece to print.

Interactive media recordings can contain still images, animation, graphics, video, audio and text made to appear like a motion picture. The last twenty years has seen a subtle but rapid evolution of electronic media devices used to digitally store multiple varieties of information in their appropriate file formats.

The conversion of interactive media pieces like these from their original digital format into text requires extensive training as well as patience, even for the skilled professional. This is why the general transcription process of audio to text appears deceptively easy at first glance.

If you are in the market and need to have a written document created from a media piece then the most efficient strategy is to have your transcripts prepared by an online transcription company that uses only state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

Sometimes the files that are uploaded onto the website for general transcription are of poor quality or with incompatible file formats. The transcription experts are then forced to use multiple strategies in order to get all of the transcripts done correctly. This is where a company that already has superior transcription arsenal can make all the difference as they capture all of the words and sounds and commit them to text.

Familiar general transcription tools include video editing devices, equipment with variable speed audio playback capability, speech recognition software, scribe transcription aids and gadgets like transcription headsets, hand held digital dictation devices and transcription foot pedals. Real people make a career of being good listeners and with the right tools simplify all of the processes. None of this is visible to the client!

A-Class transcriptions websites allow their clients to seamlessly log onto their account and with multiple clicks of the mouse, request exactly what they want. In this way the turnaround times, service rates and text document formats are stipulated and can be followed by multiple instructions.

The team handshake of client and staff works like a gem! From the start of the process when the client uploads as many as ten of their files in their original file formats (up to 800 megabytes) until the transcripts are sent to the supplied email address and/or placed on their account, the files are confidentially regulated and accuracy in transcription has been assured.

This 'apparent' transcription magic spins the raw document through the capable hands of transcribers, proof readers, editors and project managers and produces a completed transcript. At the points where there may have been crosstalk or the audio is extremely difficult to interpret, the ListenLink™ feature is placed instead of the text so that the text document reader can 'backpedal' from text to audio and listen to the actual audio recording.

Not everyone has the knack of being meticulous when preparing text documents. Hiring the best transcription writers at affordable prices has proven to be the best way to convert a precious document from audio to text and to have it delivered on time complimented by the best budget!


Ron writes about general transcription techniques or how to on providing effective transcriptions. TranscriptionWing is a transcription services company offering fast, and reliable transcripts at low transcription rates.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Demand for Court Reporting Experts Continues to Expand

The Demand for Court Reporting Experts Continues to Expand
By Sarah Ballentine

Court reporting, sometimes referred to as stenography, is the process of transcribing a person's spoken or previously recorded words into written form. It is most commonly used as part of the legal process either in the courtroom or during briefing sessions; however, the occupation extends into the general business sector.

An individual must be well versed in shorthand writing and trained to use voice or stenography devices to create the required official transcripts. Court reporters are used for these types of document creation:
  • Hearing Transcripts
  • Depositions
  • Trial Briefs
  • Discovery Summaries
  • Closed-Captioning
  • Meeting Transcription
  • Speech Conversion
  • Record Generation
  • Letters
The job of a reporter is not limited to a legal environment and numerous companies hire these professionals to perform additional types of transcription tasks. Closed-captioning on television programs is one example of the extension of these services outside of a legal setting.

How are Court Reporters Incorporated into the Dictation Processes?
Court reporters can be tied to a specific firm or in a freelance fashion where they work on individual contracts. Companies or legal experts use their abilities for court proceedings or general dictation needs. The demand for professional services is high in the areas of depositions and court hearing proceedings.

Real-time court reporting is essential to firms handling a case because the transcribed data can be used to perform research in a faster manner. Online databases of the documents offer lawyers quick access to needed information and a dependable reporter make this possible.

Courtrooms today include integrated technology that has increased the turnaround time of documents created during real-time proceeding transcription. This addition has allowed trials to occur quicker, operate smoothly, and individual contributors to use their time more efficiently.

Court reporters are significant assets to any legal process and their services have been extended to general business environments to receive comparable advantages. They are responsible for accurate dictation along with the effective operation of all needed equipment. Companies offering reporting services are responsible for the maintenance of devices in addition to the support software used to manage all documents. Delivered services include:
  • Case Management Assistance
  • Team of Dedicated Reporters
  • Production Facilities
  • In-House Depositions
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Video/Text Synchronization
  • Web Streaming
  • Videography
  • Database Oriented Document Management
The process can be completed with two basic methods-stenography or voice writing. Stenography involves typing spoken word by means of a device to create an accurate record. In voice writing, the transcriber repeats spoken word in a verbatim manner into a special recording mechanism that actually creates the transcript.

Stenographers must pass typing speed tests, whereas a voice writer is evaluated based on dictation speed. Both are used in courtroom processes and specially designed digital recorders are sometimes applied to perform dictation after the event.

Court reporting is definitely not a dying profession and the need for these skills continues to increase. The demand for these professionals expands every day both in legal areas and throughout organizations. A professional outsourcing provider is one option firms or companies have when these services are needed and allows someone to be acquired without paying a regular salary.

Court reporting allows a company or firm to receive accurate written records of a verbal communication. Court reporters have become a high demand profession due to their versatility.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

How General Transcription Companies Help the Business Industry

How General Transcription Companies Help the Business Industry
By Ron Jacobsen

General transcription is simply what it's termed of, general. It is a transcription service where one is not required to have a medical or legal terminology training or certification. It is the form of transcription that is easiest to get in to. Although some companies do general along with legal transcription, it is more precise to say that any transcription service that is not medical would be considered general.

General transcription helps the industry by simplifying the daily operation of businesses around the world, but most importantly it's a service that is scalable to every individual no matter the needs. Every company that is serious about their business at one point would be involved in recording conversations. May it be a phone call, or a business meeting or even a recorded video conference, one way or the other someone would want to have a transcript of what was talked about, and what happened and the only way to have some sort of detailed review would be to have these media transcribed. This is where general transcription companies come in.

These companies can just be a click away from any company or individual on which you can have your media uploaded or sent to the transcribing party and it will return back to you in a well formatted word document or PDF or sometimes even excel sheet that you can easily read, search from, and print. This is how general transcription companies help the industry. It is a way where someone does something that you will not probably have time to do and they do it fast and accurate.

General transcription companies do not just appeal to other companies but also cater to individuals that are always on-the-go. Business people in general don't have the time to listen to all their voicemails and would prefer for it to come in paper form that they can read whenever they have the time. Memos or even scribbled meeting notes can be transcribed into a well formatted digital document that can easily be printed, and backed up.

Marketing research is another industry that benefits from general transcription companies. Most of the operations involved usually requires recording and with that transcripts. From webcam interviews, focus group discussions, and mobile research recordings, all of which requires transcriptions that would be submitted to the Research Company or researcher which then will be used to generate qualitative insights.

General transcription companies bring value to the business industry as it compliments them with a service that most businesses would be better off not doing themselves. These companies pride themselves with accuracy and speed which makes it is very cost-efficient to consider hiring them than create transcripts on their own.
 
Ron Jacobsen writes about general transcription services that includes video, legal and voice mail transcriptions. TranscriptionWing offers fast, reliable and accurate transcripts at very low transcription prices.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

General Transcription for Business and Individuals

General Transcription for Business and Individuals
By Jeff Montero

Most people associate transcription with major corporations and professional services such as law firms, executives, doctors, courts, etc. But the average Joe can also benefit from general transcription.

Of course transcription services are beneficial to businesses of any size, particularly when there's a large volume of audio to transcribe and not enough in-house transcriptionists to handle the task. Modern transcription services now offer digital engagement where a user or organization can upload their audio to have it handled by the transcription company.

This digital channel has simplified the process so that hard copies sent through the snail mail are no longer necessary - though that is still possible for media such as analog audio (cassettes and reels.)

That's a huge perk for businesses, but that digital upload and quick turnaround are great perks for the common user. Transcription services don't just deal in professional content for major corporations or firms, they work with people on a more personal level when there's general work to be done. Services are available to any individual or organization that requires the services.

Whether the recordings are in an audio or video format, general transcription services can provide a polished product on things like:
  • Oral histories
  • Audio journals
  • Audio letters
  • Recorded conversations
Perhaps you've got some old recordings lying around, say an old recording from the '40s or '50s of your grandparents relating the family history. Older recordings such as theses could benefit from digital transfer and transcription. As analog tape ages, it deteriorates which results in the loss of sound quality or even the ability of the tape to be played. Additionally, most people don't have the equipment to play old reel to reel recordings, wire recordings, or even cassette tapes. Specialized transcription services can help recover the bulk of older audio formats, restore them and provide transcripts.

Business professionals stand to benefit a lot from professional transcription due to the sheer amount of information and data that they deal with each day.

Consider the meetings, press conferences, focus groups, speeches, seminars, conversations - all of that can be impossible to remember for most people. While taking notes in any given situation is helpful, having the audio of the situation which can later be transcribed is beneficial.

More often than not, notes we take may be inaccurate or miss a key point that is vital to a business plan or upcoming event, project, etc. Having a clear report furnished by a general transcription service provider can make it easy to pick out highlighted points that are crucial.

General transcription simplifies the daily operation of businesses around the world, but most importantly it's a service that is scalable to every individual no matter the needs. Whether you're looking to recover dialog from an old home video (remember Betamax?), or an old audio cassette tape, or if you need content transcribed of your marketing research and focus groups, general transcription provides the perfect value.

While it's entirely possible to transcribe one's own data, there's something to be said for the relief that comes from having a specialist take the weight of the work and return a polished written product.

TransDual Forensics offers digital and analog transcription services. Our areas of expertise include general transcription, forensic, criminal justice, forensic pathology, and law enforcement transcription services.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Generals of General Transcription

The Generals of General Transcription
By Barry Henry

When you are thinking about stepping foot into transcription, it is always a good idea to know what you're getting into before you even try. First and foremost, you need to ensure that you are ready for a fast paced environment that takes little to no hostages. In fact, you have to be on your toes at all times, especially with your writing, if you want to keep up with even the most mundane forms of transcription.

General transcribers will work on just about anything. From radio, broadcasting, documentaries, to any other form of media or legal items that require a general transcription professional. But what is it you can expect as a general transcription professional? Well, first and foremost you will want to know what transcription really is.

Transcription, or general transcription, is a business which helps to convert the spoken word to a written or electronic text file. You can be asked to either work live or from a pre-recorded sitting. While, yes, live can be far more difficult than a pre-recorded audio or video tape, it is always good for you to be well versed in either of these forms of general transcription in the instance that you get hired on for a live or recorded transcription job.

In the field of general transcribing you can work for a transcription service company or work freelance. Either of these are legitimate forms of transcribing; however, with a company's backing, you may very well begin to land some of the more lucrative general transcribing jobs.

A couple of the requirements of general transcription, as with any other kind of transcribing out there, are that you have a fairly quick typing speed. Many of these companies will ask that you type two hundred words per minute or more. This is simply because if you're transcribing live, you have to be able to keep up with what people are saying with little difficulty. You may even be asked to submit to a speed-typing test, which will rate how many words per minute you type, as well as your accuracy.

The accuracy portion of these tests will help to assess whether or not you're capable of spelling and grammar. While people won't always speak correctly per the language they speak, you are going to be asked to type out each and every word as though the person is speaking. For this reason, the proper use of punctuation is an absolute must. Nothing is worse than a transcription that is flat and lacks the emotion that the people used while speaking the words you are transcribing.

Just like any other field that you may be interested in working in, general transcribing requires that you know your job and know it well. Without this pre-knowledge of the field, you will be swimming up stream with no hope in sight. Of course, on the job training will also help you to overcome any shortcomings that you may have with your general transcription career or gig.

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