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Four Reasons Why You Need Video Transcription and Captioning Services

Video camera for taking precious momentsHave you ever watched a Spanish or French movie without captions? If you are a fan of foreign movies, then you would understand why video transcriptions and captions are important. In order to attract a wider circle of viewers, you need to relay the message in a language that most people can understand. Check out the top reasons why your video needs captions and transcriptions!

Translation into Other Languages

Remember watching a Spanish or French movie without captions where you have no idea how the story goes and you can’t understand what the actors are saying? Here comes the need for transcription online and captioning. Transcribing and captioning videos can expand its viewership on a larger scale of audience globally.

Increased Comprehension

Captions help people understand more what they are viewing. Even native English speakers enable captions in order to understand the content better. It also helps them memorize what has just been said. For example, students or professionals actually learn better while watching videos (like lectures or training videos) with the captions on because visual learning enhances the memorization of the subject.

Better SEO and More Traffic to Your Website

A video that is properly transcribed and captioned can have more views than the ones with no captions at all. Transcribed and captioned videos also help with Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Google and other search engines prefer captioned videos thus helping you rank for target keywords even better than videos with no captions. Video transcripts can also be optimized as per its keywords or tags to help viewers to find content quickly and easily.

Aiding People with Hearing Disabilities

There are people who suffer from hearing disabilities worldwide. The World Federation of Deaf has statistics showing at least 70 million people are deaf. How does this correlate to captions and transcriptions? Captions help people with hearing disabilities access the information in your videos; it makes learning through videos much easier for them.

Do you still have videos that don’t have captions and transcriptions? Now would be a good time to optimize those videos so a larger audience can benefit from them. Call iScribed to get started!


How Has Big Data Impacted the Legal System?


Lots of cables at the back of a big server.Legal firms used to store their data as hard copies. They had been reluctant in digitizing until they realized how they would need additional highly secured storage space for all their hard copies. Nowadays, most legal firms rely on cloud storage. Cloud storage makes file storage a lot easier and a lot more accessible since searching for files and analyzing data sets can now be easily done with a single click.

The technology of big data is premised on the ability to analyze not only text but many other data types such as pictures, email, video and voice. This allows lawyers to look for patterns and correlations across vast data sets previously inaccessible.

New and growing law firms can also now be competitive with multinational firms by utilizing technology and maintaining a wider, less dense footprint. Big data storage has been useful for legal practitioners; imagine not needing to hire numerous paralegals or interns to dig hundreds of files. You can now get to specific data that you urgently need because a better and bigger file storage system can now be used by legal professionals.

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However, managing large amounts of data has always been a challenge  especially in the legal industry where data needs to be entered manually. The process usually starts with paralegal or court reporter recording the court proceeding. They can then do the transcriptions themselves but when they are faced with a lot of work, this can create a huge mess. Nowadays, it is more convenient if you let professional legal transcription services to do the transcriptions for you. With professionals working on the transcriptions, courthouses and law firms can more optimally utilize a paralegal or court reporter by letting them focus on the more specialized aspects of their job while getting the transcriptions at a lower price than handling them in-house.

Using big data storage has proven its usefulness to most legal firms. Using it in other industries has also had good results. The Human Resource industry can also benefit from big data by reducing paperwork and physical storage requirements without sacrificing the volume of data captured.

Big data is only starting to gain traction in the legal industry and it still has a long way to go. The confidential information that law firms are dealing with is one of the primary reasons why the legal industry has been reluctant to digitize their data storage system. For many firms, big data may pose a lot of risks and challenges in the beginning but mitigating them is fairly easy. In the end the only way to innovate and be one step ahead of the competition is to adapt and make technology work for you.

 

 


Have More Productive Meetings at Work with Audio Transcription

Audio transcription for more productive business meetings

It’s widely known today that Americans are some of the hardest workers in the world, or at least some of the longest-working workers in the world. (And the UK isn’t far behind.) You don’t have to be a coal miner, The President, an Alaskan crab fisherman, or an audio transcription professional—the amount of work the average employee spends in work-related activities today may surprise you.

Some sources claim that American office workers attend, on average, about 60 business meetings per month.

(I’m not a mathematician, but I’m pretty sure that’s 720 business meetings a year. Seven hundred and twenty.)

With how poorly organized most business meetings are, that equates to a whole lot of wasted time. In fact, according to HubSpot, it all adds up to at least 31 completely wasted hours per month.

And what about the time that isn’t wasted? Well, as anyone who has ever been in a meeting before knows—and we’re guessing you have—once you exit the door of that conference room, much of what was discussed during the meeting tends to fly right out the window.

While the Western world’s obsession with having unproductive meetings is unlikely to change overnight, there are ways we can improve the value of meetings. What is the #1 way to have better quality meetings? You guessed it—the answer is audio transcription.

Get it on Record: Make Audio Transcription Work for You

One word: Accountability. Having a record of exactly what was said (and who is in charge of what) during a meeting has obvious value, but there is another huge benefit to having an audio transcription policy: When attendees know that they’re being recorded, they are more likely to stay on track. In addition, knowing that what they are saying is on record may encourage them to contribute more value to the meeting.

So you’ve decided to record the audio of your meetings. Where do you start? Check out this article for tips on recording business meetings like a pro. (Also see our earlier post about conference call recording and transcription.)

Now, Actually Have the Meeting’s Audio Transcribed

As many savvy managers already know, you can get a lot more out of the time you spend in meetings already know by having them transcribed. Of course, tying up employees by relegating them to hours of tedious audio transcription isn’t necessarily an optimal way to make the company more productive. Fortunately, it is reasonably inexpensive to outsource audio transcription to an online transcription service like iScribed.

In addition to the above tips, Forbes gives these seven tips for having more effective meetings.

  1. Have Clear Objectives
  2. Consider Who is in Attendance
  3. Stick to the Schedule
  4. Don’t Let One Person Monopolize the Conversation
  5. Start on Time, End on Time
  6. Ban Technology
  7. Follow Up with Attendees

Of course, Tip #6—banning technology—might be one to take with a grain of salt if you’re intent on improving productivity by transcribing your meetings. Unless you’re keen on hiring a real-time (superhuman) audio transcription professional or using a wax cylinder to keep records of your meetings, make an exception for a digital recorder (placed properly, of course).

Outside of that small caveat, of course, let your attendees know that their iPhone marimbas and the dreaded Samsung whistles will not be tolerated. If only it was possible to extend this policy beyond the conference room doors (like, say, to your favorite coffee shop).

What are your tips for making meetings more effective? Tweet at us @iscribed and let us know!

Ready to let iScribed handle all your transcribing needs? It’s easy. Click here to get started with your transcription order and get a free up-to-5 minute audio transcription demo to try out the accuracy, affordability, and unbeatable quality of our audio transcription services for yourself!


The Perks of Hiring an Online Audio Transcription Service

Hiring an Online Audio Transcription Service Perks - iScribed.comAs with any technological revolution that leads to new types of services which make life easier, “online audio transcription services” are becoming increasingly popular. For many of today’s attorneys, paralegals, journalists, speakers, businesspeople, video professionals, and even physicians, an online audio transcription service may not quite be a “lifesaver”—but it is certainly a time-saver and a career-saver.

Of course, if you’re browsing the website for iScribed’s transcribing services, the question you are probably asking yourself at the moment is “Why should I consider an online audio transcription service to create transcripts of my files rather than doing it myself?”

Well, the answer is clear. Sourcing out your boring, menial audio transcription work to iScribed saves time, energy, and money. iScribed hires only the best US and UK-based transcriptionists, so you are assured of the quality of the product you’ll receive before even using the service. (If that’s not good enough for you, check out iScribed’s recent audio transcription reviews). iScribed’s experienced staff provides affordable, accurate transcription—every time.

As anyone who has ever transcribed audio or video knows, performing transcription with any degree of efficiency requires a tremendous amount of hours spent… well… transcribing.

If you’re worried about how long it will take, fret not. With iScribed, you will receive your transcription faster than most services at much lower price. This dual advantage is probably one of the best perks of using iScribed as your preferred online audio transcription service.

Financially, it makes far greater sense to use an online audio transcription service rather than hiring a full-time transcriptionist or tying up an existing staff member who isn’t a professional transcriptionist with a time-consuming task. With iScribed, you pay for transcription only when you need it. Further, you pay for the amount that is transcribed, not for the amount of time it takes the person transcribing. If you’re business-minded (or just money-minded) this works out to a far better deal for you. Another often-overlooked advantage of using iScribed.com for on-demand audio transcription services is that you will not have to invest in any equipment, software, or subscriptions needed to help with transcribing.

You don’t have to be in any particular profession or industry to appreciate having less work and more time at your disposal. If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or just a busy professional of any sort, you will have ample time to devote to more pressing (and even enjoyable) tasks. Ready to see if an online audio transcription service can benefit your workflow? Visit iScribed.com/transcriptions to get started and try a FREE 5-minute demo transcription.