When you’ve got an important deadline ominously looming on the horizon, taking a chance on a virtual assistant or inexperienced transcriptionist to transcribe your media might not be the best move—or even the cheapest.
So, why do it?
There are plenty of (succinct) horror stories on Twitter about this. Handing your files off to the wrong transcription service can result in low-quality transcripts that are more or less unusable. Surprisingly, this includes the big services and startups with millions of dollars of venture capital to spend on advertising budgets, but not enough to ensure that every transcript is high quality.
To make finding the right transcribing service more difficult, there are quite a few individuals selling transcription services online. You’ll see them advertising their services on social media. Some – not all – of these people are not experienced transcribers at all.
Transcription is one of those underappreciated professions that many people assume anyone can do: “It’s just typing, right? Just hours, and hours, and hours of typing, right? I can handle that.”
Famous last words.
Anyone who’s tried to transcribe even a 15 minute audio file quickly finds out (at about the 7 minute mark) just how much work audio transcription actually is.
Transcribing interviews must be one of the worst things in the world … #masterstudies
— Pat (@doonot) November 5, 2015
Transcribing a 15 minute counseling session doesn’t seem like it would be hard work but it is honestly the most exhausting process.
— Ally Ryman (@AllyRebekah) September 29, 2015
Transcribing an interview just shy of 30 minutes somehow manages to take hours.
— Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart) November 9, 2015
I’ve been transcribing this video for the past few hours. PAST FEW HOURS. I deserve this break.
— Chanelle Bryonne (@WhatTheNELLE_12) October 8, 2015
Keep in mind, these people are most likely experienced transcribers, and it’s still this painful.
Instead of hiring an amateur online who’s offering a litany of miscellaneous services in addition to audio/video transcription, turn to the professionals at iScribed to get high-quality work done by a team of fast, accurate, native English-speaking transcriptionists at extremely competitive pricing.
There’s an old saying that you get what you pay for and that is particularly true when it comes to transcription (and captioning). Transcribing is not a simple task. While it can often be tedious work, it requires high levels of attention and concentration.
A command of the English language, the ability to understand English in a variety of accents, and of course, excellent typing skills are other prerequisites. Experienced transcribers, like those at iScribed, can make short work of hours of recorded media. Even if you’re backed up with audio or video recordings that need to be transcribed, they can handle it:
From the FAQ:
Are there any special rates or discounts that apply for large orders or repeat business?
Absolutely! Please contact iScribed to discuss your large project or give us an estimate of the volume of business we can expect, and we will give you the best bulk rate in the industry.
While iScribed’s prices are low compared to their larger competitors, their prices are high enough that you get the high quality transcripts you need in a flash.
Telltale signs of an unqualified transcriptionist:
- Offering tons of other services in addition to transcribing
- Using extremely basic or non-fluent English phrasing when advertising their services
- Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting errors
- Significant trouble deciphering English speakers with strong accents
When hiring a transcription service online, keep an eye out for the telltale signs of an inexperienced transcriptionist. Make sure your audio or video is being transcribed by professionals with the right level of experience for your needs.
If you have any questions about your project or the types of transcription services we offer, feel free to contact iScribed today.