Interview Transcription Services
Interview transcription services are required by many firms such as market research companies and universities carrying out research projects. Students also undertake research interviews as part of their coursework. Journalists record interviews and their interview transcript is published in magazines and newspapers. We often receive audio from journalists interviewing well known celebrities. Of course our transcriptionists enjoy producing and listening to celebrity interviews transcripts especially if the interviewee is a well known singer, actor or sports person. Conversations are also recorded for other purposes, maybe to be used in court, meetings in an office, insurance companies recording telephone calls, the list is endless. Transcribing interviews requires qualified and trained transcriptionists as sometimes the recording is undertaken in noisy surroundings, maybe the recorder is not directly near the speakers, the speakers may have strong foreign accents and many other factors.
In today’s climate we are living in more and more of a virtual world. You can now record meetings with multiple participants via apps like Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams, that are fully encrypted. You can choose to record audio only or record the video. The advantages are that recording virtually eliminates travel time, travel costs and travel pollution. Added to this the recording will be clearer. A recorder in a room full of people may not record everybody clearly as the microphone will be further away. Generally, mobile phones, tablets and laptops record more clearly than a dictaphone as the gadgets are so far advanced. The disadvantages of recording virtually are that it is more impersonal and it is more difficult to build a rapport and relationship with the client. However, recording virtually is a huge benefit for when you cannot meet face to face.
You can view an interview transcription example on the home page.
Fingertips can produce an interview transcription in four ways.
Verbatim transcription: Everything recorded in the transcript is typed up. This will include erms and ers, you knows, repetitions etc. Coughing, pauses, laughter etc is put in brackets. Words are typed as said i.e. gonna, wanna and ’cause.
Intelligent verbatim transcription (without slang): The typist will use his/her common sense and eliminate erms, ers, you knows, repetitions, and other irrelevant conversation in order that the transcripts reads sensibly but with all the relevant information. Abbreviations are transferred to full grammar in order that the completed transcript reads in a good standard of English and contains material relevant to the subject matter.
Intelligent verbatim transcription (with slang): The same as above i.e erms, ers, you knows, repetitions etc left out but slang words like gonna and wanna left in.
Discourse Analysis: Either verbatim or intelligent verbatim but showing every pause, cough, laughter etc. Short pause will be shown as (.), medium pause (…) and a long pause (…..), (cough), (laughter), (loudly spoken) etc.
Types of interview transcription services:
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