What is transcription?

Transcription is a process of converting (transcribing) previously recorded speech to text. Most often, such work is needed to transcribe interviews, seminars, meetings, conferences, roundtables, to create subtitles for video, etc. It may seem that transcribing of audio files is a simple process, but it requires speed, knowledge of grammar, patience, and also quickly typing skills. The process of transcription of audio files is a very tedious and time-consuming process. The transcriber should listen to the audio fragment, pause the audio, then go the text editor (for example, MS Word), type the text, then go back into the player, press the Play button, listen to the next fragment, pause the player again, go into the editor, write down the text and so on. From such a monotonous work a person quickly gets tired, and during the day, only a few hours of audio recording can be transcribed.

Due to the constantly switching between listening and typing, the speed of the work is greatly reduced, and it takes a very long time sitting at the computer.
By approximate calculations, for every minute of audio recording, 4 minutes of the work required for professional transcriber. In other words, to transcribe 15 minutes of audio you need an hour of work, it turns out that the professional transcriber can transcribe only maximum 1 or 2 hours of audio per 8-hour working day.
But such a long and intensive work on the computer accompanied by a strain of sight and attention, a prolonged static load can become a source of professional diseases, there are complaints of pain in the wrist, palms, and fingers.
So the work of the transcriber is considered to be quite heavy and the question arises: how can we speed-up the transcription process to help transcribers? There are many computer programs that are designed to facilitate transcription.
Most of these software allow the transcriber to slow down the playback speed of audio, so that he/she can type as person speaks; Integrate audio player and text editor in one window eliminating the need for switching between the windows; keyboard shortcuts or hardware pedals to pause, stop or rewind the audio.

But the most time-consuming part of a problem – listening to audio and typing isn't solved.

Voicedocs transcriber

Voicedocs Transcriber offers a different approach to this problem. This a web service for automatic transcription of audio and video files, which consists of state-of-the-art speech recognition technology (speech to text conversion) and innovative text editor. It speeds up transcription process several times, and the risk of getting professional diseases is reduced almost to zero.

Just upload the audio or video file and get automatic transcription in a matter of minutes. And then on a special editor you can make corrections on this text. The editor automatically plays a fragment from the audio recording for selected sentence, which eliminates the need for manually controlling the audio player. This also allows you to quickly correct automatic recognition errors. The resulting text can be downloaded as doc, srt and other formats. There are also useful tools, such as changing the playback speed, including timestamps in the downloaded text, and others. A free trial of the system can be used on voicedocs.com