Simply speaking, transcription is turning the spoken words on a recording into a typed document. The person doing this type of work, the transcriptionist, normally uses a transcription program to play the digital audio/video files while he or she listens and types what is heard. Often a foot pedal is connected to the computer for stopping and starting the recording. Headphones are also useful.
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All transcription is done in the United States.
It takes a certain skill and talent to transcribe proficiently, even with a very clear recording and only one person talking. Being able to type well is, obviously, essential, but so is a person's ability to listen and type at the same time! And in so many cases there is much more on the recording than just the voice or voices to transcribe. It takes a keen ear and great concentration to pick out clearly what should be typed from everything else.
Try to type what someone is saying and keep up with them, and you will quickly see how much faster a person talks than we type. Average conversational speech is at about 120-160* words per minute. Now compare that to the typing speed of 40** wpm for the average person to 65-75** for a professional typist. As you can see, there's a big difference.
Then there are other things a transcriptionist may work with on a recording such as loud background noises, heavy accents, multiple speakers, and poorly recorded audio. And don't forget proofreading and possible Internet research for specific terminology or items that are unclear The more of these there are, the longer the time.
Knowing the full extent of the transcription process, the time involved definitely makes sense.
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