for communication via telephone or e-mail.
Completed transcripts are
re-listened to/proofread word-for-word against original audio/video
MY transcripts 98.5% accurate and eliminating all
but the worst of the [INAUDIBLES]
If I'm not 100% sure of a word, I will not second-guess and put a "possible" word that may or may not be what was
are certified: "To the best of my knowledge, belief and ability, the transcript is true, complete
and accurate and has not been altered from the original media format."
are printed on high-quality bond paper and spiral bound -- similar to court
Please note that I won't transcribe partial
transcripts or "only needed" portions of the audio/video--the entire file must be transcribed as my certification
states "true, correct and COMPLETE." A partial transcript is not complete.
True VERBATIM includes ah's, uh's, um's, etc.
Clean VERBATIM includes everything that was said -- with the exception of the transcript being cleaned
and the ah's, uh's, um's, etc.
Unless requested otherwise, all transcripts
are typed TRUE VERBATIM.
The Differences Between Verbatim Transcription/Transcripts
General Office Correspondence
transcription is getting every sound, utterance and word on paper – in addition to the speaker’s
emotions, whether it be laughter, crying, sighing, etc. The end result is a hard-paper copy – exact and identical to
an audio/video file.
General correspondence omits false starts, uhs, ahs, ums, etc. Additionally,
I would hope that the dictator is not sobbing during the dictation.
General transcription is
rarely a true and correct copy of what was said – it ends up being a skimmed and/or slimmed down –
often typists omit words without changing the meaning.
Verbatim transcripts are
usually spoken on the fly – it may have been practiced beforehand, although not necessarily –
questions may be prepared ahead of time – sometimes one answer will lead to another question that wasn’t thought
out ahead of time. A missed word could definitely change the meaning of what was said.
correspondence dictation is usually thought out. Some dictators will prepare a cheat sheet ahead of time.
Dictators will say strike when they’ve changed their minds about what they just said, or they will stet something when
they change their minds again.
A transcript might have a person change a point or clarify something,
although the original verbiage does not get struck from the transcript.
Verbatim transcription is a specialized skill – and not just anyone can do it!
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