What is Transcription and how it differs from translation?
Okay, before jumping on conclusion or decision let us try to figure out what is the difference between Translation and Transcription.
Transcription is the process of listening to the audio/video file and pen down what has been said in the audio/video. Post that we may require Translation services to convert this text into any other target language.
E.g. We have a German audio/video which will be first transcribed (in German language) which further as per the requirement can be translated into French/English/Spanish etc.
In this article, I’ll be focusing on all the aspects of Transcription only.
Transcription can be further categorized into 2 categories:
Easiest definition of Verbatim transcription is “AS IT IS” or we can say it should have each and every word/sound what is in the audio/video. This type of transcription is required in
· Research sector
· Legal sector
· Education sector
Edited transcription, as the names indicates it’s a refined or clean transcription where the goal is to put the conversation in a clearly legible form. This type of transcription is required in
· Press release
· Business meetings which need to published
· MOMs recordings
There are many transcription software which use AI and speech recognition where upload your audio files and you will receive an automatically generated transcript. Some of them are
For me personally, otter rules the industry because its user interface is very well designed, friendly, available on both desktop and mobile devices. It is versatile, comes with a range of premium features
All the softwares use AI algorithms listen to an audio/video file and transcribe it. All automatic transcription software products are equipped with a Speech-to-Text technology that generates text with varying levels of accuracy. That’s why these softwares have text editors that allow you to identify and correct mistakes quickly.
The accuracy is subjected to audio quality and the technology is not yet perfect but ideal, you have to check and correct the automatic transcript again.