At WhooshTranscription we provide 3 standard transcripts. However we are always open tuning them to a client’s wishes or adhere to a template.
Verbatim Transcripts: This is a full transcript of everything that is said in the recording which includes the common ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’, ‘you knows’, ‘I mean’, and ‘sort of’ etc. These types of transcripts are often required for interviews by universities for qualitative analysis and by the legal profession.
Intelligent Verbatim Transcripts: This type of transcription is commonly used for lectures, meetings, conferences, symposia, and some interviews. All housekeeping issues are omitted from the transcript, and the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’, ‘you knows’, ‘I mean’ and ‘sort of’ utterances are left out. In addition, abbreviations can be removed on request and replaced with formal terms, such as ‘I’ve’ is replaced with ‘I have’, and ‘you’re’ is replaced with ‘you are’
Edited Transcripts: This transcript style is sometimes very useful for podcasts, webinars, focus groups or conference organisers who need to provide a turnkey transcript, but don’t need all the verbal quirks of every speaker. These transcripts are easy to read and ready to be handed out or uploaded to your website.
Below is a sample transcript of a skit by Monty Python titled: Silly Job Interview. It illustrates the major differences in the 3 types of transcripts.
Q: Tell me why do you say good morning when you know perfectly well that it’s afternoon?
A: Well well well you said good morning [laughs]
Q: Good afternoon.
A: Ah good afternoon
Intelligent Verbatim Transcript
Q: Tell me why do you say good morning when you know perfectly well that it is afternoon?
A: Well you said good morning.
Q: Good afternoon.
A: Good afternoon
Q: Tell me, why would you say good morning while you know perfectly well that it’s in the afternoon?
A: Well, you did say good morning.
Q: Good afternoon.
A: Good afternoon.
A Table Summary of the 3 Transcription Styles.
|Verbatim Transcript||Intelligent Verbatim||Edited Transcript*|
|All ums, ahs, ers.||All ums, ahs, ers.||All ums, ahs, ers.|
|All fillers such as ‘you know’, ‘know what I mean?’||All fillers such as ‘you know’, ‘know what I mean?’||All fillers such as ‘you know’, ‘know what I mean?’|
|All repeated words. (A maximum of 3 repeats. E.g. and, and, and…)||All repeated words unless repeated for emphasis e.g. I’m so so happy.||All repeated words|
|All stutters and stammers (but only a maximum of three repeats)||All stutters and stammers||All stutters and stammers|
|All ‘non-standard language’ e.g. ain’t, ’cause.||All ‘non-standard language’ e.g. ain’t, ’cause.||All ‘non-standard language’ e.g. ain’t, ’cause.|
|Only includes throat clearing, coughing, laughter, details of interruptions, time stamps etc. if required by client||Throat clearing, coughing, details of interruptions etc.||Sentences are edited in order to improve grammar or flow. Speaker’s “voice” is maintained.|
*Edited transcripts incur a 20 cents additional charge per audio minute.
There are two major factors we take into account when we bill you; turnaround times and audio quality. Essentially, the faster turnaround the more we have to stay up late – hence the higher “red eye” prices. We offer a 12hrs, 24hrs, 72hrs and 1 week turnaround times. Difference in Audio quality will affect the transcription rate. We have categorized the audio quality as follows:
Category – A
- One to One Interview/Speech/Lectures/Oral History/Web Conferences
- Professionally recorded audio
- Broadcast quality recordings
- No background noise
- Neutral accent
- No time coding or Time stamping
Category – B
- Group discussions
- Telephone recordings
- Multiple speakers
- Background noise
- Technical subject matter
- Outdoor recording
- Low quality digital files
- Speakers using English as a second language
- Poor Recording quality due to inferior equipment
- Standard Time stamping or Time coding
- Client specific formatting
- Subjective Transcription