Digital Transcription .............................................................................................................................
Transcription is an extremely specialized form of transcriptioning
that is increasingly making its presence felt, off late. It
refers to the recording of spoken word into digital recording
device. Earlier, the recordings were in the non-digital forms
like VHS and audio cassettes. These storage devices were limited
in their capacity. Later, digital formats were released which
enabled us to stash formerly impossible amounts of data into
a small disc of 4.5” diameter. The transcription industry
was definitely one of the biggest beneficiaries of the digital
revolution. CDs, DVDs, Mini CDs and now we see the advent
of the digital voice recorders that can record a whopping
150 hours of uninterrupted audio content. A digital voice
recorder has become a must for every company that depends
heavily upon transcripts of their board meetings, interviews,
telephonic conversations, market research based focus groups
etc. Considering the user profile and the utility demands,
the companies are also stuffing their voice recorders with
all the latest features along with the mandatory bells and
whistles. Data transfer is enabled through data cables while
some also provide it through Bluetooth. The audio files are
simply transferred to the computer and then sent for transcriptioning
either to an upload link of the offshore transcription company
or through email. The company does the transcription work
through its employees and then sends back the transcripts,
again through email or some upload link of the company.
We have kept track of the growth of this sector, as for every new sector in transcriptioning. Though we are a general transcription company that has been in business since many years, we are still on the lookout for newer heights to conquer and newer terrains to surmount. Our young team of transcriptionists ,coupled with the able guidance of our seasoned management, have took it upon themselves to explore this exciting area of digital transcription. And we have already built up a neat reputation for ourselves vis-à-vis digital transcription. Our clients include the new age, tech savvy businesses who are always on the fast track and ride the digital wave with ease. Their trust in us emanates from the matching vibes we have with them with respect to instant service delivery and taintless quality. At the same time, we have taken upon the mantle of initiating some of our clients into the field of digital transcription. To sum it up, we have truly outpaced the digital transcription revolution by staying one step ahead of this new wave.
Our company may be living the digital dream, but we have a legacy of quality transcriptioning to live up to. For us, some factors are immutable whether we are transcribing digital files or some magnetic tape from yesteryears. These factors are:
(1)Quality: Our company has given topmost priority to quality of transcripts. We know that as long as we deliver on quality, our brand name will continue to be our best advertisement. Accuracy of transcription, requirement fulfillment, additional services like free time stamping etc. are some of the parameters we have been able to rank highly on. Our existing clients are our best votaries and their unflinching support shows that our claims on quality have indubitable merit.
(2)Cost: We are an outsourced transcription company. This fact speaks for itself on all cost benefit concerns. Our prices do not come from cutting down on quality. We would rather have a costlier service than sell stuff that resembles peddled perfumes in quality. Thankfully, we don’t need to jack up our prices. Neither do we need to corner the extra benefits of outsourcing as some companies do. The benefits of outsourcing our services are COMPLETELY passed on to our clients. The result: some of our clients pay just one-fifth of what they paid to earlier service providers. Needless to say, these clients have stuck with us to continue enjoying the virtual free lunch in terms of transcriptioning services.
(3)Speed: Speed is another major criterion we strive to maintain our clean record on. Our services have been categorized as Category A,B or C depending upon quality of recording. Once we settle the case of category of recording with our client and the deadline, we see to it that we finish the transcription before time. Some clients may want to get the transcriptions done immediately. For them we have the Rush TAT service. Interested clients can get their transcriptions done within 12 to 24 hours of submission of recordings, for a nominally higher price. Others opting for Standard TAT can still get their transcriptions within 24 to 48 hours, but without the need to pay any extra amount.
(4)Data Security: Last but not the least, comes the data security of your recordings. We attach great value to the security of your data and to that effect we have taken some strong security measures. These measures have been derived from the guidelines of HL7 EHR Security and Privacy Issues and JCAHO. So rest assured that your data is in safe hands.
To clear all your doubts and questions about our services, we strongly recommend you to upload a sample audio file for free transcription as a trial offer. Upload your file to the following link:
of time coding,
• Audio time code style,
•Subjective time stamping etc.
much it Costs? 10 USD to 12 Per Hour!
Price is very competitive at iSource. We charge 10 USD to 12 per hour depending on the Audio Classification category . We operate our exclusive delivery facility from India apart from our California office. Our pricing and Turn Around Time advantages are appreciated by all of our customers. Our pricing method is one of the best in the industry.
do we do the Audio Classification?
We classify the Audio source by following categories.
Category - A
One on One Interview/Speech Lectures/Oral History/Web Conferences
Broadcast ready recordings
No Background noise
No Time Stamping
Standard Formatting specifications
Category - B
Group Discussions, Focus Group Sessions, Telephone Recordings, Work Place Interviews, Open air Recordings, Court Depositions
Technical Subject Matter
Recordings with background noise
Recordings with improper mike attachment
Recorded with Armature Recording devices
Standard Time Stamping
ESL Speakers (English as Second Language)
Client Specific Formatting
Category - C
Multiple speakers with indiscernible voice overlapping
Constant Background noise or music
Tough Foreign Accent
Extraordinary Formatting specifications (MS Excel, web browser based applications)
is how Cost Estimate done!
We charge 10 USD to 12 per hour depending on the category of Audio. Our rates are calculated according to the effort involved for each category.
We offer significant cost savings up to 10 to 15% for bulk work. Customers with good volume and consistency can avail this offer.
Here is how Effort Estimation done!
In general Category - A should take 4 to 5 Hours of effort to transcribe, proofread and edit, besides final Quality Check.
Category - B should take 5 to 6 Hours of effort to transcribe, proofread and edit, besides final Quality Check.
you can get free Trail done?
Final pricing is arrived by a No Obligation Trial. You can upload trial audio at
How to outsource
Non Digital - Tapes, VHS, Micro Cassettes?
We handle variety of Standard Tapes, Micro cassettes, MiniDVs, and VHS. We are experts in converting all types of non digital source audio/video into digital. Converted digital files are then sent for transcription. Extra charges are applicable for non digital to digital conversion.
do we accept payment?
Paying for service has never been so easy. At iSource, We accept all the familiar and easy payment
You can pay at our website upon receiving Invoice from us. We accept all major credit cards.
If you use our service regularly, you can authorize us to process payment from your credit card. We will require your Card #, Name that the card is registered to, and Expiry date.
You can post pay checks to our California office. Scanned copy of the pay check should be emailed to us for our records.
We accept PayPal.
File types we
Preferable digital format is MP3.
We accept all the familiar audio and video types. It is always better to let us know what recording device and model is used to record. It will help us to use appropriate software to play and transcribe.
Our system can handle up to 1 GB at a time. But, it is advisable to limit between 100 to 150 MB per file. We recommend compressing using any zip applications and upload into our file server.
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• Unless until specified, we follow the below standard notations and document rules: