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In Clean Verbatim, the transcribed text does not include:

Posted by ahmed0114 in Transcription


In clean verbatim transcription, the transcribed text does not include any filler words, such as "um," "uh," or "like," false starts or repetitions, stutters, and other nonverbal sounds such as laughter or sighs. Instead, it only includes the essential and meaningful parts of the conversation, such as complete sentences, relevant information, and key points. Additionally, clean verbatim may correct any grammatical errors or mispronunciations made by the speaker for clarity and comprehension.

1. Which tags should be bolded?

Posted by ahmed0114 in Transcription


In a transcript, there is no standard set of rules for which tags should be bolded. However, some common practices include: 14. Bold the speaker names or initials to make them stand out from the rest of the transcript. 2. Bold important keywords or phrases that are essential to understanding the context or meaning of the conversation. 3. Bold headings or subheadings to indicate a new section or topic of discussion. Ultimately, the decision to bold any part of the transcript is up to the transcriber or editor and should be based on what will make the transcript most clear and understandable for the intended audience.

Olypmus Foot Pedal Issue

Posted by brittahellandinc in Transcription

Does anyone use an Olypmus foot pedal in conjuction with DSS Transcription Module?  I recently updated to Windows 11 and my foot pedal no longer does what it used to do.  The play button used to go back roughly 3 seconds with a double ta...


Hi, Here are a few steps that you can take to troubleshoot this issue: * Check if the foot pedal is recognized by the computer: Go to Device Manager and see if the foot pedal is listed under "Human Interface Devices." If it's not listed, try unplugging and plugging it back in or restarting the computer. * Check the foot pedal settings in the DSS Transcription Module: Open the DSS Transcription Module and go to "Options" -> "Foot Control Settings." Ensure the correct foot pedal model is selected, and check the settings for each pedal button. You can customize the function for each button, including the double-tap function. * Update the foot pedal driver: Check the Olympus website for any available updates for the foot pedal driver. Download and install the latest version and see if it resolves the issue. * Reinstall the DSS Transcription Module: If the issue persists, try uninstalling and reinstalling the DSS Transcription Module. Make sure to back up any important transcription files before uninstalling. *Check for Windows updates: Make sure your computer is updated with the latest Windows updates. Sometimes, updating to the latest version can resolve compatibility issues with software and hardware. I hope one of these steps helps resolve the issue with your foot pedal and DSS Transcription Module. If not, you may contact Olympus technical support for further assistance.

When we take the final test, are we able to use Express Scribe and then copy and paste it into the template? I would like to be able to use my foot pedal for the test, and would like to know how to do this.

Posted by kjogeorge in Transcription


Yes, you can use whatever method you like. However, it would be best if you made sure the formatting matches what we requested ideally.

I would like to know how long it take a freelance transcriptionist to transcribe 20 hours of audio-video recordings.

Posted by EB3 in Transcription


Transcribing 20 hours of audio-video recordings can take anywhere from 80 to 120 hours of work, but the actual time required depends on several factors such as audio quality, number of speakers, the complexity of the subject matter, typing speed, and experience.

Should I transcribe an incomplete sentence?

Posted by Amy in Transcription


Whether complete or incomplete, every sentence should be transcribed. For an incomplete sentence, you can put a double dash at the end to signify the sentence is incomplete.

Q and A format

Posted by SpeedyMaii in Transcription

I usually transcribe medical files, however, If I were to guess how Q and A format goes, it would look like this: Q: What is your favorite color? A: Purple Would that be correct???


Yes, that is a great way to format a Q & A style transcription. However, it would be best to use the speaker’s names instead of Q & A as the speaker labels unless that is specifically requested. Many transcription companies have their own rules on how they want interviews formatted, so you would like to check with the company or your client to verify that you produce the transcript in the format they want. Thanks, Minnie

how to punctuate lecturer who reads a story and interjects his own comments during the reading?

Posted by TimO in Transcription

how to punctuate lecturer who stops to read a story and interjects his own comments during the reading? my idea is: the story text should be put in quotes and then new separate paragraphs, no matter how short, without quotes (in the sam...


There are many ways that this can be transcribed, and the punctuation can vary. It is best to consult your client to make sure you follow the formatting they want. We would put the story in quotation marks and the speaker's interjections in parentheses. For example: Speaker: I am going to read you a story. “Once upon a time, in a land far away (oh, I can’t believe this is how the story starts), there lived a purple pig (oh my goodness, how silly) who had no friends…. The end.” How did everyone like that story? - Thanks, Minnie

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