Anyone Use a Transcription Provider, If so..

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I'm looking to hire a transcription service writer. Has anyone used one before and if so, how much did you pay and on what terms. (Per hour, per word?)

I'm looking for a recommendation and a price range that is to be expected. I know it depends on skill, but a ball park figure will help me find someone and not get stung.
#provider #transcription
  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    Use Dragon naturally Speaking from nuance for that. It types as you speak. I hear it is extremely accurate. I am buying it today....

    I will post results as I get them.
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  • As a DNS10 owner, I wouldn't recommend the software for audio recordings, especially under the following circumstances:

    - If the audio recording contains voices other than that of the primary user;
    - If the audio recording suffers with regards to clarity because of the presence of ambient noise, or poor recording because of device limitations; and
    - If the software program hasn't been "trained" well enough.

    I tried transcribing audio files with a well trained DNS10 several times, and I was always left with the feeling that I spent more time correcting the errors in the transcription compared to the time I would've spent manually transcribing the audio files myself.

    So Nick, my best advice would be to consider a living, breathing human for this job.

    I encountered this post in the Classified Ads section of the forum. Perhaps it would help...

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...iptionist.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Brighton
      Originally Posted by Premium Web Content View Post

      As a DNS10 owner, I wouldn't recommend the software for audio recordings, especially under the following circumstances:

      - If the audio recording contains voices other than that of the primary user;
      - If the audio recording suffers with regards to clarity because of the presence of ambient noise, or poor recording because of device limitations; and
      - If the software program hasn't been "trained" well enough.

      I tried transcribing audio files with a well trained DNS10 several times, and I was always left with the feeling that I spent more time correcting the errors in the transcription compared to the time I would've spent manually transcribing the audio files myself.

      So Nick, my best advice would be to consider a living, breathing human for this job.

      I encountered this post in the Classified Ads section of the forum. Perhaps it would help...

      http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...iptionist.html
      I agree, DNS (Dragon Naturally Speaking) is not quite what it's cracked up to be. It only recognized two words from each sentence I spoke and that was after fully "completing" the training.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
      Hi Nick,

      Pay per audio minute not per word.

      I've used two:

      e24 Transcription | Self-Service Transcription Service
      Very cheap but you know what they say about you get what you pay for? Well that applies here. Two of their transcriptions were okay but I still had to edit it a lot myself. The third one was so bad I hired a second transcription. That leads me to number two:

      Transcription Team | Virtual Services

      That's Tara Needham's company. She's a warrior and she did a fantastic job on the transcription service. Much better than e24 and it was not much more expensive than e24 as she offers warrior pricing. I paid around $13 more than I did e24 for the same audio and it was worth every penny. So I'll use her services from now on.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nick Brighton
        Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

        Hi Nick,

        Pay per audio minute not per word.

        I've used two:

        e24 Transcription | Self-Service Transcription Service
        Very cheap but you know what they say about you get what you pay for? Well that applies here. Two of their transcriptions were okay but I still had to edit it a lot myself. The third one was so bad I hired a second transcription. That leads me to number two:

        Transcription Team | Virtual Services

        That's Tara Needham's company. She's a warrior and she did a fantastic job on the transcription service. Much better than e24 and it was not much more expensive than e24 as she offers warrior pricing. I paid around $13 more than I did e24 for the same audio and it was worth every penny. So I'll use her services from now on.
        Thanks Alan,

        Seems Tara has carved a good reputation amongst Warriors, which is always a good sign.
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