Who Needs Audio Transcriptions?
1 August 2015

Who Needs Audio Transcriptions?

While the term ‘audio transcription’ is self explanatory, sometimes it’s still unclear who uses them and for what purposes. In addition, although it might appear that audio transcriptions are mostly done for interviews or seminars, which is true, as it is the most popular sub-category, there is a wide variety of other usages as well. As a matter of fact, various industries find this service quite beneficial and for this reason the transcriptions can be classified into categories. Here are several examples of how, where and by who audio transcriptions are used.

  1. Legal Transcription

This kind of transcription focuses on audio or video recordings from the legal environment. It requires experience, specialized knowledge of legal terminology and high accuracy. The transcribed texts are regarded as documents comprised of coherence, motions, disclosures, time entries, pleadings and memoranda. Moreover, they can be recordings of last wills and testaments, reports, police interrogations, witness examinations and witness statements, interviews, bankruptcies, appeals, trials, wire taps, phone calls, draftsman bills, disciplinary hearings, tribunals, leases, probate forms, legal-medical reports, affidavits, court proceedings, contracts, adjudication panel hearings, advice and depositions. The documents are used by such legal professionals as lawyers, attorneys, judges, paralegals, solicitors, tax advisors, police officers, legal investigators, legal writers, etc.

  1. Medical Transcription

Similarly to the previous category, medical transcriptions are also used specifically for this field. Although transcriptionists aren’t required to have the same education as doctors have, being familiar with medical terminology is crucial. The main reason for the increasing need for these kind of transcriptions stems from doctors having a busy schedule. To be more precise, seeing several dozens of patients per day requires time for writing all of the needed information down. Therefore, instead of doing that, nurses, doctors, physicians, private medical consultants, GPs and other medical professionals record their observations, procedures, patient interview researches and then have someone else to produce a hard copy of the document, which plays an important role in record keeping. Moreover, transcriptions of dissertations, symposiums, consultation reports, clinical notes, psychiatric evaluations, medical correspondence are also quite popular in this field. Medical transcriptions can also be focused on a specific branch of medicine: oncology, endocrinology, hematology, pediatrics, cardiology, psychology, odontology, psychiatry, nephrology, immunology, nutrition, etc. It is common for hospitals, doctor's offices, care facilities and many other places to use this service.

  1. Academic Transcription

The content of this category is mostly used for academic purposes or are from that field. There are a lot of examples of how it can be used, but the most common one is recording lectures and seminars. Another widely used way of benefitting from this service is getting a written version of interviews, focus group discussions or studies, conferences, researches, speeches, theses or dissertations transcriptions, which can be used by professors, graduate or PHD students and other academics.

  1. Business Transcription

When running a hectic business, at times it might become too complicated to keep track on various deals, agreements and communications that are being carried out within the company. While notes can be taken during meetings or brainstorming sessions, a full text document guarantees that none of the discussed points will be forgotten or, even worse, lost. This is where audio transcriptions come in handy. Recordings of interviews, meetings, presentations, analysts calls, quarterly earnings calls, teleconferences, product launch conferences, management consulting, panel discussions, training sessions and market research projects can be easily transcribed, reassuring that none of the details are omitted.

  1. Media Transcription

These transcriptions deal specifically with audiovisual media. Compared to medical and legal transcriptions, where audio or video files might contain dictated material,  these kind of transcriptions might be made of raw footage and also might include descriptions of scenes, speakers or even specifications of the music. The film, television and publishing industries are thriving and the information is being rapidly transferred to the Internet, which means the audiences are also increasing. As a result, turning recordings into texts will benefit the client (media firms, writers, journalists, etc.) when there is a need of providing subtitles, closed captions, distributing written texts to large numbers of people. Some specific examples of acquiring text documents of audio or video files are from: television, radio broadcasts, news programs, commercials, interviews, films, public forums, press conferences, YouTube, Vimeo, podcasts, talk shows, reality shows, broadcasts, theatre performances, game shows, webcasts, webinars, podcasts, documentaries, conventions and audio interviews.

  1. Financial Transcription

At first glance it might appear that this section should be integrated into the business transcription category, but there’s one important point that needs to be taken into account (pun intended). Although being precise is crucially important in any category, accidentally writing down the wrong number in this kind of transcription might affect the well being of any client’s company. Therefore it must be kept in mind that finances fluctuate and in order to maintain an audit properly, an adequate documentation is required. These documentations include annual meetings, investor relations, financial analysis, financial reports, company annual reports, earnings calls, press releases, business surveys, interim results, press conferences, seminars, trainings, interviews, analyst interviews and discussions. Some of clients that require financial transcriptions are merchant banks, accountants, company doctors, regulatory bodies, building societies, compliance companies, business schools, corporations, finance advisers, webcast providers, finance portals and management consultants.

  1. Miscellaneous

There also are other cases when audio transcriptions cannot be put into categories. They might include recordings of individual dictated notes, public forums, even improvised songs and voice mails. Of course, some of the mentioned sub-categories can overlap. For example, interviews can be done for medical, academic, business or any other category.