Conference audio transcription is the transcribing of a conference audio where there may be one main speaker or a panel of different speakers. Conference transcription is common for academic or medical lectures and other industry meetings.
In addition to conference audio transcription work, you may be asked if you offer podcast transcription, which is a digital recording of a speaker or speakers. A podcast can be either an audio recording or a digital video recording. Podcasts are becoming more and more common in the internet age because it allows conferences, lectures, panels, and other types of presentations to be easily uploaded onto the internet.
A video podcast (or any type of visual recording of the conference) will also allow you to properly identify the speakers. Being able to correctly identify the speakers will make the conference audio transcription much easier.
If you are preparing to take on the work for a conference transcription, you may want to review a few points with your client.
Quality of recording
One of the most important aspects of a conference to be transcribed is how the conference was recorded. It would ideal if your client is able to give you a video recording, either VHS or DVD or digital recording, so that you will be able to view the speakers and identify them correctly on your conference audio transcription. If you are receiving a podcast of a presentation or conference, then you can almost assume that the quality will be better than a video taped or analog recorded conference.
If you are unable to receive a visual recording of the conference, then you should be aware of what type of media was used to record the conference. For instance, tape cassette recordings will not be as easy to transcribe as a digital recording.
Additional charge for conference transcription
In gathering all of this information, you will be able to determine your audio transcription rates (as conference transcription rates are often higher than medical transcription rates) and let your client know if you will be able to transcribe verbatim or as accurately as possible given the quality of the recording. A client may be insistent on a verbatim conference transcription, which may or may not cost more depending on the quality of the recording.
If your client needs the audio transcription services completed by a certain deadline, then it is best to know this upfront so that you can plan your time wisely. If you have not transcribed a conference before or if you are hesitant about committing to a deadline because of the quality of the recording, then you should share your concerns with your client. Perhaps you and the client can work out a time frame where you can transcribe a certain amount of minutes and then estimate how long it will take for the entire conference audio transcription.