What is transcribe?


What is transcribe?

Transcribe means to transfer, to overwrite. Thus "transcribed" is synonymous with "transferred". The word "transcribe" comes from the Latin. The term transcription is used in biology, music and linguistics, among others. Depending on the field, transcribe has a different meaning. For example, transcribing music means transcribing a work for a different instrumentation or transcribing acoustic music into musical notation.

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Transcription (Linguistics)

With regard to speech, transcribing means the transfer of spoken words, e.g. in the form of an audio or video file, into writing. The product is a transcript or a "transcript" of the recording. Interviews are often transcribed in the fields of market research, science and media. Transcripts serve as a research tool, documentation and memory aid. Transcribing is often part of studies and theses. In addition to interviews, individual lectures, podcasts or films and series are also transcribed. In the field of media, transcribing is an important step for the creation of subtitles.

Depending on what is being transcribed and for what purpose, the procedures and rules for transcription differ. If it is mainly the content of the recording that is important, a simple transcription is recommended. For interviews that are to be published, so-called smoothing can also be useful. In this process, sentence breaks, stutters and hesitation sounds (such as äh and ähm) are omitted in favour of readability.

For studies in the fields of social sciences or linguistics, which also deal with linguistic aspects, extended or even complex systems are required. For theses and scientific studies, transcription according to the 4-eyes principle is the best option. In the case of scientific transcription, the transcript is additionally checked by a proofreader.

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Transcribing and transcribing

Transcription (colloquially also transcribing) describes the process of transcribing. Transcription can be done according to different rules. We transcribe according to the transcription rules of Dresing and Pehl, in simple and extended form. In addition, on request, we also offer transcription according to Bohnsack (TIQ), Selting (GAT2) and others.

Transcription set for faster and easier transcription

Transcribing interviews is laborious and time-consuming. The process can be made easier with a transcription set. It contains everything needed for manual transcription. A set usually includes a dictation machine, headphones and a foot switch that can be used to fast-forward and rewind within the recording. Depending on the set, many other useful functions are included, such as the automatic setting of time stamps.

However, due to the usually high price, the purchase is only recommended for a large number of interviews. For a small amount of material to be transcribed, a normal programme for playback (e.g. the Windows Mediaplayer or the VLC Player) and a text programme such as OpenOffice Writer or Word are sufficient.

The fully automatic transcription is also particularly exciting. With the help of special programmes, speech can be converted to text in just a few moments. However, the results still vary greatly and also depend on the audio quality.

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Further questions and answers

What is transcribing?

At transcribe is the transcription of an audio or video file as text. There are other meanings of the word in biology and musicology.

What do you need to transcribe for?

An audio or video recording transcribe is always needed if you want to analyse the content further and need it as text for this purpose. Fields of application are e.g. content analysis in science, market research, film, television & journalism.

How does transcribing work?

One transcriptionby listening to an audio or video file and typing it out. In the case of scientific transcriptions, certain Transcription rules structure and format of the text must be adhered to. You can either transcribe yourself or hire a professional transcription service such as transcriber.com can be commissioned.

Who can support me in transcribing?

Transcribing is a very laborious and time-consuming activity. If you create your own, accelerate aids such as a Transcription set (e.g. a foot pedal for fast-forwarding and rewinding) or a Transcription programme speed up the work enormously. Otherwise, there are also professional providers specialising in transcription, e.g. abtipper.dethe German market leader for transcription.

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