Understanding What Transcribers Do

Understanding What Transcribers Do


Transcribers save time and resources. Instead of attempting to transcribe a lecture or seminar as it occurs, an audio file allows professional transcribers to accurately discern what exactly is being said. Transcription service providers are also trained and tested, ensuring accuracy for clients. Most are experts in certain niches, such as legal, medical or academic, and therefore understand the terminology used. Here’s how it works:


An audio file is received and client gets confirmation.

The file is prescreened to determine how it will be processed and what type of transcriber is needed.

A qualified transcriber will listen to the audio once from start to finish. Then, he/she will create the transcript.

The transcriber will proofread and edit the transcript.

The completed transcript will be proofed a second (sometimes third) time through various quality control channels.

The transcript is then submitted to the client.


There are two different types of transcripts – those that are verbatim and those that are modified verbatim. The verbatim transcripts will include ALL audio regardless of stuttering, um-ming, and poor grammar. The modified verbatim transcripts will be professionally edited to correct grammar and omit unnecessary words and noises. Professional transcription services usually employ writers and transcribers with varying skillsets and experience in order to flexibly cater to each client.