Podcasting Transcription Services October 31, 2006Posted by Jeff in Podcasting, Podcast Transcription.
I promised a day devoted to podcasting transcription services, so I’ve listed the narrowed down services here in no particular order. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you which one I recommend for podcast transcription and why (click here to find out). I have used, or have friends / clients using, five of the nine companies listed here. If you have an experience with any of them (or another one), feel free to email me (or comment) so I can update this entry.
I came up with this list, as I stated, because I have had interaction with over half of them. I added the others because they seemed similar in process and cost to the five I know about. You can check out their websites just like I did, but hopefully I’ve given you some helpful information about each of them. If you’d like me to add another column or review another service specifically, let me know. Again, I’ll take some time tomorrow to tell you which one I recommend and why.
First, I check out the procedure for each service (how you get the audio files to them and how you get the text files back), who transcribes the audio files (this is important), and the tun-around time for your files.
|eScriptionist||Email or FTP digital files, or snail mail audio to them, text file can be emailed or FTP’d back||“We do not outsource any of our work overseas as many other transcription companies do”||3-5 Business Days|
|Transcribe It Quick||Log into their website and upload audio / download files||“staff is all AMERICAN-based”||24-72 Hours|
|highscribe||Send them audio files and text documents / pdfs are returned||Canadian based||Depends on the project|
|Production Transcripts||FTP MP3 files to their server, and get a Microsoft Word document emailed to you (or download from secure client area)||“We use a domestic workforce to transcribe your materials”||2-4 Days|
|Tech-Synergy||They subscribe to your podcast, create the transcript, and upload it back to your website if you choose||“With our presence in US India and Philippines, we are able to provide variety of Business and Technology services at an affordable price to our customers”||?|
|Casting Words||They only accept only handle MP3 and MP4 files and return a plain text, html, or rtf file in an RSS feed||Anyone on the internet that applies||“A few days”|
|Enablr||Give them the URL of your audio and you get an email of the file, learn about subscribing to your podcast and auto transcription from the coming soon link on their website||Based in Canada||3 Business Days|
|Transcription Services||FTP audio to them and get an email txt file back, also has a call in dictation service||?||?|
|PodClerk||Submit the RSS feed and they automatically send you a plain text, html, rtf, pdf, or xml file||?||24 Hours|
Price is important… so here are the costs. Most split pricing up between one person and good audio, multiple people (like an interview), and bad audio, lots of people talking, or lots of different cuts… there is also rush pricing for some of the services.
|Name||Single Person $||Multiple Person $||Lots of Cuts / Bad Audio $||Rush Pricing|
|eScriptionist||$1.50 /minute||$2.00 /minute||$3.00 /minute||$2.25 – $4.00 /minute|
|Transcribe It Quick||$1.50 /minute||$2.25 /minute||$2.75 /minute||$2.25 – $3.75 /minute|
|highscribe||$5.95 /minute||(not rated this way, see the website)||$13.95 /minute||Available|
|Production Transcripts||5 Minute Min = $15
60 Minutes =$90
30 Minutes =$50(approx $1.55 /minute)
|60 Minutes =$120
30 Minutes =$65
|60 Minutes =$219
30 Minutes =$109
|Next Day = $90 – $200 / 30 min|
|Tech-Synergy||$0.50 /minute||N/A||N/A||24 Hour = $1.20 /minute|
|Casting Words||$0.42 /minute||N/A||“May turn down work”||N/A|
(minimum 30 minutes)
(minimum 30 minutes)
Here are my notes on the different services.
|eScriptionist||Spoke with an individual directly to ask a question, seemed professional|
|Transcribe It Quick||Lots of different business sectors listed as being transcripted|
|highscribe||Full broadcast transcripts, overkill for most podcasts|
|Production Transcripts||Many different types of audio listed (conference calls, seminars, documentaries) along with a specific podcast section and pricing|
|Tech-Synergy||Not just transcription services, someone I know used the service and had to make multiple corrections to the text… but it’s cheap|
|Casting Words||Lots of specific requirements, but podcast specific… and cheap|
|Enablr||Podcast specific (I’m looking forward to the new offerings on their website)|
|Transcription Services||Not enough info on the website to make me feel good about this one|
|PodClerk||Podcast specific, but 30 minute minimum may limit some people from going with them|
I hope this helps you in your quest to transcribe your podcast. Tomorrow, I talk about the one I like (click here)… but later this week… I’ll tell you how to do your own podcast transcription!