Automatic Transcription: More Minuses Than Pluses?

Automatic Transcription: More Minuses Than Pluses?
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


A lot of business owners look to cut corners when it comes to getting documents transcribed because they want to save time, reduce difficulty, or both! While automatic transcription could be a suitable option for some, it is rarely as accurate and reliable as the work of transcriptionists. A professional transcriptionist will use their skill, patience and attention to detail when proofreading transcribed documents. Automatic transcription software simply cannot compete with this; before you decide between the two, let's learn more.

Is Software Dependable?
If you want to make a decision dealing with common sense, software probably isn't it. When you consider the knowledge a transcriptionist requires to understand the scope of an entire language, software lacks this interpretive human element. From distinguishing semi-colons and commas to detecting punctuation errors, these minor blunders could have a big effect on the overall document if it is not factual and detailed. Clients that use these documents to communicate with prospective customers and clients will highly depend on communication of this kind, thus, proving why automatic transcription software might not be a worthwhile choice.

With transcription you can:

  • Spend more time on other business-related duties
  • Ensure your privacy is protected
  • Ease staff of the burden of transcribing

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The Success Rate
When making business choices, it's vital that you pay attention to success rates. While automatic transcription could reduce workload at the beginning, there is a possibility that you will need to conduct additional proofreading to ensure the end product is usable. The high cost of failure often puts business owners off; due to the fact an unprofessional impression might tarnish the reputation of companies and individuals working within the organization.

Why Is Professional Transcription Better?
Professional transcription services are the best choice if you want to avoid proofreading predicaments, whether the auto file being transcribed is an interview, business lecture, or medical meeting. An expert who is experienced at providing a service of this kind will guarantee accuracy, unlike the sometimes hit-or-miss results associated with automated software. An individual or company could boost its reputation with an accessible and flexible solution that is transcription.

Also Read: 10 Signs of Unprofessional Translations

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.