Transcription converts live or recorded speech to text. It's a career for disciplined independent thinkers who want to satisfy important clients, many of which are media outlets, businesses and law firms. Additionally, those organizations that are helping the hearing impaired and a wide variety of other industries, such as tech hire transcriptionists.
Big and small media outlets that frequently conduct audio and video interviews outsource to transcriptionists to meet deadlines. News publishers particularly generate an abundance of workflow that makes outsourcing transcription a more efficient solution. The media needs videos transcribed quickly and doesn't always have available assistants to do the work.
Law firms need transcriptions made from videos, particularly depositions. It's simply an easier way to present evidence in a court case than rely on visuals. It's useful to show a witness on video and be able to instantly cite quotes from transcribed text.
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There are at least two very valuable reasons to transcribe video. One is to have text readily available for various uses and the other is to be visible to search engines. Google indexes videos based on text, descriptions and tags. Its search robots only recognize the actual content within a video if you transcribe the text and make it available online.
You can also hire a transcriptionist to add subtitles to a video. Subtitles are important for helping the hearing impaired understand the video content. They can also be used for translations of foreign productions. Websites featuring transcribed translations for video in multiple languages can benefit from search visibility for each language.
Professional transcription services come in handy for market researchers and documenting important company events. It's a way of archiving and documenting important company information captured on video. Such documentation helps settle future disputes over what transpired at press conference.
Human Resources departments find transcription services to be helpful in documenting disciplinary action with employees. Such cases require precision with regard to what was spoken at meetings and how it should be evaluated. Transcription also helps HR departments distribute manuals based on training videos.