Having the ability to capture “real time” online transcription is amazing. Today’s technology allows transcription providers on a global scale to view any online content and convert the speech to text within a matter of seconds of the words being spoken. It’s astounding.  

Who Uses Real Time Transcription?

Any client who wishes to capture and record a live online broadcast of any audio or video is a client who would use real time transcription. They may want to document anything from business meetings to legal proceedings, or news reports to entertainment programs. The reasons for seeking real time transcription can vary. For some, the transcription is of necessity in order to make the content readily available for the hearing impaired. For others, the transcription is an easy way to document a broadcast and make it easy to reference and share in the future.

What Makes Real Time Transcription Possible?

The short answer: Fast and accurate transcriptionists. On average, it takes a typing speed of 200 words per minute to be able to keep up with a live internet feed of audio or video. This is no simple task; it requires a transcriptionist with years of experience and steady fingers to be able to pull it off successfully.

How Can I Obtain a Real Time Transcription?

The best way to arrange for real time transcription is to contact your preferred transcription company of choice. Your provider will request specific information in order to be able to meet your needs and successfully create a transcription of the desired audio/video broadcast. Before contacting any transcription professionals, however, you’ll want to have the following information ready:

Date and Time of Live Feed: This seems simple enough, but keep in mind that you’ll want to provide the correct time zone information. Simply saying “7:00 p.m.” is too ambiguous. Make sure you give as much information as possible, such as “7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time” or “10:00 a.m. GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).”

Web Address for Locating the Broadcast: Be sure that you have the correct web address for the upcoming broadcast and that you double-check its accuracy before providing it to your transcription company.

Potential Passwords Required: In some instances, internet access to certain websites or live feeds will require a password or log-in information. If this is the case, make sure your transcriptionist is fully prepared with all the details beforehand.

Customizable Options: The best part about online transcription services is that they’re fully customizable. Think about the type of format you’d like for your final document. Being prepared with this type of information will also make your transcription experience smooth and easy. For instance, do you wish to have a transcription with verbatim text (word-for-word) or modified verbatim (edited for easier readability)? Do you want time stamping? Are there other specific ways that you would like the transcription to be tailored?

Once you’ve provided your transcriptionist with the above information, you’re home free! You can sit back, relax, watch the online broadcast, and enjoy the completed transcription when it hits your in-box.