Ever wondered, How to improve transcription accuracy by using transcription services? why all those transcription providers charge you more for transcribing your audio files? Why they keep telling you your audio quality is low and just how you can improve that and save some money in the process?
Audio recording when done perfectly, can result in an excellent quality transcript. And although many of us wants to be able to make perfect voice recordings, it’s not always possible and therefore, accounts for a transcriber’s worst nightmare.
We’ve talked already talked lot about AI and manual transcription before. The benefits that these two forms of transcription brings in terms of productivity and time-saving measures, the detection of multiple speakers and editing functions, helps a lot to make lives of industry professionals easier. However, even the best automated services are not perfect, just as manual transcribers shall inevitably make mistakes while they are transcribing audio files.
There are a few things that can negatively affect the accuracy of a transcript, that includes multiple people talking at the same time and background noises. But the good news is that; many of the problems we face in getting that perfect, crystal clear audio-to-text conversion are easily preventable.
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Here’s how to improve transcription accuracy by using transcription services:
1. Recording in the best environment for transcription
I know what you’re thinking; how would I know what is the best environment to record in? I’ll tell you.
If you’re looking to employ an Al Transcription service for the file you’re recording, you must make sure it is taken in an environment where there is no background noise and over talking. Although, AI has improved greatly over the last few years and can now give transcripts that are almost as good as human transcripts. It’s still a computer, so in order for it to learn it must be taught. And I must say, we’re a few decades too early for a computer to learn to ignore background noise and only pick words.
So I’m order to increase the accuracy of your transcript through AI transcription, you must record your file in a clean environment, making sure that most of the words spoken in the conversation are caught perfectly in the recording.
2. Avoid Over-talk
In a text file where multiple speakers are talking at the same time, over talking over each other, it can be quite difficult to transcribe all the words spoken perfectly and in order; even for a human transcriber.
Over-talking can happen naturally in when more than one speakers are present. The best way to ensure no over-talking in your recordings is to keep the speakers no more than two and controlling the flow of the conversation in such a way that there is least chance of the speakers over-talking.
For instance, the best way to combat over talking in an interview is to ask short, sharp questions and ask the interviewee to elaborate if you require a longer answer.
If you’re recording statements of two or more people at the same time, it’s advisable to ask one person at a time, and if overtalk happens, to ask a follow-up question directed at an interviewee you’re most likely to get a quote from.
3. Speakers with Accents
Something that makes converting speech to text difficult are strong regional dialects. We’re sure, if you work at transcribing voice-to-text then you must have dealt with deciphering different dialects and accents. How many times have you played a three-seconds passage to understand the words being spoken by a speaker with accent? Over and over and over again.
And there isn’t a clear solution when it comes to overcoming the issues of recording individuals with strong accents.
A great quirk about the human psyche is that we mimic other as a means of building a subconscious rapport with another person or group of people.
So one thing you can do when recording people with accents is; when you’re questioning someone and recording their answers, a great way to encourage them to lose their accent is by adopting a more formal tone for yourself.