Audio Recording Tips

High quality recordings will not only result in more accurate transcriptions – with fewer words tagged as inaudible – they may also turn around more quickly, and may even be less expensive, since high quality audio does not require the Difficult Audio upgrade. Here are some tips for producing high quality recordings. A few are device specific, e.g., laptop, smartphone, or digital recorder, but we’ll start with the more general tips that may be applied to almost any device, environment, or situation.…

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Subtitles and Captions: Apples & Oranges or Tomato/Tomahto?

Our last post discussed the difference between our Timestamps upgrade and our Subtitles & Captions upgrade, and what you get with each. We explained that, on our end, Subtitles & Captions are all one product; you order the upgrade, and we give you the whole range of subtitle and caption formats so you can download whichever one you need. But what, in fact, is the difference between subtitles and captions? Once you have all those downloadable files, which do you choose?…

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Timestamps and Subtitles and Captions, Oh My!

What’s the difference between subtitles and captions? What about timestamps? Do I need any of them? Help! When you order a transcript from CastingWords, there are several optional upgrades you may choose to apply. Today we’re going to look at two of them: Timestamps, and Subtitles/Captions. What are Timestamps? Timestamping is the simpler of the two upgrades, since it doesn’t involve any additional file formats. When you order timestamps, your audio is transcribed and edited by humans as usual.…

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Video Transcription: Rank Higher on YouTube

As of September 2017, YouTube is the second most visited website on the Internet, worldwide. That means there are a staggering number of users watching videos, which represents a fantastic opportunity for anyone trying to get in front of potential customers! Once you create a video and upload it to your channel, how do you optimize it to rank higher in search results? CastingWords has some little-known tricks that can help boost your video’s ranking in both YouTube and search engine results.…

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Can Transcription Services Help with SEO?

Getting your website ranked higher on search engines is a great way to grow your podcast audience. Two of the major elements in SEO (search engine optimization) are fresh posts, and high quality content. You’re already doing the work of producing unique, high-quality podcast eposodes. Transcribing them provides you with a tremendous amount of material that you can use to create high quality written content that will drive even more traffic to your site.…

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Grow Your Email List by Turning a Podcast Episode into an eBook

One challenge that many podcasters face when growing their email list is finding a good enough “hook” to entice people to subscribe. After all, you’ve got to give something to get something, and most of us get enough email as it is, right? Fortunately, some podcasters have discovered a great way to take an episode and turn it into a tool to get people to opt-in to your email list. You can grow your mailing list by turning a great episode into its very own eBook!…

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Increase Your Podcast Audience by Transcribing Your Episodes

You’ve put time, energy, and money into creating a podcast. Now, you face the challenge of increasing your audience size to make more money. Most podcasters struggle with this same problem, but a few have discovered an easy way to use existing podcast recordings to massively increase their audience in a short period of time. In order to grow your podcast, you need to get more eyeballs onto your content – period.…

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Digital Recorder, Smart Phone or Computer Recording?

I’m often asked which recording method is best for dictation to create audio files for transcription. There are three main methods: digital recorder, computer apps and smart phone apps – all have their pluses and minuses. My favorite method, especially for beginners, will become very obvious as you read on. Digital Recorder I will only write about the Zoom H1 Handy Digital Recorder, which retails for about $100. I’ve used several other brands/models, but hands down, the H1 is the simplest digital recorder I’ve ever used.…

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Zapier for Better Transcription Workflows

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Today we launched Zapier integration, which makes it even easier to order and process your transcripts. Zapier is a free service that lets you “Automate the web”. What this means is that they make it simple to connect multiple services and have them do things automatically. And for transcription customers what this means is that you can now set up a Dropbox* folder so that every time you drop a MP3 in it, CastingWords will transcribe it.…

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NaNoWriMo

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November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel, which is about 175 pages. That is 1666.67 words a day, or a little over 69 words a minute. I think dictating a novel would count, too – if so, you know where to go for the transcription. (There just had to be a tie-in). If I try this, I am definitely dictating and having it transcribed.…

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