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Man vs. Machine

Transcription involves not only skilled use of language and sharp hearing, but also an understanding of nuance and cultural factors, familiarity with slang and dialect, and the ability to do some common-sense research; all implicitly human skills. Machine learning and AI are evolving quickly into powerful tools that can help with some aspects of transcription, but the human factor still figures prominently in the production of high quality transcription services.…

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Thought Transcription: The Self Improvement Trend of the Future

When’s the last time you spoke your thoughts out loud? Better yet: when’s the last time you read your thoughts to yourself? With industry leaders like Joanna Penn encouraging serial writers to dictate their books, we’ve been happy to see more and more people coming to us asking us to transcribe their dictation. It’s fantastic! We love working to help more writers produce the work that compels them. We at CastingWords are excited for another, related trend to emerge in 2018: Thought dictation and transcription as a self-help tool.…

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OK, I've got my transcript and my subtitle file. Now what?

Our last blog post discussed why you need video transcription for your website. New guidelines by the Department of Justice have moved ensuring accessibility of your online material from a nice-to-have to a real need. You’re onboard the accessibility train and you’ve got transcription services lined up to bring your website’s video library up to spec. Your completed transcriptions are starting to come in, and you’re ready to take the next step.…

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Why You Need Video Transcription For Your Website In 2018

Though it may not seem like it, there’s a lot of the Internet that people don’t understand. We don’t mean in terms of confusing apps or content in other languages; today, we’re talking about web accessibility. In 2018, the Department of Justice is due to announce new guidelines for web accessibility. When that happens, the rules for what websites need to do to ensure accessibility will be official…not to mention potentially enforceable.…

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Customer Center User Interface Q&A

Ordering transcription services from CastingWords is generally a very simple process, but as with any online transaction, there are a few questions that could arise. Here are the answers to some of them: I uploaded my files, but now my cart is empty! If you close, refresh, or navigate away from the order form before you have gone through checkout (paid for the order), you may lose access to your shopping cart and its contents.…

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Preserve Your Family History with Transcription

When you think of the different ways we preserve memories, what methods come to mind? Photographs? Newspaper articles? Possibly home movies? In the age of digital preservation, there are several moving parts to consider when it comes to preserving family history. Mainly: In what ways are your memories, and the media that hold them, vulnerable to the passage of time? For many digital and analog formats, time is the biggest enemy.…

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How Can Your Business Use Transcription Services?

Here at CastingWords, we want to provide a text counterpart for every type of audio and video recording our customers can produce. We provide reliable transcription services to our customers so they can keep focusing on what matters to them; their own businesses and lives. A good percentage of our customers come to us with occasional projects, ordering one or two transcripts here and there. But some businesses come back time and time again, relying on our help with large quantities of material and recurring projects.…

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Transcription and Challenging Audio

The Difficult Audio upgrade is an optional upgrade when you order transcription services. How do you know when to add it, and why should you use it at all? What the Difficult Audio upgrade does CastingWords uses the additional fee from the Difficult Audio upgrade to increase the pay to our workers who handle your material at every stage of processing. Adding the upgrade does not reinstate the guarantee on our 1-Week or 1-Day products (challenging material does still take longer to process), but it assures the smoothest possible turnaround in any given case – often to within the desired timeframe.…

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Verbatim or Not Verbatim, That is the Question

Should your transcript be verbatim? It sounds like something you’d want, right? Your transcript should be true to the recording, after all! At CastingWords, our standard transcripts are not fully verbatim, but you can add the Verbatim upgrade if desired. Here’s why: Non-Verbatim for Smooth Reading In most cases, a recording is transcribed for the benefit of a reader, and spoken text does not always translate smoothly into writing. Our speech is often full of ums and uhs, we sprinkle in filler words such as “like” and “sort of,” we stop mid-sentence and start again.…

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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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