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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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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 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 episodes. 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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Use Transcription as the basis of a premium service, like PopupChinese!

I started studying Mandarin this year, and after a while I decided I wanted to listen to some Chinese podcasts to work on my language comprehension. I googled around and found PopupChinese. PopupChinese produces language learning podcasts in Mandrin that are fun and fresh - and a real change from the standard “Where is the bathroom” conversations used in most languange courses. And It’s accessible to beginners (as well as more advanced students of the language).…

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Feature of the Week - Better Spellchecking.

On Friday we rolled out a new interface to our editors - with much better spellchecking. Now our editors have obviously been spellchecking along, but this allows for all of them to use a custom CastingWords supplied dictionary with more proper nouns, jargon, and acronyms. And it paves the way for new per customer dictionaries to be layered on top - allowing for us to spellcheck your files, using your industry’s terms and jargon.…

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