Transcription time is dependent on the following circumstances:

  •  The recording quality.  Background disturbances, speakers talking too softly, coughing and/or sneezing, banging and clanging of objects, several attendees speaking at once or aside conversations, speakers are not talking into the microphone, not enough audio visual equipment for the venue, and other peripherals such as a computer for a PowerPoint presentation overpowering the speaker’s voice.
  • Focus groups, conferences, and meetings where you typically have multiple participants will increase the transcription time significantly.  One-on-one interviews do not fit into this category because usually it is two people speaking, one asking questions and another answering questions.
  • Heavy or strong accents take more time.  It may be necessary to listen a few times to understand what the speaker is saying.
  • Non-verbatim transcripts take good listening skills and are more challenging than verbatim transcripts.  Following closely and deciphering what the speaker is trying to convey, punctuating the document properly, editing empty words such as uh-huh, you knows, etc., takes time.  With verbatim transcripts, you are typing exactly what the speaker is saying so there is nothing to really think about, other than punctuation.
  • Speakers talking extremely fast so their words run together.

Note: Please note that the length of the audio is different than the amount of transcription time.  Individuals speak faster than they type.