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Seeking Recommendations for Reliable Automatic (or Human) Transcription

I am a medical writer working on a large project. Part of this project will involve posting videos of physicians along with a transcript of whatever the speaker is saying. The topic tends to be fairly technical - the physicians will be using Technical Medical Terms that could confuse the average layperson. Length of the videos varies from three to twenty minutes. [more inside]
posted by Schadenfreudian on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Learning composition by transcribing music?

I have read that John Zorn and Unsuk Chin, among others, learned music composition by transcribing music. Am I correct in thinking that this means copying an existing score? Is this a good way to learn music composition (and are there any others)? Does one copy the piece verbatim, or is there a strategy for targeting significant parts?
posted by myitkyina on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

[quote] Er, um, like, you know, eh? [end quote] said Kuppajava.

How do I explain to a student journalist that when quoting someone with whom they have recorded an interview they should refrain from keeping in the verbal filler words and tics we all use in casual conversation unless absolutely necessary? [more inside]
posted by kuppajava on May 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Can you transcribe a very simple keyboard part for me?

Could a musical person possibly tell me the notes of the keyboard part in Camera Obscura's "Happy New Year"? I don't really need it in actual musical notation on a staff or anything--just the names of the notes is fine. Thank you in advance!
posted by feathermeat on May 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Sheet music for Armstrong's "Savoy Blues."

Looking for sheet music for Louis Armstrong's "Savoy Blues." [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Nov 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Best Practice in the World of Transcription?

I have 5 hours of an audio (MP4) interview. I need to transcribe it as quickly as possible into a Word document. I don't have a foot pedal and can't get one quickly. Got any suggestions on how to speed this up? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 14, 2012 - 20 answers

On-Spot Recording/Transcription

Are there any apps or tech that transcribes recordings into words immediately. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Lots of photos of tombstones. I want to crowdsource the transcription. How?

I have lots and lots of photos of tombstones and I want to get the information into a machine-readable format - ideally a spreadsheet. I think I can find volunteers to transcribe them, but I need a way to do it efficiently. Can anyone suggest a way to do this online, perhaps using some sort of blogging or Wiki-like software?
posted by Joe in Australia on May 9, 2011 - 12 answers

I need to find a transcription service that can transcribe ~10k very short recordings.

I need to find a transcription service that can transcribe ~10k very short recordings. All different speakers calling from various places. I know of Casting Words and am trying to find out if they can do this. Each recording may be from one to a few words. Perhaps a date. Can you recommend any other resources I can pursue? Thanks.
posted by reddot on Feb 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me be a more efficient transcriber

I've started offering transcription services as part of my business, but at the moment I'm using Windows Media Player next to a Word document, switching to the player to press pause and play each time I want to stop and start. Not ideal. I learnt to audio type using a foot pedal and I'd like to do that again, so, transcribers and secretaries/PAs, please recommend! I'm in the UK and would prefer to buy something available (online is fine) within the UK. If it works with Windows Media Player, fine; if not, please recommend (inexpensive) software I could use. If you need more info, let me know!
posted by LyzzyBee on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

IPA transcriptions for free?

Is there an open source (or free for non-commercial use) list of English (Either RP or Standard American) IPA transcriptions available somewhere? Example: car: /ˈkɑː/, cat: /kæt/.
posted by Memo on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

I need to transcribe some stuff, get some audio from A to B

My library is doing oral histories with a Canon HD video camera, then migrating them into iMovie to eventually edit and burn to DVDs to store. I've been tasked with the tech-side of this, a job I'm woefully unqualified for. I need help converting iMovie files into some sort of audio format to transcribe them! [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Jul 23, 2009 - 8 answers

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