Audio “transcription” is the process of listening to and then converting spoken words into written words known as a transcript, commonly referred to as voice-to-text or speech-to-text. However when we think of “typing” we are generally referring to the skill of typing, learning where on the keyboard the keys are and the ability to create a written document, article, blog, presentation, novel and so on from our own thoughts or our own words. When we feel comfortable with the key placement and often to ability to type without looking at the keyboard, we think we can type. One finger peckers are excluded from this context, sorry you guys need to practice more !
Transcription and typing differ dramatically when it comes to actual transcription experience. In my business, we receive many job enquiries every day from keen people looking for transcription work who describe their work experience as “many years spent typing”. All our candidates are given a sample audio file to listen to and to transcribe into text. Often however when it comes to reviewing a trial transcript, I am often surprised at the poor quality of the transcription compared to the experience outlined in the resume. I too, soon forget just how different the two really are.
Transcription is the art of following a set of principles to create a specific transcript, whether audio or video transcription both of which we specialise in. Setting the tone of the conversation, correct grammar, correct punctuation and to a large extent the interpretation of the speech makes up the set of principles.
There are then a number of factors which can affect the overall outcome and quality of the transcript which include audio quality, number of speakers, background noise, terminology of the dialogue, document layout and formatting. All of which have an influence on how accurate a transcription can be, whereas typing is simply more the act of typing words without initially following a particular format or rules.
Typing is akin to cooking without a recipe but with transcription you need to follow the recipe to the letter.