Transcription services are a technology game. Of course, in today’s business scenario, everything is a technology game but it is much more entrenched with audio typing services. You have to worry about the technology behind recording your audio, and then you have factors to consider when storing it. You also think about security and finally you have to find ways of carefully transmitting this information to the typing provider to get it transcripted.
Audio Storage Formats
A format is a container type for information. You have probably worked with office documents and you would know that you have a word document format which is compatible with all Microsoft Office products. The idea behind formats is that it allows you to open and edit these files in other office products like Open Office without any additional help on your behalf.
The same format situation extends to audio as well. Before you can get audio transcripted, you will have to record it and that recording has to be stored in some format. The most common formats in which audio are recorded is mp3, wav, wma and ogg. Each of these formats has their pros and cons and depending on the recording equipment and software that you are using, you may be storing the data in one of these formats.
The reason behind the formation of so many audio formats is size and clarity. The clarity we are talking about here the ability for that audio file to capture the entire range of audio that is recorded. The size is the end file size. Common sense would suggest that the more is the file size, the more is the clarity that we can find in the final audio file.
However, there is a problem here. That problem is storage space and how expensive it can get. Of course, as a company you probably want to have recordings that are extremely clear. This is your business data we are talking about after all. Yet, you cannot just let an hour of audio recording take up something like an entire DVD, which is roughly about four and half Gigabyte or GB. That would be insane.
If you want to find out how to store audio data with the least amount of storage expense but with a lot of audio clarity, you have got to speak with an audio typing service company. This is not to say that you cannot find an audio compression technology that does the job on your own. Sure you can. The internet is wide and open for all, in full fairness. Yet, take into consideration that eventually you would have to get your transcription done by a typing company.
Why would you want to spend hours and probably days doing research on audio formats, conversion, file sizes and what not. We mean no offense, but the transcription service providers are the experts in their chosen domain. That chosen domain is audio typing which includes audio recordings and the variety of audio formats that come under the umbrella.
At the end of the day, it is they who will be using the files to perform transcription. So, letting them take over the part about audio conversion makes it easy for them too. The format that is chosen to finally store the data must be compatible with their software used for transcription. If this is not the case, then any transcription company that you choose will have to go through another round of conversion. From a business point of view, it is too expensive for you to invest in all these conversion technologies. Let a typing service provider do the conversion for you, saving a lot of time and reduce cost too.
As a marketing consultant, the author does engage with companies that deal with transcription services with a focus on database management. Click here to contact one such company, 1st class.