Commonly used Jargons in Typing services

Transcription – something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation.

Transcription (medical/biology word) – is an allied health profession which deals in the process of transcription or converting voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians or other healthcare professionals into text format.

Typing – writing done with a typewriter.

Turnaround time – the time it takes to get a job done and deliver the output once the job is submitted for processing.

Transcriptionist – a writer of transcripts.

Dictation – an authoritative direction or instruction to do something; speech intended for reproduction in writing; matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage.

Proofreading is the Process of checking the transcript for errors and removing or correcting them.

Voice recorder – it is a sound recording device most commonly used to record speech for later playback or to be typed into print.

Verbatim Interview– using exactly the same words; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker.

Words per minute – the rate at which words are produced (as in speaking or typing).

Journalism – the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media

Thesis – also called a dissertation. It is a document submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings.

Transcribing Audio– write out from speech, notes, etc.

Teleseminar – Teleseminars are used to provide information, training or promote or sell products to group of people interested in a particular topic. They are similar to traditional seminars, in content and purpose, but they are given over a teleconference or bridgeline rather than at a specific location.

Express Scribe – is a free audio player specifically designed for typists and transcription work.

Camtasia – Camtasia Studio is a screen video capture program, published by TechSmith. The user defines the area of the screen or the window that is to be captured before recording begins; it is also possible to capture the entire screen area. You can also talk and use a videocam.

Transcription Pedal – A transcription foot pedal is a tool attached to the transcriptionist’s computer to control the playback of a dictation. It makes the person more efficient by freeing his/her hands from the hotkeys and allows the person to concentrate on typing work.

Podcast – also called non-streamed webcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication.

Video transcription – is the process of extracting the audio of a video and digitizing it in the same order to be transcribed into text format.

Interview transcription – is a type of business or general transcription where you transcribe the audio recording of one person interviewing another. The interview can take place in person or over the phone can be an interview of one or more people.

Audio transcription – is the process of representing recorded oral text into written format.

Thesis – also called a dissertation. It is a document submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings.

Translation – a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language.

Spanish – The language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain.

Mandarin – the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China.

Academic transcription – is the conversion into written or printed form of a spoken language source like group discussion and lecture. Refers to the transcription of lectures, seminars, discussions held in schools, colleges and universities and this kind of transcription is used for academic purposes.

Focus Group – is a form of a qualitative research in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes towards a product, service, concept, advertisement, idea or packaging.

Conference – a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda); a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic.

Conference transcription – refers to the conversion of audio files from an academic or business conference to text files or the conversion of audio files from conference calls, generally in a business setting, to text files.

Dragon Naturally Speaking – is a speech recognition software package developed and sold by Nuance Communications for Windows personal computers. The most recent package is version 10.1, which supports 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Nuance (company) – Nuance Communications is a multinational computer software technology corporation, headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA that provides speech and imaging applications. Current business product focus on server and embedded speech recognition, telephone call steering systems, automated telephone directory services, medical transcription software and systems, optical character recognition software and desktop imaging software.

Webinar – short for web based seminar. An interactive seminar conducted via the World Wide Web that’s usually a live presentation, it happens in real time as users participates through chats, file sharing, or asking questions with a built in microphone.

MacSpeech Dictate – is a speech recognition program written for Mac OS X by MacSpeech. The software was released in March 2008 after being showcased at the Macworld Conference and Expo in 2008 and won the Best of Show 2008 award.

MS Word – is a word processor designed by Microsoft. It was first released in 1983 under the name Multi-Tool Word for Xenix systems.

Speech Recognition – also known as automatic speech recognition or computer speech recognition converts spoken words to text. The term “voice recognition” is sometimes used to refer to recognition systems that must be trained to a particular speaker – as is the case for most desktop recognition software.

Braille – is a technique for enabling blind and visually-impaired people to read and write. Refined in the late 1800’s by Louis Braille for blind people, it was originally developed by a French army captain to enable officers to read battle commands without the aid of candle light hence revealing your position. Each Braille character or “cell” is made up of 6 dot positions, arranged in a rectangle comprising 2 columns of 3 dots each. A dot may be raised at any of the 6 positions or any combination. Counting the space, in which no dots are raised, there are 64 such combinations. For reference purposes, a particular combination may be described by naming the positions where dots are raised; the positions being universally numbered 1 through 3 from top to bottom on the left and 4 through 6 from top to bottom on the right.

Transcription rates – is the amount used by transcription services to charge for transcription assignments or projects. It is usually per minute, per line, per word or per page.

Medical Transcription – refers to transcribing dictated material into clear and understandable text, generally for the purpose of charting information on patients.

Audacity – is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, MAC OS X and GNU/Linux. You can use Audacity to record live audio, cut, copy and paste, delete, duplicate and split audio files; change the speed, pitch or volume of a recording; apply effects to any part of the sound and align audio segments.

Dictaphone – was an American company, a producer of dictation machines – sound recording devices most commonly used to record speech for later playback or to be typed into print.

Microcassette – A Microcassette (often written generically as microcassette) is an audio storage medium introduced by Olympus in 1969. It uses the same width of magnetic tape as the Compact Cassette but in a much smaller container.

VHS – The Video Home System is a consumer-level video standard developed by Japanese company JVC and launched in 1976.

MP3 – is a patented digital audio encoding format using a form of lossy data compression. It is a common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players.

 Phonetic – of or relating to speech sounds; of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds.

 Legal Transcription – is preparing legal documents from dictated or recorded information of courtroom sessions, deposition hearings, testimony, pleadings, interrogatories, or reviews of administrative hearings.

 Dissertation transcription – refers to the conversion of recorded audio interviews, student notes and research material into text files. These files will then be utilized for creation of hard-bound thesis to be eventually submitted to the thesis directors.

 Thesis Transcription – it is the transcription of thesis materials given by students into a text form. The submission of thesis is a pre-requisite for students pursuing higher programs.

 Seminar Transcription Service – mainly there are two types of seminars being held, single speaker and multi-speaker seminars. Recorded audio and video tapes on seminars are transcribed to distribute among fellow colleagues for further analysis.

 TV transcription – is one of the many types of video transcription. Video transcription involves converting video files into readable documents. It is a text version of all the words spoken on a video.

 General transcription – is transcription for the general public and caters to a wide variety of businesses, organizations and individuals.

 Converting Mp3 to text – is typing the spoken words in an mp3 audio file. This is the work of transcriptionists.

 Verbatim Interview transcription is the conversion of recorded spoken words into text, including every minute details of what was said. It captures in text the words as they are spoken, including all of these fillers, repeats, incomplete sentences, random words and even the ‘ums’ and ‘ers’, exclamations, gasps and throat clearing. It represents exactly the live conversation or speech as it happened.

 Medical transcription – refers to transcribing dictated material into clear and understandable text, generally for the purpose of charting information on patients.

Academic transcription – is the conversion into written or printed form of a spoken language source like group discussion and lecture. Refers to the transcription of lectures, seminars, discussions held in schools, colleges and universities and this kind of transcription is used for academic purposes.

Business transcription – This involves transcription of information that comes about in meetings, seminars, conferences, interviews, and other activities. Business practitioners also use transcription to dictate letters and reports that they have to send out.


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