Most Popular Audio Transcription Formats

The Variety of Audio Transcription Formats

Due to branding and copyright issues, different audio transcription formats have come into existence. Depending on the brand of the audio recorder that you are using, you may encounter different file formats corresponding to these brands. Here is a guide to some popular audio tape transcription formats.

  • FLAC and other lossless formats

Lossless formats are a great way to maintain the actual sound quality of recorded audio. Lossless audio is able to compress data in such a way where unnecessary data content is discarded. Such file formats are excellent in keeping audio transcriptions as archiving data in lossless format, particularly that of FLAC, ensures that the same data, in quality, is stored. However, while FLAC ensures the highest quality of sound, it occupies a significant amount of memory in various recording devices. Moreover, a FLAC file is not easily playable in the built-in players of computers used to transcribe audio. As such, special media players or transcribing software may be required in order to play these lossless files.

  • MP3 audio transcription

MP3 format or MPEG Audio Layer III remains to be the most common format for audio, especially for audio tape transcriptions. Aside from transcriptions, MP3 is used extensively for audio streaming and storage. The convenience of using MP3 format lies in its availability to be played through different media players and recording systems. However, one of the main issues being faced by this file format is the loss in quality after recording.

  • WAV transcription

WAV file format or Wave Audio File Format is the main format of audio used on systems running on Windows. As this is the case, WAV remains to be one of the more popular file types with the various recording devices and computers that can easily handle such a file. WAV remains to be a popular file format as well in broadcasting making it one of the more favored formats of those who have adapted tapeless systems. However, the disadvantage of using WAV audio formats is in its size. WAV files are significantly larger than MP3 files but can retain significant information. However, file size is limited to 4 GB (equivalent to 6.8 hours of CD-quality audio). Thus dealing with longer audio may be an issue for transcriptionists dealing with WAV files.

  • DVD Transcription files

With the various advances in technology, transcription directly can be done from DVD videos. Issues however cover the size of the files in these DVD videos as video quality is taken into play as well. Additional encoding must be done in order to do dedicated audio transcription from the DVD videos.

Audio Tape Transcription Services

Regardless of the file formats, an effective transcriptionist should be able to accommodate your various audio tape transcription formats. Professional transcriptionists are able to convert from various formats to work with the format they are most comfortable with. Moreover, with the advanced technologies that can be employed, a professional transcriptionist should be able to effectively transcribe audio with ease.