Transcription Tips: Full Verbatim, Semi-Verbatim and the Intelligent Edit

Today we’re covering Transcription 101: Which style to choose when transcribing your audio. Do you want your transcription faithful? Clear? Capturing the speaker’s emotions?

It may be easy to assume the default style for transcription is Full Verbatim, where every word is typed out faithfully:

UKTS:                    But many people, uh. Many people don’t, many people don’t want to… sift through it, y’know? Many people, you know, wanna umm just, just pick up the, what is it, the meaning. The meaning of what the person’s saying, like you know what you were gonna pick up on if you were in the room, in the room with your, your speaker, instead of… instead of having to do it, uh, parse it on the page.

For readability, try the Intelligent Edit. Let’s take that quote from before:

UKTS:                    But many people don’t want to sift through it, you know? Many people just want to pick up on the meaning of what the person’s saying. Like what you’d pick up on if you were in the room with your speaker, instead of having to parse it on the page.

And finally, the halfway point. Popular in student research interviews, we present Semi Verbatim:

UKTS:                    But many people don’t want to… sift through it, you know? Many people, you know, want to just pick up the – what is it – the meaning. The meaning of what the person’s saying. Like, you know, what you were going to pick up on if you were in the room with your speaker, instead of having to do it… parse it on the page.

Here at UK Transcript Solutions Ltd our clients choose which of these styles suits their needs, although we find Intelligent Edit to be our most frequently-requested format. For more on Full, Intelligent and Semi Verbatim, check out our FAQ, or check out our rates if there’s a project you have in mind!