The process of turning an audio or video file into text is known as transcription. It requires listening to every word spoken and writing it down exactly as it is said on paper. For businesses, transcription is SEO-friendly (the technique of ensuring that search engines such as Google and Bing locate your content). If you’re providing lectures, podcasts, webinars, or just a vlog, you want people to find you and the content that you create.

Why waste time creating content if you’re not going to make the most of it? Transcription is the way to go for deaf and hard-of-hearing accessibility, search (SEO), reusing material, and interacting with your audience through multiple mediums. As for text-to-text transcription, that is useful for converting PDFs or images to scannable and search-friendly text; this is highly useful for business and personal use.


Text to Text Rate per page (one page is 250 words or less)

TimePer Page
No Rush Special (1-4 weeks)$6.00
Standard (5-7 days)$8.00
Rush (2-3 days)$11.00
Sprint (Next Day)$16.00

Clear Audio Rates (per recorded minute)

TimeUp to 2 Speakers3 or More Speakers
No Rush Special (1-4 weeks)$1.50 PRM$2.00 PRM
Standard (5-7 days)$1.75 PRM$2.50 PRM
Rush (2-3 days)$3.00 PRM$3.50 PRM
Sprint (Next Day)$4.50 PRM$5.00 PRM

Unclear Audio Rates (per recorded minute)

TimeUp to 2 Speakers3 or More Speakers
No Rush Special (1-4 weeks)$2.25 PRM $2.75 PRM
Standard (5-7 days)$3.00 PRM$3.75 PRM
Rush (2-3 days) $3.75 PRM$4.50 PRM
Sprint (Next Day)$5.75 PRM$6.50 PRM

Additional Services

Verbatim TranscriptionIncludes all stutters, false starts, uhhhs, ummms, pauses$.20 additional cents per recorded minute
Time CodesNoting exactly when something is said (you must specify how often)Additional cost available after consultation
Edited Transcription Changes raw transcription into a formal textAdditional cost available after consultation

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What are transcriptions?

Transcriptions entail listening to voice recordings from various forms of media and converting them into written documents or taking a PDF or an image and converting the content on them into typed out, searchable text.

Why would I need something transcribed?

A great number of reasons! College professors have their lectures transcribed. Handwritten notes that are too jumbled for anyone other than the author to make out can be transcribed; business meetings can be transcribed for the company’s legal purposes and for records, etc.  An important aspect of transcription can be the exclusivity of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals- allowing them access to the richness of knowledge available through recorded audiovisual resources.

What are the different types of transcriptions?

There are many different types of transcriptions. The main ones are Text-to-Text transcription, Audio-to-Text transcription, and Video-to-Text transcription.


While digital formats like PDF, PNG, JPG are fantastic for preserving and storing documents, they don’t allow you to modify and update the written content contained in them.  Your original document will be transformed to a Microsoft Word or plain text file through text-to-text transcription, allowing you to immediately edit and save your written content.


Audio transcription is when a sound file is converted into the written word.  


The same as audio transcription, except there is a visual medium to go along with the audio being transcribed.  Video-to-Text can also include the speaker’s facial expressions, posture, and general demeanor (if the client requests that).

What are the differences between verbatim, intelligent, and edited transcription?

Verbatim transcription is a word-for-word transcription that includes all ohhhs, uhhhs, and ummms. Every single thing that is uttered is written down. Verbatim transcription, the most commonly used form, adds a layer of filtering to the transcription process in order to extract the meaning from what was said, omitting all ohhhs, uhhhs, ummms, and long pauses throughout the conversation. Lastly, edited transcription is a script is that is formalized and edited for readability and clarity.

What are the ideal audio conditions to send in for transcription?

The ideal audio conditions are having clear and good quality audio, minimal audio feedback, and minimal background noises.

What are the conditions that can make audio transcription more difficult?

Some of the circumstances that can make transcription more difficult are having lots of background noise, overlapping voices at multiple points in the audio/video, audio/video with lots of microphone feedback, audio that contains advanced terminology that requires more research (medical terms, scientific terms, etc.), and when the speaker(s) are talking at a low volume.

Can I get transcriptions done in different languages?

Yes! Afros-And-Opinions only provides English transcriptions, but many services offer bilingual and multilingual translations.

“There is basic equipment required: a headset, a Dictaphone to play the tapes that must be transcribed, and patience, a willingness to become a human conduit as the words of others enter through her ears, course through her veins, and drip out unseen through fast-moving fingertips.”

– Amy Rowland