Do you ever find yourself adding exclamation points to your emails so they seem less stern? Tone is so important in communication: even language that seems clear and straightforward to you could be completely misunderstood by others. But when it really comes down to it, most kinds of written text doesn’t need every “umm” and “ahh” and “mm-hmm” to be understood - the overall meaning is clear from the words alone.
The trick is being able to listen back to audio to understand the tone. Being able to review the original audio is important when verifying any transcript, but the process of extracting insights or creating content is a lot more efficient and streamlined when pauses, false starts and those little filler words are left out.
What is verbatim transcription?
Verbatim transcription is a method of transcribing audio that records every single part of the dialogue, from pauses to “umm”s, stutters to false starts and everything in between. Verbatim transcription converts speech to text exactly as it sounds, without “cleaning up” the mistakes and pauses.
There are three types of verbatim transcription:
Intelligent verbatim transcription
Intelligent - or clean - verbatim transcription records the content without the false starts, pauses and extra language that take away from the intended content of the speech. It gives you a cleaned-up version. This style of transcription often produces an edited version of what was actually said - it focuses on the what was said rather than how and in what context it was spoken. It’s a great way to create an easy-to-read transcript that captures the central topic of conversation.
Rules: No stutters, no filler words, no grammatical errors, no false starts. Clean as a whistle.
Verbatim transcription takes things a step further than intelligent verbatim. Verbatim transcripts record all the words, including any false starts and errors, but verbatim transcription cuts out any stuttering and repetition to make for an easier read. Filler words like “um” and “ah” don’t make the cut in this style of verbatim transcription.
Rules: No filler words, no stutters, but words recorded as they’re said, which means no paraphrasing or grammar correction.
True verbatim transcription
True - or full - verbatim transcription gets to the nitty gritty of exactly how dialogue happens. It’s the most detailed verbatim transcription method, recording every utterance as it happens. It’s quite a taxing way of transcribing - all those interruptions, false starts, filler words and other details can be time consuming to type up - but it’s the best option to truly capture the true essence of what’s been said and in what context.
Rules: Record everything! No holds barred on true verbatim.
The different styles of verbatim transcription can be taxing on any manual transcriber - taking note of every time someone uses an “um” and a “mhmm” isn’t the best use of anyone’s time. Thankfully, Trint transcribes in intelligent verbatim, which is the best option for most businesses. Clean verbatim cuts out all the unnecessary content while still providing the central meaning.
It can be easy to doubt the accuracy of automated transcription software. Thanks to wildly accurate artificial intelligence that’s regularly updated and improved, Trint is the ideal secret weapon to record your research interviews, business meetings and beyond. Trint comes packed full of handy features to help you create the style of transcription that best serves your industry - its Vocab Builder tool allows you to teach it unique spellings for future reference, for example, so as you stock its library with your quirks, it gets to know you better.
When it comes to transcription, the answer is clear in any type of verbatim transcription: Trint. Start your free trial today: