Fantastic Transcription Rates
Regular 2-Pass Transcription (proofed) - about $240
per audio hour
Rough Draft Business Transcription - about $180 per
Legal and Medical Transcription - about $280 per
Audio/Video transfered to CD/DVD - $30 per hour of
Audio Encoding and/or Reprocessing - $30 per hour of
material/per hour worked
TRANSCRIPTION - $30/$35 PER HOUR WORKED
Our transcription rates are $30 per hour worked
on regular material and $35 per hour worked on
legal and medical material.
The number of hours required to do a job depends on the clarity of the material,
the number of speakers, and the amount of specialized terminology used.
We offer three quality levels of transcription.
Standard Service - Two Pass
With our standard service, an hour's worth of
non-technical, non-medical audio takes about 8 hours of work time to process,
transcribe and proofread with a cost of approximately
$240. Technical or medical material will
cost approximately $280 per hour of audio.
Broadcast-quality material takes less time to transcribe because it's easier to
hear. Hard-to-hear material and focus groups take longer to transcribe. For
example, focus groups may take 10-14 hours to transcribe if people excitedly
talk over each other, and it's more difficult to identity speakers.
Our standard service includes our two-pass quality system where once
a transcriptionist has transcribed the material, a supervisor
or proofreader will compare the audio with the transcripts and correct any
inaccuracies and fill in any inaudibles the first transcriptionist missed.
Typically, our accuracy rate on broadcast-quality material is 99.6%-99.8%, and
98.5%-99.5% on average quality material. Harder-to-hear material will
result in lower accuracy levels and a higher number of inaudibles. Turnaround
time is typically 1-2 business days for 1 hour of material and within a week
for larger projects.
Rough-Draft Service - One Pass
For clients who need their transcripts quickly or do not need a high level
of accuracy, we offer a one-pass, unproofread rough-draft
service comparable to the quality that other companies offer. This kind
of transcription works best with clear audio where the transcript will be used by
people looking for quotes or excerpts, or where an editor is using it to cut
audio or video tape. On such audio, our accuracy rate is usually 98%-99% and less
for harder-to-hear audio.
At this level of service, an hour's worth of audio takes about 6 hours of time to
complete with a resulting charge of approximately
$180 for regular material and
$240 for technical/medical/legal. This is also
our fastest service, with most 1-hour transcripts returned by the next
business day, if received before noon Eastern Time.
Forensic Service - Difficult-to-Hear Material
We also offer a forensic service for
difficult-to-hear audio where we will do 3rd, 4th and 5th passes on transcripts
to get as much dialogue as humanly possible. Quite often we will use extreme
digital processing, frequency filtering, volume expansion and other methods to
transcribe wiretaps, hidden microphone and other recordings where the audio is
particularly difficult to hear or where a higher level of accuracy is needed.
The final cost depends on how long we spend working on a project at $30 per hour worked
or what your budget is.
Please keep in mind that forensic transcription can be very time-consuming and
may not produce satisfactory results for extremely poor sound if you are looking
for 100% accuracy. However, we will work with you every step of the way to transcribe
as much dialogue as humanly possible.
DIGITAL REMASTERING AND ENCODING
Fantastic Transcripts can digitize and
encode your audio into any number of formats to download over the Web, stream
over intranets, or play back from CDs and DVDs.
Our most requested service is digitizing cassette tapes into audio files
and cleaning them up to reduce tape hiss and increase highs. But we can also
transfer phonograph records to CDs, convert Real Audio files to MP3s, and
remaster material for mass distribution.
Our prices for digitizing and encoding are some of the lowest on the Web.
The cost for simple audio and video encoding is $30 per
hour of material. Editing and reprocessing will incur additional fees.
We use digital audio processing as part of our forensic transcription to get as
much dialogue as possible. We also offer digital processing as a stand-alone
service based on our audio experience. We can digitally boost low volume recordings,
eliminate electrical hums, reduce hiss, equalize voices and reduce echoes and
We can deliver the restored audio on CDs and DVDs, cassettes, or as
WAVs, MP3s or Windows Media files either e-mailed back to you or sent back on a
Please keep in mind that bad audio cannot be made perfect. Our goal is to try
to turn a flawed recording into something that is understandable and usable, or
something good enough to be able to transcribe.
The cost is $30 per hour of our time. Call or
e-mail us for details. There is no charge for audio we cannot improve.
Fantastic Services and Rates
|Regular Transcription and Manuscript Typing
||$30 per hour worked*
|Proofreading, Copy Editing and Publication Design
||$30 per hour worked
|Medical, Legal and Technical Transcription
||$35 per hour worked*
|Web Site Design and Internet Consulting
||$30 per hour
|Digital Audio Editing and Forensic Restoration
||$30 per hour
|Audio or Video Encoding
||$30 per hour of audio/video
*Transcription takes about 8 hours to transcribe and proofread