Transcribing and translating from audio
Thread poster: georg schreiner
georg schreiner
Local time: 20:43
German to English
Dec 9, 2002

I\'ve just been given a video tape to translate, of a speech and press conference. While both the transcribing and translating are both managable, I was wondering if anyone has any tips in this department. Most of all I need to quote a reasonably accurate price before I even transcribe the text. Does anyone know what is standard practice for estimating a word count for or billing for transcribed audio? (In this case approx. 60 minutes of continuous dialog) Thanks!

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Armando Pattroni  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:43
English to Spanish
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It depends Dec 9, 2002

It always depends on the market you are in. In my case, in Peru, I charge $10 per minute/tape, and this job includes transcription, translation and subtitling of the video tape. I hope it helps.

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Suzanne Blangsted  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:43
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transcribing/translating Dec 10, 2002

I charge by the hour when transcribing a tape that also has to be translated, as it isn\'t known at onset what the word count is. I charge US$0.15/60 spaces for transcription alone. From experience, you need to make sure you have a solid contract on what you will charge or you won\'t get paid. (I have yet to be paid from doing a tape that had a very garbled and difficult to understand speech, which took a long time to decipher and little time to translate).

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Carolyn Denoncourt  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:43
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French to English
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Charge for your time Dec 10, 2002

It is meaningless to try to use a word count when you are dealing with audio. People speak at different rates, and you must put in your time to listen to it all and transcribe it.

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xxxjmf  Identity Verified
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Agree with above responses Dec 10, 2002

I have done this sort of work 4 times so far and have always charged by the hour (at my minimum hourly rate). Also, if you have one available, it helps to use a transcriber machine with a foot pedal, and of course a head set. This will save you a great deal of time. Best of luck.

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