How to tell if a media/audio file has been sped up
Thread poster: JM González

JM González  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:24
Member (2016)
Spanish to English
Dec 19, 2015

Hello everyone,

Although I've been on the site for some time now, I still consider myself relatively new to the profession. I'm currently doing some transcription (mostly Spanish directly to English) and have noticed that some of the media files that I receive seem to go by fast on Express Scribe's regular speed. They sometimes sound like they may be slightly altered from their natural speed to be a bit faster. Now, I'm not sure if someone would do that to send in less minutes and get a better bang for their buck (either on the agency or the client's part), but, in that case, I'd feel quite abused. So is there any way to verify this on the files I receive?

Many thanks,

JM


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Monica Paolillo
Italy
Local time: 06:24
Member (2005)
English to Italian
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Don't think so Dec 19, 2015

Hi JM, if that's true it does sound like a good way to abuse transcribers, but I'm afraid there's no way you can find out unless you have access to the original media.

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Max Deryagin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 09:24
Member (2013)
English to Russian
- Dec 19, 2015

Monica Paolillo wrote:

Hi JM, if that's true it does sound like a good way to abuse transcribers, but I'm afraid there's no way you can find out unless you have access to the original media.


But even if you do have access, what can you do? I think I need to do some experimenting.


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 01:24
English to Portuguese
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It would be a slick trick Dec 19, 2015

While analog audio, if sped up, will raise the pitch of speech into a squawk, digital audio won't.

So, according to this video, it is easy to transform an Argentinean speaker into a Dominican one, and still pay per minute of playing time.

Any client dong this deserves to join those who will demand a 75% discount on fuzzy matches above 5% for text translation. They'll only get service from truly 'desperados', regardless of their skills.

[Edited at 2015-12-19 12:46 GMT]


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