Behind The Scenes Of Audio And Copy Typing

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Copy TypingEverybody knows the basic concept behind copy typing. There is some information which is stored in some form. A conversion agent, which can be a human being or even a software in some cases, transforms this into a digital word based document. Companies which are thinking of utilizing these services need to know a little more than just the basic idea of typing. This information will come in handy when they start looking for a partner to work with their data.

Spending a little more time on this idea of typing process, whether it is copy typing or audio typing, the entire process is reduced to processing the source material. Some conditions are placed by the client on what elements are to be retained from the source material during the conversion. Some specifics are given as to what needs to be added to the final destination document. The person responsible for the conversion, usually some sort of a typing agent, is equipped with a word processing system to generate the final output.

Copy Typing

This is the most basic form of typing service that has been around as long as anyone can remember. In this scenario, the source is some form of scanned documents, usually in the form of a picture. In some cases, it can also be handwritten or printed notes, although it is hard to imagine anyone actually making copies of paper based documents.

Almost no one generates paper based files any more, especially the hand written stuff. Then again, that is not to say that companies don’t have archives that are really old. These really ‘old’ archives will eventually wither and die. When companies realize that they have to store these documents digitally, usually for some legal reasons, they wake up and get them digitized. That is why, copy typing is still one of the primary jobs handled by typing companies.

Audio Typing

This is the current and most used service offered by any typing company. Audio typing is exactly like its paper source based cousin we talked about, above. Only, with some minor details changed such as the source changing from a static, image to an ever changing, lively audio recording. This simple change introduces significant challenges to the whole typing process.

The best way to illustrate anything significant is to do a simple example based comparison. Let us suppose that a written speech is being copy typed. The conversion agent only needs to look at the copy of the speech and then repeat what it says on the computer. That is all there is to it. In a similar scenario with an audio recording of a speech, the words are constantly in motion. This means, the copy typist is to listen to the words intently and work extra hard to hear, understand and then type it.

Since the audio is always changing, the skills demanded of an audio typist are far greater than that of a copy typist. The same applies to equipment as well. It is clear that the conversion process is a lot more complicated and time consuming with audio typing than it is with copy typing. This work is made even more challenging as per the vagaries found in the recorded audio. Things like recording noise, indecipherable speech patterns and complicated language all make life difficult for the audio typist.

Future Of Typing

Some companies have begun offering an alternative to conventional, the humans involved process of audio typing in the form of digital audio typing. Digital typing is the exact same thing as copy typing for voice recordings. The changed detail here is that, complicated algorithms enabled speech recognition software, does the part of converting audio to text.

We have all used speech recognition at some point or the other. All tablets and Smartphones come with a voice assistant anyway. You can talk to them and they will do most of the things you can do by touching the screen or manipulating the keypad. Unfortunately, the same experience of using voice assistant would have told you that speech recognition is still not as good or not as cheap as human copy typists. Till this advantage is overcome, digital typing will only work on specific circumstances.

This knowledge of the working mechanisms of typing companies should come to your assistance when selecting an audio typing company for your business. One piece of advice about taking the final call – opt to work with companies which also offer digital audio typing. That is where the future lies and if you are just starting out, you should get a head start on it.