Do it Yourself – Audio transcription at home – Foot pedal
Aaaand we are back with another episode of how to transcribe your interviews all by yourself in the comfort of your own home! What is a transcription foot pedal? In the last post we talked about how you absolutely need a solid pair of really good headphones for audio transcription process. Now we move onto another peripheral which is equally, if not more, important for audio transcription.
Very few people outside the field of transcription, if any at all, know what a foot pedal is. Or even what it actually does. I can’t count the number of times I have been stopped at airports when the baggage scanning people are clueless about what it is. I have been asked to “explain” what it is. Yeah sure, a device with a USB cable isn’t a witchcraft device designed to summon shadow demons!
Ahem, I don’t really say that, I am not stupid, you know. I do intend to make my flight comfortably without any *cough* invasive checks.
“It’s a transcription foot pedal, a device which connects to the computer to play, pause, rewind and forward audio files”, is how I explain it to them. Which obviously leaves a big question marks on their foreheads, like “LOL why do you need a freaking device for that? I can do that with mouse clicks, LOL, OMG.”
The “LOL OMG” really does make them sound like a bunch of annoying prepubescent teenagers. That is not my intention though. It’s not like there are babies working at the airport. But they do have a point. Why do you need a device like this? Ever tried transcribing a file?
How does it work?
This device saves a LOT of time, and I mean a LOT of time. What it basically does is lets you control the playback of an audio file, with your feet. Or more accurately, your toes, using an audio transcription software such as Express Scribe. This means that your hands are completely free to type away as fast as you can.
Without it, you will have to constantly leave the keyboard typing area to control the playback either through shortcut keys or a mouse. Now, this won’t be a big deal if you’re transcribing let’s say only 5 minutes. But the time adds up over longer files. Basically it cuts your transcription time by a THIRD. Yes, that’s right. If you’re a really fast typist, you can transcribe an hour of audio using a foot pedal in only about 5-6 hours. Without it? It will take you easily 10-15 hours. Not joking.
Along with the headphones, and a transcription software, the foot pedal forms the core of an efficient transcriptionist. A foot pedal will cost you anywhere up to $60 or $70 on Amazon. Unless you do transcription on a daily, weekly, or even a monthly basis, it won’t make much sense to invest in good headphones and a foot pedal.
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