Do you produce videos about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? Be aware that STEM content presents special challenges during transcribing, captioning, and other post-production work. To successfully do the job, transcriptionists working on educational and technical videos need to be knowledgeable about the subject matter and skilled in advanced transcription techniques.
What are the unique challenges of STEM content?
Understanding the subject matter and terminology is essential. So is understanding accents: in STEM videos, the speakers often come from all over the world and have varying levels of fluency in English.
Accuracy is vital when transcribing a video in any subject. Maintaining accuracy with STEM content is a particular challenge due to complex factors like symbols, formulas, acronyms and terminology particular to the subject. And it’s those subtle nuances that can cause trouble. If a speaker with an accent refers to “nuclear fission,” you certainly don’t want your transcript to read “nuclear fishing.”
The busy professionals creating STEM videos already have enough deadlines. They don’t need to be worrying about getting their transcripts completed on time. That’s why transcriptionists need to be able to work quickly and meet deadlines, while maintaining the quality and accuracy of the transcript.
What should you look for in a STEM transcription service?
You need a transcription service with proven skills and experience working with STEM subject matter. It’s that simple. The provider should also allow you to upload supplementary documents that are necessary for transcribing and captioning your video, such as a glossary of names and terms. The provider should deliver the transcripts in an editable file format, so you can edit the files yourself. Finally, they should be able to insert timestamps, if needed, so you can easily cross-reference the transcript with the video.
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