Converting audiovisual files into written text.

Audio transcription is the process of converting, or transcribing, audiovisual files into written text called a script. The resulting script can be used for a variety of purposes, such as creating subtitles for videos, producing written records of meetings or interviews, or providing a written version of a lecture or presentation.

The highly skilled individuals who perform this task are called “transcriptionists” and they utilize specialized software and hardware to transcribe. The transcriptionist will use pedals that they can control with their feet to stop and play the audio so they can continuously use their hands to type.

While many of our transcription projects involve transcribing English audio, ETS has a team of transcriptionists that can tackle audio files in over 120 languages. We can provide verbatim and time-coded scripts based on our clients’ requirements.

Audio can be transcribed verbatim, meaning that the audio is captured exactly the way it is spoken including all mispronunciations and non-verbal utterances such as “ums” and “ahs”. A non-verbatim script will capture only the spoken words.

The script will also be time stamped depending on our clients’ requirements. The time stamping will help with the creation and implementation of subtitles among other things.

Audio transcription is a valuable service for a variety of industries, including healthcare, legal, and education. It allows for easy sharing and distribution of important information, and can be a valuable tool for preserving records and ensuring accuracy in communication.

Items ETS has transcribed:

  • Court Recordings
  • Commercials
  • Meeting Recordings
  • eLearning Courses
  • Lectures and Speeches
  • Webinars
  • Phone Calls
  • Interviews


Your language needs are unique. You need a partner who has the knowledge and experience to work with you to develop a solution for your translation requirements.