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WAY WITH WORDS TRANSCRIPTION WORKFLOW

 

Scene: The erstwhile transcriber crouches at her keyboard. An Early Bird notice comes in. She leaps to her OMS, eyes the job: 66 minutes on Rush rate for bright and early tomorrow AM. No problem. She downs another Red Bull, clicks on the flappy bird icon, and the file is hers.

 

But… the horror! She’s never heard this accent before and the subject matter is so esoteric and full of acronyms that the only word she recognises in the first sentence is ‘Hello’.’

A scramble to reach an Ops manager follows, but even Ops managers must sleep, and she faces the awful prospect of battling through hours of what sounds like Martian until morning.

This has happened to you. It has certainly happened to me. There are ways around this problem, however.

One is to right-click on the P10 or conv link and download the entire file before claiming it. However, that takes time and some other enterprising transcriber (and we have a great many of those) might claim it while you’re doing this.

The other method is outlined below.

You will need:

  • A programme that allows you to stream audio files. List provided below. Express Scribe does not stream files.
  • A stream-ready audio file (such as wma, wmv, mpeg, mp3. Dss and zip files cannot be streamed).

 

The process:

For FTW

If you are using FTW (and if you aren’t, you should be), do this:

Step One: Right-click on the P10 or conv link (depending on which one you prefer). Choose Copy Shortcut.

Step Two: Click on ‘open’, then choose ‘open file from remote’. A little box will open with the caption ‘type location from remote’. Right- click on this box and choose ‘paste’. This will paste the address of the file into FTW and the file will start to stream and you can easily evaluate the difficulty of the sound file concerned.

 

For VLC

If you are using VLC (and again, you should. It’s extremely powerful, lets you play practically anything, including DVDs and is totally free), do this:

Step One: Right-click on the P10 or conv link (depending on which one you prefer). Choose Copy Shortcut.

Step Two: Click on ‘media’, choose ‘open network stream’. A window will open saying ‘Please enter a network URL’. Right-click in the box and choose ‘paste’. Again, the file will begin to stream.

 

Advantages

The advantage of streaming is that you don’t need to download the entire file to hear it. This is particularly useful if bandwidth is a concern. It’s also faster.

What might be aural torture for me might be a tiptoe through the tulips for you, and eavesdropping on the sound quality of the files on EB can help you plan your own workflow better. No more unanticipated horror!

 

Programmes that allow you to stream

FTW: http://www.theftwtranscriber.com

VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

If you’re aware of others, please feel free to share with us below.

 

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32 thoughts on “How to stream audio files from our OMS”

  1. The VLC media player may stream, but it does not playback with a pedal. The sound is excellent, but without being able to use a pedal it is not much use to me. It would be nice to find an alternative to Express Scribe that plays DSS files. FTW doesn’t play DSS files either.

  2. Hi Di. Yes, VLC is not transcription software. If you’re only trying to get a feel for the accents/subject matter of a file, however, it’s perfectly adequate. The primary benefit of DSS files is that they are small. Sound quality is seldom good, however. As bandwidth and storage capabilities increase, it’s becoming a less popular format, anyway. I’ll keep an eye out for an alternative to Express Scribe.

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  7. I do not even know how I finished up here! Isnt it much eaiser to stream off server yet or is this not yet applicable? Im interested as I work with a small tech firm here in LA (Im German) and streaming for data volumes that can be so high is already a place solution for new pedigree of ASL.

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      Kind regards
      Administrator

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