We Customise Your Transcripts to Suit Your Individual Needs
Pacific Transcription customises transcripts to suit each and every one of our client’s individual requirements.
In order to fit your specific needs, we offer a range of templates, formatting options and transcription styles.
A one-size-fits-all approach does not work for our diverse range of clients. From telephone interviews to focus groups, we provide a wide variety of transcript types to our clients, which span a broad range of topics and purposes. If the transcripts we produce are so diverse in content, why should they all look the same?
The standard Pacific transcript labels speakers as ‘Facilitator’ and ‘Interviewee’ for one-on-one interviews. If there are multiple interviewees, speakers are identified by gender. For a transcript of a group interview, this can be quite confusing. This is why we offer Speaker identification.
You can choose to assign names, numbers or your own codes to identify each speaker. This way it will be much easier to follow along when reading the transcript and quickly draw information for analysis.
We understand that confidentiality is vital for many of our clients so there is an option to de-identify any reference to people’s names, businesses and/or places. They will simply be replaced by [de-Identified].
Line and Paragraph Numbering
Numbering the lines in your transcript makes it easier to find you place while analysing the transcript. You can choose to add line numbering as frequently as you would like – every line, paragraph or every 20 lines. Whatever works best for you!
Timestamping is a fantastic option for those who wish to listen to the transcript while reading. It can be quite difficult to find your place in the middle of a recording. You can choose to add timestamps however often you like, although most commonly people choose every minute, or every five minutes.
The Pacific Transcription standard transcription style is Intelligent Verbatim. When people speak, they often repeat words, have false starts, use informal language and use fillers such as ‘like’. This style captures everything that the speaker says while omitting those “incidentals” listed and adjusting to contain more formal language. Non-verbal cues are only included if they add meaning to the speaker’s words. For example [Laughs] will be used if the speaker makes a joke that may not translate through text. Intelligent Verbatim is suited to most clients as it enhances readability without losing any of its meaning.
Strict Verbatim includes all of the things that Intelligent Verbatim leaves out. It is an exact transcript of what was said. All filler words, informal language and repetition is included. Simply put, everything that is heard is included. Strict Verbatim is great for research where qualitative analysis of the interviewee’s answers is key.
At Pacific Transcription we have a discrete selection of standard templates which will suit most clients. We have a standard template which the majority of our clients are happy to use. However, we also offer a few templates designed to be used with qualitative analysis software programs, such as NVivo and ATLAS.ti.
Qualitative Analysis Templates
This option is a simplified version of our Standard template. It enables you to easily import the transcript into NVivo (or most other qualitative analysis programs). This template does not automatically code speakers or organise according to interview questions.
The Headings Simple template uses the Microsoft Word headings function to label each speaker. When this is imported into NVivo you can easily sort answers by speaker name.
If you have a structured interview, with a set list of questions, Headings Questions is a great template option for you. Send in a list of your questions and we can structure the transcript based on these. Within NVivo you can analyse each interviewees’ response to any particular question much more easily and efficiently.
NVivo Synchronised transcripts are timecoded and formatted for import into NVivo. These transcripts automatically synchronise with the original video or recording for easy and in-depth analysis. This is perfect for qualitative research as it allows you to analyse emotion, sarcasm and other things that are not translatable through text alone. This option is particularly popular for researchers conducting focus groups or semi-structured/unstructured interviews. NVivo Synchronised is only compatible with NVivo 8 and later.
Your Own Template
At Pacific Transcription we understand that our templates may not suit your requirements. If you have a specific template that you would like to be used, let us know and we will accommodate your needs. When you receive your transcript, you will not have to spend your time reformatting the document. You will have a transcript fully customised to match your requirements.
Visit our brochures page to view Pacific’s transcript examples.
Talk with us today about how we can tailor your transcript template, style or format to suit your specific needs.