The short answer to that is it depends. Generally speaking, an expert transcriber needs about 4 hours to transcribe an audio file of 1 hour. Another way of putting it is, a transcriber will need 1 hour to transcribe 15 minutes of audio to text. However, this time can differ depending on how you outsource your transcription.
When you finally decide to outsource your audio transcription, you will have to make a crucial decision. That is to choose between the types of transcription services that are available to you.
Audio transcription service is of two types; manual or automated transcription. Manual transcription, like the name, is where a human does the job. On the other hand, automated transcription occurs when a machine uses Amberscript to generate texts from an audio file.
Generally speaking, the time taken to complete a task is usually shorter when using automated systems. While humans might need up to 5 hours to transcribe 1-hour audio or video, software like Amberscript will only require minutes. That’s because humans have to first listen to the file and make grammar corrections. The delivery time for manual transcription could even be as long as 10 hours for 1-hour audio or video if the conditions are not favorable. Consider the following scenarios as examples.