Transcribing a conversation or an interview can be an extremely difficult process, especially because it’s important to get an accurate recording of the event. To get an accurate transcription, it’s important to get a clear recording of people’s voices, with minimum distortion or muting. Those new to recording lectures or meetings will make a few common mistakes. There are a few pitfalls for you to avoid, in order to get a clear, crisp recording; making the transcribing process that much easier. It is important to keep this tips before recording so you are prepared for the event.
The first step is to make sure your recording device is charged fully. If the recorder is not charged, the recorder will switch off mid-conversation, making it impossible for you to transcribe the entire event. One of the most common reasons for recorders to not record the entire event is lack of power. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your recording device is fully charged and ready to go. If you have any concerns about making it through the entire meeting, then find an outlet and plug the recorder in to ensure that the battery is fully charged.
During the recording, make sure that no one blocks the microphone, and that people speak clearly into the microphone. It has happened that a few days after the event was recorded, the voices aren’t clear, or there is too much extraneous noise for anything to be heard clearly. One common error that happens is that the beginning of the meeting is clear, but it later gets garbled because someone moves the recorder, or places something, like a briefcase, in between the recorder and the speaker. To avoid this, keep an eye on the recorder throughout the meeting. Before the meeting begins, inform everyone of the recorder, and ask people not to block the recorder in any way. Once the meeting is over, try and review the recording as soon as possible to make sure the entire meeting has been captured.
Another tip is to make sure your recorder is in the right place. If the recorder is not set up well, you may not get people’s voices, but will get excessive background noise. To avoid this, make sure to place the recorder in the right spot. The only way to do this is to test it out yourself. Show up early and place the recorder in different spots, and then walk to the front of the room and speak normally. See which spot works best for the recorder to capture voices.
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