Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Typing services prefer Mp3 over WAV audio recordings. Here's WHY

We as a dedicated typing services company are always suggesting to our customers to record interviews in mp3 format instead of other formats to choose from such as WAV, WMA or even MP4. Why this important tip? Well, there are many benefits that MP3 format has to offer has when it comes to typing services and transcribing interviews.These benefits are:

Small Size Matters | MP3 < WAV



A 1 hour interview recording done at 128kbs will take up around 65 MB of space. The same recording done in WAV format will take up 125 MB of space. That’s nearly twice the amount or 100 percent more!  Smaller sized audio recording have many benefits especially for typing services:

• Easy to upload: Be sure to save a lot of time when uploading audio file to your transcriptionist or typing services server specially if you are on a slower internet connection. In turn, it will take lesser time for the transcriptionist to download the audio file at their end.
• Lesser storage problems: Store more number of mp3 interviews in voice recorders memory card or PC storage per Gb.
• Easy to backup: Since Mp3 files are relatively much compact, they are easier to backup. A research candidate student will be able to backup entire collection of thesis research interview in a single CD. Also, some typing services offer audio backups as a part of their services. Smaller size means less storage and hence less costs.


The best part about interviews recorded in mp3 format is that there is no compromise on audibility and clarity of the speaker’s voice. Good voice clarity and audibility is crucial to a transcriber as it makes the transcription job a lot easier. Difficult words, typical jargons and local names are easier to understand and type. As a result, customers can expect quality interview transcripts.
Normally, podcaster and radio stations that offer featured podcast sections on their website, get the maximum benefit from this. Some of our customer who were early used to recording interviews in WAV format have now switched over to Mp3. This has made our work easier and convenient.

Compatible with most systems:

Mp3 is the Most popular digital audio format out there, whether it be for the music industry or recording voices. Due to its mega popularity, there is a huge support for Mp3 file format in the market. A particular support in the area is the availability of number of free and paid software’s for processing audio mp3 recordings.  With these audio processing software, you can convert between different file formats to mp3, extract audio from videos and save it in Mp3 format just to name a few.  A good and easy to use audio processing software that we recommend to our research students is ‘Format Factory’.  The software gives all the functionality that you will ever need for conversions and extractions at no charge. Besides the huge support for Mp3 format, mp3 recordings are a standard in most of the voice recording devices.

Mp3 is supported for:
1. File conversions to and fro other digital formats.
2. Supported by voice recorders.
3. Supported by Audio playing devices such as Ipod, Zune and mobile Phones.
4. CD,DVD and Bluray.
In typing and transcription services, mp3 interviews are much preferred. They are smaller in size, hence quicker to download, easier to store and make backups, easy to distribute to transcribers and more over there is no compromise on quality of the recording. So if you are a professional blogger, podcaster, researcher, book writer, author or a research student who will be using an online service for transcribing an interview, we highly suggest you record interviews in Mp3 format only.

Summary: Most of the audio recordings that we receive for transcribing work have been recorded in mp3. This has made our transcription work a lot easier. Issues such as handling large size wav files, downloading times, storage issues etc. are no longer exist. Hence, to our new customers we always suggest one thing – Mp3 is the sweetest and most preferred of them all.
Article Source: www.alltranscript.com 


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