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  • Ned Miller

    December 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Just shot about 4 hours of talking heads using Canon’s AVCHD codec, lots of clips. They do play back on QuickTime Player but…

    How does a transcriptionist, who uses these numbers from the clip, translate to an editor understanding what is where? Do any of you know of a transcription service that can source from this codec and is reasonably priced? Since the four cards are about 15GB each I suppose a hard drive must be sent to the transcriptionist.

    Thank you

    Ned Miller
    Chicago Videographer

  • Mark Raudonis

    December 19, 2013 at 4:10 am


    I think you’re expecting too much from your transcription service. They’re NOT transcoders, editors, or data wranglers. Typically, you send them a file (usually a .mov) and they’ll send you back a word file with a transcription and associated time codes. The file you send is usually EXTREMELY compressed to make it email accessible. AVCHD doesn’t qualify for that.

    Here’s who we use on a regular basis. Give them a call and see if they can help you. But I think you have to have realistic expectations of what they can do for you.


  • Tim Wilson

    December 19, 2013 at 6:02 am

    You’ll also find transcribers that only work with audio files. MOV is fine for that of course, but they may prefer MP3, WAV, AIFF, WMV, or any number of other formats…and depending on the part of the world, may NOT be interested in taking Apple or iTunes specific formats.

    That said, I hadn’t worked with Take1 before, because most of my stuff has been general purpose. Those guys look really hardcore. They also look like SOME video formats might be do-able, which may work better for you than an audio-only export. Working with somebody who understands technical language will also be a blessing, and save you enough time once you get the files back that the price will work itself out.

    Let us know what you find!

    PS. The Bunim/Murray Productions logo on the front of the site pointing you to their take1 customer profile should be taken as a very good sign indeed. 🙂

  • Michael Hancock

    December 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve used quite a bit and am happy with their work. You send them an .mp3 and they send you a script. There’s no timecode associated with the script but I use Avid’s ScriptSync so that’s not important for me.

    Michael Hancock

  • Ned Miller

    December 20, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Thanks everyone! I sent the link to this thread to my client.

    Ned Miller
    Chicago Videographer

  • Champak Pol

    February 13, 2014 at 4:43 am

    You can try

    Transcription Services | Audio Transcription

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