To get started in transcription, you’ll need a few tools. The first is, of course, a working computer. It can be a desktop or a laptop, but you need to be able to listen to audio or video on it. Some transcription companies require Windows to work with their software, but at Atomic Scribe we allow any operating system.
Next, a good pair of headphones is key. You’ll sometimes need to be able to transcribe difficult audio, and good headphones can go a long way for deciphering otherwise unintelligible dialogue.
For transcription software, we recommend ExpressScribe, which is free. Most transcriptionists also use foot pedals to play, rewind and fast forward audio with ease, though it is optional. Additionally, most companies require Word documents for transcripts, so a Microsoft Word subscription may be necessary and is good to have regardless.