What is the difference between Verbatim and Non-Verbatim Transcription?


So you've decided to have your audio transcribed but you're not sure if you should choose verbatim transcription or non-verbatim transcription, here are the key differences to help you choose the right transcription service for your needs.

Verbatim Transcription

When you choose verbatim transcription you will receive a transcript with everything that is said in your audio or video typed out. This includes any stutters, ums, uhs, false starts, non-speech sounds, and partial words. Verbatim transcription is mainly used for legal purposes where it is important to note if someone is stammering, stuttering, making things up or any number of other things.

While verbatim transcripts are useful in some cases, sometimes they are not the easiest to read so most people prefer to have a non-verbatim transcript of their audio or video.

Non-verbatim Transcription

The majority of people would rather have an accurate transcript of what was said that is easy to read and understand so they choose non-verbatim transcription, also called clean-read transcription. If you choose this type of transcription you will receive a cleaned-up transcript of all of the meaningful content from your audio or video but stutters, speech disfluencies, and false starts are taken out.

Which type of transcription should I choose?

The type of transcription that you choose is completely up to you. When deciding which type of transcription service you need you should think about whether or not you need to capture everything that was said exactly as it was said or if it would make more sense for your transcript to be as easy to read as possible.