Yesterday evening I transcribed a series of short financial videos for a client. I was given plenty of notice for the job but knew that I would not be receiving the digital files until early evening which then needed to be turned around very quickly. Sometimes burning the midnight oil is part and parcel of my job!
It never ceases to amaze me how much has changed in the transcription industry since I first set up shop back in 1993. In those days I was struggling to hear the inferior quality of analogue cassettes and tapes, not to mention the dreadful earphones. I now use state of the art headphones which cut out all external noises and the recorded dialogue arrives in my home office via digital recordings, either as email attachments or uploaded via my website.
I expect that one day when voice activated software is sophisticated enough, folk like me will be redundant, but for the time being I remain gratefully and gainfully employed!