Specialising in transcription of events, conferences, interviews and focus groups since 2003.
13 April 2011
Olympus v Express Scribe Transcription Software
I purchased an Olympus Transcription Software kit when I first started my transcription services business back in 2003. Initially I was very pleased with the transcription software. It did what I needed it to do at the time.
However, as time went by I began to realise that the Olympus transcription software was fairly limited in the sound file formats it supported. At the time mp3 sound file format was becoming more and more widely used for recording interviews for transcription, so I needed another solution.
I was advised by a colleague to download the free Express Scribe Professional Transcription Playback Software and to purchase a compatible foot pedal in order to cover the file formats that the Olympus transcription software did not support.
Purchasing the compatible foot pedal worked out a lot cheaper than purchasing the Olympus transcription software and I soon found that Express Scribe digital transcription software supported most if not all of the sound file formats that the Olympus supported plus a whole lot more. I was delighted with it and have never looked back.
I think the Olympus Transcription Software kit is a very good quality product and the newer versions may support more sound file formats, however I find that I really do prefer Express Scribe transcription software and I don't think I could be persuaded to go back.
I'm interested in your opinion so please feel free to leave me a comment.