31 December 2013

Great resource for people who can't read print

I got a telephone call this morning from a lady who is partially sighted due to macular degeneration. She said she was trying to get hold of King Audio about her Calibre audio book subscription that had stopped working. 

I explained that unfortunately I was not the King Audio she was trying to get hold of as I provide transcription services. Therefore there must be another King Audio which deals with audio equipment.

However, when we ended the call I used the information she had given me to research it on the net and found what she was looking for: a charity that provides audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities who cannot read print. 

I telephoned the lady back immediately to give her the telephone number. She was very grateful as the audio book she'd been listening to had stopped at the crucial point so she didn't know who'd done it!

The charity: Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

My late father was partially sighted due to age-related macular degeneration, a cruel disease which robs you of central sight. I think the Calibre Audio Library would have been a great resource for him if I had known about it. 

So please spread the word about this fantastic resource as it could brighten someone's life.

03 November 2013

Record year for transcription services

October has been another fantastic month for KATTS transcription services having transcribed a diverse range of transcription projects for various clients.

As can be seen from the pie chart, the biggest slice of transcription projects covered by KATTS in October has been interview transcription with healthy portions of legal, video, grievance hearing and conference transcription. 

Many of these projects were of an urgent nature and I'm so proud to say that as always, with dogged determination and focus, KATTS met and often exceeded deadlines. 

Great results for clients! 

'Amazing - thanks for getting those turned around so quickly!'

And the transcription services business is showing no signs of slowing down. November is already off to a flying start. 

Record year for KATTS transcription services

In my 10 years in the transcription services industry this year is on schedule to be a record year for business. 

Its very exciting times here at KATTS. 

Please visit King Audio Transcription & Typing Services for more information about the transcription services we provide. 

14 June 2013

Thanks for my reward Giffgaff

Just a quickie to say thank you very much for my reward Giffgaff. I don't know of any other mobile service provider who rewards their members for introducing new people and posting on the forums... Giffgaff you are pretty amazing! 

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22 March 2013

HD Video Transcription - large file sizes

King Audio Transcription & Typing Services has been providing professional video transcription services for over 11 years in which time technology has been improving at a rapid rate. 

Advances in technology bring certain challenges in adapting to new things. Take high definition (HD) video for instance; absolutely fantastic!  But try sending it over the internet and you could run into difficulties. Videos recorded in HD can make file sizes larger due to the extra data that HD generates.

One of King Audio Transcription's clients came across this problem recently when they wanted to send us a video transcription project consisting of 90 short HD video files totalling approximately 90GB over the internet. 

We ruled out sending the videos via SendThisFile, which we use regularly for receiving video files for transcription, as it may have taken too long.

We also ruled out using Dropbox having used this for a similar video transcription project last year. Although it worked quite well it was still time consuming and a bit fiddly having to remove batches of videos before the client uploaded more as the space got used up.

In the end my client settled on sending the videos on a hard drive through the post. A good enough solution as we had the luxury of time on this video transcription project. However, had the project been more urgent perhaps not such a good solution.

The advances in HD technology are great, and although the scenario above is quite unique, file size and file sharing is still something to take into consideration if you're thinking of recording video in HD.

Have you run into a similar situation? If you’d like to share your experiences please leave a message below.