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Meeting Transcription: Brainstorming the Brainstorm

How can meeting transcription help you optimize your brainstorming sessions? Part 1:  Before the storm You’ve scheduled a brainstorming meeting […]

How can meeting transcription help you optimize your brainstorming sessions?

Part 1:  Before the storm

You’ve scheduled a brainstorming meeting to generate ideas for your next project.  Your goal is to generate copious quantities of ideas, because that’s the route to better ideas.

How can you lay the groundwork for abundance?

Use meeting transcription to generate questions

If you already have previous meeting transcriptions on the topic at hand, peruse your transcripts to generate the most apt topics for your current meeting.  The more specific you can be in your phrasing, the more stimulating your prompts can be.

How can meeting transcription help with group dynamics?

Transcription services have transcribers who are trained to identify speakers in a group situation, and can provide the name of each speaker along with what each person said.  If you are supplied with transcripts of previous meetings where the speakers are named, a good facilitator can identify conversational dynamics, intervene helpfully to redirect ineffective patterns, and even choose groups of people who work especially well together in the brainstorm format.

Make it playful

Choose a friendly, quiet room.  Provide coffee, food, and doodling paper.  Bring toys!  Having things to fiddle with quietly, like Lego or magnet toys, and markers and paper, will free up thinking.

Brainwrite

Begin initial ‘storming’ in writing.  Studies have shown that this helps to generate more original ideas, and allows greater participation by more minds.  (In a group discussion sometimes the dominant speakers will shape the conversation, and the ideas of quieter people may never see the light.)

Brainwrite to Brainstorm

With the list of topics generated in writing, you can schedule brainstorming meetings on each one.  More meetings, more ideas!  And please don’t forget to transcribe the meetings.

Check out future posts for more on making brainstorming work!

 

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San Francisco Transcription: A Longer History Part 3

  San Francisco transcription has long been centered in North Beach, where  Tigerfish Transcribing was founded in 1989.  For more […]

 

San Francisco transcription has long been centered in North Beach, where  Tigerfish Transcribing was founded in 1989.  For more than a quarter century, Tigerfish has been the premium provider of transcription services to the Bay Area and beyond, providing verbatim transcription and transcripts edited for clarity, local and national.  Tigerfish Transcribing provides all audio-to-text, video transcribing, interview transcription, financial transcription, focus group transcription, and general transcription services.  But while 25 years in the neighborhood may seem like a long time, North Beach has a much longer history!

You may have read that once upon a time, giant mammoths and bison were living right here at the corner where Tigerfish Transcribing resides. Today I thought I’d fill you in on some of the other megafauna who lived in San Francisco back in the day.  Way back in the day!

According to website ICEAGEBAYAREA,  “before the San Francisco Bay was a bay, it was a verdant green plain, with a single river gushing through it to the sea. The Pacific coastline extended out 12-15 miles further than it does today. This area was once home to mammoths, camels, wolves, bears, lions, giant sloths, and antelope.”

 

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Saber-toothed Tigers to Tigerfish

 

Among these huge animals were Giant Short-faced Bears – bears who could run (maybe up to 40 miles per hour) on their two hind legs.  Standing up like that, they were 12 feet tall!  There were also Giant Beavers – about nine feet long, and looking quite similar to today’s beavers.  The famous Saber-toothed Tigers had canine teeth that were seven inches long.  Giant Ground Sloths, too big to climb, lounged here.  Outsized birds with wingspans of 25 feet hunted from above. These megafauna lived during the Pleistocene epoch, from 1.8 million years ago to about 8000 years ago.  Just how much the various animals overlapped with human residents (and whether human hunting helped lead to their extinctions) is unknown.

 

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Archaeology Transcription: Digging Into Meaning

Archaeology Transcription and Aerial Photography   Archaeology transcription can mean any kind of audio to text transcription, as might be […]

Archaeology Transcription and Aerial Photography

 

Archaeology transcription can mean any kind of audio to text transcription, as might be used by any of the other ‘ologies’ in academic transcription.  Interviews and other qualitative data often need to be transcribed to create usable content.  But archaeology transcription sometimes refers to the transcription of information from aerial photographs onto maps.

Usually we think of archaeology as digging:  digging careful holes, getting up close and personal with bones, stones, and fragments of pottery;  carefully dusting off soil and sand, excavating with a teaspoon to avoid damage to unknown objects; crouching down and cleaning artifacts with a toothbrush.  It’s the view from underneath.

 

Cropmarks at a protohistoric site, France

 

Transcribing Information from the Sky

But there is a view from the top.  Especially since World War 2 and consequent advances in aerial photography techniques, archaeologists have made increasing use of birdseye view photography.  From the air, they can see evidence of former walls, land use patterns, and the larger context of a known site.  Photographs are taken both vertically (from directly above) and obliquely (from slightly to the side and above) to observe different features.  Photographs taken from slightly different angles can be viewed stereoscopically, for a three-dimensional view.

 

Map Transcription

Information from aerial photographs is then transcribed onto maps.  Archeologists have developed various methods of transcribing information from oblique photographs onto maps to get accurate placement of the information.  Transcription of the new information onto existing archaeological maps allows researchers to see relationships that would not otherwise be visible.

 

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Edited Transcripts and Subtitles

  How do edited transcripts become subtitles?  This is part of a series of posts on the myriad uses and […]

 

How do edited transcripts become subtitles?  This is part of a series of posts on the myriad uses and types of transcription, brought to you by Tigerfish Transcribing, provider of accurate verbatim or edited transcripts from any audio or video source.  We provide the best transcription services for Chicago, New York, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

The Visible Made Invisible:  Edited Transcripts into Subtitles

 

What skills are needed to turn edited transcripts into effective subtitles?

According to subtitler Henri Behar, if subtitles “aren’t invisible, you fail.”  A film has a cadence and flow of image and sound, and subtitles need to find their place in the visual stream, transcribing the sound without competing for visual attention.

Subtitlers must be skilled at working within and alongside the rhythms of a film, breaking up their edited transcripts carefully, so as not to break the tempo.  This can be straightforward, like ending a subtitle when a character has stopped speaking, or not extending a subtitle into the next scene (unless the dialogue also bridges the cut). And it can mean more subtle decisions about how to weave the truncated dialogue in with the imagery and the movement of characters, creating a third rhythmic flow that hovers between the sound and the image. Technology is making time coding easier and subtitlers can view films repeatedly as they work.  When crafted by skilled professionals, subtitles are becoming less noticeable, but a more coherent part of international films.

 

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Audio Transcripts: Shareable, Searchable Documents

  With audio transcripts you can take incandescent lectures and speeches and make searchable documents!  Continuing with the story of […]

 

With audio transcripts you can take incandescent lectures and speeches and make searchable documents!  Continuing with the story of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, we look at audio transcripts and sharing.  Brought to you by Tigerfish Transcribing, providing the best transcription services available.  Use a transcribing company for speedy delivery of audio transcripts of all kinds:  corporate transcription, academic transcription, speech transcription, focus group transcription, legal transcription, medical transcription and more.

 
Famous Transcripts in History:  The Feynman Lectures Part 8

Albert Einstein:

It seems as though we must use sometimes the one theory and sometimes the other, while at times we may use either. We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither of them fully explains the phenomena of light, but together they do.”

 

The story of The Feynman Lectures on Physics is a telling example of how you can take some of the mercurial spirit that is living speech, and a crucial element in communicating, and combine it with the permanence of written text, which can be studied, referenced, indexed, Googled. This story displays some of the great values of transcription and audio transcripts.

From an inspiring mind and speaker came a strong intention to teach, and with the vision of others who wanted to share his gift of explaining things came a highly shareable document of his teaching.

And now, in the same spirit of broad access, the edited audio transcript is available to read for free, at the Caltech website:

http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/

If you’d like to watch videos of Feynman lecturing, Bill Gates (who said that if he had seen these lectures earlier he might have become a physicist instead of a software entrepreneur) has also helped make a series of videos available, at Microsoft’s Project Tuva.

 

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Transcription Services: Editing for Style

  What does it mean when  transcription services offer editing?  Transcription services need to be editing experts to know what […]

 

What does it mean when  transcription services offer editing?  Transcription services need to be editing experts to know what to choose and what to lose!  On with the fascinating story of the Feynman Lectures, brought to you by the transcription service Tigerfish Transcribing.  We do corporate transcription, financial transcription, focus group transcription, conference call transcription, you name it.  We do transcription.  And we also tell you tales of Famous Transcripts!

 

Famous Transcripts in History:  The Feynman Lectures  Part 7

Once Richard Feynman’s lectures were transcripts, on paper, interest grew, and soon a book deal was made.  But this meant another round of transcription editing and proofreading, and some important choices.

In a memoir written for the 2013 book Feynman’s Tips on Physics, Dr. Sands wrote:

“I rather quickly sent off the first few lectures, and very soon received back the galleys for proofreading.   It was a disaster!  The editor…had done a significant rewrite, converting the informal style of the transcripts to a traditional, formal, text-book style–changing “you” to “one”, and so on…After explaining that we considered that the informal, conversational style was an essential part of the lectures…she saw the light and thereafter did a great job–mostly leaving things as they were.”

Robert Leighton, the other principal editor of the lectures, realized that with Richard Feynman, “you should do a minimum of editing on what he says.  You should leave it as close to the original as possible, including the mannerisms–although not the repetition.” He remembered:

“There’s one particular passage, which I’m sure I could find if I looked in the Feynman book.  I’d like you to see what form it was in when it first came out of Feynman…He had a sentence in there that never had a verb in it!”

So there you have a beautiful story of how a talented talker’s lucid explanations became accessible to people worldwide and across time.  The book that resulted from the edited transcripts, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, is what blogger Robbie Gonzalez calls a “phenomenal resource to anyone with even a passing interest in the physical world and the laws that govern it.”
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