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Best Transcription Foot Pedal

What is the best transcription foot pedal? From my personal experience, it’s the Infinity IN-USB-1 transcription foot pedal. Believe me, I don’t make that statement rightly. And I’ sticking my neck out here, though justifiably, proclaiming that the Infinity as the best transcription foot pedal.

But, we’ve jumped the gun. I’ll get into the reasons why I consider the Infinity 1 to be the best transcription foot pedal, but before I get to that, why do you need a transcription foot pedal and what are the 3 key things to consider when buying a transcription foot pedal.

Transcription foot pedal?Best Transcription Foot Pedal

Now, I’ve been a transcriber for over 15 years.  In that time I’ve used a foot pedal consistently for the last 10 years. As a transcriber for the first 5 years, I did use a transcription foot pedal, but not regularly. Why would you need a foot pedal for transcription? Transcription pedal allows you to use your feet to control audio playback (and sometimes a little bit more – you can configure them to different shortcuts). In essence, you can use all of your 4 limbs to transcribe!

That might seem like a very efficient way to transcribe, and there are claims that a transcription foot pedal will increase your transcription speed by 30% or by several magnitudes! I’d say hogwash to these claims. Yes, a foot pedal will increase your transcription speed by magnitudes, if you’ve been using your mouse to control audio playback.

But if you’ve been using your keyboard hotkeys, I’ve found that the increase in speed is marginal at best. Realistically, I’d say 5% over keyboard shortcuts. And less if you are a touch typist. Where I’ve found the foot pedal really worthwhile is configuring it to other shortcut keys that I use during transcription. Let me give you a couple of examples.

If I’m inserting timestamps into a transcript. I usually set the center press to my insert timestamp shortcut key (F8 – because I struggle to locate it on my keyboard). When I’m transcribing 1-on-1 interviews, I set the left press to insert interviewer: and right press inserts interviewee:  into my transcript. As you can imagine, there are numerous possible use cases. You might need an additional software to configure your foot pedal – but most transcription software have this capability.

So, from my experience, if you are an experienced transcriber and you’ve never used a foot pedal, don’t expect efficiency increases by several magnitudes. However, a transcription foot pedal can be configured to so many uses that it is a worthwhile investment. And if you are a budding transcriber, get one!

3 Key Things to Consider when Buying a Transcription Foot Pedal

  1. Compatibility with Transcription Software

We all have our favorite transcription software. You’ll need to make sure that your transcription software and the foot pedal are compatible. Most transcription software are compatible with most USB transcription foot pedals. However, they are rarely compatible with serial foot pedals. So please check your transcription software documentation, or contact them, if you’re in doubt.  Most foot pedals don’t come with a transcription software – although they are regularly bundled with one.

  1. PC or Mac

If you transcribe on a Mac, you have fewer choices of transcription USB foot pedal. Again most foot pedal work on PCs, compatibility with Macs machines is not guaranteed. Another factor with mac computers is the USB-C port. I’ve yet to come across a foot pedal that supports the USB-C port – which is going to be the standard on all Mac computers, especially the thinner laptops. So make sure your Mac has the normal USB port before buying a USB foot pedal.

  1. Durability

If you plan to use your foot pedal every day, like I do, then durability is an important consideration. And here is the reason that I recommend the Infinity – I’ve use it for the last 7 years and it still works like new, and has no sign of tear and wear. 7 years! The foot pedal I replaced with the Infinity lasted 6 months. To be fair, it was a cheap Chinese knock-off – at a third of the price of the Infinity. From my experience, the heavier and more rugged the foot pedal, the longer it lasts.

Those are the 3 key factors you need to consider when choosing a transcription foot pedal. I find that more and more transcription software are compatible with a wider range of foot pedal. This has not always been the case, most transcription software used to come with a propriety foot pedal. This is a welcome trend. From talking to other transcribers, it seems that newer models of transcription foot pedals are more fragile – and don’t last as long… Anyway, what are the top 3 foot pedals I’d recommend?

3 Best Transcription Foot Pedals

  1. Digital USB Foot Pedal

Our first pick is the Digital USB Foot Pedal. A few of my fellow transcribers use this foot pedal and they really like it. To test drive, I borrowed one for a week and I’d say it’s probably as good as the Infinity, and I’ll probably get it as a replacement once mine kicks the bucket. Its main selling point is that it’s a lot cheaper than the Infinity. Very similar build. Lighter and smaller than the Infinity, and a tad more responsive. So great if you plan to move around and transcribe at different places.

Compatible with Express Scribe Pro, and F4 – tested on the older version.   My only concern is durability, since it’s so light! I don’t believe it will hold up to the abuse it will live through. Fingers crossed. Best bang for your buck.

  1. Infinity IN-USB-1

This is a great transcription foot pedal. There is a newer Infinity IN-USB-2 version, but there are problems with iffy USB connection with Windows 7 – very annoying. The older version, Infinity IN-USB-1, doesn’t have those issues. As I said, mine has lasted 7 years. In that time I’ve gone through 3 computers – works flawlessly with all of them. I’ve heard it doesn’t work with newer versions of Express Scribe – but it works with practically any transcription software. And it does work on both PCs and Macs.

  1. Philips ACC2310

A couple of years ago, I was looking for a portable transcription foot pedal I could comfortably travel with. I got the Philips ACC2310 and it has not disappointed me. It’s very light – so I don’t use it that much so as not to break it. And I did get some issues getting it to work with InqScribe – I got a driver that worked great. Other than that, this is a great portable transcription foot pedal.

Let’s transcribe!

If you are considering getting a transcription foot pedal, I hope this post has been helpful. The more I use each of the recommended foot pedals, the more I like them, and I bet you’ll like them too. Happy transcribing.


Best Headphones for Transcription

Best Heaadphones for Transcription

A few months ago, my trusted set of transcription headphones disintegrated.  After 5 years of service, the plastic headband that held them together broke. I tried to get another pair, but the manufacturer had discontinued the model. So I set out to find another pair of headphones.

Best Headphones for TranscriptionAfter trying out several models from different manufactures, I’ve finally found a winner that is perfect for transcription. Senal SMH-1000 are the best headphones for transcription that I’ve used. Period.

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WeTransfer vs Dropbox

A while back I wrote a guide on using Dropbox to share files. There are other ways to store and share files over the net. Torrent files are rarely used but are a great way to share files, especially very large ones. WeTransfer is another great way to share files. There are other online services that I use to share and store files. Today I’d like to review two of them, WeTransfer vs Dropbox and offer suggestions on when you should use them. These sites offer free and paid services, for now I’ll restrict my review to the free services they provide.

Update: WeTransfer now have a pro account at $10/month and you can store the files in the cloud forever. It’s very similar to dropbox, without the dropbox sync (which by the way is a great tool to have). I’d recommend the Dropbox pro account over WeTransfer – you can do more with 1TB dropbox account.

3 Easy Steps to Getting Your audio Transcribed Quickly

Overnight Transcription Services

How quickly your transcriber can transcribe your audio recording determines how soon they can get the transcript to you and ultimately the cost of the transcription. If takes longer to transcribe your interviews, webinars, podcast et al, your transcriber will bill you more. While not all transcriber are the same, some transcribe faster than others, (and all things being equal) there are 3 factors that affect audio/video transcription turnaround.

Dropbox Review

This dropbox review takes a closer look at the services that dropbox cloud storage service has to offer and suggests 3 must use tips on how to efficiently use dropbox. I’ve already blogged on how you can share multiple files easily using dropbox. I’ve already compared dropbox and the newest kid in block, in cloud sharing, wetransfer. I’ve yet to review drop box. It’s about time I did.

Caveat: I don’t work for dropbox and I’m not getting paid to write this review. I’ve used the service extensively, over the last two years, to share files with my transcription clients. However, I’ve only used their free service and never found the need to upgrade to a paid service (quite pricey @ $10 a month!).

Add Adsense to Your WordPress Post using Shortcodes

Update 12/2015: I’m no longer updating this post so I can’t guarantee compatibility with latest version of WordPress. Test on your Localhost first before implimenting it on your live site!

[adsensetl][kuadika]I enjoy coding. That’s why I love WordPress, and learning something new everyday is an added bonus. Recently, I’ve been working on a project to implement interactive transcripts to videos. This is a feature that our clients would appreciate. Anyway, there was an hurdle in implementing interactive transcripts into a WordPress blog and I turned to the WordPress Shortcode API to find a solution.

What I realized was that the WordPress Shortcode API is very easy to learn and work with. And although it didn’t provide a simple solution to the problem I had with the interactive transcripts project, I did realize how powerful it is. Immediately I could tell that the Shortcode API was going to make blogging much easier.

Copy all File Names in Folder to Excel

Filenames to Excel

Do you work with a lot of files? I do. And it’s hard and tedious to keep everything organized. At weloty, we’re currently we’re transcribing over 200 research interviews files for a client and an easy way to keep tabs on each file  is to copy all the file names into an Excel sheet and use that to keep tabs of the files as they go through our workflow.

With over 200 files, it’s very tedious to copy and paste each filename into an Excel sheet. Fortunately there is an easy way to copy all file names in a folder using MS DOS. Why would you want to use MS DOS? If you’re as old as I am: nostalgia.  It takes me back