Since transcription work, if done at high volume, takes up a huge amount of time it is important to find ways to make the process quicker or easier. Since I’ve been working in this area for a few years now, I’m always tweaking my process.
I’ve tried using Dragon Dictate / Mac OS X’s dictation feature to quickly type the text, and even though this is not ideal due to lack of accuracy, it can sometimes be nice to do when my fingers hurt from typing too much.
One trick that really helps me, though, is using Audacity to 1) improve the audio quality and 2) shorten the audio.
You may already know that transcription apps, like F5 or ExpressScribe, can be used to speed up a transcriber’s work and streamline it. If you regularly work with transcriptions, I really recommend using specialised software and trying to optimise your workflow.
If you do large quantities of any specific type of work, be it transcription or translation, gaining 5% of time on every job can make a difference of hundreds of hours in one year.
Since I lately had to transcribe files into file formats that were not compatible with transcription software, I wrote small AppleScripts to provide the same functionality within QuickTime Player. That way I could rewind and play/pause any file that QT could read with a simple shortcut, with the window in the background.