Transcription is one of the oldest forms of documentation; a useful, and often necessary, means put in practice for decades.

Beyond being an efficient way to keep track of important information, dictation and transcription have helped to promote further understanding in otherwise complicated or complex fields – everything from medical and legal transcription to business and government transcription.

Still widely used today, transcription has a past rooted deep in history. In ancient times, transcription was a form of documentation used by the Scribes in the early 3400 BC. They were mostly employed by the Romans and Egyptians, little did they know that nearly a century later their children would transcribe their ancient languages onto stone tablets. The written language and ancient historical documentation are made possible by transcription and those committed to transcribing (and duplicating) as much information as possible.

During the 16th Century after the invention of the printing press, it led to a decline in the requirements of scribes and led to a decline in transcription for a time. However, it was around this time (or soon after, at least) that the modern English language shorthand was developed by a British physician. Formalizing this shorthand set in stone again the transcriptions’ (or scribes’) speciality field. Scribes in the 17th century were generally used for manuscripts and other types of literature. 

During the 19th century, nearly 200 years later there was a major change. This is when the age of the typewriter was invented and typists became the most sort after person. The typing workforce, contributing to the vast majority of secretarial and transcription work in offices everywhere.

After typewriters came the word processor in the 1980’s, famous for being the first truly digital way to type and transcribe information. Word processors opened the way for the era of computing technology. Because of the new technologies, transcription remains an important profession throughout history. Today brings an even more change in the Voice-to-Text transcription where we record audio and video content. Over the years, speech technology has become a lot more accurate, especially when used in tandem with live experts.

Our clients request a variety of transcriptions, consequently, we transcribe a wide variety of recordings. These include dictations:

  • legal disputes and court cases,
  • disciplinary hearings,
  • media such as TV, film, Vimeo, and YouTube videos.

At The VA Team Ltd, also transcribe medical research, general research, teleconferencing discussions, business meetings and summaries, police cases, insurance reports, financial reports, journalist interviews, academic thesis, as well as university lectures.  secretarial help, virtual assistant freelance typists to help you transcribing or any recurring projects, we are here to help with any and all of your specific transcription needs.