It’s estimated that more than 88 million Americans listen to podcasts, and this audience is expected to grow. That’s a large following and, as a podcast producer, it’s important to reach your entire audience, including those in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Captions and transcripts are great tools to create equal access for everyone who downloads your content.
Podcast transcription works the same way as audio transcription. When you order captioning services for a podcast, you will have access to the transcription file. The transcription file is a text file of the audio source, and it’s a handy resource to have as a podcast producer for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it makes your content accessible to your entire audience, both hearing and non-hearing individuals alike.
Benefits to Podcast Transcription Files
You’ll experience a variety of benefits when you create transcriptions of your podcast episodes:
Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – if you allow people to download and access your podcasts on a website, you need to ensure that all users have equal access to what you are sharing
Transcripts help improve turnaround times for editors
Transcripts are able to be used in conjunction with translation services
They are a helpful learning tool
SEO: Transcripts make your podcasts searchable on Google
Creating Accessible Podcasts
As a podcast creator, you should provide transcripts to your audience not only to comply with ADA laws, but because it’s the right thing to do. By providing access to audiences that can’t hear the audio, you’re allowing people to equally enjoy your content.
There are a few ways that podcasters can make their content accessible to larger audiences, including:
Posting content to an accessible website, such as one that’s compatible with screen reader software, images with alt text, or color contrast between the site’s text and background
Providing an accessible media player with adjustable and easily navigated playback options and keyboard controls
Sharing a text transcript of the audio content on the podcast website or with each download
Captioning video podcasts, including all the spoken dialogue, sound effects, and music, and displaying them directly on the video file during playback
If live captioning isn’t required, we can still create a transcript. Our captioners dial into meetings or events as an attendee, caption what is spoken, and send that instant audio transcript to customers directly.
Podcast Transcription for Prerecorded Content
We offer perfected and time-coded transcripts for prerecorded podcast files as well. It’s easy to get started − simply upload your content via our secure server and receive your podcast transcript in your folder at the time requested. Our transcripts site makes the process simple:
Multiple Language Options for Podcast Transcription
Pre-recorded podcast transcription is available in more than 50 languages, and can include same-language or translated-language text. Our most popular service is our quick-turnaround Spanish transcription for podcast clips, which includes:
An English transcript
A Spanish transcript created by a Spanish language specialist
A formatted design to flow along with an audio file.
Trust Our Experience
Transcription is a natural part of captioning, and with more than 30 years of experience, you can rely us to handle all your transcription and captioning needs.