||[Apr. 21st, 2010|01:17 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
What I ended up using:
- Skype (I spent 73 cents in Skype credit for just under 24 minutes, although I had to buy $10 worth as a minimum)
- Pamela (the program, version: 188.8.131.52, for recording - I'm using the free trial)
- Transcriber (version 1.5.1 for transcribing the interview)
I'm about halfway through the transcription. The sound dropped out to almost nothing for a few seconds at one point, seemingly at random. I'm not sure if it was the VOIP connection or Pamela's recording abilities or what. I may play with it a bit more before deciding whether to buy Pamela. Overall, the sound is a little crunchy. I'm not sure if I'd use it if I were to start doing recordings for a voice blog or podcast. But for an interview, it was perfect. It allowed me to use two channels for recording.
Transcriber works well for stopping and starting. I started trying to transcribe using Pamela, but it was chewing words and not hitting exactly the same moment it stopped when I started it again. I briefly had a transcription job a couple of years ago, so I've done some transcription before and this freeware is quite nice. Allows you to mark up the recording and such. And it shows each channel as one of those scribbly lines along the bottom, so I can see break points.