Full Verbatim

Full Verbatim was previously the standard for transcriptions, although now most non-medical and non-legal transcriptions take advantage of the wonderful benefits of Intelligent Verbatim, Full Verbatim is the workhorse for when you need something typed word-for-word with no exceptions.

You can now read our latest article on Intelligent Verbatim versus Full Verbatim to see which is the best for you.

Full Verbatim is a copy of your spoken language as close as possible to the original.  This includes all of the, ‘Erm,’ ‘Ah,’ ‘Er,’ and so on that we just can’t seem to shake from when we speak.

As daft as it sounds, sometimes the need for Full Verbatim is an absolute MUST.

Some of those situations are for Medical Transcriptions and legal transcriptions.

But why?

When you’re transcrbing a medical or legal audio file, it’s just absolutely so important that you don’t leave anything out.

Imagine it.

The doctor is speaking and says ‘Well, I wouldn’t advise that the patient undergoes the surgery for their arm, leg, sorry.’

Full Verbatim

Sorry, can you say that a bit louder?

Now, is it more important that the transcriber attempts to tidy up the audio and decide whether the doctor was talking about the arm or the leg or is it more important that the transcriber simply includes everything that is said, regardless whether it was an accident or not?

The doctor surely knows what they mean but we, as transcribers can never be too sure so it’s important we simply include all of it.

What Does Full Verbatim Look Like?

Full Verbatim is sometimes a bit tricky for transcribers to type as it involves them trying to include words and parts they would normally exclude and correct.  Transcribers also have to fight their natural urge to correct grammar and leave everything exactly as said!

Scary stuff for us perfectionists!

So, a Full Verbatim transcription will look exactly like it has been said and, as I used in an earlier blog, here’s a great example.

Original (Full Verbatim) 
 Andrew:  Well-, I, er, I think this one’s not-, er, no, no, I don’t like the blue one.
Edited (Intelligent Verbatim)
Andrew:  No, I don’t like the blue one.

We will simply leave it as the original version.  Although it can sometimes be a bit tricky to read, it includes all of the information that has been given to us.


There you go, a short introduction to Full Verbatim and how it differs from Intelligent Verbatim.

Now, let’s get back to work!

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