What makes Parrot different from other ASR programs?

Simply put, off-the-shelf ASR is incapable of doing all of the work. Unlike other programs that deliver a raw text file, Parrot integrates speaker identification, time-coded notes, custom job dictionaries, and an extra layer of processing to provide results in a useful format. Whether you’re using CAT software or a word processor, Parrot allows users to leverage the power of existing transcription tools to quickly and easily generate a finished transcript.

What is the Universal Transcription Dictionary?

Like job dictionaries found in CAT software, the Universal Transcription Dictionary (UTD) allows users to automatically add custom vocabulary during a recording. The UTD not only increases the accuracy of the ASR but also reduces the amount of editing time required to produce a final transcript.

What is included in the digital recording unit (DRU)?

Each DRU comes in a self-contained, easily portable equipment case that includes:
  • (1) laptop with sound mixer and Parrot software
  • (1) portable touchscreen
  • (1) external hard drive
  • (1) audio interface with up to 16 speaker channels and microphones

Do I have to use recording equipment from sTs?

Yes. To guarantee the highest quality recording and transcripts, we require all clients use the equipment included in each digital recording unit (DRU).

Can I choose which type of microphones are included in my DRU?

Yes. We offer several wired and wireless microphone options to meet a variety of needs, including wired and wireless lavaliers and wired and wireless gooseneck mics.

How does live monitoring work?

Live monitoring provides instantaneous feedback of the recording directly to the user’s ears via headphones. We 100% guarantee that what you hear is exactly what’s being reported. Users have the option to engage live monitoring at any point during the recording.

What type of program can I use to edit my transcript files from Parrot?

Parrot exports files in the RTF-CRE format, allowing users to edit the final transcript in any word processor or CAT software program.

What are the benefits of editing my Parrot transcript using CAT software?

One of the most powerful features of Parrot is the ability to edit transcripts with the CAT software of your choice. In addition to applying your custom settings to easily format your final transcript, editing in CAT software provides access to audio synchronization and time-coded, interleaved notes included in each Parrot transcript.