Transcription Buddy Playback Options

This article applies to:

  • Transcription Buddy, a third party dictation player.
  • This guidelines are an extract from the in application user guide from Transcription Buddy.

The Playback dialog lets you set options for playback. The dialog looks like this:

Each of the configuration options is described below.

Wave device

Select your audio device (sound card) for playing. If the setting is “system default”, then Transcription Buddy uses the device specified in your system audio settings (e.g. Start - Settings - Control Panel - Multimedia - Audio).

Speed settings

Transcription Buddy lets you alter playback speeds. You can increase the playback speed beyond its normal speed and you can reduce the playback speed below its normal speed. Playback speeds are controlled through the Increase and Decrease Playback Speed buttons on the main Transcription Buddy window. Note that these buttons are only visible during playback.

>> Preserve tone automatically during high-speed playback

By default, Transcription Buddy tries to preserve tones when playing back at a higher than normal speed. If this causes a problem (e.g. on slow machines the sound may be unrecognizable), you can uncheck this option.

>> Retain altered playback speed - Check this box if you want to keep this altered speed setting. Otherwise, the speed value for each new playback is reset to the normal speed (i.e. x1).

 

The amount by which the speed increases or decreases is controlled by the following settings.

>> Step for altering playback speeds, when they are beyond the normal playback speed

This step is used to alter playback speeds in a range from 1-times to 2-times the normal speed. When the playback speed is above normal, this step is used when you increase or decrease speed.

For example, if the playback speed is set at normal and this step is set to .3, then the first time you press the Increase Playback Speed button, the playback speed increases to 1.3 times the normal speed. The next time you press the Increase Playback Speed button, the playback speed increases to 1.6 times the normal speed, and so on. If you press the Decrease Playback Speed button while the speed is greater than normal, then the speed decreases by .3 times the normal speed.

>> Step for altering playback speeds, when they are less than the normal playback speed

This step is used to alter playback speeds in a range from .5-times to 1-times the normal speed. When the playback speed is below normal, this step is used when you increase or decrease speed.

For example, if the playback speed is set at normal and this step is set to .2, then the first time you press the Decrease Playback Speed button, the playback speed decreases to .8 times the normal speed. The next time you press the Decrease Playback Speed button, the playback speed decreases to .6 times the normal speed, and so on. If you press the Increase Playback Speed button while the speed is less than normal, then the speed increases by .2 times the normal speed.

Automatically step back after manual pause

This feature automatically rewinds the recording a specified number of seconds whenever you pause playback. This applies when using the Pause button on Transcription Buddy’s primary window.

>> Use step back - Check this box if you want to use a step back after a manual pause .

>> Size of step - Specify the size of the step back, in seconds.

 

Playback with automatic pauses

The dialog looks like this:

Each of the configuration options is described below.

Transcription Buddy provides an automatic-pause mode for more effective transcription. When enabled, this feature plays a recording, pauses the playback, and then resumes the playback. This play/pause/play cycle continues for the duration of the file playback. You can use this feature to automatically pause the playback at certain intervals, and allow you to catch up in transcribing. In some cases, this can eliminate the need for a foot control or the use of hot keys to control playback.

>> Duration of continuous playback - Specify the duration of continuous playback, in seconds.

>> Size of automatic pause - Specify the size of the automatic pause, in seconds.

>> Size of step back after automatic pause - Specify the size of the step back after automatic pause, in seconds.

For example, if you set “Duration of continuous playback” to 15 seconds, “Size of pause” to 5 seconds, and “Size of step back after pause” to 3 seconds, then a file plays for 15 seconds, pauses for 5 seconds, and then goes back 3 seconds and starts playing from there.

Note: To view the full guide in Transcription buddy to to Help->Help Topics

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