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Digital Dictation File Types

PC files have a “file extension” that identifies the file type, and what program to use to open the file. The most common file type for digital audio recording is DSS (Digital Speech Standard) used by Olympus and Philips recorders.

Other file types that may be used or supported include WAV, WMA, and MP3.

The software that comes with the handheld device will be able to handle that device’s file type and usually others as well. If you purchase a third-party transcription software product make sure it can handle, at a minimum, DSS, WAV, WMA, and MP3 files, without conversion.

Additional Hardware

A “foot control” or “pedal” to efficiently control digital PC playback without removing hands from the keyboard is an essential tool for the transcriptionist. The foot control is typically a USB-connected device. Controls used with older non-PC tape-based dictation systems will not work with PC-based digital playback products.

Olympus, Sony, and Philips all make USB-connected foot controls, as do other manufacturers.

Digital Audio Hardware and Software: the Short Answer

  • Olympus is the dominant manufacturer

  • Any Olympus recorder that saves DSS files will work fine

  • DSS Player software from Olympus handles handheld to PC transfers using USB

  • DSS Player also can handle playback on any PC

  • A USB-connected foot control is an essential accessory

Move Your Transcription Business from Tape to Digital - A How-To Guide from My Docs Online © 2008 My Docs Online, Inc.

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