There are three ways I will send back reporter transcripts: PDF format, ASCII format (through Case CATalyst), or errata sheets. PDFs are the new wave in court reporting. There are lots of court reporters that have used errata sheets and loved it … until they tried PDF. After they’ve seen how easy it is to have corrections marked on their transcript in PDF format and simply emailed back to them, they dumped errata sheets like a deadbeat boyfriend. If errata sheets are your preference though, it’s no problem. Just let me know your preference and we can work together and get the job done.
The other way I correct transcripts is directly in Case CATalyst software. I can do this with or without audio. This method is ideal for reporters who don't have time to add corrections into their transcript. While PDF allows you to see the corrections, so you can improve your own transcript punctuation skills over time, proofing done directly into your transcript through software is great for when you're in a rush.
My proofreading involves locating errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, formatting (following your state’s guidelines), any mistrans, consistency, any missing words, and transposed words.
Here’s an example of how my transcript corrections will look as a PDF. Again, I only email back pages that have correction marks, which saves you time from having to comb through an entire transcript to find the things I've marked.
Example of a corrected PDF:
Click here for downloadable instructions on how to turn your .txt (ASCII) file into .pdf format.