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Transcription of Text from Pictures

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Picture transcription is a new spin on an old technology known as OCR ("Optical Character Recognition"). OCR has been around for decades; even consumer-level scanners often came bundled with rudimentary OCR software which (often poorly) attempted to transcribe the text from images scanned in by the user.

Today, transcription for pictures is a bit better, allowing text to even be transcribed from bouncing, handhelf video footage of text in a number of fonts, weights, sizes, and colors.

While impressive, it's still not perfect—in fact, it's one of the reasons that reCAPTCHA and other, similar technologies are still in use to detect human interaction and weed out scripts and bots; computers are still not as good at reading real, printed text as humans. In fact, a lot of purported digital picture transcription is handled en masse by human transcribers working for services like Amazon's Mechanical Turk to transcribe pictures of text for fractions of pennies per submission.

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Common Uses for Picture Transcription

  • Digitizing books
  • Digitally archiving newspapers
  • Modernizing library card catalogs

If you need to guarantee the quality of text transcription from pictures, you need to work with professional, experiences picture transcribers. Translation Services USA can help you digitize your text from nearly any image format you may have, including:

  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP
  • PDF
  • And literally dozens of others

No matter what the subject, contact us now for a free estimate for your picture transcription project, or with any questions you have about our picture transcription services and we'll be in touch with you as soon as possible!

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