Single-stage Transcription service overview

Single-stage transcription is the process of translating any audio or video content directly into another language in the written form.

For example, a 60-minute French film could be transcribed directly into English in one step, versus the traditional two steps (French transcription, followed by French-to-English written translation), which typically requires more time and budget.

By using native speakers, monolingual editing of the target language can be used, followed by a stage of bilingual editing of the target language against the source audio or video file. This ensures that the transcription and translation are as accurate as possible whilst sounding as natural as possible.

Video translation services

Unlike traditional translation of documents, video translation puts unique constraints on the translator in the form of reduced space for subtitles. Depending on the target language that the source material is translated into, the length of the subtitles may expand or contract.

When the subtitles are longer than those from the source language, the translator must not only transcribe video to text in the target language, but also condense the resulting phrasing to fit the typical two-line subtitle limit, all while maintaining the meaning of the original content.

At Global Lingo, we utilise the single stage transcription method, where possible, to increase the efficiency of the video translation process. This allows us to pass these time savings onto you while maintaining a high level of translation accuracy and reducing the time to completion.

Audio translation and transcription services

With the growing amount of multimedia content produced every day, the need for quality audio translation and transcription has never been greater. With single stage transcription services from Global Lingo, we can satisfy all your audio translation and transcription needs with speed and accuracy.

No matter the format or origin of the audio you need translated, we can help render it into a format that your audience can understand. Whether you need a seminar recorded in French, translated to Hungarian, or an internal document written in Finnish translated to Italian, Global Lingo’s vast network of skilled audio translators can get your project done on time and to budget.

Service features and benefits

  • Skilled linguists who are specifically suited to direct audio transcription and translation, ensure a high accuracy level
  • Single-stage transcription is employed for internal documentation used for reference and information purposes
  • When providing a draft transcript, combining the transcription and translation processes can be cost-effective and time-saving
  • Non-sensitive materials are also frequently transcribed with this single-stage approach

Examples of single-stage transcription projects

Global Lingo’s many years in the translation industry and large network of linguists allow us to provide top-notch single stage transcription services, no matter the format, industry or language. Here are just a few of the kinds of translation and transcription we work on:

  • Webinars
  • Conference recordings
  • Meeting recordings
  • Memos for internal use only
  • Marketing videos
  • Instructional videos
  • Documentaries
  • Television programmes
  • Radio programmes
  • And more!


We offer a flexible service with single-stage transcription and can cater for any language combinations. Cost savings and flexible turnaround times are also key factors when choosing this transcription and translation approach.

Visit our case study section to view examples of our transcription work and discover the advantages a global supplier can bring to your business.

If you feel a traditional transcription and translation approach would be more useful or you wish to understand the difference between single-stage transcription and transcription and translation in a regular setting better, please visit our transcription services page or contact us for a free consultation and further information, or request a quote via the button below.

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