Given that a reporter can make far more per hour by writing testimony rather than scoping it -- why choose scoping over reporting?


Meticulous scoping for the skilled reporter

  • Transcripts are edited in Eclipse or Case CATalyst with synchronized audio. 

  • High-speed internet connection assures fast back-and-forth transmission of your files; easy download of .WAV files for audio; as well as quick access to the internet for verification of brand and product names, locales, and any unfamiliar terminology.

  • Where it's not 100% certain, a word or a passage is marked with a conflict flag (or in the case of Eclipse, a nonprinting comment) -- so you can quickly move through a file and make your final determinations.

  • The more names and spellings you provide in your accompanying e-mail, the fewer queries will come back to you. Generally speaking, you'll expend 10-15 minutes (for, say, a 200-page file) in resolving any queries left for you.

  • Most reporters will send the actual Eclipse or CaseCATalyst file as an attachment to their e-mail. They'll upload their .wav file to a service such as T3 or In turn, that service sends an e-mail advising that the .wav is ready to be downloaded. (There are free uploading alternatives available -- namely, and 
Pricing is $1.25 a page. This assumes a skilled writer. The price is the same for a video deposition and a non-video. In either event, every moment is audited on the tape. For video depos, it's exactly verbatim; for non-videos, the extraneous uh-huh and reporter query may be skipped. 

The pricing always includes a second, proofing pass through your transcript, which, as you know, would otherwise run 30 to 35 cents a page. It also includes checking of any names or places that may be verified on the web.

This is not to say you shouldn't proof every transcript yourself. You should. Because while the goal is a letter-perfect transcript, it's always possible that something slips through.

For the first job you send in, you'll receive back a 10- or 15-page scoped portion of the transcript so you can check that it meets your needs. If you choose not to go ahead, no problem and no charge. 

So to sum up, all work includes:
  • Listening to the audio throughout
  • A careful scan of every line and word
  • Formatting to your style where necessary
  • Punctuating and paragraphing
  • Checking proper names and terminology on the internet
  • After the proofing of the transcript, a further spell check
Turnaround is generally three or four days. Overnights and expedites are routinely accommodated; there's a premium.

SEND A FILE NOW :  What better way?  Send an e-mail to and we can give it a try.