Speaking of saving hours, while we at Expect Perfection generally avoid discussing the “typical”… did you know the typical conversation rate for English speakers is between 150 to 200 words per minute?
Consider that the typical typing words-per-minute for the average student or office professional is just 33 to 34 WPM, and you begin to see the issue.
Even if you type as quickly as a pro typist (~52 WPM), it would still take a minimum of three hours to transcribe one hour of audio.
And really, that’s extremely generous.
Even the most highly skilled transcriptionists struggle to maintain that ratio due to background noise, speaker cultural differences, varying speech rates, topic, and a host of other variables.
You’re an academic researcher, not a secretary.
Let the Research Transcription specialists handle your transcription, and save your wrists (and hearing… and sanity).