Timestamps serve to identify the exact moment each person begins to speak.
When you hear the first voice or sound, and then each time a different speaker takes the floor, press the ENTER key if you are using a Windows computer or return key in Mac. This way, the timestamp will automatically appear, indicating the exact moment when the first sound is heard, or a person started talking. Look at the example below:
[00:00:00] Tomorrow I go to visit my uncle.
[00:00:00] Where does your uncle live?
[00:00:00] He lives in the countryside. He has many animals and an orchard.
[00:00:02] I love animals. Can I come with you?
[00:00:01] Yes, he will be happy to meet you.
Leaving a space before the timestamp or starting a line below where the transcription would normally start can cause an error when submitting the task.
Only use the ENTER (return) key when the speaker changes.
The transcription is incorrect if the timestamp is not added every time a different speaker talks.
Here’s an example of an incorrect transcription:
I thought we could go to my uncle’s tomorrow, do you want to come with me?
[00:00:32] No, I cannot go tomorrow, I'm going to visit my grandmother.
The transcription is incorrect even if the time code is not added to the first sentence of the transcribed extract. In other words, the timestamp must also be inserted at the beginning of the first sentence of the transcribed extract.
Here is a correct example:
[00:00:00] I thought we could go to my uncle's tomorrow, do you want to come with me? [00:00:01] No, I cannot go tomorrow, I'm going to visit my grandmother.
Never use the ENTER (return) key if the same person continues to speak after a silence (short or long).
The following example is wrong:
[00:00:00] I thought we could go to my uncle's tomorrow,
[00:00:08] would you like to come with me?
[00:00:12] No, I cannot go tomorrow, I'm going to visit my grandmother.