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On editing do you do a line-by-line edit, just start at the beginning and work your way to the end?
When I produce rough drafts I do a scan edit and then send them out. After that I do my edit. Doing that scan edit does make my "real" edit go faster.
What is your practice on editing?
I scan the transcript by using the Eclipse feature where I click on Production/List Errors. Up pops a box which contains all the weird things in the transcript - misspelled words, double Qs, etc. It starts out with all the numbers in the transcript, which I skip over. From there I can do a quick replace or a global. I can hop out the that box and into the transcript to do a quick audio check as well.
When I'm done with that, if I'm producing a rough draft for the attorneys, I may go through and check the spots I marked in the transcript while I was writing. If I'm going to scope it myself, I start at the top and read through the end. But I edit in Eclipse using the NaturallySpeaking Dragon Pro program, so I use voice commands to perform Eclipse macros in combination with using my regular external keyboard.
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Rarely do I edit a rough draft other than the editing I do while writing. On finals, I start at the beginning, read to the end, spellcheck, List Errors, index, done.
I go through and do scoping line by line. After that's all done, I go back and do a final proofread. It's time consuming to go back again, but I am always glad I did because I find a few pretty big mistakes where my eye glanced over them the first time.
If I get too busy, I'll have someone scope the job for me and I will proofread it.
I carefully scope my own work line by line listening to audio. If I have time, I do a second read-through on the screen first and then send to my proofreader. If time is short, which is mostly the case, I send her the transcript and then I do the second read-thru on the screen. Never ever fails that I find stuff that there's no way in hell a proofreader would ever have reason to flag. It's literally ALWAYS worth the effort to do that horridly boring and awful second read-through. I truly hate it. But it never fails to save my butt. I note obvious errors in hidden text to check the proofreader. It's rare that all those errors are found, which is another reason the second read-through for me is so valuable. It also gives me an idea of how many things I miss on that second read-through that the proofreader finds.