Tool Kit: Interview Recording & Transcription

 Eight products to help you with your interview recording and transcription.

Legaltek LX interview recording systems feature simple to use, maintenance-free LINUX-based, solid-state recorders that burn and finalize DVDs in minutes. Removable memory allows file transfer to any computer for file storage, DVD creation, and case management. Single and multi-camera systems are shipped as complete, easy to install kits. LX II recorders feature a 2TB hard drive with archival file management and DVD creator graphic user interface. Accessories include a video encoder for office LAN connection, a network-based archival/file management solution, and a convenient PC transcription kit.


Digital Audio Video Equipment (DAVE) offers a solution for your interview recording, dictation, and transcription requirements. DAVE can be supplied as integral, easy to use touchscreen-based solutions or as a dedicated 19-in. rack-mount system. Static and portable options are available with multiple, easy-to-transcribe DVD recordings produced. AV Niche has supplied audio and video systems to UK police forces and government agencies during the last 20 years (over 800 units manufactured in 2014). DAVE is user friendly, network ready, and is very keen to make its introduction in North America.


Precise Digital has developed an affordable, do-it-yourself interview-room recording system for small to mid-sized law enforcement agencies. Your agency supplies the PC, and Precise Digital supplies cameras, microphones, on-off door buttons, the wire, brackets, software, and instructions. Using common tools, you run the wires, plug the components into the back of a PC, and load the software—and a high-end, full featured interview room is ready. Add hyperlink notes, attachments, playback with picture-in-picture, and save in standard windows format. Demos available.


Net Transcripts specializes in fast, accurate, and secure transcription of recordings captured at the crime scene or during the course of an investigation. By using the Net Transcripts smartphone app or dial-in dictation line, investigators can submit dictated reports or interviews for transcription immediately from the field. Additionally, recordings can be uploaded to an online Transcript Management Center from any desktop computer. Net Transcripts utilizes CJIS-compliant security protocols and strict personnel standards to ensure the confidentiality of files throughout the transcription process.


iRecord is a digital audio and video recording solution for law enforcement interviews and child advocacy forensic interviews. iRecord is a “one-touch” solution that creates high definition (1280 x 720 px) recordings playable on any PC and DVD Player. Other features include advanced network connectivity that allows users to add notes, metadata, save to USB, redaction, chain of evidence audit trail, external file import, and economical storage options including the Evidence Vault and cloud solutions. A mobile recording solution, iRecord ANYWHERE, utilizes the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet.


Express Scribe is professional audio player software designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings and make the transcription process easier. A typist can install Express Scribe on their computer and control audio playback using computer controls or a foot pedal. Express Scribe also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and more. It supports most file formats, including encrypted dictation files. Express Scribe is compatible with popular word-processors, as well as speech recognition software.


CaseCracker, designed and developed by Cardinal Peak Technologies, is an interview-room recording solution that provides accurate and secure audio and video that can be used as evidence. Instead of telling the jury what happened, show them. Conviction rates can be improved through recording body and vocal expressions. CaseCracker is available in both a portable laptop version as well as in a permanent hardwired stationary solution. Both systems allow law enforcement agencies to capture, archive, and export investigative interviews with the touch of button.


The Philips DPM 8000 Digital Voice Recorder captures crystal clear dictations. You can now dictate on the road, in the station, or anywhere you need with the flexibility mobile dictation provides. The breakthrough 3D Mic technology allows ideal audio capture in any environment. This digital voice recorder is made with durable parts that are meant to last even when things get rough. The large, full-color display offers sharp images, making it easier to see everything at first glance. Recordings can be encrypted in real time using the Advanced Encryption Standard, keeping your dictations secure.


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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)