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Take 1 – Transcription Services

Welcome to Take 1 - one of the UK’s leading transcription companies delivering accurate and affordable services to clients throughout the world. With a dedicated team and a network of trusted transcribers ready to meet almost any timeframe you need, we’re confident we offer some of the best transcription services around.

Our clients include production companies, studios and networks in the UK and the USA looking for fast and reliable TV transcription and we can provide you with the files you need to make captioning and composition even easier. Unlike many transcription providers we’re fully conversant with the industry’s jargon, so when you need to talk timecodes and codecs, it’s just one more language we’re completely at home with!

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Liberty Platform

Liberty, our proprietary metadata harvesting platform allows us to deliver transcripts as structured searchable data all within a secure and scalable environment.  It’s been designed to support transcription, localisation and compliance requirements, as well as content search and discovery optimisation.

Content Localisation

We recognise the importance of an accurate English language master template, to enable TV content to be localised into multiple languages.  Take 1 can be trusted to provide this accurate base transcript, as well as a wealth of useful reports which can be extracted using our metadata platform Liberty.

Overnight Turnarounds

With typing pools all over the planet, we’re able to offer lightning fast turnarounds. Our large capacity ensures we can process even large jobs very quickly, and our “follow-the-sun” model means that we can type while you sleep!  Turnarounds from same day through to 3 day, are available.

Scriptsync Compatible

If required, your transcripts can be delivered in a layout that imports into Scriptsync.  If you use Avid or Scriptsync, you’ll be able to manipulate our transcripts within Scriptsync during the edit, which is convenient and will save you valuable time.

Our Heritage

Take 1 has been operating globally for 20 years with a strong reputation working with Networks, Broadcasters and Production Companies, providing accurate transcripts and translations to assist in the edit; final program scripts to support distribution, localisation and compliance; and streamlining workflows.

We have the capacity to handle projects of any size, delivering on time and on budget for customers across the globe, and with over 50,000 hours of content passing through our doors each year, you can be sure we have the people, the passion and the rigorous quality control procedures to deliver unrivalled levels of precision on every project. Choose Take 1 and with typists in every time zone your case can be handled while you’re sleeping and the results waiting for you the very next morning, with all data files encrypted securely and your information kept confidential as a result of our robust data protection protocols. Choose a turnaround time to fit your schedule from 3 day to same day, we’re the only name you need for all your transcription services.

With expertly managed video and audio TV transcription completed to satisfy even the most complex formatting requirements, Take 1 have a track record for success with clients from the BBC to ITV and shows including Project Runway, Paranormal Witness and Made in Chelsea. Try us for yourself and see what Take 1 can do for you - we’ll be happy to discuss any of our services and quote for your next project.

Our work

Off The Fence
Off The Fence
546 hours of timecoded transcription on a tight turnaround.

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Off The Fence

Customers Requirements

Award-winning independent production & distribution company, Off the Fence, approached Take 1 about transcribing a large portion of their show catalogue.  As part of their distribution deal with a Chinese network, they required timecoded English dialogue scripts to be used as a blueprint for subtitling & dubbing their content into Chinese.  A total of 546 hours of content needed to be processed within a tight turnaround time and specific budget.

What Take 1 did

We liaised closely with Off the Fence’s team at the outset, to agree on logistics, like show priority order, transcription layout, number of shows transcribed per week, and so on.  The workflow was very slick:  Off the Fence uploaded QuickTime daily to our servers, and completed transcripts were delivered back on a daily basis too.  Regular communication between both parties meant Off the Fence were always up to speed on the status of each script; changes in instructions could be dealt with immediately; and urgent shows could jump the queue as soon as requested.

The benefits achieved

Take 1 delivered all transcripts ahead of time, to the highest levels of accuracy, and within budget. Off the Fence felt confident that the script element of their distribution deal was taken care of, in very safe hands.


“Off the Fence has recently been working closely with Take 1 on a major project involving the transcribing and time coding of scripts. We have found them to be very responsive and flexible to our needs, meeting difficult deadlines easily.

In our experience, Take 1 has been very service orientated and we look forward to a continuing working relationship with them on our transcription needs.

Pierre Le Gaudu, Off The Fence


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Fast turnaround transcripts for the MIPCOM event

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Customers Requirements

For the 3rd year running, Reed Midem, organisers of the world’s entertainment content market, MIPCOM, were keen for the 2012 MIPCOM conference’s keynote sessions to be professionally transcribed by Take 1, MIP’s official transcribers.

What Take 1 did

Throughout the busy conference schedule, audio and video recordings of the key sessions were uploaded to Take 1’s servers, and carefully and speedily transcribed by professional audio typists.  A good knowledge of media terminology, coupled with very careful attention being paid to names of speakers, organisations and programmes, meant that final transcripts were of the highest quality.  Some transcripts were required urgently, to provide to press.  Within a week of the conference finishing, all transcripts were available for delegates, and members of the public, to download and view, directly from MIPCOM’s website here.

Key Elements

  • Transcripts prepared by professional audio typists
  • Transcription company specialising in media field
  • Key sessions transcribed urgently, for press
  • All transcripts completed well within agreed timeframe
  • Conference organisers confident with high quality of scripts
  • Scripts available for public’s reading pleasure.


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Committee Films
Committee Films
Exceeding expectations on America Unearthed with our speed!

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Committee Films

Customers Requirements

The Minneapolis based boutique production company needed some footage for the America Unearthed season turned around quickly over a weekend so the producers could work on it during a long flight to the next shoot.

What Take 1 did

After listening to the clients requirements, Take 1 were able to use a large typist pool and allocate the job over a weekend to turn the scripts around in time.

The benefits achieved

  • Client happy to receive the scripts by 8am
  • Producers had the scripts in their hands for flight
  • Take 1 met the deadline


“Even with our rapid turn around requirements Take 1 was able to come through, and they did it flawlessly, greatly exceeding our expectations” Martine Pelleymounter, Production Manager

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Customers Requirements The team behind the NASA documentary, were...

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Customers Requirements

The team behind the NASA documentary, were seeking a reliable transcription company, which could deliver accurate transcripts of their interviews within hours, from footage recorded in the USA.

What Take 1 did

Over 90 hours of mp3 interviews were uploaded to Take 1’s secure FTP site from USA, transcribed and returned to the production team within 24 hours. The transcripts were of vital importance to ensure the edit went smoothly.

The benefits achieved

  • All deadlines met enabled the NASA team to stick to tight schedule
  • All transcripts produced by Take 1 team guaranteed consistency of speaker names/specialist terminology.
  • Uploading footage direct from USA meant British production team saved money & time.
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