Oral History Technology: Top Three Tips on Picking a Foot Pedal.

Top Three Tips to Consider when Picking a Foot Pedal

Imagine not having to go through the tedious process of using your mouse or keyboard specific keys to play, pause, rewind, forward your oral history audio file? Instead, having to do that with a foot pedal using your foot? Sounds pretty cool right? As an oral historian ready to transcribe your audios, you probably have already heard about foot pedals but don’t quite know which foot pedals are best for you. In this blog we’re going to look at three ways you can ensure you pick the best foot pedals for your oral history transcription work.


Ergonomics of the Footpedal

There is minimal strain produced while using a foot pedal, however moving your foot up and down, ends up being a repetitive motion as you transcribe on a daily basis.  This may seem easy but the repetitive motion of using the foot pedal may lead to repetitive stress injury. It is because of this, that choosing a favorable foot pedal for use is important. A good tip would be to try the foot pedal out before you buy it to ensure it’s a device you’d work with in the long term.


Compatibility With Your Computer Software

Imagine acquiring a foot pedal only to realize it doesn’t work with your computer’s operating system?  It is vital that you ensure you read through the manual (if it has one) or ask the seller about the specs and if they are compatible with your computer’s operating system to avoid disappointment.


Durability of Your Footpedal

If as an oral historian you transcribe your own oral history interviews, it’s a no brainer that getting a durable foot pedal that will last you a long time is the way to go, since it is going to get a good beating.  However, nothing is built to last forever, so having a second foot pedal would be the next best option just in case your first foot pedal breaks down or just runs its course.

With the three above, I can guarantee you will be okay when it comes to owning a foot pedal. You can also check out my blog on Top four Tips to Consider When Choosing Ergonomic Office Chairs if you are looking to move into a new office or are setting up an office in your house and are in need of an office chair.

That’s it for this blog, I do hope it was helpful. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Kindly keep us in mind for any of your transcription needs and remember, always be kind, try to stay positive and learn to unwind.

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