foot pedal : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary

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A foot pedal is invaluable for doing transcriptions of audio or video recordings by letting your hands do nothing but the transcription typing. In contrast, mouse controlled software takes your hands off the keyboard. Using the keyboard to control the audio may confuse the editor program you are typing into. You use software such as Transcription Buddy to monitor the foot pedal and play the audio in a number of possible formats for you and stop, start, rewind and fast forward it for you. It is amazing how fast transcription goes with the foot pedal.

Installation is as snap. You just plug the foot pedal into a free USB (Universal Serial Bus) port.

What to Look For In A Foot Pedal

foot pedal

Care and Feeding

My first introduction to foot pedals was not successful. The separate small light foot pedals for the Kinesis keyboard would not stay put. I could not find them with my feet. I had much more success with the much heavier Olympus RS23 unit for transcription. However, the drivers did not work with my new Windows 7 OS (Operating System). Even though a USB foot pedal driver is about as simple as drivers come, if Microsoft or your foot pedal manufacturer does not write new drivers for each model of footpedal for each new OS, your foot pedal becomes useless. Further, every piece of transcription software supports just a tiny subset of the possible footpedals. Upgrades may not longer support your model. Microsoft is to blame. It has not defined a standard foot pedal API (Application Programming Interface) the way it has for other types of hardware. Once they do, foot pedals will become interchangeable, like mice or hard disks.

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Shopping

electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Express Scribe Software Pro Transcription Softwareto electronic home
asin B00UZHHOC0
This product is not in stock at any of the Amazon stores. CDROM version. Has a free version that works only with AltoEdge pedals. The pro version has a free trial you can get from NCH. foot pedals that work with Express Scribe Pro.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Olympus AS-49 DSS Player Standard 1.0to electronic home
asin B00L7EBIYU
Computer Support Software for Olympus foot pedals: DS-Series, WS-Series and VN-3200 and VN-5200 PC Digital Voice Recorders. I don’t think this includes drivers.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Vec Infinity USB Digital Foot Control with Computer plug (IN-USB2)to electronic home
asin B002MY6I7G
dim 22.61 × 19.30 × 4.83 cm
8.90 × 7.60 × 1.90 in
Claims to be the best-selling foot pedal. spec. list of compatible software. Works with NCH Express Pro.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Universal USB Transcription Foot Pedalto electronic home
asin B01AYKUAPK
dim 19.81 × 17.02 × 5.59 cm
7.80 × 6.70 × 2.20 in
3 pedals. Works with Express Scribe Pro.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Olympus RS-27 USB Transcription Foot Pedalto electronic home
asin B000VDJFFC
dim 21.84 × 12.70 × 4.57 cm
8.60 × 5 × 1.80 in
Inexpensive. Works with Wreally Transcribe. specs. Also works with the Olympus DSS software.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Olympus RS31 Foot Switch for PCto electronic home
asin B00A2X5JCO
dim 22.10 × 17.53 × 5.33 cm
8.70 × 6.90 × 2.10 in
4 pedals. Very solid. Olympus has a history of dropping models and not providing drivers for new OSes. specs. Requires Olympus DSS Player Pro Software v5.0.13 or above.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒AltoEdge USB Transcription Foot Pedalto electronic home
asin B0057Z5WF6
dim 20.07 × 16.26 × 2.54 cm
7.90 × 6.40 × 1 in
3 pedals. Works with the free version of Express Scribe. Works on PC and Mac. Works on XP through Windows 8, presumably Windows 10 too. specs.
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