How Do Steno Machines Work?

Court reporters use steno writing to record more words per minute than regular typing. On a regular computer, you can only type one character at a time. Even the fastest typists can only transcribe about 100 words per minute.

A steno machine enables a person to type in phonetic code so he or she can write more than 1 character, word, or phrase at a time. Once the document is complete, court reporters use specially designed software to translate the transcript into English. With a steno machine, a court reporter can record about 225 words per minute.

Check out this video to learn more about steno machines and how they can make the best records. With the help of a court reporter in San Jose, you can take better records at all of your legal and corporate meetings.