Here at Transcription City we work with a range of both audio, video and document formats on a regular basis.
Recently, we were sent some legal CD’s for transcription, these had been converted by the client into .wma format, but would not play because they were DRM protected. So what is a DRM protected file and how can you open one?
What is DRM Used For?
DRM or Digital Rights Management files can be video or audio files and as the name suggests are files that have been protected, or encoded to only provide playback on devices that have been authorized to do so (or with the use of a username and password. This helps to stop the content of the file (be it music, interviews, documents or a film for instance) from being shared, copied and freely distributed over the Internet or via hard copies. Music and video production and distribution companies will often add DRM protection to their media in order to avoid loss of revenue from piracy and authorized online sharing. DRM protected files can also be used by those in medical, legal or government sectors to protect sensitive or confidential information.
How Do I Remove DRM Protection?
Another way of removing DRM protection is of course to simply ask the owner themselves to remove it for you, which is what we always do â€“ as the files sent to us need to be able to play for us to transcribe them for our clients.
If you would like more information about document, audio or video conversion or would like to know more about the transcription services we offer, why not get in touch today? We are available to help seven days a week and also provide additional services such as subtitles, captioning, translation and virtual assistance.