How to transcribe audio and video with ease

Transcribe is a premium transcription and dictation tool that helps you transcribe audio and video faster.

Our customers use Transcribe in a few different ways:

1. Automatic transcription of audio (auto-transcribe)

While 100% accurate automated-transcription is still a hard problem for computers to solve, technology has improved sufficiently in recent years for us to get close to 90% accuracy for clear well-recorded audio.

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2. Transcribe using Dictation (respeaking)

If your audio is not in one of our supported languages for auto-transcribe or is not clear enough for auto-transcribe, Transcribe also has a Dictation feature that converts voice spoken directly into your microphone into text using voice recognition. So, you can simply listen to the audio in a headphone and repeat what you hear in your own voice. Transcribe's fast & highly accurate dictation engine will convert your voice to text. We typically find this method to be 2-3x faster than typing.

By respeaking the audio you hear into your headphones, you're essentially converting your audio to a single-speaker, clear source (your voice) which the dictation engine can handle effortlessly. So while we and the industry work on improving the quality of fully-automated machine transcription, you can still leverage dictation as a time-saving technique.

We support English, Spanish, French, Hindi and almost all other European & Asian languages. Please read this guide to learn more about how to convert your speech to text using dictation.

3. Transcribe audio by slowing it down

If you're unable to dictate your audio, or the content of your audio requires you to use power features like auto-expanding templates and auto-loop, Transcribe's tightly integrated player & editor can still save you half the time it would have otherwise have taken you switching between a media player and an editor, while juggling with a mouse and keyboard.

  1. Click on "Choose audio/video" to select the recording that you wish to transcribe. We support the following audio file formats: mp3/mp4/m4a/amr/wma/aac/wav/ogg/webm and the following video file formats: mp4/ogg/webm.
  2. An audio player will open up. You can control the playback of the audio file using these handy shortcuts (Mac users: switch F1-F11 keys to function as standard function keys):
    • Esc: pause/resume
    • F1: slow down
    • F2: speed up
    • F3: rewind 2 seconds
    • F4: forward 2 seconds
    • F6: insert timestamp
  3. Start typing along. Transcribe will auto-save every keystroke. The transcribed text is stored in your browser and no data is ever sent to our servers. This data is persisted even if you restart your browser or computer as long as you don't clear your browser's cookies or cache.
  4. If you make a mistake while typing press Ctrl+z key (Command+z for Mac users) to undo the previous change.
  5. When you are done transcribing, you can export the text as a .doc file to your computer. You just need to click the export icon to download the file.

Be sure to explore the Templates feature using which you can set certain shortcuts to expand into longer words or sentences. For eg, you can set "S1:" to expand to "Speaker 1:" automatically, when you type "S1: ".

You can also use the auto-loop feature to get the audio to automatically pause for a few seconds while you type and then resume, without you having to press pause and play each time.

4. Transcribe using a Foot Pedal

Using a foot pedal allows you to free up your hands to focus on typing while using your feet to control audio playback. If you do a lot of transcriptions or you're a professional transcriptionist, you can save yourself a lot of idle time using a foot pedal. Saving 2 seconds with every play/pause will quickly add up to a good increase in productivity, allowing you to hyper-optimize your workflow and do more transcriptions in less time.

Transcribe supports the following foot pedals:

After you load your audio, simply click on the foot pedal icon in the audio toolbar to get started.

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