A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Write a Transcript Fast

A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Write a Transcript Fast

So, you’re supposed to transcribe an audio or video file.

Your work may need you to do a steady stream of transcriptions, or you’ve never transcribed a word in your life.

Best practices and guidelines ensure that transcripts adhere to industry standards. How do you keep your transcripts high quality with minimal effort? It helps to establish a process for things to stay organized and smooth.

If you happen to be a seasoned transcriber, there may be transcription tips and tricks that you haven’t considered before. Can you improve your current transcription process?

We’ve created this checklist covering all the essential bases to optimize the transcription process, from start to finish. Check out the necessary steps to get you on your way to completing that transcription task efficiently.

Step 1. Prepare Your Tools and Equipment

Make sure you’ve prepared all the necessary tools and equipment before you begin to transcribe.

A comfortable or ergonomic chair creates a huge difference in keeping your body relaxed during hours of transcription work. It supports your lower back, promotes good posture, and ensures proper blood circulation. Adjust the seat to your preferred position.

Use good quality, noise-canceling headphones. Over-ear headsets are the most comfortable as they encase your entire ear and isolate distracting noise. Human voice frequencies lie between 250 Hz and 2000 Hz, the midrange of sound. We recommend headphones that have a pronounced yet smooth midrange.

Keep your essential every day carry items close. Eyeglasses, a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, or mobile phone should have already been placed on your desk to reduce distractions while doing transcription work.

An online reference such as soft copies of a dictionary or Google helps you quickly search for unfamiliar terms and the context to its meaning.

A foot pedal lets you control dictation playback with your toes. You can play, rewind, and fast forward by tapping sections of the pedal with your foot. You can setup your foot pedal to work with Scribie’s transcription software.

Step 2. Find a Good Transcription Software

There are web-based transcription tools that let you upload and transcribe your entire recordings online. These are your best friends in getting transcripts done–fast.

Scribie’s all-in-one transcription software has built-in tools and shortcuts to make everything easier from start to finish. You can even automatically transcribe your file to cut down time spent on transcription.

Basically, you can transcribe on Scribie in three simple steps:

  1. Upload your file.
  2. Scribie transcribes automatically.
  3. Check and edit the transcript.

Step 3. Amplify Volume and Increase the Audio Quality

Not all recordings are made equal. If you have a difficult file with plenty of background noise, there are ways you can increase its audio quality.

Scribie has a built-in dynamic range compressor that automatically increases the audio quality of your file for transcription. It reduces the volume of unnecessary loud sounds and amplifies sections that are difficult to hear. As we’ve been mastering transcription for about a decade, we continuously optimize tools like these.

Step 4. Familiarize Yourself with the Tools

Make the most out of your transcription software. Buckle up for your transcription journey by getting to know your tools.

Scribie has a timestamped audio player and fully-featured integrated text editor–everything you need for transcription. There are built-in tools, keyboard shortcuts, and a control panel that you can customize to fit your work process.

Scribie’s tools and shortcuts:

The word expander saves time by predicting and expanding the word you’re typing. Frequently used words allow an overview of what words to expect in your recording. This saves you from guessing a vague term.

Spellcheck provides you with suggestions to autocorrect any potential spelling mistakes.

Slow down or speed up audio to catch every word.

Use keyboard shortcuts to pause, skip, forward, or rewind to a certain time in the recording.

Identify mistakes with a blue underline through Scribie’s AI tool.

For recordings with heavy accents, you can dictate and transcribe the file using our voice recognition software.

If you happen to have little idea of your recording’s content, you have the option to automatically transcribe your file. This gives you a nice overview of what to expect and speeds up transcription.

Step 5. During Transcription

Here’s a pro tip: Many transcribers put speech to text by matching the transcript and audio word-for-word. We actually recommend against that. Instead, listen to the entire conversation and use context to interpret and identify the correct words.

During transcription, you may come across unfamiliar content such as technical or medical terms. Do a Google search for context or install soft copies of an online dictionary for a quick definition.

Don’t get hung up on a difficult word, though. There may be certain terms or words that are difficult to catch where you end up pausing and rewinding multiple times. Skip them. Leave a blank in the meantime and get back to those words you missed later to avoid breaking your flow.

Avoid context switching and juggling different tasks at the same time. Alternating between transcribing and editing becomes tiresome. Instead, do one thing at a time.

Begin the task by putting on your transcription hat and focusing on the transcription task ahead. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. Once you’ve completely transcribed the entire recording, whether manually or automatically, you can pivot your attention to editing and refining the transcript.

Step 6. Edit the Transcript

Re-play the audio, go over your draft, and zoom in on the ff:

  • Areas left blank or missed
  • Misheard words, terms, or expressions
  • Misspelled words
  • Punctuation
  • Formatting

Use Scribie’s spellcheck and AI tool to identify any misspellings or mistakes that may have slipped through.

Over to You

Transcription work can be rewarding for those with an eye for detail and quality content.

Breaking the transcription process down into step-by-step increments makes long hours seem easy and do-able. While a great transcription software saves time and effort.

We’re always on the lookout for opportunities to make transcription as easy as possible for our transcribers.

Scribie offers online transcription jobs for beginners and seasoned professionals. Learn more about how you can join Scribie as a freelancer.

How to Create Promo Videos out of Interviews [Faster with Transcripts]

As video editors or production managers, you don’t always have the luxury of working with a storyboard or script.

You may have to create a short promo video from pre-existing footages. This could involve re-purposing your subject’s past TV appearances or putting together interviews from respondents who shared their candid feedback.

See how InVision puts together a powerful 2-minute promo video based on original interviews in the example below:

It’s very easy to underestimate the work required to edit that video, yes?

Now, video production agencies are also often asked by clients to edit video content that they haven’t even seen yet.

Consider the typical shooting ratio or the total hours of footage shot in relation to the eventual runtime of the promo video. Raw footage (to be condensed to a less than 5-minute final cut) can run for over two hours!

This means spending loads of time sorting through every piece of footage after production has wrapped before you can even begin editing. We also lose our flow and productivity when we have to switch between context and tasks.

Stick to your budget, save time, and create a top-notch promo video for your clients through transcription.

Without a pre-existing script, transcripts are a post-production lifesaver.

What Can You Expect from a Transcript?

So, what is a post-production transcript in a nutshell? A transcript gives you a highly-accurate, word-for-word account of your video footage. It’s essential to a fast and smooth post-production process.

They include many elements that make life easier for the storyboarding artist or video editor, such as onscreen captions, music cues, scene details, timestamps, and speaker turns.

How do these transcript elements cut editing time in (at least) half?

You can add on-screen captions from automated or manual transcripts, without having to determine every word yourself first.

Transcripts also provide music and applause cues. With a transcript, you’ll be able to catch specific details, scene-by-scene.

Timestamps, aka time coding, are used to sync text in the transcription with specific frames or scenes. This speeds up locating segments for editing during post-production.

If you have more than one person on the footage, speaker turn tracking allows you to identify the different speakers in your file. You’ll also have the option of having each speaker identified by name.

Speed up your video editing workflow with a transcript. Upload your file on Scribie.

3 Post-Production Tips to Create High-Converting Videos

As content moves towards more video-based mediums, which increase conversion rates, more brands need professional promo videos on a shoestring budget.

After all, video content is dominating the online market. Cisco shares that video traffic will account for 82% of all global internet traffic by 2021.

Studies also show that the audiences’ attention spans are getting shorter when it comes to consuming online content. Not many folks will hunker down to watch a 20-minute video nowadays. We need to get to the gist of the matter, like ASAP.

Check out this 2016 study by Wistia. As video length increases, you’ll notice a huge decrease in engagement levels.

If you look closely, the average engagement of video lengths beyond two minutes decline sharply. Wistia’s study suggests videos lengths within the 1-2 minute and 6-12 minute mark retain the most attention.

Keep It Short and Sweet

To keep your promo videos short and sweet, it’s necessary for you to efficiently sift through hours of footage to find the relevant footage in the reel. A transcript helps editors zero in on what matters for audiences.

Tailor Videos to the Message

As video editors, time is money. And the more time you spend on a single project for a client, you could lose out on other projects. You may be tempted to save time and cram everything in the reel to a single promo video, but for high-converting videos, you’ll need to clarify the message.

A tailored video with a clear message and a specific goal will be much more effective. Transcripts help you stay organized and on top of things. You’ll be able to have a clear overview of the entire contents of the raw file and highlight important points from any long footage.

Immediately Grab the Audience’s Attention

A transcript on hand also lets you create videos that get to the point within seconds. The average attention span is only 8 seconds. Knowing that viewers would click away if you don’t grab their attention immediately, you need to get the message across right away.

A goldfish’s attention span is 9 seconds, a second more than the typical viewer.

A transcript helps you quickly figure out the “why” of your video, and how to immediately captivate and entrench viewers into the middle of things from the onset.

Process and Workflow

Editing can be daunting. A documentary involving multiple interviews, for example, can amount to 30 hours of footage. Reduce your video edit time and cost.

Here are the steps to efficiently create promo videos out of your raw interview footage.

  1. Upload all “rushes” or unedited material on Scribie to convert your video file into a text document or transcript.
  2. Scribie’s transcription software adds a timestamp to your file to help you identify any point in the video, even by the second.
  3. You can edit the automated transcript yourself through our browser-based editor, or delegate the task to our transcription specialists.
  4. Transcripts are then downloaded and used to assist in the video editing process.

Over to You

Transcripts save time, money, and effort.

Whether you had a hand in the shoot or were brought in during post-production, transcripts guarantee that you have total control over your raw interview footage.

Efficiently produce an attention-grabbing and high-converting promo video that perfectly aligns with your client’s goals.

Let Scribie be your post-production partner for promo videos. Upload your raw interview footage for a transcript now.

5 Best Practices While Recording a Video

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“Recording is only half the work done. What truly matters, is what goes into making a video stand out from the rest and deliver what its audience seeks” goes a general saying.

Recording a video isn’t just about the tools and tech that brings it together but the way it is done.

Have you ever come across people who take much trouble to churn out a perfect video, get their tools right, choose the perfect setting, but the audio output isn’t of great quality? Or those that have a great video, but one that isn’t clear and therefore cannot be transcribed properly? Continue reading “5 Best Practices While Recording a Video”

25 Must Have Tools for Video Creators

Video Creation tools

Have you ever wondered what it takes to come up with that alluring video which captivates both money and audience?

Well, it’s the strategic move of the impeccable video creator, who’s on the nose balance between tasks and tool, lets him filter out the champagne quality taste.

Therefore, after immense research on the sum of perspective and experience of varied videographers, we are here to baptize your video creation task for that extra amount of shapeliness. Continue reading “25 Must Have Tools for Video Creators”

Is Podcast Transcription Necessary?

With Podcasts becoming one of the more prominent content channels, it is crucial that content creators take podcast transcriptions a lot more seriously.

With some of the best podcasters out there, churning out brilliant content regularly, there is a huge upside to converting those audio clips into text formats (transcripts).

Continue reading “Is Podcast Transcription Necessary?”

10 Things to Know Before Starting a Youtube Channel

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Having transcribed thousands of videos this is one of the questions that we would like to answer in terms of YouTube content creation in particular.

As you may all be well aware of the fact that, YouTube today is the second biggest search engine in the world. Second only to the mighty Google. YouTube is a Google property and it is expected to have top quality content and deliver an experience that is consistent with other Google products. Having said that, YouTube although has a lot of professional content creators, it also has its fair share of amateur content creators who play a crucial path in its growth. Continue reading “10 Things to Know Before Starting a Youtube Channel”

Beginner Transcriber Guide and Quick Tips

If you are new to transcription, consider this your quick start guide.  You’ll find a few tips in this concise guide to get you off on the right foot for you transcription career. Continue reading “Beginner Transcriber Guide and Quick Tips”

Why Scribie Is The Top Transcription Service

Scribie Top Transcription Service

What A Top Transcription Service Offers

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a transcription service, you know that by doing a Google search, you will see a lot of results. Just because there are many transcription services out there, doesn’t mean that they all match up to each other. Continue reading “Why Scribie Is The Top Transcription Service”

Adding Subtitles to Your Videos is No Longer Optional

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Transcription and Subtitles in 2017

If you’re reading this, you may be asking yourself why should I bother to add subtitles to my videos? They are just videos after all; a visual aid. It’s simple to just watch the video, get the information or content in that manner and go about your merry way. Well, it isn’t that simple. In this day and age, it’s vital to add subtitles to your videos. Let’s discuss a few reasons why. Continue reading “Adding Subtitles to Your Videos is No Longer Optional”

Transcribing Your Video is Crucial For Content Marketing Strategy

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Transcribe Your Videos And Get More Traffic

Businesses today are always looking for new ways to stand out.  You want to keep your current customers and you also want to draw in new ones.  There are a variety of ways to do this and using videos is just one of those ways.  However, if you’re not using the video to your advantage, you may be doing more harm than good.

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With all of the possible marketing strategies out there, one that may be overlooked is audio transcription.  You’re probably thinking: “Why do I need to have my video transcribed?  People are just watching it after all aren’t they?”  Well, yes and no.  Here are a few reasons why transcribing your video is so important.

One key reason to have your video transcribed is accessibility.  Think of those who might be in an atmosphere in which they can’t listen to the video, i.e. work; having the words right there along with the video makes it easier for them to still get all of the information included.  There are also those who are hearing-impaired. Transcribed script allows for all potential customers to have the access to your content.

Another area is customer experience.  This allows customers to follow along with the video and if later there’s a certain part of the video they want to go back to, instead of playing it over again, they can just find it in the transcript.  It also allows them to easily share content with friends, family or co-workers.

Similarly, there are those out there who would rather not watch the videos.  It could be more time consuming for them to sit through a video than if they have a transcript they can read faster.  There’s also the possibility that some may just scan the transcript for information and take with them the things that are important to them.  Even if you don’t want script scrolling close to your video, you have the option of putting your transcript on a separate page and posting a link with the video.  You can highlight key areas to ensure that consumers are getting the best information possible.

One of the biggest reasons to have your video transcribed is due to Search Engine Optimization or SEO for short.  If you just post a video online, and let’s say it’s without a title, how is Google supposed to help you?  No title means there’s no way of knowing what is the content of your video.  Even if you have a title, that’s only a few words for Google to utilize.  The more content you have, the better chances your business has of being found and of being indexed higher on the list of searches by customers.search-engine-optimization-1359430_640

Of course, depending on the length of your video, transcribing it can be time-consuming.  If you add in multiple speakers, it could take you or your co-workers a long time to get it done.  That time could cost you potential customers and valuable online presence.  That’s where a top transcription service like Scribie comes in.  With a variety of options and turnaround times, you could have your video and corresponding transcript up and running in no time.