Transcription is a difficult task.
However, there are 3 video transcription tools that can make the process much easier.
These 3 tools offer free versions which mean you don’t have to spend any money up front and they all offer some unique features.
We break down the pros and cons of each so you can find one that fits your needs best!
OTranscribe is a free, open-source tool that can be used straight out of your web browser.
It has a simple interface with word-level timings, an audio waveform display of the video being transcribed, and even a timeline function.
This is one tool that has some options for users to make transcription easier on themselves:
You can create custom shortcuts so you don’t have as much typing involved when entering text.
There are also special modes like “to be filled in later” and “to be deleted.”
OTranscribe is best for those who want a simple, free option that can just go straight from your browser to the text you need. (A third-party tool like OTranscript might also work well if it’s able).
Express Scribe is a popular industry tool designed for professional transcribers.
It can be used by anyone, and offers a variety of transcription features.
Express Scribe is often lauded for its editable text shortcuts:
You can create your own keywords to make the typing process easier on yourself (these are called “macros”).
Express Translate will also automatically convert timings from one format into another type – like SRT or WAV files as well- if you want it too!
It’s compatible with both Windows XP/Vista operating systems; there’s even an Android app that allows transcribers who don’t have either system access their work at any time through mobile devices.”
These three tools provide different functionality but all offer free services perfect choice no matter what kind needs best served today!”
The FTW Transcriber
Another popular option for professional transcribers, The FTW Transcriber is a downloadable tool with a range of features.
The FTW Transcriber can take dictation from a microphone or use an application on the computer screen to type out your words, and has tools for speeding up audio playback speed as well – this is ideal when transcribing long lectures!
The biggest downside? It’s only available in English.
They also offer transcription services where they will review work by other people (for payment) so you don’t have time off doing it yourself!”
Another popular option among professionals who prefer downloadable software that doesn’t require any additional downloads like Microsoft Office installed before using them.
There are no limits with regard to what languages their tool supports either – which makes professional translators very happy about its offerings too