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How Do I Transcribe Audio From My Video Into Text

How Do I Transcribe Audio from My Video Into Text?

Professional transcription rates can range between $20-30. That is a lot of money for someone who is a freelancer or just starting a business. In today’s multi-media landscape, it’s hard to go without text copies for content sharing.

A podcast or video interview could take hours to transcribe audio in a legible format. The best compromise in that situation is to highlight quotes from the source as a way to drive interest. That still leaves out opportunities for reaching a wider audience.

Plus, the transcribed text allows you to build a searchable database. But, how do you get a decent copy of your audio without spending a lot? This guide will show you how with a few different techniques.

The Power of YouTube CC

Yes, YouTube will transcribe recordings for free. In fact, most videos that are uploaded will automatically get transcribed. YouTube’s transcription accuracy appears to have improved dramatically over time. 

The quality of the source video’s audio will dictate the accuracy, of course. Low volume, background noises, and people talking over each other doesn’t work. Anything resembling a calm and constructed podcast will pass with flying colors.

The only catch here is that transcribed text isn’t accessible from an easy download. You have to do a little improvisation. 

Copy and Paste It

Underneath your video, there’s a row for liking, sharing, and saving it to your playlists. The three dots at the end is where you’ll find a menu for opening up the transcription. Then, you’re going to take your mouse, click and highlight all the way to the bottom.

Right-click and copy, then you can paste it into Notepad or Microsoft Word to reformat and save. If you’re the owner of the video upload, YouTube will also run the transcript through a grammar check.

When the subtitles are turned on, YouTube will highlight text with mistakes in gray. 

Transcription Rippers

There are also third-party websites that will rip the transcript from any YouTube URL. This is useful for those stuck on a mobile device who need a quick copy of the transcript without needing to fumble between programs. These sites will extract the text to a .txt file or .srt file.

Non-YouTube Alternative

The other two techniques work fine if you or channel’s transferred transcript of the YouTube video is accessible. In the event that you need to decipher a video without an accessible transcript, you can utilize the Google Docs’ speech-to-text mode. This is a great way to type, format, and share quickly between clients.

There’s a way to tell your computer to listen to what is outputting to the speakers. This way, you eliminate any background noise from playing it back.

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You’ll start by right-clicking on the speaker icon near your clock. Go to “volume settings” and look for “device properties” under the microphone. Check the first box to tell it to listen to your speakers.

That’s all you need to do for the first part, next we need to make Google Doc’s type out what is playing from the video. To do that we have to use Google Chrome. Google Docs does not allow Voice Typing on anything outside their own browser.

Chrome is a small download, you can use it just for this purpose and keep your favorite browser as default. Once you’ve downloaded Chrome, head to Google Docs and select Voice Typing. It’s in the Tools menu if you’ve never used it before.

Up pops a microphone icon that will actively listen once pressed. All you need to do is to time the start of the video with the press of Voice Typing. The good news here is that no matter what languages are being spoken, it will transcribe them all.

This feature alone makes Google Docs one of the best dictating solutions, free or paid. Plus, you’ll get the same accuracy as YouTube, since they both use the same Speech Recognition software.

Mobile Apps and Paid Alternatives

For those who don’t really have the ability to transcribe at the computer, there are a few more options. Services like Otter, Temi, and Trint are available on both Android and iPhone. They all do a decent job at transcribing, but the mobile apps don’t have the ability to import files for later transcribing.

They are useful in that you can view any files you’ve uploaded on their website on the go. This makes for quick reviewing for edits and submitting to clients, for example. Otter allows you to edit directly on their app, too.

If you would rather write your own transcriptions or pay someone you know, use Transcribe to help. This is a service that is built to streamline transcribing. It features quick keyboard shortcuts for navigating audio clips and enhancing your transcribing speed.

Transcribe costs $20 per year to use. All the other apps mentioned come in at the same rate per month. Otter does allow you to use their service for free, for up to 600 minutes of transcription.

A Faster Way to Transcribe Audio

With so many options to transcribe audio out there, you can’t afford to leave your text on the table. That text is easier to repurpose for future content, press releases, or reprinting elsewhere. If you’ve already tried the above tricks, we have one last suggestion: affordable transcription services.

You can get rates below what you find on sites like Fiverr, but with greater accuracy and turn around time. Nibity is filling a niche that is growing in demand, as voice-commands and video media are created in such great volumes.

Do yourself a favor and check out our special rates for new clients. Our competitive pricing rewards clients with large orders and regular business. Contact us today and get a free quote within 24 hours or less.

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