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Transcribing Audio and Video (SC)

Transcribing Interviews

Manually transcribing interviews can be time-consuming, but tools like oTranscribe can help.

Using speech-to-text software may speed up this process without sacrificing too much in way of accuracy. One approach is to listen to your recording (on headphones) and then repeat what you hear to a speech-to-text tool.


Easier Manual Transcribing:

  • oTranscribe - Free web app, provides keyboard shortcuts and interactive timestamps


Speech-to-Text Tools:


Best practices for accurate transcriptions:

  • Use an external microphone (borrow from Media Services)
  • Work in a quiet room to reduce background noise
  • Go through voice recognition "training" in the tool you're using
  • For oral history interviews, see: Transcription Guide (Baylor University Institute for Oral History)

Video Captioning

ITS provides instruction and support for the following: