How to transcribe a video file

If you work with video often, you’ve most likely encountered a scenario where transcription needs to happen. Whether it’s transcribing a script for a film, a lecture from an online Zoom class, YouTube videos, or otherwise, transcription is an important feature that allows for greater documentation, accessibility, and general vocal analysis. Notetracks Pro is a comprehensive cloud-based audio and video workspace with an excellent transcription feature, automatically transcribing speech and recording it in a notes-style format with time stamps.

To begin, open Notetracks, click the ‘New Project’ button, select ‘Video’ as your file type, and then give your project a name.

Notetracks – name your project and select the file type

Next, you can either record the audio from the video you want to transcribe using Notetracks, or you can upload a video file that’s already recorded.

Notetracks – add video file

Additionally, you can also drag and drop the file or import via Google Drive or Dropbox.

Notetracks – import from Google Drive or Dropbox

To begin transcribing, navigate to the right-hand side of the workstation and click the Transcription icon (circled below).

Notetracks – how to locate the transcribe button

Your transcription may have been auto-transcribed already, but if it hasn’t, or if you’re seeing ‘No Transcription Available’, click the yellow ‘Transcribe’ button.

Notetracks – how to select transcription language and number of speakers

Notetracks will then give you the option of what language to pick and how many speakers are involved. Set accordingly and press confirm.

Notetracks – how to select transcription language and number of speakers

Your transcription will now be shown as ‘Requested’ or ‘Processing’ for a short amount of time.

Notetracks – transcription requested

Once complete, your transcription will appear in the Transcription pane, along with accurate time stamps. You can copy the entire transcription for later use.

Notetracks – completed transcription, ready to copy

Transcribing video is important as it helps more people understand the content, makes it easier to find points made, and lets you reuse the content in different ways. It's useful for folks who can't hear well, makes content better for search engines, helps with legal matters and research, and makes it simpler to create content. It's a really useful tool for communicating, keeping records, and managing information in a variety of different jobs.

If you’re looking to share your transcription or work alongside other video or audio creators and notetakers, Notetracks’ fully collaborative capabilities, annotation features, and editing suite make creating – and transcribing video files – quick, easy, and simple.

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