A free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews.
back to oTranscribe
Try the following steps:
oTranscribe is designed in a way that your data (both the audio file and the written transcript) never leaves your local computer. The transcript is not kept on a remote server or “in the cloud”, but is instead in the browser’s localStorage. The downside is that it is not possible to access your saved transcripts from another computer.
Note: On OS X, using Cmd instead of Ctrl.
(Because they don't have Function keys.)
oTranscribe is limited by the formats supported by each individual browser. The formats supported by your own browser will be listed below the “Choose audio file” button. In general, WAV files are widely supported, and MP3 files mostly work on everything except Mozilla Firefox.
Pressing Ctrl+J (Cmd+J on OS X) will insert the audio file’s current time into the document. This timestamp is hyperlinked and will skip to the specific time in the audio file.
Sadly not - but it may make the manual job a bit less painful. Perfect speech-to-text conversion software is still in the realms of fantasy (ever tried using Siri with a broad Scottish accent?).
Elliot Bentley (that’s me) created oTranscribe, and is currently the sole developer. If you’re interested, Journalism.co.uk did a neat article on oTranscribe’s origins.