No, it doesn’t. oTranscribe is designed to make the manual task of transcribing audio a little less painful.
A big update in January 2017 may have broken existing functionality. If something has stopped working for you, please temporarily switch to oTranscribe Classic and let me know of the problem by tweeting at @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.
oTranscribe's automatic backup system saves the current transcript every five minutes. Click on the button to view backups and restore an old copy of your transcript. Exactly 100 copies are retained; once the 100 backup limit is reached, oTranscribe will erase older copies.
oTranscribe is not a permanent document store, as browser storage is notoriously unreliable (even with this backup system). Please make sure to export your work regularly to prevent loss of data.
The short answer is: unfortunately, no.
The long answer is: oTranscribe sometimes loses work for a multitude of reasons (including the user clearing their cache or localStorage becoming full). If your work is not present in the history panel, it's gone for good. Please make sure to export your work regularly, especially when using oTranscribe for an extended period of time.
This can sometimes happen when the browser's local storage is full. If you clear the existing stored documents, it should begin saving again. Note that this may affect locally-stored data belonging to other apps and sites.
Note: On OS X, use Cmd instead of Ctrl.
Open settings () to access custom keyboard shortcuts. To add a new shortcut, click the blue “+” next to the name of the function you want to add a keyboard shortcut for, and then press a key combination. To remove a shortcut, click the next to the shortcut you want to remove. Note that you may need to refresh the page to clear the old shortcuts.
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. Certain video files, as well as YouTube videos, are also supported.
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.
Yes! oTranscribe.com will automatically save an offline copy of itself in your browser's HTML5 Application Cache when you load up the page for the first time. To use the offline version, simply go to oTranscribe.com without an internet connection. It's that simple.
Note that buttons will look different when offline and some features like YouTube support and Google Drive export will not work.
Some YouTube videos simply don't support it. This isn't something oTranscribe has any control over, unfortunately.
oTranscribe can only import one type of file, the .OTR oTranscribe file format. This format preserves the clickable time stamps.
Open the export panel by clicking on the button. You can export .OTR files, along with plain text (.txt) and Markdown (.md) files.
Yes! Thanks to contributor Kostas Minaidis, it’s possible to have oTranscribe automatically open a video on load. To do so, you'll need to append a query parameter (v=YOUTUBE_ID) to oTranscribe.com. Like so:
You an also open a video at a specific timeframe using a second query parameter (t=SECONDS or t=HH:MM:SS).
Automatic loading of a video on a specific point in time using seconds notation: http://otranscribe.com/?v=VrMHA3yX_QI&t=506
Automatic loading of a video on a specific point in time using HH:MM:SS notation: http://otranscribe.com/?v=VrMHA3yX_QI&t=45:54
Elliot Bentley originally created oTranscribe. If you’re interested, Journalism.co.uk did a neat article on oTranscribe’s origins. In 2018, he handed over the site to the MuckRock Foundation, a non-profit that runs a variety of open source services dedicated to journalism and transparency.
Translations have been provided by over a dozen talented and generous volunteers.
You can contact support directly by emailing email@example.com or tweeting at @oTranscribe. We try to respond as soon as possible, but it can take us a few days to go through all the emails receive and respond.