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How to create a free transcription of a video — 7 Comments

  1. You’re welcome, Connie! I’ve known about this feature for a while, but hadn’t used it. Then I got to use it twice in a couple of weeks, so I thought it would be useful to others.

  2. Wow. This is very helpful because of all the ‘how to’ videos on YouTube. You are always full of ideas and continually very generous about sharing them. It’s worth my time to read your emails!

    One question though: What do we have to remember if transcribing ‘free’ content of other people’s how-to videos on YouTube or..is this is only for our own videos? I suppose not, bcause most of us would already have at least an outline or a script before creating a video, yes?

  3. Aneta, that’s a brilliant thought. I have only used this technique with videos that I created or owned. Of course, if you use the transcription of someone else’s video, you should use it only for your own personal purposes, since that person owns the copyright.

    In my case, I did an interview, as I described in the blog post. For one of my clients, she needed a transcript of a video testimonial. So there was no script in either case.

  4. Thank you for the tip! Rev is not going to be pleased. They charge a dollar a minute for for audio. I don’t know what they charge for video. Thanks again.

  5. Check out the smartphone app “Otter”. It does speech to text for free…. and pretty good, as that. So, put your smartphone (with Otter “on”) near you when recording your video, or play the video and let Otter transcribe it.

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