Tools and Tips for Creating Transcripts

Last week I shared the benefits of providing a transcript in addition to captioning a video (an accessibility must!). But, short of transcribing each word yourself, how do acquire the transcript?

Here are a few suggestions:

Do you use other tools or methods for creating transcripts? Share in the comments below.

Transcripts provided by the National Public Radio (NPR) offer a good model. For example, in this story about the death of the Flip camera, the host and each subsequent speaker is identified:

Transcript with speakers identified

When creating transcripts for videos, adding details about the setting, actions and such may be beneficial to those relying solely on the transcript.

Once the spoken word is captured, that text can be used to caption the video (again, essential for accessibility) and repurposed to create products in other formats. Definitely a win-win scenario!

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8 Responses to Tools and Tips for Creating Transcripts
  1. Joanna Paterson
    April 18, 2011 | 8:29 am

    I have used overstream to add captions to the videos I’ve made. It’s a bit laborious, and that’s just with 2 – 3 minute videos, but I quite like the overall effect.

    • Glenda
      April 18, 2011 | 9:10 am

      Joanna, thanks for adding that tool. With overstream, are you then able to capture all of the text to repurpose it as a transcript?

  2. Joanna Paterson
    April 18, 2011 | 9:25 am

    I don’t know – haven’t actually tried it. In accessibility terms should I offer a transcript too?

    • Joanna Paterson
      April 18, 2011 | 9:26 am

      I mean, haven’t tried the transcript, just added the captions

      • Glenda
        April 18, 2011 | 10:20 am

        Providing transcripts does make the content accessible to individuals who are deaf-blind, and offers other benefits.

        Captions are a must; transcripts are a “would be nice”.

        But, that is what drives me nuts. If you’ve gone through the laborious tasks of adding captions, then the application should make it easy for you to dump all of that text into a single file so that you can massage it into a transcript. A no brainer, really!

        I see this issue everywhere. Take, for example, captioning a news broadcast: the anchors read from a teleprompter, which someone has written as text. Yet the captionist is capturing what is the anchor is saying. The result: captioning filled with typos as missed words. Why not give the captionist the written text, and then edit on the fly? What am I missing?

  3. Web Axe
    May 15, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    I’ve used CastingWords many times and can also recommend them.

  4. Joanna Paterson
    June 3, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Glenda, I discovered a new way of doing this which helps with at least some of it. If you type out a basic transcript using something like notepad, and then upload it to youtube with your video, it will add the captions for you without you needing to fiddle around with timings. It creates an transcript from that. You still need to get the basic transcript typed up or do it yourself, but this saved me loads of time compared to overstream which I had been using. I found it on this article – it’s the second option I used.

    • Glenda
      June 3, 2011 | 1:23 pm

      Joanna, cool! Thank you for sharing that tip. I’ll give it a try.

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