When you need a written form of an audio or video file, what you need to do is to transcribe it. It might be as simple as typing out a recorded interview or an audio file for an article. There are numerous benefits of having your video or audio files transcribed. For example, if you are a Youtuber or a podcaster, simply adding the subtitles to your video or audio can improve your SEO. This way, your content can be seen or heard by a larger audience.
On the other hand, some people prefer reading to listening and watching. If you provide them with a text of your video or a podcast episode, you can get more followers. You can also transform your content into eBooks, newsletters, emails, manuals, and so on and have it distributed easily to your subscribers.
When you transcribe an audio file, you need to listen to the recording and type it out along the way. Can you imagine how long it would take you to do it? Too long. It would affect your working hours and would add to your already heavy schedule. Transcribing audio would be the most time-consuming activity on your to-do list, and that’s something you don’t want to do for sure.
So, the perfect solution, in this case, is to use Temi, a transcription software. It can help you transform your video or audio recording into text in only a few minutes, depending on the length of your file. On average, it takes anything from 4 to 8 hours to transcribe an hour-long audio. Using Temi, however, will save you time. Whether you wish to convert your audio files to text for teaching, journalism, vlogging, podcasting, or any other reason, Temi will help you get faster results.
When it comes to using Temi and saving time, if your video or audio is approximately 30 minutes long, Temi can transcribe it in about 5 minutes. The clearer the audio, the faster the transcription. Another important thing is accuracy. Depending on the quality of your audio, Temi will transcribe it with 90–95% accuracy.
High-quality audio would be the one with little to no background noise, clear speakers, especially if there is more than one speaker present, and no crosstalk. Good audio also requires speakers to have minimal to no accents so that there are the least possible mistakes present in the final transcript.
If you are wondering how to use Temi, the answer is—pretty easy. These three steps can help you transcribe your audio and video files quickly and simply.
1. Go to Temi.com
You can use Temi directly from your browser, so there is no need for you to download it on your computer. When you open Temi, simply click on “Select audio/video file.” Then choose the audio or video file from your device that needs to be transcribed. Temi can transcribe all sorts of file types. You will have to answer the following questions about the quality of your audio or video file:
- “Is the background noise-free?”
- “Are the speakers near the microphone?”
- “Does the discussion flow well without a lot of extraneous words?”
- “Do the speakers talk clearly and without accents?”
After checking “Yes” or “No” in the boxes next to the questions, click on the “Proceed” button and choose the file you want to upload. Now, you can see the upload bar showing you the speed and progress of the uploading process. When the file is uploaded, Temi will ask you to provide the email address to which it will send the transcript.
Once the transcript is complete, Temi will deliver it via email. If you are using Temi for the first time, it will also ask you to set a password for your account that you will use every time you log in. Remember to always use a password you will not easily forget.
2. Make Changes to Your Transcript.
- When you open your transcript in Temi’s online editor, on the left you will see the main Editor. On the right side, there will be your video or the audio file, and the Play, Back 5s, Speed, and Volume buttons, along with a window for notes.
- Because Temi has speaker identification, the main editor will show you who is talking at what time. So you will see Speaker 1, 2, or more written on the left before the main text. There are also the following options: Find and replace, Undo, Highlight, Strike, Read-Along, Shortcuts, Reset, and Quality.
- Find and replace—helps you change a word or a phrase throughout the entire transcript if it is the wrong one.
- Undo—goes one step back.
- Highlight—can help when you need any parts of the text to stay highlighted for any reason after you have finished editing the file.
- Strike—shows if something has been taken out.
- Read-Along—highlights the text of the transcript word by word as the speakers from the audio or video recording speak. That makes it a lot easier for you to follow the transcript, spot the mistakes, and fix them easily while you are editing.
- Shortcuts—show you all the shortcuts on the keyboard that you can use and navigate through the transcript fast.
- Reset—can reset the entire editing process.
- The Quality option—shows you whether the audio quality is high or low. It also points out the percentage of low-confidence phrases present in the video or audio recording. All those phrases will appear in a different color so that you can spot them quickly. You can also change them while listening and checking the accuracy of your transcript.
Another important thing is that each word in the transcript is marked with a timestamp. When you click on it in the editor, you will know exactly where it is in the video or audio clip. As you listen to the audio and check the accuracy of the transcript, you can pause it and make changes when needed.
Since it is automated, it will surely make mistakes like using the wrong words or separating the sentences in the wrong places. So, it is your responsibility to go through the transcript and correct all the mistakes. That can be a bit time-consuming, but it will take you less time than transcribing the entire audio or video recording yourself.
3. Download and Save Your Transcript
After you have checked the entire transcript, made the necessary changes, and corrected all the mistakes, you can download it. For that purpose, choose the file type you want it to be saved as. There are options like MS Word, PDF, TXT, and others. There are also options to save it with or without timestamps, speakers’ names, and highlighted options.
Another thing you can do is share it with another person by sending it to them via email, or through the link. Be aware that if another person has access to the transcript, they can also download and edit it.
Besides using Temi on your computer, you can also download it as an app on your iOS or Android device and use it on the go. Apart from that, you can record audio and order transcripts for it. When you use it for the first time, you will get a free trial for a video or audio clip that is less than 45 minutes long. You will have access to all the features and won’t have to give your card information.
Although you can use Temi to transcribe your audio or video footage, keep in mind that it is a machine-learning technology. As such, it is not as precise as human transcription. If you are doing it for yourself, it is fine. However, if you require professional transcription on a regular basis, Go Transcript may be your best option.