Rev is a human transcription service, and I’ve used them in the past for plain text transcriptions of audio files: conference talks mainly. Pretty accurate since it is a human behind the transcription. But it is more expensive.
Trint is an automated solution, when you amend the results online afterwards, and has the advantage that you can pull out a word document, or a subtitle file suitable for using in your video edits or YouTube.
Could I avoid a Transcription Service?
I was down to two minutes left on my Trint credit, and I had just uploaded an 18 minute video to YouTube which I wanted a transcription for. So I decided to see if I could use YouTube and free tools to create a transcription to use as the basis for some blog posts.
We need to use the YouTube Subtitles section, available when you edit your video.
Here you will see your automatically generated transcription.
This is actually an editor. Click the [Edit] button and you can:
watch the video and see the transcription for each section
click in the transcription on the left and edit it
use ctrl+space to restart the video playback
Gradually work through the video and amend the transcription.
An 18 minute video took me about 25 minutes to work through as a transcription. The automated transcription provided by YouTube was actually pretty good, but I needed to change a few words and add some punctuation.
Then we can:
[Publish Edits] to make our new transcription live.
Save as .vtt, .srt or .sbv (all standard format transcription files)
Sadly there is no ‘word’ document option like I had with Trint.
Create a Text File
All of the .vtt, .srt or .sbv files are text files and I could edit them to get the raw text by removing the timings.
so what is agile testing well in this
video we're gonna find out and I'm gonna
give you a common-sense overview based
on experience of working as an agile
This free tool allows me to edit the subtitles, if I ever decide to amend it offline from YouTube, and it has more export options, so I was able to export as a block of text which I found easier to edit.
Did it work?
Yes it did.
The Trint editing experience is much better and the output is cleaner and easier to work with. But the YouTube approach does work, and has the advantage that you automatically create a subtitle file on YouTube that accurately reflects your material.
If you want to amend your subtitles or create a transcription for your video then the free automated transcription provided by YouTube is a good place to start. In this video I will use it to edit the subtitles for a video that I created and you can see the process in action.