What are the best audio and video transcription tools?

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    #1Happy Scribe

    Happy Scribe

    Happy Scribe is an online tool which will help you transcribe your audio or video files in just a few minutes using a voice recognition technology. The transcription can be accessed and edited with its Interactive Editor.

    Online Tools

    Varies by plan

    Thomas Tran
    Written on September 6, 2018
    "Probably one of the best transcription tools I use for my work-related needs, it offers precise words taken from videos, interviews, and even sound recordings. Only downside is the payment tho. Wish it could be free lmao"
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    #2[TUTORIAL] A Simple Way to Automatically Transcribe Video/Audio to Text

    [TUTORIAL] A Simple Way to Automatically Transcribe Video/Audio to Text

    A Simple Way to Automatically Transcribe Video/Audio to Text Here is a video tutorial by TechWiser explaining how to auto-generate subtitles from any video with Google Docs. It also works if you want to convert audio to text.



    Brandon Daniels
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Simplifying a solution in terms of getting it done easier and faster was something I never thought possible. Transcribing the video/audio into text was surprisingly easy and it made my life much better since it took little to no effort. You just simply whatever file you need transcribed and the program automatically generates the words."
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    VoiceBase records, imports and transcribes any voice recording; phone conversations, interviews, presentations... Once it's done, you can edit the transcription manually for any errors.

    Android, iOS


    Michael Hall
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "VoiceBase is a great app for Android devices that records and then transcribes the content, all within your smartphone. It is simple to use and accurate. Best of all, the basic functions are free to use, including 50 hours of cloud-based storage of recordings. You can pay for premium service add-ons, such as transcriptions by humans, which gives more accurate transcriptions. The only downside is that transcriptions are done online, meaning the audio must be uploaded to the cloud server, so that it can be transcripted. Otherwise, VoiceBase is higly recommended."


Basically, transcription is defined as the process of transforming verbal, audio, and video materials into text. In the parlance of video transcription, it is defined as the process of translating the video’s audio into text through the use of different technologies such as speech recognition, transcription machine, or even a human transcriptionist. On the other hand, when a machine does this, it is called a transcriber. Among the files being transcribed include podcasts, videos, films, webinars, interviews, disciplinary hearings, and conference speeches.


Did you know that a professional transcriptionist should have a typing speed of 80 to 100 words per minute? This means that an hour of recorded interview takes around 4 to 6 hours to fully transcribe. In realms of business, transcription is a vital process in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaign for it helps drive traffic to a business website. In addition, multimedia industry such as film, television, and online videos become more accessible and user-friendly for many people, especially for deaf and hard-hearing people. According to sources, some of the most successful YouTubers take time in providing subtitles on their contents to cater some audience from different parts of the world, especially those from the non-English speaking countries. 

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    #4[TUTORIAL] How to Transcribe Audio or Video Recordings into Text, by Howtech

    [TUTORIAL] How to Transcribe Audio or Video Recordings into Text, by Howtech
    This video offers a way to Transcribe Audio or Video Recordings into Text combining the program "Listen n' Write" and the free media player for Windows "PotPlayer".


    Bobby Moreno
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "I often "write" by speaking aloud into the computer mic, then transcribing those recordings. But transcription can be a long and burdensome affair. I'm glad I discovered this YouTube clip that gives me some good ideas for easy, convenient and accurate transcription into text. "
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    #5[TUTORIAL] How to automatically transcribe your video (audio to text), by Andrewesquivel

    [TUTORIAL] How to automatically transcribe your video (audio to text), by Andrewesquivel
    This video shows some good softwares to automatically transcribe your videos or audio to text.


    Billy Cooper
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "This video provides step-by-step instruction for how to automate your audio to speech transcription on video, mentioning a few tools that might be necessary for this process. It provides a helpful solution to one kind of transcription."
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    InqScribe offers free and premium transcription software for audio and video. InqScribe creates text documents directly from spoken-word audio files.


    $99- Free trial available

    Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on April 5, 2017
    "InquScribe makes transcription so much easier. I love the feature that allows you to drag and drop your files on to the player. The time code feature that you can just click to paste in the document is fantastic also. This tool is a lifesaver when it comes to transcription. "
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    #7Dragon Dictation

    Dragon Dictation
    Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.



    Jack Gonzales
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "Dragon is the best dictation software on the market in my opinion. It learns well as it goes, which is fortunate for people like me with a regional accent that a lot of voice activated systems won't pick up, and yes that means you Goo company. My typing is decent but my fingers are getting a bit stiff as I get older and this really helps if I have a lot to type."
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    #8Voice Assistant

    Voice Assistant
    Voice Assistant transcribes your voice recordings and converts your transcriptions to the proper format. Voice Assistant uses intelligent speech recognition so it learns with every use. It also has grammar correction and on-screen editing with suggestions for corrections.



    Sean Hopkins
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "voice assistant is a great voice to text tool that works well and turns voice into text fairly quickly. You have to be careful how you save your data or you can lose all of your dictation. Otherwise this is a great produce and I would recommend it anyone who use voice to text on their smartphone."
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    HyperTRANSCRIBE lets you transcribe nearly any audio or video file, quickly and easily.


    Varies by plan

    Pranav Chauhan
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "I needed to transcribe a short audio and I found this software "HyperTrascribe". It's really easy to use and efficient, with a nice graphic interface and well designed menu. The only cons is that the free version doesn't allow you to save your content, but it's well worth the expense to register the software!"
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    #10PopUp Archive

    PopUp Archive
    PopUp Archive transcripts your audio using time-saving key commands and allows you to review and correct tags, as well as to download transcripts in multiple text and caption formats.


    Varies by plan

    Eugene Gardner
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "As an audiobook reader, sometimes i can miss content that is important to me. After some time i will be wondering which part of a book contained information i want to reflect on. PopUp Archive is the tool for just this! Quickly uploading audio content, i can search the keyword i remember and BLAM! I find it right away. I will recommend this tool to anyone with this same issue."
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    NowTranscribe is an easy-to-use editor that provides technology-assisted audio transcription; meaning it does a lot of the manual work for you.
    Online Tools


    Enrique Vega
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "I tried out NowTranscribe to help with medical transcription. As this is usually done in a quiet environment where you can clearly hear what's going on, the software worked exceptionally well, though it did have some trouble with the terminology. While it certainly saves effort and time, I imagine a very experienced transcriptionist would gain a bit less. Thankfully, though, it's free."
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    #12MacCaption & CaptionMaker

    MacCaption & CaptionMaker

    MacCaption & CaptionMaker is a software for Windows and Mac which allows users to edit, author, and encode video subtitles. MacCaption is available for Mac while CaptionMaker is available for Windows.


    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Jonathan Reed
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "I used to manually type the subtitles after transcribing audio files and inserting them in their corresponding videos. The CaptionMaker tool lets me type the transcription straight into the video and lets me adjust how and when itll appear so its a lot easier for me. Saves time and extra effort!"


Best What are the best audio and video transcription tools
1Happy ScribeOnline Tools 29 Paid
2[TUTORIAL] A Simple Way to Automatically Transcribe Video/Audio to TextVideos 23 Free
3VoiceBaseApps 16 Free
4[TUTORIAL] How to Transcribe Audio or Video Recordings into Text, by HowtechVideos 16 Free
5[TUTORIAL] How to automatically transcribe your video (audio to text), by AndrewesquivelVideos 14 Free
6InqScribeSoftware 12 Paid
7Dragon DictationApps 10 Free
8Voice AssistantApps 9 Paid
9HyperTranscribeSoftware 6 Paid
10PopUp ArchiveSoftware 3 Paid

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