Video Transcription: How and Why You Should Do It

Transcription means translating an audio (either a sound recording or video recording) into text. Before, hiring a professional or doing it manually is the only way to put transcription on a video. But with the advancement in Speech-Recognition technology, it can now be done with the use of a video transcription software that often comes built-in with video conferencing apps.

If you are a video content creator or an online speaker, it is important to create transcripts of your video because it will give your audience a better understanding of your content. Not to mention that it is a great strategy to increase your viewership. Video conference transcription is also useful for business meetings because it makes the minutes of the meeting easily searchable when needed in the future.

In this article, we have given three (3) reasons why is it important to transcribe audio or video recordings to text. We have also included four (4) easy ways on how you can transcribe video recordings.

(Read: Fix Video Conferencing Issues (on any Platform) on Your Own; 7 Tips in Hosting a Successful Video Conference)

Why is it important to create transcripts of your video?

1. Creating a transcription makes it easier to review a recording and it helps save time.

Looking for specific portion of an audio or video recording is a huge effort and time waster – especially when the timestamps were not noted.

Having a transcription makes it easier to locate specific segments of the recording.

2. Video transcriptions make the content easily understandable.

Audio and video transcriptions make the content more accessible. Transcriptions are beneficial for these types of people:

  • People with disabilities – Transcription helps people with impaired hearing to understand your video by reading the texts.
  • People in inconvenient setting – It is hard to comprehend a video in a non-ideal environment such as in public, or in a noisy environment. In such instances, having texts transcribed will help people understand your video.
  • Non-English speakers – If your audience includes people whose primary language is not English, a transcription is a great way to keep them on board.
  • People who prefer to read – Some people simply prefer reading subtitles in videos.

3. Video conference transcription makes your content searchable.

Search engines such as Google uses algorithms to look for content online. To make your content searchable, it must be optimized – this is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Search engines can analyze text content with ease. That is why it is ideal to have a transcription of your video.

How to transcribe audio or video to text?

1. Do-it-yourself video conference transcription

Heads-up! DIY video transcription consumes a considerable amount of time. But if you’re on a tight budget, this is the way to go.

2. Hire a transcriber

Transcription services are expensive. However, hiring a professional can guarantee the quality and accuracy of the transcription.

There are freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr wherein you can find professionals at different price points.

3. YouTube’s Automatic Captioning

YouTube can automatically transcribe your video. However, unlike a professional transcriber, it is not 100% accurate. Its accuracy depends on different factors such as sound clarity, native tongue of the speaker, and speed of speech.

4. Use video transcription software

Voice-to-text transcription software converts audio or voice into text files. There are countless transcription apps in the market; of course, they have their differences.

Some video conferencing software also have their own speech-to-text function. Make sure to familiarize yourself with your software.

Final Words

Video transcription is an effective way to make your content accessible to people, albeit a very time-consuming task if you plan to do it yourself. It is better to hire a professional, or use a software to do the job so you can spend your time working on what you do best.

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