Compared to traditional solutions, Happy Scribe helps save up to 70% of time spent transcribing interviews, podcasts, et cetera.
Happy Scribe provides free trial for its automated transcription service, after which the price charged is only €0.10 per minute, with an accuracy that’s on par with other tools available.

So how does one transcribe a file on this inexpensive software with a simple interface?
It’s an easy three-step process:

1. Record your audio/video

You do not require sophisticated recording equipments, even your phone can potentially record great audio files. Having said that, equipment does matter, especially when recording in conditions that have background noise, The following tips help generate the best audio/video file, which in turn will generate texts of superior quality.

  • Indoor recording please!
    As far as possible, try indoor or in-studio recording as noise editing is quite an arduous task. If recording outdoors, use a “dead cat,” “wind muff,” or windshield, these fluffy microphone covers minimize, if not completely eliminate wind noise
  • Lean in principle
    The closer the microphone is to the speaker, the better. Enunciating the words well will ensure better sound fidelity.
  • Uniformity in speech
    Being the sensitive devices they are, microphones can not pick sound distortions correctly. Therefore, try to maintain balance and uniformity while speaking.

2. Upload

We are quite flexible, Happy Scribe can transcribe from speech to text almost all types of audio and video formats (even ignoring the intro music!). We don’t limit the size of the file that you upload to our service. You can simply upload a file via your computer or you can try the advanced uploader which gives you the option upload your files from a URL, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Box, OneDrive. Using the advanced uploader, you can also record an audio or video file directly on the Happy Scribe website .

Once you’re done uploading simply select the language in which the interview has been recorded (PS: We have +119 languages available!), then create an account and you’re good to go!

3. Proofread it

Proofreading is one of the last steps in the journey of audio or video transcription. Even if all the above steps are followed with care during the process of transcription certain in accuracies can slip into the text. It is therefore strongly advisable to proofread the text completely before it is sent back to the client or customer. It is usually the most effective when conducted after a short break post transcribing the audio. It is an essential step in the whole process as it can resolve any incomprehensible or inaudible words that may have be transcribed incorrectly.

One great tip for proofreading using the Interactive Editor which works very well is doing a quick spell-check in reverse order or reading the text aloud to see if everything is in sync!

Authors

Saikruti Kesipeddi (saikruti.kesipeddi2@mail.dcu.ie)

Akanksha Tiwari (akanksha.tiwari2@mail.dcu.ie)

Sumer Jagda (sumer.jagda2@mail.dcu.ie)