I’ve got to interview an expert this week as part of my Learn with Sally Coaching …..
And although I’ve transcribed a lot of interviews, I’ve never actually done one MYSELF.
But that will change TOMMORROW when I will be interviewing the one and only Randy Smith…
Hope he’ s gonna be gentle with me…lol
So with interviews in mind…
I thought I’d show you how you can transcribe your interviews into text (using FREE software)
So here’s what you need to do…..
1: Download Express Scribe
Express Scribe works on both windows and the mac and you can download it for FREE here http://www.nch.com.au/scribe
- Click on download the free version (like in screenshot above)
- Run the software
- Accept the licence
- Make sure boxes are unchecked so no other related software is installed
- Click on Finish
2: Set up your keyboard shortcuts
Once you’ve opened up Express Scribe the first thing you need to do is set up your Hot-Keys so that you can control your audio playback on your keyboard.
So click on the Options tab…..
- Scroll down to System Wide Hot Keys
- Make sure the box is checked to Enable System Wide Keys
- If you are happy with the Default Hot Key Settings then click Okay
- If you want to change your hot keys to something different then click Add to change
3: Load your audio file
You can do this by either clicking on the load button and finding it on your computer OR by dragging your file into the Express Scribe window…
4: Transcribing your audio
Open up Open Office or Microsoft Word and then click on the Scribe Mini tab to minimize Express Scribe so that it sits nicely next to your document…
When you are ready to start press Play on your keyboard and start typing out what is being said into your document…
(Leaving OUT the um’s and ahh’s and any false starts)
5: Dealing with fast speakers
If you are finding it difficult to keep up, then SLOW the audio down to something your more comfortable with…..
The audio playback button is in the bottom right hand corner of Express Scribe and can be MOVED left to slow down and right to be played faster…..
6: Proof-reading and spelling
Once you’ve finished typing then have another listen to your audio to make sure you’ve not missed anything…
And then once your happy with it you can spell check and format your document like you normally would!
And that’s it…
I did create some video tutorials showing you how to do it…
Then a few days ago Express Scribe took out some of the FREE features making my videos redundant.
But I will make some MORE for you and go into a bit more detail – I promise!
Was you a little nervous when you did your first interview ???
Did it go like clockwork or did you have a few hiccups ???
Let me know by commenting below!