Practical tips for easy transcribing

I was given a task recently to transcribe an old video so we could make some easy edits to the script and re-record the audio. Remembering how to create closed captions in e-Learning, I thought I would use the same process for transcribing. I only wish I knew these steps when transcribing all my long interviews while working on my Masters!

So here are some easy steps to follow:

Converting Audio to Video using PowerPoint.

  1. Insert audio by clicking on the Insert Tab, the Audio button dropdown and then selecting Audio from File.
  2. Compress the media by clicking on File and Compress Media. Select Internet Quality from the list. Once the progress bar has completed, click Close.
  3. Save the audio as a video file by clicking on Save & Send under File. Select Create a Video from the list, and then Create a Video again. Chose the folder you want to save the file in, change the name, and then Save.


Uploading videos to YouTube to create Subtitles/CC (SRT Files)

  1. Click on the Upload icon and drag and drop the video files into the browser.
  2. Change the Privacy of the videos to Private.

YouTube will automatically try to apply subtitles to your videos, but it may take a while for this to be processed.

  1. Click on Video Manager.
  2. Select Subtitles/CC from the Edit dropdown.
  3. If YouTube has created the Subtitles/CC file, click on the English (Automatic) button to view and edit the subtitles. Click on the Edit button.

If YouTube has not recognised that the recording is in English or has not been able to create the file, then click the Add new subtitles or CC button. Select English. Select Create new subtitles or CC button.

  1. Edit the Subtitles as needed and click Save Changes.
  2. Click on the latest Subtitles you have created.
  3. Click on the Actions button and select .srt from the dropdown.
  4. Chose the folder you want to save the file in, change the name, and then Save.