How Can I Get a Transcript of a Video?

How Can I Get a Transcript of a Video?
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


With many meetings, classes, and webinars taking place in the virtual world nowadays, video transcription is becoming increasingly popular. A study has found that transcripts of videos led to a 6.68% increase in unique visitors from organic search results. This is because the availability of text enables search engines' web crawlers to go through the full content to ensure it is properly indexed.

Another similar study by Discovery Digital Networks found that YouTube videos that are captioned had 7.32% more lifetime views and 13.48% more views during the initial two weeks. These findings emphasize the importance of video transcription, and it’s time you should get it for your video content as well.

In this blog, we will discuss other reasons why you should get transcripts of your videos and how you can get the best transcript of a video recording.

Why Should You Get Transcripts for Your Videos

There are several benefits of transcribing videos, which include:

a) Enhances User Experience

Transcripts ensure that your video is more easily and vastly searchable. MIT OpenCourseWare study also revealed that 97% of students claimed that interactive transcripts improved their learning experience.

b) Easier Generation of Derivative Content

Content creators and marketers often use recorded audio or video to create montages and edits. However, sifting through content can be dreadful without the help of transcripts.  By including transcripts, you simplify the ability to scan and search for important moments and phrases, as well as direct copy-paste quotes that can be used in marketing copy and testimonials.

c) Reach Hard-To-Hear and Deaf Viewers

Consumers of your content who are hard-of-hearing or deaf need accompanying text. Video transcripts not only relay the speech, but they also include important non-speech sounds like [APPLAUSE] or [LAUGHTER].  Making your video accessible to all is not only a considerate thing to do, but it's also legally mandated for federal agencies, broadcast media, as well as public places like universities, libraries, and museums.

See Also: What Is the Primary Purpose of Transcribing a Video?

4 Ways to Transcribe Your Video

You can transcribe your videos in the following ways:

1. Manual Video Transcription Services 

One of the best ways of ensuring you get the most accurate transcripts for your video is to work with a professional manual transcription service. There are great manual video transcription services out there, like GMR Transcription Services, Inc. that can effectively transcribe your video and audio files. Well-trained and experienced human transcriptionists can guarantee a near to perfect (99%) accuracy.

Human transcription services don't rely on any non-human methods like algorithms or automated transcription software, as these AI tools don’t offer the highest level of accuracy, especially when there are multiple speakers.

Transcription software also doesn't offer the best results when it comes to audio or video clips with thick accents, crosstalk, background noises, and unintelligible speech. On the other hand, well-trained human transcribers can handle these challenges with ease.

2. DIY Video Transcription 

Usually, companies divide transcription work among a couple of employees to increase turnaround time. For instance, if the deadline for transcribing a three-hour-long podcast is three days, it can be handled concurrently by five individuals.

However, there are many times you simply can’t get that many people to work on one project, or it is simply not cost-effective. In this case, you can opt for DIY transcription, meaning you'll handle all the transcription work by yourself. This, however, can be extremely dreadful and time-consuming, especially if you have other responsibilities.

3. Hire Freelance Transcriber 

You can choose to work with a freelance transcriptionist. There are plenty of transcribers on freelance platforms like Fiverr and Upwork. For 10 to 60-minute video clips, you’ll be charged between $5 and $30.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to enforce the highest quality and security measures when working with freelance writers. So, there is no guarantee that your recording will be confidential and accurate. 

4. Use Popular Transcription Apps

You can use transcription apps to get transcripts of your videos. For instance, with the Easy2Transcribe app, you can record audio directly on the app. The app’s interface is user-friendly and available on both iOS and android platforms.

While you can only live record audio through the iOS app, the android app allows you to upload your video and audio files as well as choose how you want them to be transcribed. Nevertheless, on both apps, once you submit your request, human transcribers will transcribe your files.

The app offers a quick turnaround time, and you can have the transcripts the next day. The app incorporates high-quality speech recognition to ensure your audio recordings are clear.

Easy2Transcribe will also ensure that your recordings remain confidential thanks to the exceptionally high level of security protocols that are in place. You can also track order processing through the app as well as get email notifications on the progress.

See Also: Why Should E-Learning Videos Include Transcripts?

Final Words

At GMR Transcription Services, Inc., we offer a quick and accurate video transcription service. And, thanks to our well-trained US-based transcriptionists who will double-check, proofread, and review your transcripts, we guarantee 99% accuracy as well as a quick turnaround time.

We can also provide you with ready-to-use transcripts and complete your request the same day or the next day if you need. Whether it’s a business meeting or a classroom lesson recording, we can help you get the best transcripts for your videos. Register today to get started!

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.