How to Convert Video to Text

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Learning how to transcribe video to text is not a complicated process. In fact, it’s a skill that takes very little to jump into. The trick, however, is practicing long enough that it is an efficient, accurate process.

Watching your TV or streaming online video, you can quickly tell the difference between high-quality transcriptions and ones that may leave you more confused than if the captions were turned off.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a transcript for a video, just follow these steps!

How to Convert Video to Text

You have two options to convert a video to text. You can do it yourself or you can hire a professional transcription service. Both offer value, but they won’t work for everyone. Consider these steps for each option and decide which is the best choice for your needs.

Option 1: Do It Yourself

To create a transcript from a video yourself, you’ll only need a few things before you begin. As we mentioned, it’s a very low barrier to entry if this is a skill you’re hoping to pick up. Make sure you have access to the video and a word processor (you can even write it by hand if you’re brave enough)!

1. Watch the Video

When you watch the video, try to watch it in increments of 10 or so seconds. As you get better, you can start to listen to longer segments, but you want to practice for accuracy, not speed, as you’re learning.

2. Create a Transcript of the Video

Write what you hear as you’re watching the video. You want to pay attention to details beyond what the speaker is saying. If you intend to use the video transcript for notes or to pull quotes from, the dialogue is enough. However, if you’re creating the transcription from a video in order to make subtitles or captions, you should also note important context like a slammed door or the creepy footstep from someone who’s out of frame.

3. Edit for Timing

Once you’ve finished converting the video to text, watch the video through one last time, paying attention to the timestamps on your transcript. Not only will correct timestamps make it easier to reference the right parts of the video, but it will also help you pace your transcription should you use it for subtitles or captions.

Option 2: Use a Professional Transcription Service

Your other option is to use a professional speech to text transcription service like Rev. This process is much easier than DIY conversions. Here’s the process for creating a transcript from audio or video files using a speech recognition service.

1. Upload Your Video File

Upload your video file or provide a link to the site where the video is hosted.

2. Pick Your Ideal Settings

With Rev, you can choose to have a human transcribe your video or use our AI automatic transcription service You can also decide whether you want to put a rush on your project. All of these settings will affect the price, so do what works best for you.

3. Wait for Your Video to Be Transcribed

If you choose our extremely accurate human transcription service, it will take about 12 hours to convert your video to text. It depends on the length of your video, but we have one of the fastest human transcription services on the market and have a Rush Transcription option too.

Automatic transcription usually is much quicker but less accurate, and can take as little as 5 minutes.

Option 3: Convert Video to Text with the Rev API

Transcribing video for a business or corporation? Another way to convert video to text is by requesting API access and integrating Rev’s functionality into apps or work environments you already have.

1. Sign Up – Go to and click on the red button that reads “Get Started”

2. Check Your Email

You should receive an email with instructions on how to integrate with our sandbox environment.

3. Get Your API User and Client Keys

You should also receive your production API user and client keys and once you do, you’re all set.

Other Resources to Convert Video to Text

To learn more about converting video to text, including how the transcriptions can help you grow your business, check out the Rev Blog. We update it weekly with tips you need most.