Transcribe Video to Text [2021 Guide]

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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.

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

How to Transcribe 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. We will start with the professional transcription service option, since it is the easiest solution.

1. Upload Your Video File

Upload your video file or provide a link to the site where the video is hosted. This can be a video recording, or video file, or video URL (such as a YouTube video or social media video). Rev accepts almost all video formats.

Rev can also transcribe your audio to text with the same services you can use for videos. Upload your audio file to convert your audio to text quickly and accurately.

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2. Pick Your Add-on Features

With Rev, you can choose to make a “rush” order (faster transcription), add timestamps, get an instant rough draft, or verbatim transcription. Most of these settings will affect the price, so do what works best for you.

You can also opt for Rev’s more affordable, but less accurate automated transcription service. This is only 25 cents per minute.

3. Your Video Will Be Transcribed & Delivered to Your Email

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 video to text 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 to get your text files.

Transcribe Video to Text Yourself (More Time Consuming Option)

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.

Other Resources to Transcribe Videos 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 speech-to-text tips you need most.

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