Isn’t it frustrating when you want to sing along to your favorite song but you can’t because Youtube conveniently doesn’t have a lyric video for it? Well, how about DIY-ing and writing your own transcriptions to your favorite song? You can do that using InqScribe!
InqScribe is a digital media transcription software. The software allows you to simultaneously play whatever video and type your own transcriptions for that video. It’s a great tool for elucidating certain dialogues and allows you to better dissect either the context or even the tone of a song/conversation/scene/etc.
How to Use InqScribe:
- You’re going to have to download the software from here. I used the unlicensed version meaning I am not allowed to save or export any data. However, if you want, you can either download a free 14 day trial or buy the software.
- Once downloaded, you can open the software. You will have to choose “Select Media Source.” For this tutorial, I uploaded a video from my computer. But, you could use either a media source from your computer or with a URL.
- After you choose your media source, you should see a preview of whatever video you chose in the top left corner. Click the play button. And as you watch the video, you are able to write what you hear in the large empty space on the right.
- If you find that the video is too fast for your typing, you can click on the slider that says “Play Rate” and move it to the left in order to slow down the audio.
- Another tool you can utilize is the L/R slider, which changes the source of the audio making it either come from the left or right side of the speaker. This allows the audio to become somewhat more crisp and isolated.
- After finishing your transcription, you can insert timestamps for when each statement was said in order to make certain quotes more accessible. Play the video once more and when the audio correlates with the beginning of each transcribed line, go to “Edit” and click “Insert Time.” This will create a sort of hyperlink that will take you to that specific moment when clicked on.
- This is completely optional.
- Voila! You now have a transcribed video (and maybe a lyric video you can sing along to!)
Here is another easy-to-follow tutorial video on how to use InqScribe.
And here is an interesting usage of InqScribe to transcribe the experiences of Wabanaki Native American children and families involved with state child welfare.