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Transcribing video is now much easier than it used to be.

Our foot pedal needs to work hand-in-hand with a program to play back the video file/material and which will understand and put into effect the signals from the pedal as you press it. There are three programs which are designed to work with video:

  • VideoToolShed’s Transcriber 2 works with DVD’s and most video file types
     
  • The latest releases of Express Scribe (version 5.00 and up) can now play and display video, including 3gp, .asf, .avi, .divx, .flv, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mp4, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .vob, .wmv files.
    Express Scribe will not play commercial DVD material (_TS streams), but only unified video/audio single files.
     
  • InqScribe was recommended by one of our customers and is fully featured.
    InqScribe will not play commercial DVD material (_TS streams), but only unified video/audio single files.

    Transcriber 2 and InqScribe have evaluation versions you can download free; their ultimate cost is $99 (as at Feb 2013).
     

Our pedal will not work with Windows Media Player (WMP) as there is no driver to interpret the signals from the pedal for WMP; however the programs above should be an entirely suitable alternative to WMP

Our Infinity USB pedal works well with all three programs above.

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Working with video is more complicated than with audio; here are some of the things to bear in mind:

  • File type 
    Does the program play the type of file you will receive, or can easily create?
     
  • Timecode
    Do you need to read embedded timecode from the file and use it as a reference for the transcription, rather than simply elapsed timecode from the start of playback? Transcriber 2 and InqScribe should be able to read embedded timecode; Express Scribe only displays elapsed timecode.
     
  • DVD-video
    Not many transcription programs can play back DVD’s directly, because a DVD-video disc - the sort you play at home - actually plays separate video and audio streams which are recombined on playback. It’s quite complicated, but there’s usually a workaround to turn those streams into a single file which can be handled.
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