How to transcribe a video for free online

Recently I was looking for an efficient online service(s) that I could use to transcribe a training video for free.

After much trial and error, this is what I was able to find which I’d like to share with you if you need the same assistance.

1. I will assume that you have the video on your local drive. If so, go to this website which converts about 27 different types of media data. In my case, I need it into am mp3 https://cloudconvert.com/mp4-to-mp3

2. Upload your video; choose the type of conversion that you need from their selection in the converter and wait a few seconds as it goes through the process.

3. Download the file onto your harddrive

4. Go to this website by IBM. https://speech-to-text-demo.ng.bluemix.net/
The IBM Watson Speech to Text service uses speech recognition capabilities to convert Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, German, and Mandarin speech into text.

5. There is an ‘upload media’ selection which must be an audio file (hence steps 1-3)

6. Once the file is uploaded, the speech-text engine starts to display the live audio.

7. Once the audio has been finished, and the script presented, you need to select with your mouse the native script; right copy it; and put it either in a word document or a windows Notes.

8. Depending on the quality of the speakers pronunciation, you may have to edit some of the text to maintain content relevancy.

Good luck and let me know your experience using this system.

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