SpeedScriber 4+

Automated transcription

Digital Heaven Ltd

    • 4.5 • 208 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Exclusive to macOS, SpeedScriber brings affordable, insanely fast and amazingly accurate automated transcription right to your desktop.

PLEASE NOTE: SpeedScriber is designed for professional content creators who are transcribing audio or video files with well-recorded audio and destined for editing and distribution. SpeedScriber is NOT designed for transcription of meetings, lectures or interviews recorded with phones or voice recorders.

Never wait hours or days for transcripts again. With good quality audio, SpeedScriber delivers transcripts at a speed and accuracy you won't believe. A 60 minute file is typically transcribed in less than 10 minutes.

Uses industry-leading automatic speech recognition technology for accurate transcripts with timestamps (or timecode if present). Supports Dutch, English (Australian/British/North American accents), French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages with detection of different speakers.

Use audio or video files from Finder or drag a Final Cut Pro X library to the SpeedScriber icon for import of clips (audio/video/sync/multicam/compound). Choose which audio channels should be used in the file for the best quality transcription. Click the Transcribe button and grab a coffee while we work some magic.

SpeedScriber's unique and innovative interface makes it the fastest way to make punctuation and word corrections to the transcript. As the file is played, the current word is highlighted in orange. Click on any word to position the media file to that word. Add and edit speaker names with choice of nine colors so you can easily distinguish one speaker from another. Save custom words so they can applied elsewhere in the transcript with just a single click.

SpeedScriber supports printing of transcripts and export to PDF, plain text, Avid Media Composer script format, Final Cut Pro X XML and Word (.docx). For captioning purposes you can export to Avid DS caption format, iTunes Timed Text and SubRip (.srt). If you use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, we have that covered too with the SpeedScriber panel (free download available separately).

PLEASE NOTE: As an internet-based service, SpeedScriber requires creation of a free online account. 15 free minutes will be added to your account when your email address is verified. Free minutes usage is intended for evaluation purposes and will result in partial transcription of imported files. Additional minutes for full transcriptions can be purchased at any time. Final Cut Pro X integration requires version 10.3 (or later). SpeedScriber panel for Premiere Pro requires 11.1, 12.0.1 or 12.1 versions. MXF media files are supported if you have the Apple Pro Format codecs installed, which require Compressor, Final Cut Pro or Motion.

What’s New

Version 2.5.4

- Improved reliability of transcript editing.
- Improved handling of ellipsis and hyphen characters when editing German language transcripts.
- Files imported by dragging a library from Final Cut Pro can no longer be renamed since this breaks the roundtrip process that relies on clip names remaining the same.
- Changed method used for faster than normal speed playback to workaround a macOS 13 bug that causes incorrect spatialization of audio from multichannel source files.
- Various minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

MyFriendJeff ,

Useful for video editing

The transcription is impressive as far as algorithms go. It’s not nearly good enough for publication (yet), because correcting the errors would take as long as doing it by hand, but more than sufficient to help index an interview for video editing purposes. I used an audio clip recorded by production quality mics.

I used the roundtrip workflow with Final Cut Pro X as described in the (well made) video tutorial, and found that it has saved me a ton of time. I used to transcribe interviews with timeline markers, all by hand, but on a recent project with 2+ hours of footage, I decided it was time for something faster.

The application itself is pleasant and intuitive, and I appreciate that I can go through the whole transcript and highlight sections to mark as indexed favorites in FCPX. When I import back into FCPX, I can quickly drop the favorited excerpts into the timeline and start editing. Awesome.

For my purposes, the pricing ($0.50/min) is just ok. I have to feel mildly desperate, and I won’t use it for every project. I could hire a human and get a better transcript for the same rate, but I wouldn’t have the excellent FCPX integration or speed. So I’m not blown away by the value, but I am pretty impressed by how much time SpeedScriber saved me today.

I would pay $30/month for unlimited minutes in a heartbeat.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review. Being able to highlight sections and bring them into FCPX is definitely a time-saving feature!

Wade Tregaskis ,

Let down by irrepairably bad transcription

The app itself is quite nice, and works pretty well. Though I didn’t really explore the editing & correcting tools, because the transcription on the 15m test file I tried was astoundingly bad. e.g. it identified eleven speakers when there were three. It completely missed some of the opening dialogue. I couldn’t even follow where in the transcript I was w.r.t. listening to the audio file separately, it was so utterly unrelated to what was actually said.

Granted the audio file I tested with wasn’t fantastic quality, but that was rather the point - I don’t always have the luxury of a good mic setup or recording environment. And I could have been far more brutal - it was merely a cheap omnidirectional mic placed on the table in front of the speakers, in a quiet room. I’d hate to think how this tool would handle a recording that actually has background noise.

In fairness I’m yet to find any automated transcription tool or service that’s good enough to be worth using. This one seems a bit worse than others I’ve tried, though, such as Dragon Dictate.

Developer Response ,

Please raise a support ticket on this at http://support.speedscriber.com/submit_ticket

GottaRunWill ,

Lives up to its name!

This amazing piece of software SpeedScriber just got better with v2.0 I used version 1.0 on a clean 60-minute audio file of primarily one speaker with others not-mic'ed asking muffled questions from time to time. I was only interested in the mic'ed speaker SpeedScriber lived up to its name! It did have a problem with some words: it interpreted 'sensual' as 'essential' and it gave phonetic spellings to unusual names, otherwise we were thrilled with the results saving us hours of work and our budget dollars. In version 2.0, it gives you better tools to correct name spellings. I can’t wait to try out its new language support limited to five languages at this point in time.

Developer Response ,

Thanks very much for the review. We're very happy to hear that SpeedScriber is proving to be useful for you.

App Privacy

The developer, Digital Heaven Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More