Transcriptions 4+

David Haselberger

    • 3.5 • 19 Ratings
    • $3.99



A rtf-text editor optimized for fast MANUAL transcription of audio- or video material on the Mac. Now with ARM support.

A rtf-text editor optimized for fast MANUAL transcription of audio- or video material on the Mac. Now with subtitle editing support.

Used around the world in research, education and journalism since 2008.
MacBreak Weekly pick of the week on March 30, 2010.

* Media with tape behavior (including variable playback speed)
* Customizeable media-control shortcuts (NOW with "fast forward"!)
* Timestamps
* Text substitution
* Subtitle file import and export
* Footpedal-support

Free/Libre Open Source Software.
The source code of Transcriptions can be checked out at GitHub. Please support further development of Transcriptions by filing bug reports and feature requests on the GitHub project homepage - or write an email. Before posting an app store review, please consider contributing to this open source project!

Thanks to all supporters.

How to use:
Load media in the player ("File" - "Open media file..."), use the media-controls to adjust speed and volume, set keyboard shortcuts for media control in the "Preferences" pane and type away. 
Transcriptions also supports text-substitutions by inserting "@" followed by a text-token. Insert timestamps into the text to jump to a particular position in the loaded media file.

Supported media file formats (based on AVFoundation):
* public.mpeg,
* public.dv-movie
* public.aifc-audio
* public.3gpp
* public.3gpp2
* public.avi
* public.aac-audio
* public.aiff-audio
* org.3gpp.adaptive-multi-rate-audio
* public.mpeg-4-audio
* public.mpeg-2-video
* public.mpeg-4
* public.mp2
* public.mp3
* public.mpeg-2-transport-stream
* public.ac3-audio

What’s New

Version 1.4

* ARM Support
* Dark Mode Support
* Current Time in Media File can be saved in Transcript Comments
* Fast Forward
* 30 Seconds Replay Time
* Bug Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Crisses ,

A little disappointing

With a 101+ key Apple keyboard with 19 function keys, and a tab key I won't be using when I am transcribing, I still have to use 2-key combos in order to set the shortcuts in this application. I'm not sure what's wrong with F1-F19? And why won't the application accept Tab? Very strange. I'd rather not have to contort my hands when I'm working, or have difficult-to-reach combos to control the action. Silly. If it doesn't take mouse inputs it should too. I'm just doing corrections, and may very well have a hand on the mouse, and if I had a mouse with auxillary buttons I could use them to start/stop the playback, etc.

However, that frustration aside, it's a good app at a good price.

Developer Response ,

thank you for your suggestion. In Transcriptions, a free objC-Library for text substitution is used: it features only key combos, thats why function keys are not supported (yet).
Kind regards

rebeccamcbane ,

Very helpful, 2 suggestions/requests

This app works as advertised. The time stamps are very helpful. I would only have two suggestions. The first would be an easy way to remove or hide all of the timestamps at once - particularly when exporting. Also, I wish there were more options for exporting such as to a doc or pdf. (If there is already a way to do either of these things and I am just not seeing it, please let me know and I will amend my review.) Other than that, having the media file right next to the text screen does make the tedious task of transcription easier.

Dnoelle ,

So far so good...

I was looking for some software I could use for transcriptions on a MAC. Most software was $40+ and I wasn’t willing to spend that to try it out. This was inexpensive, so I hoped it would fit the bill.

So far, so good. The hotkeys work for play/pause and replay the audio. I wish it would work while I was typing in a word processor rather than on it’s screen, but I can copy and paste out of the file so it will work.

The substitutions for labels like s1 turning into Speaker 1: is a bit more complicated. You need to have your replacements in the Text section of the System Preferences. The, once you finish typing, you choose Edit, Substitutions, Show Substitutions. That brings up another dialogue box where you can “Replace All”. Wish it would do it as I type, but again, it works and will save me time.

For the price, it works for what I need.

Developer Response ,

did you try to use @ + Substitution? If you put an @-prefix in front of your subsitution, it should insert automatically. Example: @i => interviewer
Kind regards

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