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Why should you transcribe a podcast?

Transcribing a podcast is a useful way to find specific parts of the podcast episode, or to improve the accessibility and performance of snippets on social media.

There are two overarching ways to transcribe your podcast, the first is using AI to convert speech to text, and the second is to manually convert speech to text.

Typically, entire episodes of a podcast would be transcribed using AI speech-to-text as this would become expensive and time-consuming to do it manually. Services like Descript and Otter.ai offer relatively affordable ways to automatically transcribe long form content, whereas Rev offers a solution for short form content written by humans.

Transcribing A Podcast Using Otter.ai

Otter.ai offers a great, affordable solution to transcribe podcasts and meeting notes.

Otter.ai is extremely easy to use, offering a web interface and mobile app where video and audio can be uploaded and automatically transcribed. Searching through your content is easy with Otter’s automatically generate keyword summaries as well as a search bar to find specific words.

Otter also has folders to help organise and categorise transcriptions, but offers no ability to sort files and transcript.

Transcriptions take a relatively short amount of time (20 minutes for a 45-minute file), and are reasonably accurate – good enough to use for searching, but not for captioning.

Otter does a great job at tagging and recognising speakers, and editing text, and offers a few useful features like keyword clouds and speaker identification.

Where other transcription providers have tiny limits on the amount of audio you can process each month, Otter offers 800 minutes a month for free users, and 6,000 minutes a month for Premium users which means that uploading a huge library of content isn’t going to be a hassle.

Otter.ai Keyword Summary
Otter.ai Speaker Identification

Pros:

  • Transcription Export – TXT, Clipboard, PDF, DOCX, SRT
  • Affordable – Free or $8.33 USD/month
  • Speaker Identification
  • Generated Keyword summary
  • Mobile app with real time transcription

Cons:

  • Limited organisation, no sorting

Transcribing A Podcast Using Descript

Descript is a full-featured audio and video platform offering transcription, editing, and recording functionality.

Descript is more than just a piece of transcription software. Being able to record audio directly into the app from different applications, being able to edit video and audio, dub over existing audio, and edit text makes Descript one of the most powerful pieces of transcription and editing software.

Descript offers 10 hours of automatic transcription each month, with the option of increasing your limit at $2 per additional hour. If you have a library of content, or produce significantly more hours of content, this isn’t affordable.

Despite this, for brands and creators who don’t know where to start, Descript offers an all-in-one solution to produce your podcast.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Expensive
Descript Editor

Transcribing A Podcast Using Rev

Rev takes a different approach by using humans to transcribe pieces of content.

At $1.25 per minute to convert speech to text, it makes it impractical to transcribe entire podcast episodes, but great for social media content.

Where Rev shines is their accuracy, boasting a 99% accuracy on transcriptions, which is more than anything that could be generated by AI.

The typical turnaround time is within 12 hours, where the transcription can then be edited and exported as different types of files.

Rev is a great solution for social media snippets, but realistically is impractical for long form audio, costing over $50 for a 45-minute file.

Rev.com Transcription

Pros:

  • 99% accuracy
  • Speaker identification
  • Efficient and affordable for short form content

Cons:

  • Long turn around time (within 12 hours)
  • Expensive for long form content

Transcribing Your Podcast Using Trint

Trint offers another great solution to transcribe your podcast. Although pricey, Trint comes with a great, user friendly editor which makes corrections easy, as well as the ability to export to a huge range of different file formats.

Trint also offers real time transcriptions from common streaming formats (such as RMTP) as well as providing unlimited fair-use transcription across the month.

For advanced users, access to the API and integrations like Zapier are also exciting as it opens the door to even more automation.

Pros:

  • Great editor
  • Real-time Transcription
  • Great export options

Cons:

  • Costly – $75/month
  • No affordable way to transcribe a library or large volume of content
Trint Transcription editor

TLDR;

Transcribing your podcast can be super useful when it comes to editing or finding snippets, as well as when it comes to posting on social media. With a significant proportion of videos being played automatically muted, captions and transcriptions offer another avenue to entice an audience.

Ultimately, Otter.ai, Descript, Trint and Rev all have their own use cases, but if you’re simply looking for the best transcription software, Otter is the go-to for entire podcast episodes, whilst Rev is great for short social media bits.

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