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Transcriber for DIY interview transcription


Some day we’ll all have grants big enough to outsource our transcription needs.

I have to say I was pleased with the performace of the free and open source Transcriber software. No need for new hardware (read, foot pedals) or mouse clicks while transcribing. The software loads an audio clip and provides simple keystrokes for all major functions:

  • dividing the audio track into chunks of text,
  • marking the points where the speaker changes, and
  • identifying the new speaker.

James Drisko’s excellent site at Smith College gives a fantastic overview of the choices you’ll make regarding software, solutions, and methodology.

Honorable mention: F4 transcription software.

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About Ben Mazzotta

Ben Mazzotta is a postdoc at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME). His study of the Cost of Cash is part of CEME's research into inclusive growth.

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