In the last article, we took a look at the many ways in which transcribing your podcasts can help you make a much bigger impact on the net than you ever imagined. This week, we look at a few software programs that allow you to become a master at transcription even if you’re sitting in the comfort of your :

  • Dragon: Quite a popular transcription program with individual users, Dragon has plenty of software packages for your email, iPhone and even for your Mac. Actually, using this software program not only allows you to transcribe your audio podcasts smoothly (you can even transcribe .wav files) but you can also ‘command’ the program to carry out certain tasks for you. For instance, if you want, you can ask Dragon to transcribe your chosen file for you just by talking to your PC or laptop or even ask it to search and open specific applications for you. Overall, Dragon is quite popular with Internet users and this speech recognition software is even available in a premium version for die-hard fans.
  • TranscriberAG: There’s nothing complicated about this freeware which transcribes a multitude of both audio and video formats. So, if you’re looking to transcribe a podcast video, then this is ideally the software you should go for. The fact that it can also handle many hours of continuous playback with ease also works in its favour as does the synchronized playback feature. Users will find a detailed manual on how to transcribe files using this freeware, on the website itself.

For those who want software which offers much more flexibility in terms of transcription, Praat may offer a suitable answer. This software allows in-depth transcription per phrase or word and also has a speaker identification feature included. Speech analysis as well as speech manipulation are two other interesting features (among a host of others!) on offer here. And the best part is that, it’s free!