thanks a lot for transcriber, it works really well for me, i haven't found
anything like it. I use it to transcribe interviews and export them to
Nvivo. I'm using it on a mac. I don't use the method that is explained
(create breakpoints then transcribe). Instead, I transcribe and create
breakpoints at the same time, otherwise it would be too time consuming and
I'm not looking for perfection for all the text.
I've had a few ideas that would make it even better:
-option T should get you the same menu when you have already added a turn
and when you haven't. So that you can correct a mistake without using the
mouse. (e.g. when adding a turn but with the wrong speaker's name).
-when pressing play from the start of a breakpoint, it highlights the higher
row (going back a second or so) but it should keep writing on the lower row.
(e.g when I transcribe the end of a breakpoint and want to listen to it
again, I'm often still writing as the sound just starts, this writes on the
previous line which is quite annoying.)
-it would be good that alt-arrow does not skip in the sound, only skips
words in the text
-following that, it would be good to have a function to skip back the sound
for a few seconds (option-arrow maybe?).
-a really good feature would be to be able to write text for the previous
breakpoint. When the sound is playing for the next breakpoint, I want to be
able to write for the preceeding breakpoint. This would be really useful
when taking notes. I listen to a chunk of sound then hit enter to put a
breakpoint and I summarize what I just heard while listening to the next
chunk of sound. As it is currently, the text I enter usually corresponds to
the next chunk of audio.
I hope that makes sense, otherwise please email me. Thanks again for making
this program, and for free!
I'm another person that uses Transcriber to create time-aligned transcripts
for use in qualitative software analysis packages like NVivo and Atlas-ti.
There's a guide (TRANSCRIPTION.ZIP) on getting audio files along with
time-aligned transcripts created with Transcriber into NVivo 8, along with
export filters, available here: http://users.rcn.com/astockdale/. The next
version of Atlas-ti will also support time-aligned data. I'll try to update
the guide when it is available. Hopefully the new, completely re-developed
version of Transcriber will maintain a lot of the functionality and
flexibility that makes the existing version such a useful tool.