Building indie business in the center of venture capital, I am Alex Edmonds, also known as supremerumham on the internet, and this is the building an indie business podcast. Okay. So today we're gonna be talking about transcript I'm going to talk about how to make one, the benefits I have that I did all all the different ways that I could find I created a transcript or had an experience with that way to create a transcript. So I'm going to be giving you the criteria that I evaluated each method. I'm going to be talking about each method. Um, the problems I have with that method and tell you what to do with transcripts and give you what the best option is. Okay. So, let's get into it. The how the way you can make a transcript is either use YouTube, use a service, I used otter.ai um, hire someone after and do it yourself. The benefits of using a transcript is on you, you get keywords. So by providing a transcript,
Google will index it.
And those words, if someone Google's some of the words you used that are on the web page, your search results might come up. So I did a transcript for last episode, which was about the product at launch for the book. And so there's a good chance that if someone Google's product on podcasting book, my podcast website will pop up in the results because I used product type and And podcasts and book and on the webpage. So there's that one. And
you're being inclusive when
you provide a transcript, and that will provide you a simple opportunity to grow your audience.
So, not everyone could actually listen to a podcast. And when you provide a transcript, you're giving people that are hard of hearing or learning a new language and opportunity to listen to your podcast. So yeah, those are the benefits. The criteria that I used and judged each method is by speed. So how fast the transcript can be generated accuracy, the amount of mistakes and cost how much should it cost to Create. Okay, so for the service, I use otter.ai I really like it. Um, so the free plan is 600 minutes a month, you can upload three audio files to be transcribed. And each recording can be 45 minutes long. Um, the benefits of this is that it's a backup for your audio. So let's say I am recording right now. And I'm using audacity and something goes wrong with audacity and it shuts down. I have otter running right now. And, um, I could take the audio from otter and use that as the episode instead of having to rerecord. Um,
I'm so do you can export the transcript with the timestamp as a monologue as a txt file, and if you pay for the service, you can do a docx a PDF or an SRT file, which I think is cool. Um, yeah. Um, so for the product type episode, the transcripts had 84 transcription errors. These errors were mostly product on it didn't it used product on instead of product time. And I apparently I say I'm a lot in this in the podcast and it confused that with arm. So that was interesting. Um, in terms of time
I'm in there. It is.
It took five to 10 minutes to process and then 45 minutes to fix all the errors. Okay. I think that if the service understood products on then it won't have as many errors. So I have to keep that in check. Because product type isn't really a word right or a common word. So the service may have not heard it so much.
Trying not to say, um
The service can't recognize voices for interviews. So, I did. I uploaded the interview with Brendan Weinstein. And it, it tries to recognize speakers, it'll go like speaker one, Speaker two, but it can't do it right now. So if you have the transcript, or the service ready for an interview with someone, you might have to edit that a lot. When you get the service, yeah. And then also otter.ai is online. It's not an app, desktop app or anything like that. It should be, that's a good idea. Um, so your internet could go down while you're recording. And then you lose your transcript. Which sucks. Okay, so then, what I recommend when you use the service is that you, you start, you click record on the service and then You hit the record button. Because
it's just easier
when you when you hit record for the service, just don't talk, and it will pick up your voice. So yeah, but if you do it the other way, if you hit record, and then hit record on the service, um, your clicks will be picked up, right? So it's just a little easier. And then when you when you want the transcript, it doesn't register it because it's registering your voice and your copy and pasting your voice are not the the words that you're saying not the clicks, right. So yeah, there's that. Okay, YouTube. I'm the product type episode was transcribed 12 hours later, I didn't really check. I did, did the episode at 9am And then I checked at 9pm and it was there I did a two minute episode and that was never not episode but like a two minute recording and that was never transcribed
is scary accurate though. I YouTube understood product on it didn't it mistaked it as product on and as well but it understood it More times it product type episode had 31 errors. So, how to get the transcript and one of the process Is that there's so many extra steps and getting the transcript from YouTube. You have to take it from YouTube and put it in a service and then that service will Download it. It's all thing. Let me go over right now. So, you have your video and then you have to wait You're 12 hours. Then you go to channel videos. Go to details. More Options. Subtitles, it'll say like English or Spanish whatever language you're using Then there's three dots. You click on those three dots and something will pop up. Then you want to click on edit in class. Sick mode. Classic studio. You're right Go to actions. Download as an SRT Then you take it Another service and then you convert the SRT to Do a txt. You fix the errors and you put it somewhere else. I'll talk about this somewhere else and another part of this episode The problems it's framed but you're dependent on Google like look the the two minute video was never transcribed. So But it was transcribed for otter. So yeah, I would be waiting all This time I did wait all this time I would add days and my video was never transcribed. So that sucks. And other problems it will take hours. You know the otter service may have a lot of errors, but it is less time to fix the errors when you're when you have to wait 12 hours for brought to bear for the YouTube transcript. Okay, so now there's the human An element paying someone else to
transcribe your episode. So
I use the service right
They had Free Trial and I did it for a Two Minute the two minute video or episode And then I did for the product on episode and they said that they would do the first five minutes And I did this at different times. So did the two minute episode first and then like three days later into the product an episode I never got that. I never got The transcript from them so I can't evaluate Wait how arm How, what it was like compared Oh The other three But here's the information I can give you. Um Okay. It's priced by time and delivery times. So If you have a 30 minute episode, they're gonna charge You for 30 minutes and when you want
so The service I was using at five cents a minute for a five day delivery $1 for three days delivery and $1 20 for a one day delivery um, they gave you the option to Choose your recording accent. I think this is mostly for them. So they could choose a person that understood Fancy accent more something like that? I'm not sure you see They didn't get back to me so I don't know. And then you can choose clean Or a full transcripts and then differences like for this podcast episode. I could choose clean and Would, they would edit out all the arms right and then for for transcript The arms would be in The transcript um The problems With the human Service is that it takes time and Because it takes time you Be able to train inscribe a last minute episode Like so let's say I was recording On a Sunday for the Monday
Release I couldn't
do that because it takes at least 24 hours. So yeah And who knows what this service there are others. The reason I gave you the prices just to have a baseline. So if they're charging you Five minutes for a five day release or return
They're ripping you off.
Do it yourself.
Okay, so then Do this fully, because product on episode is like 30 minutes long. But I didn't want a minute. So That one a minute took me 10 minutes to train scribe because I had to Listen to it. Stop it right at town. And I repeated that That cycle for One minute and total of one minute a total of audio Took me 10 minutes. There were no mistakes. So that was Cool. Um, I was just doing this and a Word doc or Google Doc is and I need to learn how to style it because For anything else, it's already Already styled a little bit for me. I just like to The timestamp for the transcripts so it's separated Little bit and that way I don't Have to actually separate it when it's just text.
For a five minute app
or no for a 30 minute episode It takes me five hours to do that. That's not ideal.
so my My conclusion would be to use a service viral cordon and then edit yourself. That's the shortest amount of time it's it's quick, reliable, and it Cheap option, right? So, just a few last things, the amount of time it takes depends on how long the audio is. So it could take
to edit or create the transcript For the four or five minute episode, if you have a two hour long episode It might take you three or four hours. To edit that transcript, it all depends. And finally There are some podcasts that Make people pay to access the transcript. That's not inclusive. That's exclusive because some People might not be able to afford the transcript
and your podcast is free.
who knows Okay.
Thank you for listening There's the open podcast
So if you're part of the community and you want to
try out podcasting.
all you have to do is send me the Audio and what you want on the show notes and I'll add it to that RSS feed. And then there's the Open podcasts community blog If you want to write about your podcast and accent variance, I can give you authors access And you can add up Write your own stuff. Okay? Thank you for listening again. Have a nice day. Bye
I forgot to mention what to do with transcripts so here it is.
What to do with the transcript? There are 3 things you can do with a transcript. The first thing you can do is turn it into a txt file take all of the audio, copy and paste it,and put it on your podcast website
and this way you'll get the benefits of SEO and people will go to your website to read the transcript and they'll see all the other episodes and all the other transcripts
and you'll get that traffic. The next thing that you can do is make them downloadable. Put them on your website, you make a button where people can download it when they click it
that way they can save it and keep doing that. They might become an even bigger fan because they have all of these transcripts that they can refer to. You wouldn't get all of the SEO benefits, so you might want to do both, make it downloadable and put it on the website.
The third thing that you can do is make it a blog post. You take the text, edit it around then you put it on the blog
In this episode, I discuss transcripts. How to create one, the benefits, and what to do with a transcript"
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