Let's Transcribe It!

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Many cases include video evidence, and it's often useful to have the video transcribed with captions appearing on screen. There are a few ways to do it, depending on how much time, budget or technical knowledge you have. Here are a few options and some pros and cons for each.


Nothing fancy here, just old school listening or watching video/audio and then documenting what you hear. This is the most low tech way to get the transcription job done, but it is very time consuming. This is how many people still handle their transcriptions. It's something that any attorney or paralegal can do without much expertise, it is also innately more secure than the cloud-based options. But how do you add those subtitles to the video file?


Veed.io - get it ?... VEEDIO is a cloud-based transcription service. It's very easy to use. All you need to do is upload your video and it will transcribe it for you. You also have the option to go back and change something that isn't quite right. You can also adjust the text styles, add a logo, remove background noise, and perform other basic video editing tasks.

Nothing this good and simples come for free, but the cost is not super steep, around $150 a year. One significant drawback is that the video is stored in veed.io's databases. It is kept private but if you are worried about information leaks perhaps this is not the best option for you. Also, uploading large video files to the cloud can be time consuming, and if you have a slow Internet connection, may be a dealbreaker.

Adobe Premiere Pro

You will need a little bit of technical know-how to go this route, but if you already own Adobe Premiere Pro, there's no additional cost to use the recently added transcription tools. They are similar to veed.io just without the slick user-friendly interface, or the need to upload video to the cloud. Premiere Pro allows for changes in font and placement, and adjustment of words for accuracy and timing. There are also options for you to specify and color code certain speakers.

In summary, Premiere Pro offers a lot of flexibility and appearance options, but there will be a bit of a learning curve, and the software costs about $240/yr if you don't already own a license.

Jazzy Winston was a Visual Designer at Fat Pencil Studio from 2019-2021.