Automated transcriptions for English-language recordings is a feature for users on the professional plan.
📝 Transcriptions for an episode recorded in the ‘Record Audio and Video’ recording mode is shown below but work the same way on the other two recording modes.
In this article:
What Are Transcriptions And Why Use Them?
When you record in English on Zencastr, a transcription of the entire conversation is automatically generated after you finish recording. The transcript is saved in the CSV file format and is organized by hour:minute:second.millisecond (hh:mm:ss.ms) timestamps with each individual speaker noted.
Using these automated transcriptions can save you significant time and effort that you might otherwise spend manually transcribing your own recording. Additionally for podcasting, transcripts can:
Be used as an SEO tool that helps with audience growth
Enhance the accessibility of your podcast
Assist you in your overall editing process
Running Transcriptions For New Episodes
Transcriptions are automatically generated for all episodes created after October 7, 2021, provided that the language selected when creating the episode is English. After the host has stopped the recording, a transcription track shows on the Recording Page above the host track.
Running Transcriptions For Past Episodes
To run a transcription for an episode recorded before October 7, 2021:
From the Dashboard, click an episode title.
On the transcription track, click the Transcribe Recording button once.*
*❗Do not click the Transcribe Recording button more than once as doing so may lead to an error that will require you to wait before retrying the transcription.
Result: Within a few seconds, the Transcribe Recording button will turn to a CSV button and blink/flash while the transcription is processing. When it’s ready, the CSV button will turn a solid blue with a download arrow.
Downloading Transcription Files
Locate the Transcription track on the Recording Page.
Click the CSV button and the transcription file downloads to your computer.
If I record in a language other than English (e.g. Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) will I be able to use transcriptions?
At this time transcriptions are only available for English-language recordings. We hope to offer support for additional languages in the future.
What is the transcription word error rate/accuracy?
Zencastr Transcriptions are produced by our own language modeling AI and proprietary machine learning tools. The Word Error Rate (WER) of our technology is currently comparable to that of transcription industry leaders such as Google and Otter.ai. And we only expect the WER to improve in the future!