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  • Using InqScribe With Dropbox to Share Media With Others

    Posted on June 12th, 2012 matt No comments

    InqScribe users often work collaboratively.  Since InqScribe transcripts are very small files, it’s easy to share them with colleagues — say, as an email attachment.

    But media files are usually huge, and unless you have access to a shared server, sharing the media files that go with your transcript can be difficult.

    Enter InqScribe’s Media URL feature. This feature allows InqScribe to play an InqScribe-compatible media file hosted on a website using a publicly sharable URL.

    Here’s one example of how to do this using the popular Dropbox service:

    1. Sign up for a free Dropbox account
    2. Drop an InqScribe-compatible video in a Dropbox Public folder. (Generally, anything that plays in QuickTime or Windows Media Player will play in InqScribe.)
    3. Locate your media file in the Dropbox Public folder (bear in mind it must be the public folder in order for InqScribe to locate it), and right click the icon. In the contextual menu, select the Dropbox: Copy Public URL option.
      Dropbox Sharable Link
    4. Launch InqScribe
    5. Click the “Select Media Source…” button above the video pane, then choose “Source Type: Media-based URL.”
    6. Paste the public Dropbox URL from your clipboard. Click ok and the video should load.

    Now, when you email your InqScribe transcript to a colleague, the URL will go with it. When they open the transcript, InqScribe will automatically find and load the media file via that URL.

    Eventually we hope to support sharing of private media files via Dropbox or services just like it. Since InqScribe can load media via a URL, any file hosting service that supports a discrete URL for the media file should work. (Unfortunately, this rules out YouTube video which sits inside of a Flash player. InqScribe doesn’t support Flash video.)

    Got other ideas for sharing video? Need additional features? Let us know via our customer feedback pages.

    You can find other tips like this one on our support site.

  • InqScribe & OSX Lion: It Works!

    Posted on July 22nd, 2011 matt No comments

    We have done some testing of InqScribe in Apple’s newly released OS 10.7 “Lion,” and we’re continuing to do more. The good news is that everything seems to work fine in Lion, with one easy-to-address caveat. Here is our partial report:

    InqScribe launches in Lion and will perform the basics — video playback, timecode insertion, even foot pedal controls all work fine. Transcript windows scroll nicely with Lion’s new multitouch and scrollbar. InqScribe also works with Lion’s “saved state” feature, meaning that the windows you were working on during your last session will automatically open next time you launch it.

    InqScribe does not yet work with Lion’s “versions” and “autosave” features; we’re working on that.

    There is one important caveat: Lion (and Snow Leopard) users still need QuickTime 7.6.6.

    Though it is not required, we recommend that all InqScribe users install QuickTime 7, since it supports many features that are not supported by the more recent QuickTime X (in Mac OS 10.6 and higher) and Windows Media Player (in Windows). QuickTime is available as a free download from Apple.

    There are several versions of QuickTime 7 available, depending on your OS version.


    • Depending on how you open your movie files, they may launch by default in QuickTime X. So if you’re doing things like subtitling, make sure to open your subtitled movies in QuickTime 7.6.6.
    • In Lion, QuickTime 7 installs to your Applications > Utilities folder rather than the “Applications” folder.
    If you encounter any issues, please contact us via the form at
  • A Simple Fix to a Common Error: Resolving the Windows “MediaProxy” Bug

    Posted on July 22nd, 2011 matt No comments

    There was a known bug in InqScribe version 2.0.5 (and earlier) that caused problems with Windows Media Player. The crash report mentions things like “WMP_Provider” and “MediaProxy”.

    This has been fixed in InqScribe version 2.1. Simply upgrade to the latest version of InqScribe and your problem will be solved. The upgrade is free; you can download it here:

    You can read more about this issue in our knowledge base.

  • Perian Gives InqScribe for Mac Access to Flash & More

    Posted on February 25th, 2010 matt No comments

    Perian 1.2 is out, and highly recommended for users of InqScribe on MacOS.  A free, open-source QuickTime component, Perian gives QuickTime– and thus InqScribe– access to many popular media formats, including Flash video (.flv), DivX, 3ivx, and many others.  Alas, there is no comparable tool for Windows.

  • Dive into Video

    Posted on October 16th, 2009 eric No comments

    If you’re at all interested in where video and audio for the web is going, this chapter by Mark Pilgrim is required reading. Mark does a great job providing background on the core cross-platform codecs that are in use today (with the cross-platform bit ruling out WMV) and talks about how HTML5 will offer native support for video playback.

    His focus is primarily on h.264 and Ogg video, since offering video in those two formats will cover all modern browsers. He also describes methods and tools you can use to encode your videos in those formats (including Firefogg, which was new to me, and FFMPEG2Theora for Ogg, and Handbrake for h.264).

  • InqScribe and LTC

    Posted on April 29th, 2009 eric No comments

    We’ve added a knowledge base entry discussing the challenges inherent in decoding linear timecode (LTC). In short: InqScribe can’t do it, we’d like to support it, but it’s really hard to do the analog-to-digital conversion. We’ll track alternative solutions on the KB page as we find them.