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  • Guest Blog: “No Elderly Left Behind”

    Posted on March 31st, 2017 Alex No comments

    By: Irene Herrera, director of the upcoming documentary “No Elderly Left Behind”

    As a documentary filmmaker, I need transcripts and lots of them. I am currently producing a documentary for NHK World on elderly isolation in Japan called “No Elderly Left Behind.” I travel throughout Asia and work in many languages, so I need a way to organize my transcripts and find a workflow for the fixers or translators that help me with the project. For this, InqScribe works like a charm.

    The Project

    Still from "No Elderly Left Behind."

    The number of seniors living alone is on the rise in graying Japan where 26.7% of the population is over 65 and life expectancy for women has reached a whooping average of 86.

    “No Elderly Left Behind” focuses on Yoshie Senda, a dedicated 80-year-old volunteer who is on a mission. For the past 16 years she has been working on rebuilding ties within her community as a collective effort to tackle elderly isolation in Adachi, a ward located in one of the most affected areas in northeastern Tokyo. As she tries her best to embrace her golden years, she relentlessly checks up on her peers to create a space where they can have fun and share their memories of pain and joy.

    Workflow

    I normally work together with 3-4 person crews. We transcribe in InqScribe, export to SubRip SRT, and then use the “title import” from Spherico to bring them into FCP X. I was initially editing and searching for soundbites in Premiere, but in the end settled on FCP X.

    What I love the most is being able to slow down the audio play rate so that you can type as you go. I also love the easy-to-use shortcuts, such as “Insert Timecode.” Before I discovered InqScribe, the translators and fixers I worked with had to manually input time codes and that was pretty painful.

    For transcriptions, InqScribe is my number one. I recommend it to my students whenever they need to do a lot of transcribing in my documentary class at Temple University Japan. For this, InqScribe works like a charm.

    Irene Herrera is a documentary filmmaker and professor at Temple University Japan. Learn more about Irene’s work at her website: ireneherrera.com.

    Thanks Irene! If you’re a documentary filmmaker interested in trying out InqScribe, feel free to request a 14-day trial from inqscribe.com. Otherwise, if you have any questions about InqScribe, feel free to contact us at support@inqscribe.com.

  • Guest Blog: Capturing The Creative High

    Posted on September 2nd, 2016 Alex No comments

    The process of putting together a feature-length documentary can be daunting. Learn how Adriana uses InqScribe to wrangle together hours of footage.

    By: Adriana Marchione, director of the upcoming documentary The Creative High

    The Creative High

    Photo credit: Joseph Feusi

    I have been involved in the arts for over twenty-five years as a filmmaker, exhibiting visual artist, Argentine tango dancer, arts therapist and educator. My current project is a documentary feature film about artists who have faced addiction called The Creative High. It illustrates how musicians, visual artists, dancers and performers create art. The Creative High explores the highs and the lows of art-making and helps us understand more about the human condition from people who have experienced deep loss and disorientation due to addiction. The film is a testament to the chaotic and passionate nature of creativity, giving a voice to a range of experiences, memories and emotions.

    InqScribe has been a crucial part of our current phase of production. We are assessing our footage and reviewing all of the interviews of our artists by transcribing them. We have close to 20 hours of interview footage so far, and being able to use InqScribe to capture all the dialogue matched with timecodes has been a great time-saver and overall asset to The Creative High. Both my media intern and I will be able to make significant progress towards completing the transcription without hiring a costly transcriber.

    InqScribe is very simple and it has been easy to navigate. So far, my favorite thing about InqScribe is the customer service and all of the tutorials and FAQ on the website that take you step by step through the learning process. If I had known the value and ease in using a transcription software such as InqScribe I would have taken advantage of it in previous projects.

    Adriana_on_Set_Photo_Credit_Gareth_Gooch

    Photo credit: Gareth Gooch

    About the Author

    Adriana Marchione is the director of The Creative High film project. This is her second film, yet her experience as an artist spans 25 years with a background in photography and mixed media. Her interest in the topic of creativity and addiction comes from her own experience as an artist in recovery from alcoholism. Find more information about The Creative High at www.thecreativehigh.com.


    Thanks Adriana! If you have any questions about using InqScribe, feel free to contact us at support@inqscribe.com.

  • Guest Blog: Refugee Stories

    Posted on March 11th, 2016 Alex No comments

    By now, you’re surely heard news of the “refugee crisis” affecting countries across the globe. Did you know that InqScribe is used in the field to document the stories of these refugees?

    By: Karl Schembri, Regional Media Advisor in the Middle East for the Norwegian Refugee Council

    Newly displaced Syrian refugees

    Newly displaced Syrian refugees

    As a humanitarian NGO, we respond to crises around the world. My job and that of my colleagues in the media department of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is to collect stories from among the millions of refugees and the internally displaced—from Syria to Yemen, from Iraq to Palestine—it is always innocent civilians who end up suffering the most and our job is to tell their stories and try to influence change on the ground as well as on the decision tables.

    I came across InqScribe during a particularly stressful time when we were rushing to gather as many filmed interviews as possible with very little backup for transcriptions and time coding. After looking frantically online for software that could help me with the task, I came across the InqScribe trial version and I was immediately hooked to it because of its versatility, ease, and friendliness. InqScribe has made the entire process of transcribing and timecoding so much easier for our staff dealing with real crises and emergencies where every little bit of help is essential. Now, with InqScribe, we can focus on the content and quality.

    Having the option to save QuickTime videos with subtitles is a great way to share draft rushes without going through the entire editing process. It helps a lot especially when there are translations involved and we need to double check interviews, making sure the right words are transcribed and translated at the right time, etc. Overall, it is a very useful feature that I love.

    Check out the NRC photo gallery below to see the lives of these refugees:

    Thanks Karl! If any readers out there are “looking frantically online” for the right transcription software, feel free to request a free 14-day trial of InqScribe. If, like Karl, you work at a nonprofit or academic institution, we offer 30% discount (details here) off your InqScribe purchase.

    Questions? Comments about this article? Contact us at support@inqscribe.com.

  • Guest Blog: Using InqScribe to Run Your Own Business

    Posted on July 17th, 2015 Alex No comments

    Jessica Paxton recently started her own transcription business. In this guest feature, Jessica discusses how she came to InqScribe, and why it works well for her line of work.

    By: Jessica Paxton, Independent Transcriber

    Jessica PaxtonWhen I first branched out working for myself in the transcription business, I had no idea where to start; I had been working for a company who provided an editor in-house. For my first client, I began working with MS Word and Windows Media Player. The amount of time it took for just one transcript was painful. I had no way to start and stop my audio, slow it down, speed it up, nothing! It made me nervous about embarking on my business journey. Within a few months, I had new clients contacting me what seemed like daily and I knew that working with MS Word was not going to suffice.

    I began my search for transcription software that would meet my needs. I downloaded probably 6 programs before stumbling upon InqScribe. I requested the 14 day trial and began my thorough exploration of the program. I quickly found a few favorite features. The ability to create keyboard shortcuts similar to what I had been using with my previous company was great, it allowed me to go quickly as I do not use a foot pedal and rely on my quick shortcuts. I also really like the feature of creating snippets for my speaker names; it cuts down so much time when I can hit 1 key to put my speakers in without having to type them out. It saves me both time and keystrokes.

    I work with a lot of PhD candidates and professors all across the country, and I couldn’t envision working as much as I do with any other program.  The turnaround requirements for my clients varies from a couple days to a couple of weeks, and prior to InqScribe, I was lucky to be finishing a file every couple of days; now I can sometimes get 3 full 2 hour audio pieces done a day, thanks to InqScribe’s custom shortcuts and snippets.

    Thanks, Jessica! We’re happy to hear InqScribe makes your transcription work a little easier. For any readers interested in trying out our software, why not take advantage of our free 14-day trial? If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at support@inqscribe.com.