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  • Tip: Inserting a Timecode With “Enter” Key

    Posted on February 21st, 2011 ben No comments

    Problem: You want to insert time stamps in your transcript at regular intervals without having to explicitly insert a timecode.

    Solution 1: The easiest way to do this is to define a shortcut for your Enter key. Here’s how:

    1. Open your transcript in InqScribe
    2. Select the “Edit” menu->”Edit Snippets…”
    3. Click the “Add” button to add a new snippet.
    4. Click on “Define Trigger” button.
    5. Hit “Enter” to define your “Enter” key as the trigger. And then click OK.
    6. Edit the Snippet text:
    6a. First, insert a carriage return by clicking to the left of the default snippet text “{$TIME} Speaker Name” and hitting “Enter”
    6b. Delete “Speaker Name” from the text.

    Now whenever you hit “Enter” InqScribe will insert a carriage return followed by a timecode.

    Solution 2: If you just need to insert timecodes into your transcript at regular intervals, you can also use the Insert Time Series method. Please see this for more instructions:

  • New InqScribe Video Tutorials

    Posted on May 21st, 2010 matt No comments

    InqScribe is so easy to use, who needs tutorials, right? Well, a little background can’t hurt, so we created¬†four new introductory video tutorials that provide (1) a basic overview of InqScribe, (2) an introduction to shortcuts and snippets, (3) tips on using timecodes, and (4) an introduction to subtitling. They’re all a part of our revamped home page.

  • Tip: Inserting the Current Time of Day or Transcribing While Videotaping

    Posted on April 15th, 2010 ben No comments

    You can insert the current time of day into your transcript. This is useful for instance, if you want to take notes while you are recording during a meeting or video shoot. Later when you import the media, you can sync the start time to your video.

    For example, let’s say you’re shooting an interview, and it begins at 1:00pm. During the interview, you can take notes in InqScribe, noting when a particularly interesting conversation happens by inserting the current time. For instance, if the interviewee says something interesting 12 minutes and 3 seconds into the interview, you can insert a time stamp next to your note about that with one keystroke, e.g.:

    “[01:12:03.00] T didn’t know it at the time.”

    Alternatively, instead of using time of day, you can also use a stopwatch synced to the start of the video recording.

    How do you do this? Just set the Media Source to an Offline Media type and select “Use time of day” or “Use stopwatch timer”.

    Here are detailed instructions:

    1. Create a new transcript “FIle->New Document…”
    2. Click on the “Select Media Source…” button
    3. In the “Source Type” popup menu, select “Offline Media”
    4. Under “Timecode:” select the “Use time of day” radio button.

    (Or you can select “Use stopwatch timer” and select a start time and end time.)

    Then just type away as you normally would, using Command-; or (Ctrl-; in Windows) to insert the current time. Instead of using the media time, InqScribe will now insert the current time of day, or the stopwatch time.

  • Power User Tip: Snippet Autocomplete

    Posted on March 8th, 2010 ben No comments

    If you have text that you are repeatedly typing in your transcript (e.g. analysis codes, or long words), you can create snippets to insert them quickly.  Here are some tips:

    • You don’t have to assign a trigger/keyboard shortcut to snippet
    • You can activate the trigger window with <cmd-1> (Mac) or <ctrl-1> (Windows)
    • When the trigger window is activated, you can select snippets by typing the first few letters, or using the arrow keys to select the snippet
    • Hit <return> or <enter> to insert the snippet