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  • Guest Blog: “This is definitely the fastest transcription we’ve ever done.”

    Posted on September 13th, 2011 ben No comments

    Filmmakers like InqScribe for a multitude of reasons. In this latest guest blog, part of our ongoing series highlighting how folks use InqScribe, Bongiorno Productions, an award-winning filmmaking duo, talk about how they’re using it with their latest project.

    Got an interesting story about how you’re using InqScribe? Please contact us at if you’d like to highlight your work.

    Screenshot from The Monks

    Monks in the Hood

    Emmy-nominated, award-winning, husband and wife filmmakers, Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno (, are in production on a new documentary called The Rule. It’s the story of Benedictine monks working in inner city Newark, NJ, as a successful model to combat the plight of urban America – to read more about the production, please see this news article.

    Filmmakers’ comments on InqScribe:

    Since we shoot a lot of footage when we’re creating a doc, including both vérité and lengthy interviews, there is no way to remember it all for editing. So, we log and transcribe the footage. We then read over the transcripts, highlight key sound bites, and edit the bites into a smooth story.

    This process requires InqScribe – an exceptional, flexible transcription software that allows you to:

    1. Customize controls on your keyboard to facilitate quick typing.

    2. Type directly into a user-friendly, neat looking console that plays back the video or audio file. Plus, the console is intuitive, meaning you can start transcribing almost immediately.

    3. Punch in timecode as you’re transcribing, without stopping the playback – a great feature. We used to transcribe by using an editing program (so that we can copy the timecode) and a word processing program. The time spent switching back and forth – copying and pasting timecodes – doubled the transcription time. Punching in timecode is now easy, and we do it frequently for a more efficient transcript.

    4. Start your timecode from zero, set a custom timecode, or the software can read the media timecode (essential for editing).

    5. Slow the audio or speed it up. InqScribe does both at custom rates.

    6. Export the user-friendly files to many different file types to facilitate reading or printing. Even if some footage doesn’t make the final cut, transcribing is essential in archiving everything into a searchable format for future use.

    Bottom Line:

    If you have some typing skills and your time is valuable, InqScribe is the “it” software. It makes transcribing fun and highly efficient. This is definitely the fastest transcription we’ve ever done.

  • 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:

  • 2.1 Tip: How to Lay Down a Timecode Every 30 Seconds

    Posted on February 20th, 2011 ben No comments

    New in version 2.1 of InqScribe: You can insert timecode series, e.g. “lay down a timecode every 30 seconds,” like this:


    This is typically used by transcriptionists who need to sync text with the video every n seconds. So you start with an empty transcript, insert the timecodes, then begin transcription.

    You can insert time series by:

    1. Start InqScribe
    2. Create a new transcript
    3. Select “Edit” menu->”Insert Time Series…”
    4. Enter the number of seconds you want between each timecode, start and end times, and optionally a line break or text after each timecode.
    5. Click “Insert”

    …and transcribe away!

    Download version 2.1 here:

  • 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.

  • TIP: How Can I Convert My “[00:01:23.29]” Timecodes to “00:01:23.29” (Remove Brackets)?

    Posted on August 6th, 2009 ben No comments

    I have an existing InqScribe transcript that uses bracketed timecodes: [00:01:23.29]

    I want to use unbracketed timecodes: 00:01:23.29

    Here’s how you can do the conversion:

    1. Open the existing transcript in InqScribe.

    2. Select “Transcript->Transcript Settings…” from the menu bar.

    3. Under the “Inserted Timecode Format:” select “00:01:23.29” from the popup menu.

    4. Check the “Recognize Unbracketed Timecodes” checkbox.

    5. Click “OK” to close the window.

    6. Select “Transcript->Adjust Timecodes…” from the menu bar.

    7. Leave the “Adjustment:” field blank, and click “Adjust.”  This will reformat all of your timecodes to the unbracketed format.

    To change ALL of your future transcripts to use the unbracketed timecodes…

    …On a Mac:

    1. Select “InqScribe->Preferences…” from the menu bar.

    2. Click on the “New Document” tab at the top of the “InqScribe Preferences” window.

    3. Under the “Inserted Timecode Format:” select “00:01:23.29” from the popup menu.

    4. Check the “Recognize Unbracketed Timecodes” checkbox.

    …On Windows:

    1. Select “Edit->Options…” from the menu bar.

    2. Click on the “New Document” tab at the top of the “InqScribe Preferences” window.

    3. Under the “Inserted Timecode Format:” select “00:01:23.29” from the popup menu.

    4. Check the “Recognize Unbracketed Timecodes” checkbox.

    By the way, there are a number of other formats that you can use as well.

  • TIP: How to Bold Timecodes in Microsoft Word

    Posted on August 5th, 2009 ben No comments

    InqScribe currently does not support bold text.  However, you can use Microsoft Word’s “Find and Replace” feature to bold text.  Here’s how you can do that:

    1. Export your transcript to Microsoft Word.  (You can just cut and paste.)

    2. Select “Edit->Replace…”.

    3. Click on the triangle next to the “Replace All” button to reveal the advanced options.

    4. Check the “Use wildcards” option.

    5. Under “Find what:” enter this:


    NOTE this assumes that you’re using the default timecode format.  If you’re using another timecode format, just format the colons and periods accordingly.  Each “^#” matches a digit.  For example, if your timecode looks like “<00:00:00.00>” use “<^#^#:^#^#:^#^#.^#^#>”.

    6. Click in the “Replace with:” field.

    7. From the popup menu at the bottom of the window called “Format” select “Font…” and then click on “Bold”, then click “OK”.  The “Replace with:” field should say “Format: Font:Bold” underneath it.

    8. Click on “Find Next” to make sure it works — does Word find the first timecode?  If so, then try clicking “Replace” to see if it bolds it.  If it does, then you can use “Replace All” to bold all of the timecodes.