Video Glossary

Video Transcription

Video transcription is the process of turning an audio or video recording into written text.

What is video transcription?

Video transcription is the process of turning an audio or video recording into written text. This process essentially converts spoken words into a script that anyone can reference or share.

Why should you create video transcriptions?

When you transcribe videos, you improve the experience for viewers. Improving accessibility is one of the most important reasons for transcription. When you provide a written version of the video, you make it easier for viewers with hearing impairments to access the content.

You can translate video transcriptions into other languages, making your content more accessible to a wider audience. This is a great way to include multilingual support in your video marketing.

No matter what language they speak, some viewers retain information better when they read it rather than hear it. Having a transcript can help them better understand the content.


Transcription can also benefit your business. Publishing a transcript on your website can improve search engine rankings. Incorporating search engine optimization (SEO) also makes it easier for people to find and engage with your videos.

Text-based content tends to be easier to search. Transcripts help you find keywords and reference takeaways faster.

Are you looking for quick ways to market or promote videos? Transcripts also make it easier to repurpose specific parts of your video on social media or in website content.

What are the best video transcription methods?

To transcribe videos, most marketers and event planners use manual transcription, automated transcription, or a combination of the two.

Manual transcription involves listening to the video and typing out the speakers’ words. This method can be time-consuming, but it tends to be more accurate.

Automated transcription involves using AI-powered tools to transcribe videos with the help of speech recognition technology. This option tends to be much faster, and it can also be more cost-effective. However, it may not always be 100% accurate.

Hybrid transcription combines manual and automated transcription to balance accuracy, cost, and time. It usually includes AI transcription and manual review.

A remote team using Livestorm’s transcription app to generate meeting summaries

How to make a transcript of a video or recording

You can transcribe videos and event recordings efficiently with the right tools and workflow. Use these steps as a guide:

  1. Choose the right tool: Select a transcription tool that best fits your needs and budget. If you host events via Livestorm, use Transcript to transcribe in real time.
  2. Clean up the audio: For maximum accuracy, make sure the audio quality is clear and free from background noise. The easiest option is to minimize noise while recording, which you can do by using Krisp with Livestorm.
  3. Edit and proofread: After using AI tools to create the initial transcription, review for mistakes, missing information, and speaker names. Make any necessary edits.
  4. Include timestamps: Add timestamps at regular intervals in the transcript, such as when the subject changes. That makes it easier for viewers to follow along.
  5. Add formatting: Make the transcript easier to read by adding headings, bullet points, and spacing.
  6. Publish the transcript: After completing a final review, publish the transcript so viewers can follow along. Transcript allows downloads so you can easily repurpose video transcripts on your website and marketing channels.
  7. Transcribe into other languages: To make the content more accessible to a wider audience, repeat the process for other languages popular with your audience.

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