Here is a full guide for you to transcribe audio to text automatically on Windows 11/10 PC. Audio transcription is basically a process using which you can convert speech saved in an audio file into the form of written text. If you have speeches saved in audio files and you want to transcribe them automatically, this post will help you. Here, we will be mentioning methods to automatically transcribe audio files to text on your Windows 11/10 PC. Let us check out these methods in detail!
How do I convert an audio file to text?
To convert an audio file to text, you can use free software called Descript. It lets you automatically transcribe an audio file to text. You can also save audio transcripts in multiple formats using this free software for Windows 11/10. Apart from that, you can also use some free online tools to convert audio files to text.
Is there a site that will transcribe audio to text?
Yes, there are some websites that can transcribe audio to text. If you want a free one, we have mentioned two good free online tools that let you transcribe your audio files to text. You can check out the article below to learn more about these websites that allow you to convert audio to text.
How to Transcribe Audio Automatically on Windows 11/10
Here are the methods to transcribe audio of several languages on Windows 11/10:
- Use free audio transcription software like Descript or JAVT to transcribe an audio file automatically.
- Transcribe audio using a free online tool like VEED or Free Transcriptions.
Let us discuss the above methods in detail!
1] Use free audio transcription software like Descript
You can use free software to transcribe an audio file automatically. There are some software available on the internet that let you convert an audio file to text automatically but most of them are paid. If you want to use a free one, you will have to search a bit. To help you out, here we will be mentioning two free software available for Windows 11/10. These audio transcription software are:
Descript is basically a software that lets you transcript audio, edit audio and video, record screen, and perform other tasks. It lets you transcript both audio and video files. To use it, you have to register a free account on its website and then log in with your account credentials into the software to start using it. It offers a free edition along with its paid editions. In its free edition, you get 3 hours of free audio transcription per account. Beyond that, you will need to upgrade to its premium versions.
Let us now check out how you can transcript an audio file using it.
How to transcript audio to text using Descript in Windows 11/10:
Here are the main steps to transcript audio using Descript in Windows 11/10:
- Download and install Descript.
- Start the software and log in with your account.
- Create a new project.
- Drag and drop or import an audio file that you want to transcript.
- Wait for some time and it will show you the audio transcription.
- Edit the audio transcription if needed.
- Export the transcription to various file formats.
Let us have a look at these steps in detail now!
Firstly, you need to download and install this freeware called Descript. Then, launch the main GUI of this software and sign in with your login credentials. If don’t have an account, click on the Create an account option and then create an account on its official website.
Now, you need to create a new account by clicking the New option. Then, import an audio or video file or simply drag and drop the audio onto its interface.
As soon as you add an audio file, it will start transcribing the audio. Meanwhile, you can add the speaker’s name if you want.
Once the process is complete, it will show the full audio transcription in its Editor section. You can also edit the transcription manually to make it more precise. You can also use its Identify Speaker option to identify and mention one or multiple speaker’s names with the timeline.
After that, you can export the audio transcription in a lot of file formats using the Publish feature.
It supports a variety of file formats including DOCX, HTML, TXT, RTF, and MD. You can also save the transcription in subtitle formats like SRT and VRT. Plus, you can even upload the audio transcription to many online services including web pages, Audiogram, YouTube, Podcast.co, Castos, and more. All your projects are saved on the cloud on your account.
All in all, it is a great free audio transcription software that makes it easy to transcript audio and video files automatically. You can download this handy software for Windows 11/10 from descript.com.
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JAVT is a dedicated free and open source speech recognition software for Windows 11/10. JAVT stands for Just Another Voice Transformer. It lets you convert speech to text in real-time or you can also use it to transcribe audio files to text. Besides the audio transcription feature, it also provides tools to convert text to speech, convert audio and video file formats, and batch rename files on Windows 11/10.
Here are the main steps to transcribe an audio file using this free and open-source software called JAVT:
- Download JAVT.
- Unzip the compressed folder.
- Run the JAVT application file.
- Go to the Speech Recognition tab.
- Set Input as Wav file.
- Import an audio file in WAV format.
- Select a speech-to-text engine.
- Click on the Convert button.
- Save the audio transcript as a text file.
Firstly, you need to download this free software and then extract the ZIP folder. Then, launch the JAVT application file. Do note that it requires JAVA to be installed on your PC to work.
Now, go to its Speech Recognition tab and set the Input Mode to Wav file. Next, import a WAV audio file that you want to transcribe. You can select a speech-to-text engine from Microsoft SAPI and CMU Sphinx.
Finally, click on the Convert button and you will be able to view the transcript in the Result section. Simply click on the Save button to save the transcript in a text file.
Read: Best free PDF Voice Readers for Windows 10
2] Transcribe audio using a free online tool like VEED or Free Transcriptions
You can also transcribe an audio file with the help of an online tool. There are some web services that provide a free plan to transcribe audio with limited access. Here are some free online audio transcription tools that you can use without any hassle:
- Free Transcriptions
Let us discuss the above online tools in detail.
VEED is a free online tool to transcribe audio of multiple languages like English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, and many more. It supports over 100 languages. So, import audio speech in any language and then let this online tool transcribe it automatically for you. It is mainly a video editing tool that offers an audio and video transcription feature. It can be used to transcribe video files too. Let us discuss how you can use it to transcribe audio online.
How to transcribe audio online using VEED
Here are the main steps to transcribe audio to text automatically online using VEED:
- Open a web browser.
- Go to the VEED website.
- Sign up for this service and then log in.
- Choose an audio file that you want to transcribe.
- Go to the Subtitle section.
- Click on the Auto Transcribe button.
- Select an audio language.
- Press the Start button to start automatic audio transcription.
Let us elaborate on the above steps in detail!
Firstly, launch your favorite web browser and then open the VEED.io website. Now, the first-time users will have to sign up with a free account and then log in to use this online tool; do that.
Next, simply select one or more audio or video files that you want to transcribe. It lets you import audio or video files from local storage, YouTube, or Dropbox. You can even record audio or video and then perform audio transcription.
After that, the audio will be added to its timeline that you will be able to manually transcribe. However, if you want to convert speech to text automatically, go to its Subtitles section and then tap on the Auto Transcribe button.
Now, you need to select the language manually or let VEED automatically detect the audio language and then press the Start button.
It will transcribe your audio file and then show you the audio transcription with the exact time frame.
You can copy and paste the transcribed text in an external notepad application and then save the transcription in a text document. It also lets you create a video with extracted text and then save it in MP4 video format.
So, this is how you can use it to transcribe audio to text automatically.
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2] Free Transcriptions
Another free online audio transcription tool that you can try is Free Transcriptions. It is a dedicated online service that lets you transcribe your audio files in a matter of some time. As of now, it supports only the English language to transcribe. To import audio files, it supports MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, WMA, etc. Let us find out the automatic audio transcription steps using this free tool.
How to transcribe audio to text automatically online
Follow the below steps to transcribe an audio file to text online:
- Start a web browser.
- Open the Free Transcriptions website.
- Register a free account and log in to its website.
- Upload one or more audio files.
- Click on the Transcribe button.
- Review the audio transcription and edit it if required.
- Download the transcript.
Firstly, launch a web browser on your PC and then go to the official website of Free Transcriptions. Then, you will have to register a free account and then sign in with your login credentials to this web service.
Now, click on the Upload button and then select the audio files that you want to transcribe. After selecting the audio files, click on the Upload option and then press the Transcribe button.
When the transcription is done, it will change the audio status from Transcribing to Transcribed. Simply double-click on the audio file to view the transcript.
You can also listen to the audio and then manually edit the audio transcription if needed.
Finally, you can click on the Download Transcript option to save the audio transcript in DOC or PDF file formats.
The free plan of Free Transcriptions lets you transcribe at most 300 minutes of audio per month.
Read: How to use Transcribe to convert Speech into Text in Word
Hope this article helps!