Today is day twenty-five of the video blogging challenge, and today I want to show you a quick way to export audio from a video file so you can transcribe the audio into a blog post.
There’s a video to watch and text if you prefer to read.
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How to Export an Audio from a Video File
For years, I’ve used Camtasia to create videos for clients and my online business. It wasn’t until I bought Dragon Naturally Speaking that I started to transcribe my audios into blog posts.
Here’s how I do it:
Open Camtasia and choose File >> Produce Special >> Export Audio, which triggers a box to open up. Type the file name for the exported audio on the “File Name” line, choose a directory to save the file and click the “Save” button to close the popup box.
Once you’ve exported the audio file, you will need to open up a copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking to begin transcribing your audio into text.
How to Transcribe Your Audio to Text
Inside Dragon Naturally Speaking, choose Tools >> Transcribe Recording, which opens the Transcribe box. Click the “Next” button to continue. Click on the “Browse to locate file” button to perform the next step.
The popup box opens again to allow you to select the audio file you previously saved to your hard drive. Locate the file on your hard drive and highlight it. Click the “Open” button to bring the audio back into Dragon Naturally Speaking.
Click the “Transcribe” button to start the transcription process. Dragon will transcribe your audio to text using the DragonPad built into the software.
Setbacks When Transcribing with Dragon Naturally Speaking
You’ll find out that the software is going to transcribe all the text into one large paragraph, without punctuation of any kind. But, I found that it’s still easier to transcribe my audio to text using the software than manually typing the content into MS Word.
You can easily separate the paragraphs and add punctuation after Dragon Naturally Speaking has finished the transcription process. I prefer editing the final blob of text rather than listening to my video file, typing a line or two from memory, and then returning back to the video to repeat the process.
NOTE: The transcribe features is only available using the Premium, Professional or Legal editions of Dragon Naturally Speaking on your PC or MacSpeech Scribe on your Mac.
Once Dragon Naturally Speaking has finished transcribing your audio file, highlight the text, right-click your mouse and choose “Copy” to add the text to the clipboard.
Open MS Word and place your mouse cursor on the page. Use the CTRL + V keys on the keyboard to paste the copied text from the clipboard into the Word document.
Now you’re ready to separate the paragraphs and add the missing punctuation. Once you’re finished editing the text, it’s ready to add to your blog.
Grab a copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking from Amazon and try the software. I believe you’ll fall in love with it as I have; not only for transcribing purposes, but it’s also a great way to write a book by speaking the content rather than typing it.
What is the method you use to convert an audio into a text file? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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