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Audio Recording and Editing: Transcription

Resources for creating audio projects, from simple recordings to more complex files.


The Weigle Information Commons receives frequent requests about transcription services. This is not a service we provide at present. We have compiled a list of options below. Please note that Penn Libraries does not endorse any of these vendors.

Fee-based Transcription Services

  • Cielo24 - quick turnaround on human transcription.
  • Linguistic Data Services - transcription and translation. Linguistic Data Consortium has worked with them.
  • Karasch and Associates - captioning and transcription. Weingarten Learning Resources Center has worked with them.
  • Automatic Sync Technologies - focuses on captioning but also arranges for transcript creation.
  • Datagain - provides transcription for several large universities. Has been used by Penn GSE staff.

Software and Tools for Transcription

  • ExpressScribe - Free software for professional transcribers - controls playback speed.
  • InqScribe - easy transcription software in use at Penn.
  • TransAna - Inexpensive open source software for qualitative research.
  • VideoANT - a free tool developed at the University of Minnesota for adding commentary, caption or transcript to any online video.