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SpeedScriber now available: transforms transcription for Avid, FCPX and Premiere Pro
Digital Heaven has announced the launch of SpeedScriber for macOS, a significant advance in automated transcription for content creators. SpeedScriber provides amazingly accurate transcripts from audio or video files at insanely fast speeds - a 60 minute file is typically transcribed in less than 10 minutes. Transcripts can be reviewed and edited in the SpeedScriber app then exported to multiple formats or accessed in Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The SpeedScriber app can downloaded for free from the Mac App Store.
Digital Heaven has announced the launch of SpeedScriber, a revolutionary automated transcription app for content creators. Documentary filmmakers, journalists, audio and video producers all depend on reliable transcripts of their files, whether it be an interview for editing purposes or a text version of the finished product. While there are several web-based transcription services on the market, they generally offer delivery times of 24 hours or longer and faster turnaround adds costly surcharges. SpeedScriber delivers affordable and amazingly accurate automated transcripts in minutes.

SpeedScriber includes professional features that are only possible with a native macOS app. MXF files can be imported* and timecode is supported for QuickTime Movie and Broadcast Wave files. Since only the audio from the file is required for the transcription process, media files are converted to a mono audio-only file for upload. Once uploaded, files are processed in parallel on our cloud-based servers and the transcript data is downloaded to the Mac app. A 60 minute file is typically transcribed in less than 10 minutes.

While the accuracy of automated transcription has improved dramatically in recent years, a key innovation of SpeedScriber is its comprehensive editing interface that was designed for making corrections quickly and efficiently. Transcripts can be reviewed with the current word highlighted in real-time as the media file is played. Speaker names can be assigned to sections of the transcript with a choice of nine colours for easy identification. Punctuation changes can be made on the selected words with a single keystroke and every editing command has a keyboard shortcut. Transcripts can be printed and exported to PDF, plain text or SubRip (.srt) for captions.
Digital Heaven has been developing plug-ins and apps for Apple video apps since 2003 so not surprisingly SpeedScriber features deep round-tripping integration with Final Cut Pro X (10.3 or later). Using the power of keyword ranges, audio, video, multicam and synchronised clips can be tagged and automatically identified by SpeedScriber for import without any conversion of media. When transcription and editing is complete, the transcript can be attached to clips as searchable keyword ranges, again via a simple drag-and-drop operation. Favourite ranges created in SpeedScriber are transferred seamlessly to Final Cut Pro X.
SpeedScriber for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Media Composer
The SpeedScriber panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2017.1 or later for macOS or Windows) gives real-time access to the transcripts on the users account and allows import of transcripts as speech metadata or markers within seconds.
Avid has been a pioneer of script-based editing and with the recent reintroduction of ScriptSync, SpeedScriber is the perfect partner for creating searchable scripts right inside Media Composer. Transcripts can be exported to Avid Script format without the need to do additional reformatting or conversion.
  • SpeedScriber combines the speed and scalability of a cloud-based transcription service with the flexibility of a native macOS app to create a solution that cannot be matched by existing transcription providers.
  • Get amazingly accurate timestamped transcripts in minutes rather than hours or days.
  • Import audio and video files with support for timecode in QuickTime Movie and Broadcast Wave formats.
  • Supports English language speakers with American, Australian or British accents and detection of different speakers.
  • Innovative editing tools enable fast and efficient transcript corrections at the speaker, punctuation and character-level.
  • Print or export transcripts to PDF, plain text and SubRip (.srt) for captions.
  • Deep integration with Apple Final Cut Pro X (10.3 or later) with drag-and-drop round-tripping of clips via XML.
  • SpeedScriber panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC gives real-time access to transcripts on the users account and import to clips within seconds.
  • Direct export of transcripts to Avid Script format makes SpeedScriber the perfect partner for ScriptSync.
  • “Since we announced SpeedScriber last year, weve had a overwhelmingly positive response with over 1000 beta sign-ups from production teams at high-profile broadcasters, through to video production companies and individual users. Thanks to their invaluable feedback and support, the app has been constantly tweaked and refined over more than 40 beta versions into a high-quality and mature product. Our customers have high expectations and we aim to exceed them. Many customers have told us that transcripts were previously an expensive and occasional luxury. With SpeedScriber, theyre able to have transcripts for every production and enjoy the huge benefits they bring to the post production workflow.”

    Martin Baker, Founder, Digital Heaven Ltd.
    “SpeedScriber has easily saved us hundreds of hours in transcribing time, but allowed us to keep the process in-house. I love being able to instantly jump to any part of an interview linked to text, and highly recommend it for documentary workflows, or anyone who needs transcriptions or captions.”

    Jude Cotter, Documentary Post Supervisor, Showrunner Productions

    “What’s unbelievable about SpeedScriber is that it now lets us film location interviews in the morning and have a script written by the time our plane lands at the end of the day. Amazing!”

    William Gaff, humanstory
    Pricing and availability

    SpeedScriber is available now as a free download from the Mac App Store (macOS 10.11.5 or later). A SpeedScriber account is required which can be created in the app and 15 minutes of FREE transcribing time will be added to new accounts. Additional minutes can be purchased at and the duration of each imported file is rounded up to the next whole minute then deducted from the account balance when submitted for transcription.

  • US$0.50/min for 30 mins/60 mins/120 mins
  • US$0.47/min for 300 mins (5 hours with 5% discount on standard rate)
  • US$0.45/min for 600 mins (10 hours with 10% discount on standard rate)
  • US$0.42/min for 1500 mins (25 hours with 15% discount on standard rate)
  • US$0.37/min for 6000 mins (100 hours with 25% discount on standard rate)
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