Cheap transcription for video blog?


I am looking for a cheap transcription service for video blog material (interviews, etc).

I don't need subtitles or time syncing. Just cheap and relatively accurate transcription of video.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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asked Nov 24 '09 at 11:46
Joseph Turian
895 points

6 Answers


I think Andrew Warner of (great podcast btw) is using Amazon's Mechanical Turk and he gets pretty good results from what I have seen.

ps. sorry for not linking, I can only add one link

answered Nov 25 '09 at 13:35
Chris Boesing
131 points


Try synergy [transcription services][1] for your transcription needs, they providing accurate transcription at cheap price.

answered Oct 11 '12 at 15:08
11 points


The Stack Overflow podcast set up a wiki for transcripts. Do you have enough listeners/viewers who would be willing to participate in a transcript wiki of your video blog?

answered Nov 25 '09 at 02:14
Coder Dennis
691 points
  • No, I don't have this audience. – Joseph Turian 14 years ago


I'd suggest putting up a request at - it's an online community of virtual assistants: deal direct, lots of skill sets available, nice people.

answered Nov 27 '09 at 02:40
Bob Walsh
2,620 points


We've used Mechanical Turk and it has been great. If you don't want to figure out all of the tips and tricks of the system, there are services like Casting Words that will organize it for you.

answered Dec 24 '09 at 13:44
Craig Daniel
223 points
  • Casting Words is $0.75 per minute. Speakertext is $0.33 per minute. – Joseph Turian 14 years ago


So I've used:

TranscriptionStar – iSource solution Inc. 

[email protected]
1291 Weber Street| Pomona |CA |91768
Ph: 714-277-3909
before and they transcribed audio files that went with videos for about $1.25/minute (advertised $1.00 but it ran a bit higher). They did a good job although we had to go in and fix the engineering terms.

Their billing leaves a lot to be desired.

answered Nov 24 '09 at 13:33
1,866 points
  • Care to elaborate: "Their billing leaves a lot to be desired." ? – Joseph Turian 14 years ago
  • We paid them but for months I kept getting calls asking for me to pay again. I kept emailing them the payment info (including the cleared check) and they just kept calling. My guess is they applied my payment to someone else or something. I assume this was just a one time problem. – Dane 14 years ago

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