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Using Video with Transcribe!

Transcribe! can display many video files, synchronised with Transcribe!'s variable-speed audio playback. Basic help for this is in the main Transcribe! Help, but here are some additional notes. You will find a link to view a video of this feature in action, near the bottom of this page

Downloading videos from YouTube and other sites

Transcribe! can play video but you need to have that video on your hard disk first. For downloading from YouTube, I have had good results with ClipConverter and YouTubeInMP4 but if you search the web for "download youtube video" or something like that, you will find many more options.

Transcribe! 8.6

The current version of Transcribe! uses GStreamer for displaying video, and this means that on Windows or Mac you will need to install GStreamer if you want to handle video. This is easy and free. Click here for information about GStreamer.

GStreamer can handle an impressive variety of video types but if it can't read some particular video then you would have to convert it to a different format. Search the web for a video format converter which can handle the video you've got.

If a video plays jerkily then use Transcribe!'s "Export Video" command to copy it, then load the copy. This works because Transcribe! itself functions as a video conversion program - regardless of the original format of the video, Video Export will always save in a format which I hope is portable and will play smoothly in Transcribe! (mp4 with H264 video and aac audio, with frequent iframes, and a bitrate similar to the original).

Transcribe! 8.5 and earlier

On Windows and Mac, Transcribe! 8.5 and earlier uses QuickTime for video display, which means that on Windows you must install QuickTime if you haven't already - it's a free download from Apple. If you are having trouble using a video with Transcribe! then the first reality check is to see if it plays ok in QuickTime Player. If it does then Transcribe! should be able to play it too, and if not, then not. It is possible to install plugins for QuickTime to enable it to play additional formats.

On Linux, all versions of Transcribe! use GStreamer for video display. If you are having trouble using a video with Transcribe! then the first reality check is to see if it plays ok in GStreamer - try the default media player on your system, e.g. Totem, which uses GStreamer. If it does then Transcribe! should be able to play it too, and if not, then not. It is possible to install plugins for GStreamer to enable it to play additional formats.

If Transcribe! cannot read some particular video then there are two options. The preferred option is to install a plugin for QuickTime to enable it to play the format in question, if there is one available - you can search for QuickTime plugins on the web. The second choice is to use other software to convert the video to a format which QuickTime can handle. Converting the format is also useful if the video plays, but jerkily. Transcribe! needs to control the playback speed very precisely in order to synchronise the video with the audio at any speed you choose, and some video formats work better than others for this purpose.

If you are using software to convert video from one format to another, or to copy video from DVD, then you may be able to choose what format to use for the resulting video. Try H264 encoding with frequent iframes - perhaps 1 iframe in every 10 frames.


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