f4 & f5transkript

Save a lot of time typing interviews and videos

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“With f4/f5transkript you can make professional transcripts of interviews and discussions.” (c’t Magazine 04/2016)

“Demonstrates its strengths especially in interviews and recordings with multiple speakers. The useful features make clear that the development was shaped by a lot of practical experience.“ (c’t Magazine, Issue 12/2012)

f4transkript Screen

New in 2016 version

  • Comments/Memos for all transcripts

  • Measure and insert pause lengths

  • Import and export text modules

  • Insert timestamps in preexisting texts (f4 only)

  • Speaker marking in wave and text (f4 only)

  • More plugins for media formats (f4 only)

  • Mac(f5), Windows(f4) and NEW: Linux(f4) (Info)

Variable speed and automatic rewind

Easy on your nerves and faster!

Hardly anyone is able to type as quickly as people speak. So, just slow down the playback while typing; the pitch won’t change. When you proofread, speed it up and finish faster. Additionally, our program automatically rewinds a little every time you pause. This means you’ll hear the last two or three words again when you continue, which makes for a smoother workflow.

Automatic Speaker Change & Speaker Marking

Better overview of your material

Save yourself the annoying typing of speaker names. f4 and f5 do it automatically. In dialogues, the paragraphs automatically start with the name of the person currently speaking. With more than two speakers, our text modules will come in handy. In addition to that, f4transkript marks speakers with different colors, which makes it easier to identify pauses and speaker changes.

Waveform & Timing

Volume and duration become visible

The wave shows where you are and how loud it is. One click takes you to the desired position. A highlighted segment is played back and its length in seconds is shown. This enables you to precisely identify and time speaker turns or pause lengths and have them inserted into your transcript via shortcut.


Automatically for every paragraph

Timestamps are inserted automatically during typing – no extra effort required. When you click on a timestamp the corresponding passage is played back instantly. This is not only helpful for quickly continuing at a certain point or checking an incomprehensible passage later, but also for the subsequent analysis in f4analyse, MAXQDA, or Atlas.ti.

With a specific algorithm we have succeeded in adding timestamps to preexisting texts without timestamps – amazingly precise (currently only in f4)!

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Memos on your transcript

For comments, meta-level or context info

Preparing a transcript marks an important step toward analysis. Background information or first insights, whatever come to mind: Record them in a separate field directly when transcribing. These comments/memos will also be exported to Word and later extracted as document memos in f4analyse. You will also be able to read them in MAXQDA/Atlas.ti/Nvivo.


Text modules

Save you time

Create a set of frequently used text modules, like recurring phrases, special transcription characters, or speaker names. We have already provided a few sets of commonly used transcription symbols for you. You can easily imported and export text modules between f4 and f5.

Foot Pedals

Make your work easier

f4 and f5 can be used with our foot pedals – they make your work easier. We offer three different models.

If you already own a pedal from a different manufacturer: most models can be used with the f4(pro) version. The manual contains a list of all pedals supported by f4transkript.

f4transkript (Win+Linux)

or f5transkript (Mac)

Standard 1 PC 90€  
  2 PC 120€  
  mobile (usb) 160€  
  10 concurrent users 500 €  
  10 PC 600 €  
Student 1 PC, 6 weeks 25 €  
  1 PC, 6 month 35€  
Education 2 PC, unlimited 90€  
  mobile (usb) 90€  
  10 concurrent users 450 €  

Licences and Prices

The demo version has a 10-minute time limit on audio and video files.

The “Educational” teachers and academic institutions. "Student" is for students and doctoral students. Bulk and network licenses are also available.

The “stanard” license is for everyone. f4 Pro supports more USB foot pedals (Olympus, Philips...), Offset and SRT-Export

If you would like to use f4/f5transkript in the classroom, we’ll provide you with a free teaching license for each participant. Our education support package includes short-term licenses for all class participants. Just send an email to: free teaching license.

Buy f4transkript / f5transkript Download demo version


f4 and f5 are really easy to learn – basically you just need to press the f4 or f5 key to start and pause.

Would you like to know more? We have prepared this for you in German and English:

PDF-Manual f4transkript in German/English

PDF-Manual f5transkript in German/English



Mistakes can happen to all of us. So you’ll never lose parts of your valuable work again, f4 and f5 save regular automatic backups. Fortunately, you will be able to easily restore your latest progress.


Difficulties with mp3 files?

Please use mp3 files with a uniform bitrate higher than 192kbit/s. Use only local files (no share, no external hard disk). Lower and non-uniform bitrates can cause problems during seeking, waveform and audio may not be synchronized.

f4transkript 5.x can't play your media or doesn't show any waveform

Not relevant for f4transkript 6.x.

Please check whether Windows Media Player (WMP) is installed on your computer (needed by f4transkript 5.x).

For playback and waveform generation media codecs for WMP are needed. We provide an adapted version of the K-Lite codec pack you can download here. Please note that the installation may not solve your problems, because the codecs installed on your system can also be modified by other third party software.

Please check always, whether the WMP can play your media file. If not, you can try to convert to an alternative media format.


No playback of wma files?

Please convert wma files in mp3 (e.g. with "To MP3 Converter Free").

Haven’t found an answer?

Write us an email with your operating system, the program version number and your serial number. During our office hours we reply quite quickly!

Got questions about our software?
We are looking forward to hearing from you!

+ 49 (0) 64 21 / 590 979-0

Call us from Monday to Friday -
9 am and 4 pm CET.