Express Scribe Transcription Software
Express Scribe is a professional audio playback program which helps in the transcription of audio data. It is distributed by the Australian company NCH. Express Scribe can read nearly all formats (e.g. DSS, WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, ASF, VOX and many others).
Express Scribe is particularly suitable for typing offices and larger companies. It enables employees to do much more than transcribe; it can also receive, send and manage audio data directly via the internet (FTP).
Express Scribe is operated via key combinations or our
Using Express Scribe
Step 1: Set the rewind interval
After you have installed and opened Express Scribe you should first of all set the rewind interval.
To set the interval that Express Scribe should rewind after playback is stopped select the "settings" menu.
Under "Auto-Backstep on Stop" in the window that appears you can enter your preferred rewind interval in milliseconds. One second consists of 1000 milliseconds so if you want an interval of 1.5 seconds, enter "1500".
Step 2: Open your interview file
Click on "Browse Folders" to select the directory where your interview file should be saved. Confirm your selection with "OK".
You now have an overview of all files available for playback. Select the file you want and click "Load". You can select several files by keeping the Control key depressed.
Step 3: Transcribing
You can play, stop, rewind, etc. the interview using hotkeys or the footswitch when transcribing in Word or MAXQDA (for example). You can learn the hotkeys by looking under the index card "Control" in the "Settings" menu.
Using f-pro footswitch and Express Scribe on a MAC
Setting Express Scribe
Select the menu "Express Scribe - Preferences". Set the "auto backstep" somewhere between 1500 ms and 2500 ms. Then select the "Control" index card and add system-wide hotkeys by clicking "ADD". Create two hotkeys: Ctrl +1 for play and Ctrl + 2 for stop