Time-saving transcription

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Fast, precise and concentrated typing.
   For audio- and videofiles on Windows, Linux and Mac!

  • Natural voice speed change
  • Automatic short rewind
  • Pause and length measurement
  • Text modules & comments
  • Distraction-free full-screen mode
  • Statistical function
  • Fixed page width mode
  • and much more ...

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Natural writing flow

Variable speed

Almost nobody types as fast as people speak. Just slow down the recording without changing the pitch. And, of course, faster in the proofreading process, then you'll be done sooner.


Easy control and automatic return

Play and pause with the F4/F5 key or USB foot pedal. During each transcription pause, the system automatically rewinds briefly. This way you hear the last words again and stay in the flow of writing


Only essentials

To type with concentration, you need peace and quiet, leisure and a clear text editor. In distraction-free mode, press F11 to hide all options. It remains an eye-friendly view of the transcript, even at night!


Display overlaps with fixed page width

Exact speaker overlaps for simultaneous speech can be displayed in fixed page width mode. When enabled, f4 uses a monospaced font and limits the width. Your text will then look exactly the same in Word as in f4.



Automatic time stamps and statistics

f4transkript automatically inserts time stamps. A click on a time stamp starts the playback at exactly this point. In addition, f4transkript automatically creates a statistic of the typing speed and shows how long the editing of the document will take.


Waveform with time measurement

The waveform shows where you are in the recording and how loud what you are saying is at that moment. Markers show the length of the passage in seconds. You can measure precise speaking times or pause lengths and insert them into the transcript using a hotkey.


Automatic speaker change

Speaker names can be stored once and are then automatically inserted alternately for each new paragraph. On Win/Linux even colored.


Predefined text elements

Simply store the most important text modules for frequently recurring phrases or special transcription characters. These are automatically inserted by typing an abbreviation + spacebar.



Room for more

Comments to your text

Creating a transcript is already a significant step in the evaluation work. The comment field offers space for background information and first insights. All data can be exported to Word, f4analyse, MAXQDA, ATLAS.ti, Excel and others.


Pro: Offset, SRT export and more foot switches

The Pro-version is also suitable for dubbing or subtitling. It offers offset and subtitle export (SRT). Switches from Olympus, Grundig, Scythe or Philips are also supported.

With f4transkript professional transcripts of interviews and discussions can be made.“ (c't Magazin)

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Available also as  network licence


On which operating systems is f4transkript executable?
f4transcript runs on Windows 7 and higher and on various Linux distributions - The Mac version is called f5transkript and runs on Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.

Is speech recognition implemented in f4transkript?
No, speech recognition is not available (yet). The software helps with manual typing in the many cases where speech recognition does not make sense (interviews, group discussions, lectures ...).

Which file formats can be played?
All file formats that can be played on your computer without additional programs are usable. DSS- and DS2-files are protected by law. These can be played on Windows if Olympus DSS Player Pro / ODMS is installed at the same time.

What to do if the F4/F5 key does not respond?
If the F4 key on a Windows laptop (e.g. Lenovo) does not respond, here are the appropriate tips: Link1 or Link2
If the F5 key does not work on a Mac, please activate the F-keys in the control panel under the category Keyboard.

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