Transcripts

Transcribing recordings is easy with MAXQDA, because MAXQDA provides all the standard transcription functions, such as automatic speaker exchange, autocompletes with defined shortcuts and timestamps for synchronizing transcriptions with audio or video files. All the functions for transcribing in MAXQDA are described here.

MAXQDA also lets you import transcripts created with specialized transcription software, including f4/5 transcript, Inqscribe or Transcriber Pro. This is usually the case when a professional service provider has transcribed your recordings. The transcripts created with such software usually contain timestamps corresponding to certain audio or video files. MAXQDA automatically includes these timestamps. Most transcription programs create their transcripts in Rich Text Format (RTF), a format for text documents that can be imported directly into MAXQDA without conversion.

When creating transcripts, it’s a good idea to insert a timestamp at the end of paragraphs least as well as at easily misunderstood points within a paragraph. A transcript then looks like this:

I: So, Robert. Could you please describe your current living situation for me? #00:00:10.5#

B: Sure. Uhm, at the moment I am living with my parents. In my old room in the basement. I did have a room in the dorms at college but I am taking a semester off and wasn’t sure where I’d end up going. I am looking for an internship at the coast, so I’ll probably find a place with a roommate there soon. #00:00:30.1#

Example transcript with timestamps at the end of paragraphs

Importing transcripts without timestamps

If your transcripts do not contain time stamps, you can import them via Import > Transcripts > Transcripts without Timestamps. Alternatively, you can simply drag the transcript from Windows Explorer or Mac Finder to the “Document System”.

Importing transcripts with timestamps

Importing transcripts combined with their corresponding audio or video files:

  1. Ensure that you have the appropriate audio or video recordings for all transcripts that you want to import. You can use the transcripts and the media files in the same folder and under the same name.
  2. In MAXQDA, go to the Import tab and select the function Transcripts
Select Import of Transcripts with Timestamps
  1. In the drop-down menu, select the entry of the transcription software that was used to create the transcript. Select Transcript with Timestamps if you do not know the software used.
  2. A dialog window will appear in which you can select a transcript for the import. If you press Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (Mac), you can also select several transcripts.
  3. Click Open and MAXQDA will search the file for timestamps and ask for the associated media files. Select them in the dialog window that opens, and click Open. If you don’t want to link any media files to the transcript, click Cancel. MAXQDA will ask if you want to import the transcript without a media file and if you want to keep the timestamps in the text.

Importing transcripts from AmberScript

AmberScript is an online transcription app with automatic speech recognition. To import a transcript from AmberScript:

  1. Edit the transcript online
  2. Export the transcript in JSON format. Make sure to activate the options to include time stamps and speakers.
  3. In MAXQDA go to the Import tab and choose Transcripts > From Amberscript (.json)

Importing transcripts from f4x Spracherkennung

f4x Spracherkennung is an online transcription app with automatic speech recognition. To import a transcript from f4x Spracherkennung:

  1. Edit the transcript with f47f5 transcript
  2. Export the transcript in RTF format.
  3. In MAXQDA go to the Import tab and choose Transcripts > From f4/f5 transcript

Importing transcripts from Temi

Temi is an online transcription app with automatic speech recognition. To import a transcript from Temi:

  1. Edit the transcript online
  2. Export the transcript in DOCX format.
  3. In MAXQDA go to the Import tab and choose Transcripts > From Temi (.docx)

Importing transcripts from Trint

Trint is an online transcription app with automatic speech recognition. To import a transcript from Trint:

  1. Edit the transcript online
  2. Export the transcript in XML format.
  3. In MAXQDA go to the Import tab and choose Transcripts > From Trint (.xml)

What happens when you import a transcript?

  • MAXQDA creates a new text document with the transcript.
  • The audio or video file is copied into the folder for external files and assigned to the transcript.
  • Text documents with the associated media file can be recognized by their special symbols in the “Document System”: a musical note for audio files and a video camera for video files.

MAXQDA converts the timestamps in the transcript to internal MAXQDA timestamps and entries in the timestamp table and simultaneously removes them from the text for better readability. The chronology of the timestamps is checked in the text: Timestamps that refer to an earlier time than those previous to them are removed.

Tip: If you do not assign an audio or video file during import, you can do this later by right-clicking on the document name and selecting the Properties option. However, this is only possible if you do not leave the time stamps in the text during import, because only then will they be converted into MAXQDA-internal time stamps.
Timestamp display in MAXQDA

Texts that already contain timestamps when imported can, if necessary, be subdivided more precisely with further timestamps. For more information, see the Transcription section.

Supported timestamp formats

MAXQDA automatically recognizes the following timestamp formats in a transcript:

Software

Timestamp format

easytranscript, f4 & f5transcript

#hh:mm:ss-x#

HyperTRANSCRIBE

[hh:mm:ss.xxx]

Inqscribe, Transcriva

[hh:mm:ss.xx]

Transana

(h:mm:ss.xx)

Transcribe

[hh:mm:ss]

Transcriber Pro

hh:mm:ss

If you are using a different transcription software, you may be able to customize the timestamps by finding and replacing digits in the program with one of formats that can be imported:

Note: If you import any text document that contains timestamps in one of the formats listed above, MAXQDA will automatically detect the timestamps and ask you for the associated media file.