Transcribe Automatically

Using MAXQDA, you can automatically transcribe your audio and video recordings of interviews, focus groups, and conversations. Automatic transcription eliminates the need for tedious typing and takes significantly less time than manual transcription, as you only need to review the automatically generated transcript for accuracy. When reviewing the transcript, you can jump right into analysis and make initial notes in memos and start coding the text.

How to access MAXQDA Transcription?

There are two options for accessing MAXQDA Transcription:

  • within the MAXQDA desktop software
  • via the MAXQDA Transcription webpage

You can find more information about automatically transcribing within MAXQDA in the chapter MAXQDA Transcription within MAXQDA. A detailed description on how to use the web-based MAXQDA Transcription service can be found in the chapter Transcription via Webpage

Privacy Notice: Our automatic transcription process complies entirely with GDPR standards, utilizing a server located in the Netherlands, EU. Your media files are exclusively used for transcription purposes and are promptly deleted from the server post-transcription. Generated transcripts are hosted on a German server and are automatically removed after download.

How are pauses transcribed?

Pauses are transcribed using dots in brackets for short pauses and numbers in brackets for pauses longer than 3 seconds:
1 second pause: (.)
2 seconds pause: (..)
3 seconds pause: (...)
4 seconds pause: (4)

How do you get the best results with automatic transcription?

  • Ensure high audio quality with minimal background noise.
  • In group recordings, ensure all speakers are audibly clear.

Which languages are supported?

MAXQDA Transcription supports almost 50 languages:

English (AUS, UK, US)

Greek

Portuguese

Arabic

Hebrew

Romanian

Basque

Hindi

Russian

Belarusian

Hungarian

Slovakian

Bulgarian

Interlingua

Slovenian

Cantonese

Italian

Spanish

Catalan

Indonesian

Swedish

Croatian

Japanese

Tamil

Czech

Korean

Thai

Danish

Latvian

Turkish

Dutch

Lithuanian

Uyghur

Esperanto

Malay

Ukrainian

Estonian

Mandarin (simplified, traditional)

Vietnamese

Finnish

Marathi

Welsh

French

Mongolian

 

Galician

Norwegian

 

German

Polish

 

Rather transcribe manually?

Consider using MAXQDA's manual transcription over automatic when:

  • You want detailed transcripts capturing nuances like emphasis, interactions, interruptions, emotions, or filler words.
  • The audio quality is too poor for accurate automatic transcription.
  • Speakers use challenging dialects, or multiple languages are present in a recording.

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