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Happy Scribe - the tool that transcribes interviews from speech to text in a matter of minutes

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happyscribeIf you have ever transcribed so much as a single quote from a pitch video or the like, you will know that it can be both trickier and more time consuming than it first may appear.

You probably had to play those 2 or 3 seconds a few times, clicking back too far in the video and then not far enough, before you were sure you’d got the simple sentence down word for word. Imagine then transcribing an entire press conference, university class, interview, etc. You can easily end up spending more time on this than on the surrounding work. That, you no doubt will have guessed, is where today’s startup comes in.

Happy Scribe is a Dublin-based startup birthed from the co-founders’ own experience of being asked to transcribe interviews for a university academic research project. A few days into this tedious process, they decided there must be a better way, and then...they created a better way! And researchers, students, and journalists alike are flooding to it in droves (announcing their sudden interest in the tool by crashing Happy Scribe’s servers in May).

happy ScribeScribe, as it started out, was a free transcription tool that co-founders André Bastié and Marc Assens created for themselves and then hosted online for others to take advantage of. Interest and usage quickly grew, and the two monetised it and started to improve the tool. From making the website more aesthetically pleasing, to improving the punctuation and grammar, to generally making the transcription more accurate, these improvements are an ongoing process.

Happy Scribe claims to save the user up to 5 hours of work per hour of recording and is available in over 80 languages and accents.

For 9p per minute, you will upload your recording, receive the transcription back in under 30 minutes, and be given access to an editing tool. This tool allows you to play the recording as you edit, highlighting the text as it goes, and timestamps beside the paragraphs help you easily find your place in the recording to edit the transcription as fast and easily as possible.

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Published on: 6th August 2017

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