Created 14 July 2005
Modified 14 July 2005
- Make sure that the soundfiles are copied to a local volume (hard
disk or flash memory). A local CD should also work OK. Do
NOT try to load an
audio file into Transcriber from a Network volume (such as the class
resources sharepoint) — this will tie up your machine for ages.
- Under 'File' in the menu bar, choose 'Open audio file'.
- Which format audio file to open in Transcriber? Well,
generally fewer problems have been reported with a .wav file than a
.mp3 file — but a .wav file is much larger and you may not have
room on your hard disk. Try experimenting with both .wav
file and a .mp3 file.
- Whichever audio format (.mp3 or .wav) you choose to open, allow
Transcriber to compute the 'global shape' of the sound wave
pops up a small window announcing this is underway), before starting to
transcribe. 'Computing global shape' can take a couple of
minutes, during which it is possible to work on your machine but not
advisable to play the audio file or edit in Transcriber (it will be
- Save the transcript you write, the .trs file, in your own folder
where you keep other documents relating to this work, and include it in
your backups. The audio file is unchanged and does not need to be
backed up as it can be retrieved from the sharepoint or, later, the
- As with any intensive software, try to minimise the number of
other programs open on your machine, so as to maximise the memory
available to Transcriber.
The above is based on Transcriber-1.5.1
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