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Transcripts for sound

With approximately 11 million people in this country with a hearing loss it makes it the second most common disability in the UK. Find out more at hearing link services.

Written transcripts mean more people can engage with audio content and know what is being said or what's happening.

Transcripts are also a useful alternative for videos where captions cannot be provided, or when someone is deaf/blind.

Transcripts have the benefit of being read by screen readers and then fed back through braille readers.

Podcasts and music are sound only

Transcripts are a text alternative to sound, meaning more people can engage with audio or video content.

Transcripts are useful if:

  • sound doesn't work

  • you can't use sound or don't want to disturb people

  • you can't hear sound

  • you can't use captions

  • you need sound in a written format

Transcripts are useful to everyone

Everyone benefits from having an alternative, but a text based transcript can be useful in the following ways:

  • they offer a written alternative or addition to the audio

  • you can read them at your own pace

  • you can search them to find words or subjects

  • you can select and copy text if you need to

  • help those read along with sound and learn English when its not a person's first language

Transcripts are also a good addition to captions on videos.

This website offers some great information about transcripts.

The video shows you a free tool to make transcripts from podcasts.

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