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Best Online Free Transcription Software

Free software to get your transcription work done online

To start with, that I tagged this post FREE does not mean the software I will talk about here are totally free, they are not. However, when you sign up you will get some free minutes that you can use for some of your projects. You can participate in their referral program to earn more free minutes for yourself. You can even get up to 10 hours of free transcription when you refer others to sign up.

I have used their services several times so I can vouch for them. Their transcription service is very good, almost as accurate as that done by a real human being. 

Otter: At the time of writing this article, Otter is the best free online transcription software on the internet. Once you sign up, you are given the opportunity to upload up to a maximum of 3 files with a length of about 40 minutes each. That's a total of 120 minutes FREE. There's no any other transcription software out there that offer such huge amount of minutes for free. 

The best part is their subscription plans is very affordable. The Pro Plan costs only $8.33 per month and this gives you access to the following:

  • Ability to import pre-recorded files
  • Ability to add custom vocabulary 
  • Advanced search and export functionality
The also have the Business Plan which cost $20 per month at the time of writing this. And it offers the following features: 

  • Zoom live notes & captions
  • Team vocabulary
  • Centralized billing
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Otter Assistant
Otter goes beyond an ordinary transcription software. The have the functionality where you can record your live voice and get it output in text. So, you can record your next meeting, interview, lecture or important conversation, and get it output in text format (PDF or Word) in no time. So, this is the best software as far as transcription is concerned. Sign Up Here.  

Happy Scribe: This is one of the best online free transcription software out there. When you sign up, you'd be given 30 minutes free to use for your first file. To increase your free minutes, share your referral links on social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You get 10 minutes for sharing on each social media and 60 minutes when anybody signs up through your referral links. The more people sign up, the more your free minutes. You can get up to 10 hours free. Sign up today if you are a transcriber. 

Temi: I so much love this too. The artificial intelligence of their software is second to none. It is an advanced speech recognition software, a speech to text transcription service done in just 5 minutes. Yes, within 5 minutes your file will be ready. I have used it several times and they haven't failed me once. When you sign up, you also get free minutes you can use to do some of your projects. 

On any of them, you can upload any audio or video file formats, they are all acceptable. You can review your transcript with speaker label and timestamp, display highlights, display comments, add subtitles, save and export your transcript in any formats such as MS Word, PDF, SRT, VTT, and a host of others. 

Once you exhausted the free minutes given to you, you can upgrade your account by subscription or do Pay As You Go, where you pay according to the number of minutes in your file. They all have a pocket-friendly price. On Temi, for example, you pay as low as $0.10 per minute.

Sonix.ai: I think the last 'ai' on the name stands for artificial intelligence, and just as the name implies, the artificial intelligence of their software is second to none. It does a fantastic job in transcription. Once you sign up, you'd be given 30 minutes free. And the best part is their referral program, you get whopping 100 minutes free if someone uses your referral link to sign up and subscribe to their paid version.

Note: If you sign up now using my link, you will also get 100 minutes of free transcription. To sign up, click this link now

In the course of doing transcription work, I have tried several free online transcription software, and honestly, none of them is as good as the three listed above. I will continue to update this list as I do more research and use more transcription software online. 

PS: If you have files to be transcribed, I'm an experienced transcriber. You can check my services on Fivesquid here. Please, order my services, a trial will convince you. Thank you. 


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