Podcast transcription is quickly becoming one of our favorite tools. Why? Because it can improve accessibility, enhance SEO, and make it easy to share your podcast’s content. In other words, it can help expand its reach - and potentially place you as a thought leader.

There are various ways to transcribe a podcast. Some like to use AI tools to do it or rely on a paid or free transcription service. Others do the job manually. So, if this is something you’re considering doing, we can help. Here are all the methods, their benefits, costs, and time considerations.

What Is Exactly a Podcast Transcription?

Simply put, a podcast transcription is your audio content turned into a written text format. This process can be done in many ways. For example, you can use automated transcription software, free automatic transcription services, or manual transcription.

Automatic Transcription vs Manual Transcription

Transcribing your podcast is a game-changer for reaching a broader audience, no doubt! But how do you go about it? Well, that depends on your budget, time, and how picky you are about accuracy.

Manual transcription and automated transcription each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The first can give you better accuracy, eliminate errors, and consider contextual variations. The second, on the other hand, uses AI and speech-to-text software, which is faster and often more cost-effective.

Why Should You Transcribe Podcasts?

Transcribing a podcast has several benefits, such as improving accessibility for people with hearing impairments and improving SEO, as search engines can index text better. Then, there’s the repurposing of content into blog posts, descriptions, and subtitles.

  • Accessibility and Inclusivity: Making your podcast accessible is crucial! Transcriptions not only help folks with hearing impairments and non-native English speakers follow along, but they also expand your audience.
  • SEO Optimization: Search engines love text, so transcribing your episodes improves your podcast's chances of getting discovered.
  • Content Repurposing: Don't limit your content to audio – turn those podcast gems into blog posts, articles, and social media content. It's an easy way to reach a broader audience across various platforms.
  • Backlinking Opportunities: Transcriptions open the door to more backlinking opportunities. When others can easily quote and cite your content, you'll see more traffic and build authority in your niche.
  • Thought Leadership: And hey, being a thought leader in your domain is pretty cool! Providing transcriptions not only positions you as an expert but also gives others a citable and shareable resource for industry insights and knowledge. So, go ahead, and make your podcast content work harder for you!

How To Transcribe Your Podcast Episodes

You can transcribe episodes like a pro without spending much money. So, let's see a few easy and effective methods, including AI-powered apps, APIs, tools, and services.

Option 1: Use StreamYard

Platforms like StreamYard offer free automatic transcriptions for your podcast episodes. Just click “Library”, click an episode you recorded with StreamYard, and download a free podcast transcript in your preferred file format. The transcript is also available in the video editor (with clickable timestamps) if you click “Edit & Repurpose” — this helps speed up your editing process.

*Note: This requires our Pro plan or higher, and currently only supports English.

Option 2: Use Manual Transcription Tools

If you didn’t record your podcast with StreamYard and you're looking to transcribe those, there are some cool tools out there that can help. For example, you've got oTranscribe, Express Scribe, and the (free) FTW Transcriber. These are all manual transcription tools that you can use to turn your podcast audio into text. It's a bit more hands-on, but it gives you complete control over the quality and accuracy of the transcript. So, if you're a bit of a control freak like me, this might be the way to go.

Option 3: Use AI Podcast Transcription Services

Services like Notta.ai provide AI-generated transcripts for your podcast episodes. You can upload your audio file, wait for the AI to generate a transcript, review the transcript (including timestamps), and then export it. This ability to review and export the episode transcript allows you to maintain control over the final high-quality output, ensuring that it aligns with your content's tone and message.

Option 4: Use Transcription Software Tools and Services

Software tools like Trint and services like GoTranscript and Rev offer the option to transcribe your podcast episodes to text. You can upload your audio or video file (there are many file formats), choose the 'Auto Transcribe' function, and download the transcript. By using these services, you can make sure your podcast episodes are more accessible, searchable, and shareable, too.


Podcast transcription can help you improve accessibility and search optimization, repurpose your content, and improve your user experience. Manual transcription is more accurate but also expensive and time-consuming. And automated transcription is faster and more cost-effective... but it might need additional editing. So, whether you're team manual or team automated, there's a transcription method that fits your style.

If you want to simplify the process of transcribing your podcast audio, we can help. StreamYard is a professional live streaming platform and recording studio, and it allows you to download your podcast transcripts easily with just a click.

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