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Hannah Hoag writes about science, medicine and the environment from her home in Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in newspapers and a wide range of magazines, including Nature, Wired, New Scientist, Reader’s Digest (Canada) and Canadian Geographic. In 2010, as the recipient of a journalism award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, she researched and wrote about epigenetics and mental health, producing stories that won Canadian honors for excellence in health research journalism.

9 responses to “Smartphone basics: record a call and transcribe it later”

  1. Hannah Hoag

    An update on transcription apps: I went searching for another and found oTranscribe, also available as a Chrome app. It seems to have the same functionality as Transcribe lite with two additional features: 1) it’s free, and 2) you can export your transcript as a .txt file or to Google Drive.

    Here’s a short article on the history of oTranscribe, which was created and coded by a journalist and for journalists: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/journalist-creates-web-app-for-audio-transcription/s2/a555258/

  2. Monya

    Clear enough that this Luddite can imagine actually trying it. Thanks!

  3. Cynthia

    For transcribing, I love Transciva on my mac. It hooks into the audio, I can slow down the speed of transcribing, I can set it up to restart a set number of seconds from when I stopped it, etc. It automatically sets the time code, and I can program in each one the names of the speakers. A great aid!

  4. Robert

    Hi Hannah,

    How about the clarity of each party? I use a digital recorder, which is clear on the interviewer’s end but less clear on the subject’s end. I’m looking for something that is equally clear for both. My method is less than ideal for when I publish the audio file itself on a blog. (Kind of podcasting light.) I’m looking for a way to get a little better quality audio than I am now. What do you think?

  5. Knox

    When you record & transcribe the call, will it automatically show which party/ phone number is saying it? I’m going to be using this for a debate round, so I’ll need to cite it, and it will need to be very clear that my subject is stating the facts, not me.

  6. Ankita

    Great app and well written blog. There is a app name Total Recall call recorder which basically records call conversations automatically and allows uploading files on ever note, google drive, gmail, sound cloud etc.

  7. Brendan Perreault

    Anyone reading this have anything new to report as of September 30, 2015 ? Please and thank you.

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