Podcast Transcription FAQs

Captivate makes it super easy to add and edit your transcriptions in just a few simple steps.

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Written by Sam Higham
Updated over a week ago

Adding your podcast transcriptions to your podcast episodes has never been so easy. Captivate also supports the Podcasting 2.0 namespace tag, podcast:transcript, to ensure your transcriptions are included in your feed automatically. Pretty sweet!

What are podcast transcriptions, and why should I use them?

Podcast transcriptions are your audio files converted into text, so that it can be read online. Transcriptions are super important for accessibility for the hard of hearing and deaf community, and can also be a great way to repurpose your episodes and optimize your long-tail podcast SEO.

How will my transcripts display on my Captivate site?

Whether importing from Descript, manually uploading SRT files or typing them in, your transcriptions will look great on your Captivate Podcast Website episode pages:

How do I add transcripts to my podcast? ****

Depending on how you create your transcripts, there are three ways to add them to your podcast episode:

  • Direct integration with Descript.

  • SRT file upload.

  • Manual input.

How do I use Descript for my podcast transcriptions?

Thanks to Captivate's direct integration with Descript, you can record, edit, and import your episode straight from Descript into Captivate.

Simply add your Descript URL in the podcast audio upload screen and Captivate will automatically add your transcriptions to your episode. Check out our tutorial on how to publish your podcast episodes from Descript to Captivate!

How do I use my own SRT file?

If you don't use Descript, no problem! Uploading your own SRT file is super easy. When creating a new episode:

  • Head to the Transcription section.

  • Click Add a transcript to this episode.

  • A new transcription window will open.

  • Select Upload File.

  • Pick your SRT file from your library.

  • Click Add Transcript and Captivate will automatically add that to your episode.

Note: not all transcription platforms offer SRT file options, so be sure to check if yours does!

How do I add my transcription manually?

Manually adding your own transcription is also super easy. If you have your own written transcript simply copy and paste, or manually type them directly into the transcription window when creating and publishing your episode.

I want to edit my transcription, how can I do that?

Making changes to your podcast transcriptions is simple. To amend a transcription from an uploaded file:

  • Make the changes to your file in your external transcription service.

  • Click Replace in the Transcription section of your podcast episode.

  • In the transcription window, Remove the current transcription file.

  • Click Upload File to add the amended transcription version.

  • Select Add Transcript to confirm the change.

If your transcriptions have been added manually, you can make changes to the transcription at any time, remembering to keep the format of the transcription the same:

  • Click Edit in the Transcription section of your podcast episode.

  • Make the manual changes to your transcription.

  • Click Update Transcript.

What transcription services do you support?

We pretty much support every single transcription service around - if they offer an SRT file, or you can download a text file to copy and paste, you'll be good to go! Here are some we recommend, though:

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