So, you have an audio or video file that needs transcribing? Great. You’ve come to the right place. Having the ability to convert audio to text automatically saves media professionals, or really anyone who deals with audio files on a regular basis, countless hours in their day.

It’s tedious work to transcribe an audio file. In fact, it takes the average person anywhere from 4-8 hours to transcribe a video that is one hour in length. For most busy professionals, those are hours that could be better spent.

Here are some ways that Temi users are utilizing automatic transcription to convert audio and video to text:

  • Podcasters to reach a larger audience and improve SEO.
  • Journalists to quickly find quotes within a lengthy interview.
  • Radio broadcasters to make their content searchable online.
  • Higher education to dictate a dissertation or lecture.
  • Advertising agencies to search audio for mentions of their brand.
  • Content marketers to find tweetable quotes and repurpose webinars.

And the list goes on.

If you’ve never tried our automatic transcription software, there’s more good news. Upload your first file, and we will automatically transcribe the audio to text free. Regardless of length. After that, additional files are just $0.25 per minute.

Here’s how you can automatically transcribe audio and video to text in just a few minutes. We’ll walk you through the very simple three-step process.

1. Select a file you need to auto transcribe

Find the audio or video file that you want to transcribe. Make sure that your file has minimal background noise, no heavy accents, and ideally no more than one or two speakers. Temi can transcribe audio files with less than perfect sound quality, but the transcript output won’t be as accurate.

Temi transcribes audio and video recordings in MP3, MP4, WMV, AIF, M4A, MOV, AVI, VOB, AMR, WMA, OGG, and WAV. Download or upload your file to your desktop where it can be easily accessed.

2. Go to to upload your file

From here, uploading your file to Temi’s automatic transcription generator is super easy. Click “Select audio/video file” and grab the file that you want to auto-transcribe.

Select audio/video file to transcribe

Your video will upload automatically, it only takes a few seconds.

Image of video uploading to Temi

Enter your email address to have a copy of the transcript delivered right to your inbox. You can typically expect your transcript to arrive within 5 minutes, but the process can take longer depending on your file length.

Enter email for transcript delivery

Your first file is free. If you’ve used Temi before, you’ll be prompted to login and enter your credit card information. The file we uploaded was two minutes long. At ten cents per minute, it will cost twenty cents to transcribe the file. Not bad, right?

Next, you’ll receive an email with a link to your freshly transcribed file. Click “review my draft” to check it out.

3. Download, edit or share your transcript

Within the Temi editor, you can modify, save or download a draft of your transcript into a DOCX, TXT or PDF file. You can also share a link to your file within the Temi editor with another person, but keep in mind that they will be able to edit your text.

You can see how the text highlights in the transcript as the audio or video file plays — our customers tell us that this is one of their favorite features in the editor. This feature makes it easy to follow along and see the exact timestamps and speaker names synced with corresponding content.

So, there you have it. Everything you need to transcribe audio to text free (for the first file that is). Questions? We’re here to help. Please feel free to reach out to our team at

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