How to Automatically Add Timestamps or Timecodes to a Transcript Using Sonix AI

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In this video, I’ll show you how to automatically add timestamps or time codes to your transcript using Try Sonix 👉


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In this video, I’ll show you how to automatically add timestamps or time codes to your transcript using

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So let’s say you have a client that is if you’re a freelancer, or you produce podcasts, and you want to have timestamps for your transcripts.

Having timestamps on your transcripts is a good way for somebody to easily navigate through your transcript and see what they need to see in the time that they need to see it in.

So in this video, I’ll show you how you can upload an existing transcript, and then have automatically append time codes to your particular transcript that is from the source audio or video.

Welcome to this video and let’s begin.

So I’m inside the interface, the Sonix interface that is the backend, where you upload your files and do the necessary things that you need to do.

So let’s say we want to upload an audio file with transcript.

So I can just click on that.

And once I click on that, I’ll just go to my file here.

So I have this particular audio file, and I have this particular transcript.

Let me just double click on the transcript.

And this is the transcript that we have, I can just take away the title, and then Ctrl S just to save it.

And then we can just just scroll down, and it’s the whole transcript for that particular audio.

So this is the interface– upload with your own transcript.

Already have a transcript? Sonix can quickly align the words to the audio.

Now, these will use an additional additional minutes, so it’s almost like transcribing, or having Sonix automatically transcribe, it’s not free, but it does the job as required.

So how does it work?

You upload an audio or a video, paste your existing transcript into Sonix.

Sonix will align the audio and the text together.

And then you can use the Sonix editor and all other features to make different edits that you want.

So let’s just click on enable upload with existing transcript, and then we save our settings. So that’s awesome.

All that is something that you need to do.

So let us say what we want to do, you want to either upload a single track, or you want to upload an existing transcript.

So a new interface has come up, this is the initial one, or how I displayed or portrayed how you can automatically transcribe your audio files or videos using Sonix.

But this is where you add an existing transcript. So just click on that.

And all we need to do is upload a file with transcript.

So let’s just come to this particular section, let’s just click our audio and just drag and drop it.

And once we drop it, obviously, we’ll get the same interface that we always get with all the other file studies, either this file, and then the step two is the details where you select the languages in English.

And then you can do the following, paste your existing transcript below.

I wish they had an option to just upload it and have different options to upload that is Microsoft Word, a text file, etc.

But let’s just press on Ctrl A copy. And let’s minimize this.

And then I can press on Ctrl V.

But please know that you can two separate speakers, please add an empty line between paragraphs. That’s, that’s awesome. But let’s just control paste.

And once we do that, these changes from an orange color to Yes, start now.

Heads up, aligning an existing transcript to the audio may take extra time.

No worry about that, just click on Yes, start now.

So we’re going to have to give it some time so that it does the job that it needs to do.

But I’m going to try and see how long it’s going to take for that particular audio, which is about three minutes. And the transcript is available. And it’s processing.

So please wait, we are aligning your time codes. Let us see how long it’s going to take for these almost four minute audio.

So it’s almost 11:55PM my time. And I’ll just mention what time it’s going to be done.

It’s done potentially in just like under less than a minute.

So let’s just click on this particular title here or the name.

Once we do that, it’s going to have our transcript or our timestamps for this particular audio available.

So this is the transcript as it was and you can make any edits that you want.

But let’s say you don’t want to make any edits.

All you want is to just make sure that when this transcript this particular transcript that he knows have any time codes or timestamps is exported it has the particular timestamps.

So you’ll come to the export option and then you can select the different formats that you want to set.

For example, let us say we want a PDF just click on PDF, include time codes at every paragraph.

If that is what you want and then you can include speaker names etc we can just click on download the PDF and it’s going to automatically process.

And we can just click on open and there we have it for every paragraph there are time codes and all those things that you might need.

So that is how you can easily and automatically add timestamps or time codes to your transcript using from a pre existing transcript.

Now that we have seen how you can export your transcript with the time codes in a PDF, let us look at the word document as well.

So we’ll come back to export and then come down to Microsoft Word.

Just click on it.

With Microsoft Word there are more options to select.

For example, if you have a client that requires time codes every 30 seconds, every one minute, every two minutes then this is something that you can use very well.

So let’s just untick this and let’s say we include for example every give or take 60 seconds and then put that as a checkmark so that it’s available in our document.

And then you can remove a strikethrough text that’s okay if you had to strike through text, includes speaker names if that is something the client required.

But once you’re satisfied you can click on download the document and i wish that they had these timecode options for the pdf as well.

It would be really awesome.

Let’s just click on download document. Just click on that.

It’s preparing to export and once it’s done it’s going to download onto your computer.

And then let’s just open the file so we’ve got a title and then we can just scroll down and you’ll see the 1-minute mark here.

And then we can just scroll down and then we’ll see the 2-minute mark somewhere here and then we can just scroll down and i’m sure the third minute is somewhere here.

So that is how you can automatically add timestamps or time codes to an existing transcript in

Thanks for watching.

Until next time, stay safe and never stop learning.

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