A rtf-text editor optimized for fast manual transcription of audio- or video material on the Mac. Now with subtitle editing support.

Used around the world in research, education and journalism since 2008.
MacBreak Weekly pick of the week on March 30, 2010.

* Media with tape behavior
* Customizeable media-control shortcuts
* Timestamps
* Text substitution
* Subtitle file import and export
* Footpedal-support

Free/Libre Open Source Software.
The source code of Transcriptions can be checked out at GitHub. Please support further development of Transcriptions by filing bug reports and feature requests on the GitHub project homepage - or write an email. Before posting an app store review, please consider contributing to this open source project.

Thanks to all supporters.

How to use:
Load media in the player, use the controls to adjust speed and volume, set keyboard shortcuts for media control in the preferences pane and type away. Transcriptions also supports text-substitutions by inserting "@" followed by a text-token. Insert timestamps into the text to jump to a particular position in the loaded media file.

Supported media file formats (based on AVFoundation):
* public.mpeg,
* public.dv-movie
* public.aifc-audio
* public.3gpp
* public.3gpp2
* public.avi
* public.aac-audio
* public.aiff-audio
* org.3gpp.adaptive-multi-rate-audio
* public.mpeg-4-audio
* public.mpeg-2-video
* public.mpeg-4
* public.mp2
* public.mp3
* public.mpeg-2-transport-stream
* public.ac3-audio

What's New

Version 1.2

* Subtitle file import and export (.srt)
* Bug fixes
* Code improvements
* macOS 10.11 ONLY

Ratings and Reviews


Straightforward and useful

Bought this app to make the process of transcribing a 3 hour interview easier. Still hard work - it was a long interview! - but this app made the process so much easier. It’s very stripped down but allows you to pause and rewind from the keyboard and adds in timestamps for ease of use. Thanks very much - highly recommended.

Guy paikowsky

A great lightweight app for transcribing

I’m doing a PhD in the social sciences and this cheap app does everything that I was expecting and hoping it would. It’s lightweight and has all the features one could hope for, and it’s much more convenient than the other bloated and uselessly “professional" apps I’ve tried. Highly recommended!


Does not automatically transcribe

This is an rtf editor that plays audio or video files. Does not transcribe for you.


David Haselberger
4.4 MB
OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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