How to Transcribe Video and Audio Files that Have a Bad quality of Sound

Have you been thinking of how you can get the best out of a dodgy video? I have learned so much out of my eight-year transcriptionist experience.

You can find very critical tips on how to boost the quality of your music or video sound from

Here are some of the tips you can use to produce high-quality sound out of a poorly done piece of work.

Turn up the Sound

Express transcription software has several options that you can use to turn poor quality audio.  One of the best options is the channel toolbar. Dictation Audio always has a floor threshold reading.

You can use the channel bar on the Express Scribe to edit the volume of the dB of two channels within the same audio. The process goes a long way in making your voice stand out as a speaker.

The best option for distant or silent speakers is the extra sound boost that is within the menu of Special Audio Processes.

You can use this if your volume requires more power than that provided by the primary controls. The extra volume boost can raise your volume by close to 10 percent.

Fine tune the sound

The Express Scribe Software has some unique Audio functions that you can use for sounds that are extremely fuzzy. For muddy or indistinct sounds, you can reduce the noise in the background by making use of the High Pass Filter.

Reduction of background noise has to be your first option if the person speaking is audible but possibly rustling papers as he dictates, sitting in a café, or even driving. The Express Scribe uses this function to distinguish sound by volume.

However, if the volume of dictation is almost equal to that of the background noise, the High Pass filter would be a better option to use. The reason is that the high pass filter recognizes sound by the pitch and only retains those audio above 450 HZ.

It is a very useful tool for clearing ‘muddy’ sounds. You can also gain some insights on how you can manually transcribe video or audio files this You Tube video:

Skip the Sound

It is very tempting to continue testing that foot pedal when you are in the middle of your transcription, and you can’t hear some sounds. By doing this, you could be hardening the task because you may take the word out of context.

Try to note the unclear sentences and then listen on how the sentence begins and ends. You can also cross-check with the next few sentences.

You may find out that the unclear word is a repetition within the phrase. If this is not the case, you may enhance your chances of deciphering by trying to find out the word that is missing from the sentence.

The best approach would be to skip it as long as it does not create a gap in the conversation.