A transcription shortcut for the Radio Race

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On Saturday, August 8, our pals at KCRW’s Independent Producer Project are hosting their third annual Radio Race. During the race, producers (newbies and veterans alike) have just 24 hours to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story.

Heads up: there’s a special Pop Up Archive bonus! For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with Radio Race to offer you freebies. All participants can redeem a free hour of premium transcription for August, and the Radio Race winner gets a free yearlong subscription to Pop Up Archive’s one-hour plan.

Already signed up? Head over to Pop Up Archive to redeem your free hour of transcription by following this link.

Read on for our Pop Up Archive guide for Radio Race participants:

1) UPLOAD

The first thing to do is to upload your audio to a collection on the “My Collections” page. We create one to get you started, but feel free to make as many as you want!

Pro tip: All collections are private by default, but you can also choose to make them public, and (optional) back up to Internet Archive. Learn more about privacy options.

*Remember to do this one at a time, unless you want multiple audio files to play on the same Pop Up Archive item page!* Watch this tutorial for more help uploading. 

2) PROCESSING (aka, take a much needed nap while our tech. does the grunt work.)

After upload, wait while we process it for automatic transcripts and tags. You can check on the processing status from the “my collections” page.

Pro tip: Keep in mind that we process audio close to real time (with some extra time depending on server speed.) That means an hour long file will take around an hour to process for a complete auto-transcript.

Pro tip: Patience, producer grasshopper! Wait until you’ve received the complete transcript notification in your inbox to edit. If you try to edit while the auto-transcript is still processing, it will overwrite your edits.

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3) EDIT

Our transcripts might need some editing love before you can make good use of them, but we’ve got you covered with our transcription key commands.

Pro tip: Use our transcript editing tools to swiftly clean up your transcripts. Then you can export the text and use it shape your audio story. You can export transcripts with and without timestamps

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4) SEARCH

Get an overview of the day’s recordings, or zone in on a key moment by searching your audio.

Pro tip: You can search both within a single audio file, or within your entire collection. We’ll search your transcripts for keywords to get to the exact time-stamped point in the audio that you’re looking for:

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5) SHARE

If you’ve made it this far in the Radio Race, I bet you’ll want to show off your finished piece. We make it easy with an html embed code:

Pro tip: Share your masterpiece with the world! If your audio is public, grab one of our embed codes to post your audio to your own site, or click any of the “share” buttons on the Item page. You can use either a simple player, or an interactive transcript player, featuring tweetable transcript lines! 

Good luck, and happy transcribing!

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  1. […] Heads up: there’s a special Pop Up Archive bonus! For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with Radio Race to offer you freebies. All participants can redeem a free hour of premium transcription for August at popuparchive.com/radiorace, and the Radio Race winner gets a free yearlong subscription to Pop Up Archive’s one-hour plan. Check out the event page on Facebook — you can register now! Read our full Pop Up Archive guide for Radio Race participants here. […]

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