Last update: 20. April 2017

AnnoTape 2.0

program: Annotape 2.0
author: Chris O'Brien
distributor: Chris O'Brien Software
documentation: included in the distribution, in PDF format
download: free
operating system(s): MS-Windows, Mac OS-X
description: AnnoTape is a solution for recording, analysing, and transcribing audio, video, image and text data for qualitative research, marketing, journalism and broadcast, or archiving. AnnoTape turns your computer into a virtual tape or video recorder:

  • Record video or sound files - interviews, conversations, broadcasts - direct to your hard disk
  • Store up to one hundred hours of video, image, sound, together with text-based data, all in one integrated database
  • Analyse data by annotating and indexing the original media files
  • Effectively creating snippets of virtual tape for a database of data
  • At the touch of a button, return to the exact moment in the tape you seek


Personal comment: I do not like the text in red on a dark blue background. This is difficult to read.


program: EasyTranscript
author: Elias John, Rainer Huß, Jonas John
distributor: e-werkzeug
documentation: manual
download: free download for all operating systems
operating system: based on Java, runs on MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, Linux in English and German
description: requires Java Runtime 7 and VLC mediaplayer


program: EXMARaLDA, available in English, French, and German
author: Thomas Schmidt
distributor: Hamburger Zentrum für Sprachkorpora (German only)
documentation: manual
download: free download for all operating systems
operating system: based on Java, runs on MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, Linux - in English and German
description: none yet

Express Scribe

program: Express Scribe
author: unknown
distributor: NCH Software
documentation: the manual is included in the download file, and there is also a tutorial
download: free version
operating system: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X
description: Express Scribe is professional audio player software designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings. It is installed on the typist's computer and controlled using the keyboard (with 'hot' keys) and / or can be used with a transcription pedal. This computer transcriber application features variable speed wave playback, foot pedal operation, file management and more.

F4 and F5

program: F4 (MS-Windows) and F5 (Mac OS-X)
author: unknown
distributor: dr. dresing & pehl GbR
documentation: manual
download: free version
operating system: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X
description: F4 is a offered as a free version (first 10 minutes of a file), limited 6-month, and a full version. Working with slower speed and the use of a foot pedal is possible.


program: Feldpartitur
author: Christine Moritz
distributor: Feldpartitur GmbH
documentation: video tutorials
download: none, software is also available as a cloud service (Saas) or onsite. Demo accounts are available.
operating system: no information, seems to be browser based
description: lots of text but little information on the web pages.

Folker 1.1

program: Folker 1.1
author: unknown
distributor: Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim, Germany
documentation: manual
download: free download, but register first
operating system: MS-Windows, in English and German
description: coding audio only, FOLKER is based on XML.

HyperTranscribe 1.6.1

program: HyperTranscribe 1.6.1
author: unknown
distributor: ResearchWare
documentation: User Guide and tutorials
download: demo edition for Mac OS-X or demo edition for MS-Windows
operating system: MS-Windows 2000 or newer, Mac OS-X 10.4.11 or newer
description: HyperTRANSCRIBE lets you open and play most popular audio and video formats, and provides both graphical and keyboard control to play, pause, and loop playback so your hands never have to leave the keyboard. Using Apple Computer's QuickTime technology, HyperTRANSCRIBE can play MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG, AVI, MOV, and many other media file types. Sample files are available.

MEPA 4.8

program: MEPA 4.8
author: Gijsbert Erkens
distributor: Gijsbert Erkens
documentation: none
download: no
operating system: MS-Windows
description: MEPA (Multiple Episode Protocol Analysis) is a flexible program for the annotation of, coding of verbal or nonverbal observational data or protocols. This program makes it possible to develop a system for coding observational data, while the same program can be used to analyze the coded verbal or non-verbal protocols with a variety of quantitative or qualitative methods.


program: Parlatype
author: Gabor Karsay
distributor: Gabor Karsay
documentation: none
download: download
operating system: Linux Ubuntu
description: Parlatype is a minimal audio player for manual speech transcription, written for the GNOME desktop environment. It plays audio sources to transcribe them in your favourite text application. Currently the program (without help pages) is available fully or almost fully translated in English, British English, Catalan, French, German, Indonesian, Italian and Spanish. It’s partly translated into Malay, Kurdish, Portuguese, Kabyle and Latvian.

TAMS analyzer 4.47b

program: TAMS analyzer 4.47b
author: Matthew Weinstein
distributor: Matthew Weinstein
documentation: user guide and tutorial
download: program, dpcumentation, and source code
operating system(s): Mac OS-X 10.6 or newer
description: TAMS stands for Text Analysis Markup System. It is a convention for identifying themes in texts (web pages, interviews, field notes). It was designed for use in ethnographic and discourse research.
TAMS Analyzer is a program that works with TAMS to let you assign ethnographic codes to passages of a text just by selecting the relevant text and double clicking the name of the code on a list. It then allows you to extract, analyze, and save coded information. TAMS Analyzer is open source; it is released under GPL v2. The Macintosh version of the program also includes full support for transcription (back space, insert time code, jump to time code, etc.) when working with data on sound files.

Transcribe 11.6

program: Transcribe 11.6
author: Frederik Elwert
distributor: Frederik Elwert
documentation: none
download: Linux Ubuntu
operating system: Linux, in English, German, French, Serbian, and Russian
description: Transcribe - written in Python - is an audio player designed to make the transcription of interviews and other sources as easy as possible. It allows you to control the speed of the playback, to seek precisely and to control it with keyboard shortcuts even when in the background.The author does not continue its development.

TranscriberAG 2.0.0

program: Transcriber 2.0.0
author: Karim Boudahmane, Mathieu Manta, Fabien Antoine, Sylvain Galliano, Claude Barras
distributor: DGA
documentation: online manual
download: free download for all operating systems
operating system: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, Linux
description: TranscriberAG (old name Transcriber) is a tool for assisting the manual annotation of speech signals. It provides a user-friendly graphical user interface for segmenting long duration speech recordings, transcribing them, and labeling speech turns, topic changes and acoustic conditions. It is more specifically designed for the annotation of broadcast news recordings, for creating corpora used in the development of automatic broadcast news transcription systems, but its features might be found useful in other areas of speech research.

Transcriva 2.0

program: Transcriva
author: Joshua Nozzi
distributor: Bartas Technologies, New Market, MD, USA
documentation: description of the features
download: test version
operating system: Mac OS-X 10.5 or newer
Transcriva is transcription software for the Mac. Whether it's your meeting minutes, interviews, lectures, home movies, dictation, speeches, or your favorite TV show, Transcriva can help you transcribe them all. It uses Quicktime format, other file formats require an appropriate plug-in.