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Digital Anarchy Transcriptive

Easy, Accurate Automatic Transcribing

Transcriptive uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to transcribe footage. This makes all that footage searchable and makes it easy to create captions or paper edits. It’ll help automate and accelerate your video workflow!

It’s an inexpensive, fast, and flexible way of turning all your audio into transcripts.

Transcriptionists are about to go the way of the Scribe

The printing press brought about a revolution in how periodicals are printed. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is about to do the same for transcripts. Since the dawn of television, the transcribing problem has always been the same story. It’s slow, it’s expensive and it’s prone to human error. AI is about to change that. How? By creating accurate transcripts quickly and economically.



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Need to find where something was said in your video? Easily search the transcript and jump to that point in your video.

With Transcriptive being fully integrated into Adobe Premiere, you can now search the audio using text as if you were using Google. Whether it’s in a sequence or a clip, simply type in the word or phrase you’re looking for and find it. Don’t know where in the hour long video your talent said that funny quip? No worries, just use this amazing tool and search for the phrase. Perfect for working on documentaries, news or even that never ending cache of video clips! With Transcriptive, you can find it expeditiously.

Get Accurate Transcripts in Minutes for Pennies

Pressed on time? Transcribe 60 minutes of video in 10 minutes for under $4.00. It’s easy, fast and [best of all] economical. There are two great choices when it comes to having your speech converted to text.

First, Speechmatics has up to a 95% accuracy rate and works well even on noisy audio. It’s priced at $0.07 a minute. The second choice is Watson, which is a little less accurate but you get 1000 minutes (over 16 hours!) of FREE transcriptions per month. It’s only $0.02 a minute, after you go through your free minutes.

Captions, subtitles and more

The accuracy of Transcriptive makes it easy to create captions or subtitles to meet legal requirements or to enhance your search engine rankings via metadata on YouTube (or any other online platforms). There’s no longer an excuse for not having subtitles. The accuracy and the low cost makes it possible for any video editor or producer to easily add captions to all their projects.


Get Accurate Transcripts in Minutes for Pennies

Transcriptive’s use of AI is truly a revolutionary way of getting transcripts

Transcribing 60 minutes of video in 10 minutes for less than $4.00. It’s fast, easy and economical. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning make it possible to analyze audio and quickly turn it into text. Furthermore, the AI has up to a 95% accuracy rating, and it’s truly an amazing solution to getting transcripts all within Premiere Pro.

Two AI services make getting accurate transcripts easy and economical

Choose which is the better fit for you between the two amazing AI speech services:

  • Speechmatics is about 95% accurate and even works well with audio with a lot of background noise. It costs $0.07 per min. Use Speechmatics if you want the highest accuracy and least amount of text cleanup.
  • Watson gives you 1000 minutes (over 16 hours!) free per month ($0.02 per minute after the 1000 min. are used up), but is less accurate than Speechmatics.

You sign up with the speech services directly. Transcriptive doesn’t add any fees, so you only pay the speech services listed price. You get the wholesale cost of the minutes, making Transcriptive the most cost effective solution for transcriptions available.

Search Your Video

Don’t scrub through hours of video looking for a single quote. The most powerful component of transcribing is searchability. Find a word or phrase in hours of video or caches of clips in seconds. Quickly jumping to the point in the video’s timeline when the words were spoken.

Sync up an existing transcript to your video, making it searchable

Already have a transcript or a script? Transcriptive has the ability to sync it up to your audio, adding timecode to every word. This makes searching the existing script, and then jumping right to the exact spot something was said in the video a breeze.

Export Captions as .srt, .stl, .vtt, .xml or to Premiere metadata

Creating captions is a common and important use of Transcriptive. Easily do this all within Premiere; or any other captioning program. Transcriptive exports file formats such as: SRT, STL, VTT, or SMPTE-TT (xml). As an added bonus, having subtitles help YouTube videos get better rankings on Google!

So you’ve got your transcript, either using Transcriptive’s AI or from a service, now what?

These are examples of a wide variety of features Transcriptive can do. Hopefully, it’ll give you an idea of how easy it is to use. This is not an exhaustive list of examples, it certainly works great on all types of footage, but we wanted to demonstrate how it works.

Search Your Timeline

You can search in the Transcriptive panel. Once you find what you’re looking for, just click on the word and you’ll jump to where it’s spoken on the timeline. There is no easier way of finding what you want in a video.

Search Individual Clips

If you batch process a bunch of clips, the entire transcript for each clip gets put into the metadata for that clip. You can then search each clip’s metadata to find exactly what you want. Need to find the right pull quote for tonight’s news? Just type it in and jump to it.

Fully Integrated into Premiere Pro

What makes Transcriptive so powerful is that everything works from a Premiere panel. This makes it easy to communicate with other parts of Premiere and use all of Premiere’s tools. There’s no extra application, you don’t have to pass around XML files to get the transcript into Premiere… Everything lives in Premiere.

Exporting Closed Captions

You can use SMPTE-TT (xml) to turn your transcript into Closed Captions. Premiere’s captioning tool supports this as do many other captioning tools. Support for .SCC is coming soon.

Exporting to YouTube

YouTube supports VTT or SRT files and Transcriptive can export out both. If you want to increase how highly your videos rank in Google, adding subtitles is an important way of doing it.

Search Capability

The most powerful component of transcribing is searchability. Transcriptive 2.0 users have free access to our PowerSearch panel, which adds the option to search not only for transcribed content but also clips, sequences, markers, or anything else you have in Premiere.

PowerSearch works like Google for your Premiere project. If there’s text somewhere in your Premiere project, PowerSearch will find it!


Transcriptive is currently solely on Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 [or newer], (Premiere Pro 13.0.2 or higher is recommended) and supported by both Windows and Mac Operating Systems.

All Digital Anarchy products are kept up to date and run in the latest versions of the OS or application/ Premiere Pro.

Transcriptive 2.0.5 works in Premiere Pro 14.0.2.

Transcriptive 2.0.5

This NEW version of our transcription and video search plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro CC will work with Premiere Pro 14.0.2. You’ll need to register with a speech service to use Transcriptive.

Transcriptive 2.0.4

Premiere 14.1 is out and we just released a new version of Transcriptive, 2.0.4. As with the previous version, Adobe’s new Javascript engine (called NewWorld) needs to be turned off. 2.0.4 automatically does this for you. It also dramatically improves building transcripts from clips that already have been transcribed.

This has some substantial changes in how we import the transcripts from saved metadata. It should do a much more accurate job building the transcript from sequences with many clips and many cuts. So it’s definitely a recommended update for more complex projects.

Also, Transcriptive 2.0.4 now requires a restart of Premiere Pro to run in 14.0.3 and above.

More info

Transcriptive 2.0.3

21 February 2020

Adobe has slipped in a pretty huge change into 14.0.2 and it seriously affects Transcriptive. I’ll get into the details in a moment, but let me get into the important stuff right off the bat:

  • If you are using Premiere 14.0.2 (the latest release)
    • And own Transcriptive 2.0…
    • And own Transcriptive 1.x…
      • You can upgrade to Transcriptive 2.x
      • Or you must turn ‘NewWorld’ off (instructions are below)
      • Or keep using Premiere Pro 14.0.1

For the most part Transcriptive is written in Javascript. This relies on Premiere’s ability to process and run that code. In Premiere 14.0.2, Adobe has quietly replaced the very old Extendscript interpreter with a more modern Javascript engine (It’s called ‘NewWorld’ in Adobe parlance and you can read more about it and some of the tech-y details on the Adobe Developer Blog). On the whole, this is a good thing.

However, for any plugin using Javascript, it’s a big, big deal. And, unfortunately, it’s a big, big deal for Transcriptive. It completely breaks old versions of Transcriptive.

If you’re running Transcriptive 2.x, no problem… we just released v2.0.3 which should work fine with both old and new Javascript Interpreter/engine.

If you’re using Transcriptive 1.x, it’s still not exactly a problem but does require some hoop jumping. (and eventually ‘Old World’ will not be supported in Premiere and you’ll be forced to upgrade TS. That’s a ways off, though.)

Turning Off New World

Here are the steps to turn off ‘NewWorld’ and have Premiere revert back to using ‘Old World’:

  • Press Control + F12 or Command + F12. This will bring up Premiere’s Console.
  • From the Hamburger menu (three lines next to the word ‘Console’), select Debug Database View
  • Scroll down to ScriptLayerPPro.EnableNewWorld and uncheck the box (setting it to False).
  • Restart Premiere Pro

When Premiere restarts, NewWorld will be off and Transcriptive 1.x should work normally.

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So far there are no new major bugs and relatively few minor ones that we’re aware of when using Transcriptive 2.0.3 with Premiere 14.0.2 (with NewWorld=On). There are also a LOT of other improvements in 2.0.3 that have nothing to do with this.

Adobe actually gave us a pretty good heads up on this. Of course, in true Anarchist fashion, we tested it early on (and things were fine) and then we tested it last week and things were not fine. So it’s been an interesting week and a half scrambling to make sure everything was working by the time Adobe sent 14.0.2 out into the world.

So everything seems to be working well at this point. And if they aren’t, you now know how to turn off all the new fangled stuff until we get our shit together! (but we do actually think things are in good shape)

Transcriptive 1.5.1

Download links:

Jim says that your serial number should automatically be recognized. To try the demo, click here for a demo serial number or email sales@toolfarm.com for an extended trial. The biggest new feature is the ability to merge transcripts. This allows you to work on different sequences and then combine them in a final edit to get the final transcript. It’s something that’s been requested for a while and it also helps with the bug on Premiere Mac. If you have a long transcript you can work on it in 30-40 minute chunks and then combine them. To also help work around that bug, the panel now monitors memory and will restart itself if memory gets low. You don’t need to restart Premiere to solve the memory issue, just close and open the panel. So we try and do this automatically.

What’s new in Transcriptive 1.5?

The biggest new feature is the ability to use the Transcriptive A.I. service. You’ll need to create an account on Transcriptive.com to use it, but it’s then accessible in the panel. This tends to be more accurate than Speechmatics, but it’s also more expensive at .12/min. However, Transcriptive A.I.’s Align function is only .02/min.

We’ve removed Watson from the panel. The main reason we included Watson was because they offered 1000 minutes free per month. This discontinued that in December. That combined with their other constant changes which regularly broke the login process and made it inaccessible until we fixed it, made it the right decision to remove it. We realize that removes the lowest cost option but we hope to have some announcements after NAB that will reduce the cost of the other services.

Performance on long transcripts should be improved. We fixed some bugs and made a bunch of optimizations that should make overall usability much snappier.

A few important UI changes:

  • The Import button is now front and center
  • The Status Field has been replaced with a Notification menu
  • There’s an Account menu to help manage your Transcriptive.com account.
  • The Jobs dialog shows you all your transcripts regardless of what service you used.
  • The Lock Transcriptive button (padlock) now changes color.

Of course, as mentioned we worked around the Adobe bug that is crashing Premiere and corrupting projects. For Transcriptive to work in 13.0.2 or 13.0.3  you MUST go to the Transcriptive Main Menu and select Update Project. We highly recommend you do this in 13.0.1 as large projects may crash Premiere before Project’s metadata can be updated.

This completely addresses the bug on Windows.

Also, on Mac, there’s another memory leak that can cause the machine to crash. This does not corrupt the project file, so it’s not catastrophic but we realize it’s still a pain in the ass. If you start to notice the Mac get sluggish, close Transcriptive immediately. Reopen Transcriptive, you don’t need to quit Premiere, and you should be fine for a while. You can also keep an eye on the Activity Monitor and see if Memory is almost maxed out.

We are working on the Mac issue and hope to have some sort of fix soon.

What’s new in Transcriptive 1.2.1?

The latest free update to the Transcriptive Premiere panel fixes a lot of bugs (without hopefully adding too many new ones), adds better support for Transcriptive.com, and adds a few more minor improvements.

The highlight tracking is much improved, so if you’re having issues with the highlight going off the screen it’s worth updating.

What’s new in Transcriptive 1.2?

Support for human transcript import

  1. If you import Plain Text files, we can detect timestamps with certain timecode formats and will use those to assign timecode to every word. So if you get a file from a transcription service with timestamps, we’ll be able to use those to get timecode per word. It’s only as accurate as the frequency of the timestamps. More timestamps, better accuracy.
  2. Better SRT import: If you get an SRT file back from a transcription service, we can VERY accurately give every word timecode. The cool thing is that now there’s a Merge Lines option in SRT Import. This will combine lines until it finds a period or other punctuation. So if your SRT file has punctuation but is broken up into 32 character lines, this allows very accurate import of human transcripts.

Other Improvements

  • Search and Find & Replace now support “quotes”. This means you can search for “teach” and not get returned ‘teaching’ or ‘teacher’, only “teach”.
  • Support for UTF-8 and UTF-16 for non-English languages.
  • Transcriptive can now be locked onto a single sequence. So if you’re moving between sequences but only one sequence has a transcript that you’re editing, you can now Lock it. This will prevent Transcriptive from constantly trying to load transcripts for sequences you don’t care about.
  • Proxy Server support: If you’re on a network with a firewall and have a proxy server set up, we can now use it for sending files out for A.I. transcription.

What’s new in Transcriptive 1.1.2?

  • Added VTT support for YouTube captions – import human created transcripts and assign timecode to every word just like the A.I. transcripts.
  • EBU-STL files are also now supported for Export.
  • Plus many bug fixes

What’s new in Transcriptive 1.1?

New Power Search Beta Panel

What’s new in Transcriptive 1.0.3?

You can now import VTT files from YouTube! YouTube has an extremely good Speech-to-Text algorithm and will automatically generate captions. For free. Just upload the video (you can keep it Private), wait for it to generate the captions (this takes a while), and then download the VTT file. You can import that into Transcriptive for editing and searching your video.

 Improved UI:

  • Visual indicator when you’re in Edit mode. A blue line will appear around the paragraph you’re editing. If you get distracted this will make it much easier to see what mode you’re in.
  • Buttons for Split/Merge Paragraph. Very handy if you forget the keyboard shortcuts for this very critical feature.
  • Improved the messages in the Status Window.
  • Added Delete Speech Analysis to the Main Menu. This is helpful if you’ve made edits to the transcript and want to save those into the Metadata. Occasionally in batch a clip will get the wrong transcript and this will help solve that issue.

Bug Fixes:

  • Drop Frame/Non Drop Frame: Previously we were not detecting Non Drop sequences. This was causing very long clips to have the timing wrong. There’s an option in the Preference file that you can set if you’re experiencing this. Unfortunately Premiere does not allow us to detect this automatically.
  • Undo. Premiere 2018 pretty much broke Undo and it’s now working again. It’s still possible to get it to misbehave but you have to be really trying.
  • Better tracking of which sequence is selected. It’s no longer possible to edit a sequence’s transcript if you’ve requested a transcript for a different sequence (and Transcriptive is still waiting for it to come back from the Speech Service). In some cases this was causing the transcript to end up in the wrong sequence overwriting that sequence’s transcript.
  • Bunch of small bugs. Just continued maintenance and cleaning up some of the odds and ends.

Digital Anarchy Transcriptive v1.1.1 tutorial on Power Search beta panel

Jim explains, "You can now download Transcriptive 1.1 and try our new Power Search beta panel! This makes it quick and easy to find the timecode for a phrase in a Premiere Pro project." Here's a tutorial to explain more.