Sunday, February 26, 2012

How to Take Dictation from Video Files

Part of your training for being an interpreter involves taking dictation from video clips. If English is not your native language, you might need to slow down the audio and perhaps put it on an MP3 player for convenient listening. Two pieces of software will help you do this job:

1] Pazera Audio Extractor, excellent free software from Poland. Extracting audio from a video file is very easy:
The Pazera Free Audio Extractor interface is very simple and user-friendly. To extract audio tracks from video files, just drag & drop them into main window, select proper profile from list, and click the CONVERT button. If the audio quality is poor, increase audio bitrate.

2] Audacity, a powerful Open Source program which can do many useful things with audio files.

Here is a flowchart I have made which explains what you need to do:


  1. Actually I'm quiet happy today. Because I learned how to download video and transfer it into audio file through the way you've taught. It help me to understand the content of the video a lot.

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    1. If we use Audacity Open Source program to slow down audio. It really can help us to listen more clearly. But I still got some words could not be sure. According to the context and the voice just to make a guess. I think I got understand what the teacher's meaning. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and learning from those mistakes you ever made. That would keep us impress and never forget.