Videos are a great visual medium to follow along and understand any topic or subject you’d be interested in. Be it a documentary about something, an interview of someone, a TED talk or an engaging presentation, or a recording of a class lecture or team meeting that you’ve missed — videos have become an increasingly common part of our lives. But it’s also increasingly common to find yourself wishing you had a text transcript of what’s being said in the video, either to quickly glance through the essential points or read through at your leisure.

See also: How to transcribe audio to text on iPhone

Did you know you can now transcribe any video to text on your iPhone? That’s right. The latest release of Documents by Readdle brings the audio/video to text transcription feature for iOS devices. In this guide, we’ll learn how to generate a text transcript from a video on your iPhone and iPad.

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How to transcribe a video to text from the iOS Photos app

Before we learn how to create a text transcript from a video on your iPhone, ensure that you have your video ready. Open the Photos app and find the video that you want to transcribe. Bonus tip: If you have a lot of photos and videos in your Camera Roll, mark your video as a favorite — so you can quickly get to it from the Favorites folder in the Photos app. Now, let’s get started!

  1. Get the Free Documents app from the App Store if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Go to the video in the Photos app that you want to transcribe to text.
  3. Tap the Share button, then select the ‘Save to Documents’ option.

  1. On the next screen, tap the ‘Transcribe to Text’ option from the list.

  1. Documents will show you a summary of its Free Video to Text transcription process on iPhone. Note that only the English language is currently supported.

  1. Tap the ‘Start’ button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Once completed, the text file containing the transcript will be saved in the Inbox folder in Documents.

That’s it! Documents makes it quick and easy to transcribe any video on your iPhone and iPad — all for Free!

Transcribe any video to text using Documents app on iPhone

We’ve already seen how you can generate a text transcript for a video from the Photos app above. But what if the video you want to transcribe is unavailable in the Photos app? Maybe it’s stored in your Google Drive or Dropbox account in the cloud. Perhaps you want to download a video from the web and transcribe it to text. How do you do that on an iPhone or iPad? Here’s how:

  1. First, let’s get the video into the Documents app. 
  2. If the video is in your Google Drive or Dropbox account, import it into Documents using the orange ‘+’ button at the bottom right and connect your respective cloud account. Here’s a detailed guide to connecting cloud accounts in Documents.
  3. If the video you want to transcribe has to be downloaded from the web, you can use the built-in browser in Documents to download the video.
  4. Once the video is available in Documents, tap on the three dots to the right of the file and choose the ‘Transcribe to Text’ option.

  1. Next, tap the Start button to begin the video to text transcription process.
  2. Your file will be saved in the same folder as the video.

Documents is a must-have app on your iPhone and iPad for various reasons, and the latest update that brings the Audio/Video to Text transcribing feature for Free only adds to the list.

Get a fast, on-device text transcription feature on your iOS device for Free with Documents by Readdle.

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