Author: Kongo

  • Best Headphones for Transcription

    Best Heaadphones for Transcription

    A few months ago, my trusted set of transcription headphones disintegrated.  After 5 years of faithful service, the plastic headband that held them together broke. I tried to get another pair, but the manufacturer had discontinued the model. So I set out to find another pair of transcription headsets to work with. After trying out […]

  • How to Replace Spaces with Hyphens in Windows Filenames

    How to replace spaces with hyphens in windows filenames

    In transcription we handle a lot of audio, video, and text files. If you work with a lot of files, it’s important to have a file naming scheme. Our file naming scheme consists of a couple of rules: never us spaces in file names, and use the YYYY-MM-DD date format. That’s it. The spaces rule […]

  • How to Copy Multiple Windows Folder Names to Text

    How to copy multiple folders names in windows to text

    This post is a step by step guide on how to copy multiple folder names in Windows to a text file. Let’s jump right into it. Step 1: Open Notepad The first step is to open a text editing software on your windows computer. I’ll use plain old Notepad for this tutorial, but you can […]

  • How to Easily Split a Long Audio File into Shorter Audio Files using Audacity

    How to Easily Split a long Audio file into Shorter audio files Using Audacity

    In this post, I’m going to show you how to easily split a long audio file into shorter separate files using Audacity. In a previous post, I showed you how to extract mp3 audio from a DVD using VLC. If your DVD was logically segmented into chapters, songs, episodes and so forth, the extraction process […]

  • How to Easily Copy All filenames in a folder to Excel in Windows

    How to Easily Copy All filenames in a folder to Excel in Windows

    In this short post, I’m going to show you how to easily copy all filenames in a Window folder to Microsoft Excel. First a caveat, the main limitation of the method I’m going to show you, is that you cannot copy filenames in subfolders. If you want to learn how to how to copy filenames […]

  • How to Copy File Names to Excel using CMD

    you how to easily copy all filenames in window folders to Microsoft Excel using MSDOS

    Do you work with a lot of files? I do. And it’s hard and tedious to keep everything organized. An easy way to keep tabs on each file  is to copy all the file names into an Excel sheet and use that to keep tabs of the files as they go through our transcription workflow. […]

  • How to easily merge multiple mp3 files into a single mp3 file using MS DOS

    How to easily merge multiptle mp3 files into a single mp3 file using MSDOS

    A recent comment: Kongo, do you have suggestions about how to merge two mp3 files into a single one? I have a few double-DVD concerts (operas, to be precise). I can generate a single mp3 file for each one, but it would be nice to merge them. Is there a way to do that? Thanks. […]

  • How to Extract mp3 Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player

    How to extract mp3 audio from DVD using VLC media player

    There are many instances where you may need to extract the audio from a DVD aka rip audio from a DVD. As a transcriber, I often find it necessary to extract mp3 audio from a client’s DVD for easier transcription. Many software can rip audio from videos and DVDs. However, they’re expensive and sometimes don’t […]

  • Best Transcription Software for Mac

    Best Transcription Software For Mac

    Yesterday, I got this email from a reader of this blog. I’ll paraphrase (won’t bore you will the smiles and lols). “Hey Kongo, thanks for all the advice on choosing a transcription headset. What would you recommend as the best transcription software for Mac?  Thanks, Maggie.” I replied to her email and I thought I […]

  • Best Transcription Foot Pedal

    Best Transcription Foot Pedal

    What is the best transcription foot pedal? From my personal experience, it’s the Infinity IN-USB-1 transcription foot pedal. Believe me, I don’t make that statement lightly. And I’ sticking my neck out here, though justifiably, proclaiming that the Infinity is the best transcription foot pedal. But, we’ve jumped the gun. I’ll get into the reasons […]