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Oral History Journal of South Africa seeking submissions by September 6

The following was received from the Oral History Journal of South Africa:

Dear Colleague:

Please be reminded that we are awaiting manuscripts for the Oral History Journal of South Africa by Friday 6 September 2014. The length is about 5000 words and the referencing technique is Harvard author/date. Manuscripts in other languages, such as Spanish or any official South African language, are welcome. Please send the manuscript to Prof Christina Landman, at landmc@unisa.ac.za.

Transcribing video interviews

Hello, Wendy--

We've had very good luck with MovieCaptioner (www.synchrimedia.com). It's inexpensive and easy to use. We load the interviews into the software as QuickTime movies. You'll want to be sure to save your project and the original QuickTime movie on the desktop; the only problem we've ever had was when we tried to leave the movie file on our server and work from there.

Our transcriber comes in weekly, and she can almost get a full one-hour interview done in an afternoon.

Transcribing video interviews

We also use Express Scribe at USF.  For video projects, we create an audio-only file from the video to be used for the transcription process.

Good luck with your project!


Barbara Lewis, MLS
Coordinator for Digital Initiatives & Services
University of South Florida / Tampa Library

Transcribing video interviews

Hi Wendy,

Concordia University's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Montreal, Canada) developed a free, open-source software for databasing video interviews called Stories Matter. (storytelling.concordia.ca/storiesmatter/)  You can clip the videos into segments so they are more accessible, and you can upload transcripts to appear side by side with the videos. I haven't used it yet but plan to in my spring oral history course with my students. I know that the Centre has used it extensively and been very pleased. Perhaps it could help meet your needs.