How can I generate a transcript of an audio post on Substack?

With the transcript feature, writers can auto-generate a text version of an audio post and show the transcript on the episode page. When listeners play the audio, they can follow along by reading the highlighted text in the transcript. Listeners can also seek to parts of the audio by clicking the transcript text.

Note: The transcript feature is only available on the web version of your publication and not on the Substack app or email.

To generate a transcript of an audio post, follow these steps.

1. On your Home or Posts tab, select "Audio".

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2. Upload an audio file, and a transcript will be automatically generated once it's finished uploading.

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3. The transcript can take around 1-5 minutes to generate. When the transcript is ready, select "View transcript".

4. A new tab will open on your internet browser, and you can review the automated transcript of your uploaded audio file.

5. To edit the transcript, select "Edit" in the top right corner of the page. Delete or add any text to the transcript and select "Update transcription" to save your changes.


6. Head back to your episode draft by clicking the back arrow in the top left corner under "Transcription".

7. Once you publish the audio post, the transcript will appear within the body of the web version of your post. Listeners can click on any timestamp in the transcript to jump to that part of the episode.

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Tip: If you do not want to show the transcript on your post, head to the Audio settings and disable the toggle next to "Show transcript on post".

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Can I paywall just the transcript for paying subscribers?

If the podcast episode is for paying subscribers, the transcript will be just for paying subscribers. Free readers won't be able to access the transcript.

If the post is set to "Everyone" or to "Free subscribers only", the transcript cannot be paywalled. 

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