Replay of audio media at different speeds

Love 2.0 - working with it now. I do a fair amount of transcription from recordings and it’s great that I can plug in my Olympus voice recorder, drag a recording into Scrivener, make that media one pane of a project, and then work on the transcription, all without taking my hands off the keyboard. The auto-rewind is a godsend. One more thing… How possible would it be to add a speed-up/slow-down function to audio playback? 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 2.0x would be fine as choices (doesn’t need to be a continuous scale). I don’t know if that’s built into the QT framework (or whatever you’re using).

Maybe in 3.0. :slight_smile:

OK, I’ll wait - it’s one of the things I like about the Olympus DSS Player (maybe the only thing!). I wasn’t sure how easy or difficult it was to implement (a matter of a few function calls and buttons on the preference pane, or some real rocket science). But being able to do it all from the keyboard within Scrivener right now, even without changing focus between panes, is a great productivity booster in its own right.

In the meantime, if you do need variable speed you could try ExpressScribe - it has variable speed, auto rewind etc and works well with Scrivener. Oh and it has a free lite version. I don’t do much transcribing but it has been ok for me.


What do you mean, it works well with Scrivener? Just curious. Looks like a cool program.


I just mean it stays active while Scrivener is active, and it has some universal hot keys which also work while Scriv is active - so you can use hotkeys to control the playback in ExpressScribe while transcribing directly into a Scriv window. :smiley:

And also, if you have a control pedal it’ll work with that too. (I don’t have one :frowning: so I can’t tell you how well that works.)


System Preferences > Speech. Text to Speech tab. Adjust Speaking Rate. :slight_smile:

OK, actually, just get VLC. That’ll allow you to speed or slow audio playback on your Mac. It’s not integrated, but why reinvent the wheel, right?

Ah, that is nice. Have to play around with that one. I don’t have a control pedal either, but being able to use hot keys would be good enough for me. Thanks!


Hey no worries. Hope it’s of use to you.


I’d also like to see playback speeds, or allow for us to adjust segment jumps both rewind and forward. (The rewind on pause function and the ability to change the length of time to rewind is AWESOME.)

I’d also love to see time code insert at the cursor. I’m not savvy enough to come up with a script for this just yet, but it would be great to mimic hyperResearch’s functionality and have the timecode link to the point in the media. You then can click the link and go back and listen to that section.

Maybe in 5.0. :slight_smile:

I’m using Scrivener to write a master’s thesis and would just love it if the audio speed control was part of the deal. I have two dozen interviews to transcribe - blech - and am really enjoying using Scrivener for the note taking and coding. I just have to dip into another audio player (Express Scribe) to slow the speed so I can keep up with minimal pausing, even though I can slightly alter the rewind/resume time. Academics everywhere will thank you when you have the resources to add this in. But you still earn about 3.75% of my degree, just for making software that feels more like the inside of my head (it’s spatial and coloured!) :mrgreen:

Given that a few transcribers have asked for this now, I have popped this into the list of possibilities for 3.0 (which I’m hoping to start work on before the end of the year, with a late 2013/early 2014 release - I know that’s a long way away!).

Thanks and all the best,