Sermon Transcription with Proclaim

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Automatically transcribe your sermons with a single click—right from the publishing window! Transcribed sermons include the full, interactive and searchable text of the sermon, enable closed captioned playback, and auto-generate a comprehensive tone analysis.


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Transcribe Your Sermon

You can transcribe your sermon from the sermon publishing window:

1. Record your sermon.

Add recording cues and Proclaim will capture the audio of your sermon automatically. Learn more about sermon recording.

2. Mark your sermon for transcription.

When you finish recording a sermon in Proclaim, check Transcribe audio in the publishing window. Each sermon requires a sermon transcription credit. If you need more, click Purchase more. Credits cost as little as $1 a sermon. 

Note: Credits you purchase in Proclaim are only available in Proclaim, as they are tied to your presentation group. If you purchase transcripts through Faithlife Sermons, however, they attach to your personal Faithlife account, though they are automatically available to your presentation group in Proclaim as well. If you plan to transcribe already-published sermons in addition to current sermons, you should purchase your credits on Faithlife Sermons. 

3. Publish your sermon.

Once Proclaim processes your request, your audio, slides, and transcription will publish to Faithlife Sermons. To view the published transcription, click Manage sermon

Note: Depending on the size of the sermon, it may take a few minutes for the transcription to display.


Interact with Your Transcription

From Faithlife Sermons you can search for text within the sermon, enable closed captioning, examine the sermon’s tone analysis, and even edit your transcription to ensure its accuracy.


Search for sermon text.

Your transcribed sermon will show up more frequently in search results because searches will scan the actual text of your sermon—not the title alone. In addition to finding your sermon easily, others can also search inside the text of your sermon. When viewing a sermon, enter a search word or phrase and press Return to find text within the sermon.

The audio will advance to that point in the sermon and begin playing. You can follow along with the closed captioning in the video above or audio feed below. Scroll down to read along with the transcript. A red indicator marks your place in the sermon.


Enable closed captioning.

To enable closed captioning, select the  indicator in video or audio feed. Your transcript’s text will play along with the recorded sermon audio and video. 

Once transcribed, published sermons will show on your and Faithlife TV church group feed with closed captioning, too.


Examine the Sermon Tone Analysis tool.

Transcripts not only provide the text for your sermon, but also generate a full sermon tone analysis. Sermon Tone Analysis helps you analyze how your audience will perceive your message by identifying the connotations your wording will communicate. Scroll down to the Sermon Tone Analysis section of the sermon page. An overview chart displays the basic analysis. Click View more to get a more detailed analysis.

The upper section indicates the presence of different emotional, language, and social tones. A score of 0.5 or higher indicates the tone is likely present. 

The lower section lists the tone of specific sentences from the transcript. Select an emotion, language, or social tendency on the left and Faithlife Sermons will display the degree to which sentences match your selection with conditional formatting.


Edit the transcription.

Because your sermon text is automatically generated, you may find words that don’t match the audio. It’s easy to edit the transcription. From the sermon’s page, scroll down and click Edit transcript

To adjust or add a word, double-click, make the adjustment, and press the Return key. Each word is time-stamped and when you make edits, those time markers are retained.

Note: If you fail to press the Return key, your edits will not be retained. With each edit, double-click, make your changes and press the Return key. Double-clicking another word to edit before pressing Return will discard your edit.

When you're finished making changes, click Done.

Select Save to secure your edits.

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