How we stack up against the competition

We believe that InqScribe is the best, most reliable, and easy-to-use transcription software on the market. Many of our customers have come to us from other transcription programs because they were tired of workarounds and buggy, unreliable solutions.

We're often asked how InqScribe compares to other transcription programs like Express Scribe. Here's a chart:

Express Scribe

Free version

Paid version

$99 full
$69 edu/nonprofit
$39 student

$40 full

Free trial of paid version

Free upgrades

Support knowledge base

Mac version

Windows version

Clickable timecodes

Video support

Video support for free and paid versions: QuickTime, AVI, MPEG, MP4, and more!

Paid version only

Audio support

Audio support for free and paid versions: Extensive list of supported formats

Some formats paid only


Mouse-free controls


Allows you to type directly into your choice of word processor


Allows you to type directly into your choice of word processor

Find and replace

Depends on your word processor

Coding for keywords

Footpedal support

Variable speed playback

Video and transcript in the same window


We originally built InqScribe so that we could have a better way to work with video. Since 2005, it's been used by thousands of professional transcriptionists, academics, journalists, students, and filmmakers. Give it a try, and if you have any questions feel free to drop us a line.

InqScribe is not speech-to-text. If you need an automated way to get text from video, we recommend checking out Dragon's Naturally Speaking software. But if you want to clean up your automatic transcript (or if you don't have a perfect audio file), or you want to insert timecodes into your transcript, you can always import and edit your transcript in InqScribe.

More questions?

View InqScribe's quick start guide or helpful knowledge base.

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