Technical Requirements

InqScribe runs on virtually any recent Mac or Windows system. The only major requirement is DirectX for Windows users.

InqScribe requires the following:

  • 32 megabytes hard disk space
  • 64 megabytes system RAM
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution

macOS 10.9 or later.
QuickTime required for versions prior to 2.5.
InqScribe is a Universal Binary.

Windows OS
Windows 7, 8, 10, or 11.
DirectX 8+ required.


Digital Media Support

InqScribe supports a wide range of digital audio and video formats, including the following common formats:

  • H.263 and H.264
  • MPEG, MPEG2, and MPEG4
  • QuickTime Movies
  • Windows Media formats (.wma and .wmv)
  • AIFF, WAV, AAC, and MP3 audio
  • Many AVI formats.

Please note that not all formats play on all versions of InqScribe due to changes in the media engines used across the different versions. Please refer to the "Which media formats can InqScribe play?" support article for specific formats.


InqScribe can access media files from your local hard drive, optical disk drive, networked file server, and the Internet.

If you're not sure if InqScribe supports a particular media format, contact support and we'll let you know.

Windows users: Note that InqScribe can use QuickTime to play additional formats not supported by Windows Media Player. However, due to security risks, we advise against it. For more about these security risks, please refer to this article.

Timecode Formats

InqScribe supports several timecode standards:

  • 23.976 fps (or 23.98)
  • 24 fps (traditional film)
  • 25 fps (PAL)
  • 29.97 fps (NTSC)
  • 29.97 fps (NTSC Drop-Frame)
  • 30 fps (Digital Video)
  • 50 fps
  • 59.94 fps
  • 60 fps
  • 1000 fps

Import and Export Support

InqScribe can import and export data in the following formats:

  • Plain text
  • Tab-delimited text
  • XML
  • HTML (export only)
  • Final Cut Pro XML (export only)
  • Spruce STL (export only)
  • Subrip SRT (export only)
  • WebVTT (export only)

Tab-delimited and XML formats are suitable for importing into database and other data analysis applications. InqScribe can parse your transcripts and automatically generate a series of data records, using embedded timecodes as record markers.

Unicode Support

InqScribe is Unicode savvy. All the data you create within InqScribe is stored (and exported) in UTF8 format. Multiple languages can even be used within a single file!

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