With transcription, privacy and security is a significant concern. If you are transcribing interviews or focus groups conducted as part of a research study, the content of those files may be of a personal and sensitive nature. If that is the case, you should not use a web-based transcription application because the software will likely store the media files on servers based in the U.S. Storing personal and information on those servers would contravene B.C.'s FOIPOP Act.
'Voice typing' is speech to text software available in Google Docs when you use the Chrome browser. While this application was not intended to be used for transcription, and it will not transcribe previously recorded audio, there is a simple hack to make it a viable option. You can listen to your audio or video file on headphone and repeat what participants have said. 'Voice typing' generates a text file of what you repeat. Here is a 'how to’ article about the process from Quartz at Work
Please note the privacy concerns about using Google Docs. These concerns are outlined in the box at the top of this page.